School Pushout Story Bank

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The Dignity in Schools Campaign is collecting video, audio and written testimony for the online School Pushout Story Bank. Click here to watch video testimonies, visit www.youtube.com/dignityinschools or email info(at)dignityinschools.org to add your testimony.


Contribute Testimonies to the School Pushout Storybank (Document)

Do you have a story to tell about your school pushout experience? Contribute to the DSC School Pushout Storybank! This how-to provides steps and suggestions for filming, content and uploading.

Jay Arzu, New York City - A Testimony on School Pushout (Video)
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Jay Arzu, a member of Sistas and Brothas United, speaks to the disparities among NYC Public Schools where some few lucky students are treated with fairness and dignity while others have to deal with harsh disciplinary practices.

Medina Lawson, Boston - A Testimony on School Pushout (Video)
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Medina Lawson, a parent, a preschool teacher and a member of the Boston Parents Organizing Network, talks about the importance of parents' participation in their children's education.

Erica Meiners, Chicago - Facts on School Pushout (Video)
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Erica Meiners, an educator in Chicago, talks about the facts that lead to school pushout and the importance of initiatives like the Dignity in Schools Campaign Week of Action to address this crisis.

Richard Mitchell, Boston - A Testimony on School Pushout (Video)
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Richard Mitchell, a member of the Boston Parents Organizing Network, talks about his experience helping students who have been suspended from schools and are on a fast track to being pushed out.

Benjamin Perry, Chicago - A Testimony on School Pushout (Video)
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Benjamin Perry, from Gender Just in Chicago, talks about the importance of initiatives like the Grievance Process Campaign in fighting for students' rights and dignity in schools.

Raeann Caldwell, Chicago - A Testimony on School Pushout‬ (Video)
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Raeann Caldwell, a parent of a child with disabilities, talks about the challenges of the Chicago Public School in implementing practices that help improve her son's education.

Moinur Rahman, New York City - A Testimony on School Pushout (Video)
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Moinur Rahman, from DRUM (Desis Rising Up and Moving) in New York City, talks about the conditions of some of the schools in his city and how that has been pushing his friends out of school.

Nilesh Vishwasrao, New York City - a Testimony on School Pushout (Video)
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Nilesh Vishwasrao, from DRUM (Desis Rising Up and Moving), in New York City, speaks about some of the practices that have been pushing his friends out school.

Brittany Cannon, Chicago - A Testimony on School Pushout (Video)
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Brittany Cannon, from Blocks Together in Chicago, testifies on some of the practices that lead to school pushout.

Tinsa Hall, Mississippi - A Testimony on Pushout and Corporal Punishment (Video)
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Tinsa Hall, a parent and organizer with Citizens for a Better Greenville in Mississippi, talks about how corporal punishment affects students in her county.

Marcus Wallace, Chicago - Suspension Story (Video)
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Marcus Wallace shares his story as part of a larger project called Suspension Stories. Suspension Stories is a youth-led participatory action research project. The project is a collaboration between the Rogers Park Young Women's Action Team (YWAT - www.rogersparkywat.org) and Project NIA (www.project-nia.org). The video was filmed by our peers at Free Spirit Media on April 17, 2010.

Raheem Gladney, Philadelphia - A Testimony on School Pushout (Video)
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Raheem Gladney, an organizer with Youth United for Change in Philadelphia, talks about how his life has been affected by pushout.

Youth 4 Restorative Justice Pt. 2 (Video)
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Youth discuss the positive impact of using restorative justice practices over harsh discipline policies.

Youth 4 Restorative Justice, Miami, FL (Video)
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Power U Center, based in Miami, FL and the Youth of We Count! discuss the negative impact of harsh discipline and their experiences with zero tolerance policies.

Damon Hewitt, New York - Causes of School Pushout (Video)
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Damon Hewitt, a lawyer with the NAACP - Legal Defense Fund in New York, talks about some of the root causes of school pushout and the importance of civic initiatives like the Dignity in Schools Campaign.

Marlyn Tillman, Georgia - A Testimony on School Pushout (Video)
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Marlyn Tillman, from Gwinnett Parent Coalition to Dismantle the School to Prison Pipeline, gives a testimony on School Pushout.

Kabir Ahmed, New York City - Facts on School Pushout (Video)
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Kabir Ahmed, a youth organizer with Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM), talks about some of the effects of school pushouts on students.

Sade Richmond, Chicago - DSC Day at the Capitol (Video)
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Sade Richmond, from Generation Y in Chicago talks about representing her community in the DSC Day at the Capitol. Washington, DC - September 2010.

Tiffany Childress, Chicago - Facts of School Pushout (Video)
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Tiffany Childress, a high school teacher from Chicago, speaks about the policies and practices that are pushing students out of school.

Robert Moore, New York City - Facts of School Pushout (Video)
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Robert Moore, a youth leader with the Urban Youth Collaborative and Make the Road New York, talks about the factors of school pushouts.

Damekia Morgan, Louisiana - Zero-Tolerance Discipline and Human Rights (Video)
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Voices from the Dignity in Schools Campaign Video Series

Damekia Morgan, a parent organizer at Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children (FFLIC), discusses the impact of zero-tolerance discipline on students' human right to education and talks about how we can build a human rights movement for change. FFLIC is a member organization of the DSC.

Hiram Rivera, New York City - Factors Contributing to Pushout, Voices from the DSC (Video)
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Voices from the Dignity in Schools Campaign

Hiram Rivera, a youth organizer with the Urban Youth Collaborative in New York City, talks about the many factors that contribute to pushout and the importance of youth, parent and community leadership in building a movement to end pushout.

Udi Ofer, New York City - Factors of the School to Prison Pipeline (Video)
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Udi Ofer, an Attorney with the New York Civil Liberties Union, talks about the Civil Rights issues brought by the School to Prison Pipeline policies.