National Week of Action on School Pushout October 3-11, 2015

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6th Annual National Week of Action Against School Pushout
October 3-11, 2015

During this year's DSC Week of Action, members and allies will hold rallies, marches, forums and workshops across the country to raise awareness about the #SchoolPushout crisis in our nation's schools and to help launch and support local campaigns of students, parents, teachers and advocates across the country working to transform #SchoolDiscipline policies and practices.

In 2014 we had over 100 Week of Action events in more than 50 cities and towns!  If you are interested in getting involved with DSC you can contact DSC Communications Coordinator Nancy Trevino.

List of Week of Action events by state coming soon!


Check out Last Year's Week of Action 2014 Highlights Video! 


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Check out the list of 2014 local events that will take place throughout the

Week of Action!

Arizona    California    District of Columbia     Florida     Georgia   Illinois    Louisiana

 Massachusetts    Michigan    Minnesota    Mississippi     Missouri     New Jersey     New York    

North Carolina    Ohio    Oklahoma    Oregon    Pennsylvania    South Carolina

  Texas    Utah   Washington



Tuson, AZ

Arizona GSA Network
Monday, October 6 from 2-4pm (workshop) All week (online portion)
Sunnyside High School, Tucson Arizona (workshop), Tucson Youth Poetry Slam Facebook (online portion)
Schools Pushout, Poetry Pushes Back
A workshop run by youth staff of the Tucson Youth Poetry Slam will talk about school pushout in Southern Arizona schools. High school youth will learn about school pushout and talk about how this issue is present in their schools. Participants will write poetry about their experiences and upload their poems to social media. A call out to other youth in the area to write and make their own videos will be issued. For the week, youth can upload their videos to the Tucson Youth Poetry Slam youtube/facebook pages.
More info here



Long Beach, CA

Building Healthy Communities Long Beach
Saturday, October 11 at 9am
McBride Park, 1550 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
Every Student Matters 2014-2015 School Year Kick Off and Precinct Walk
More info here

California Conference for Equality and Justice (CCEJ) & Youth Justice Coalition (YJC)
Monday, October 6th, 5-8pm
1920 Lemon Ave, Long Beach CA

Think Outside The Cage: Youth Success Over Youth Incarceration

RSVP at - or 562-435-8184

CCEJ will also hold after school events throughout the week.

Los Angeles, CA

Black Skeptics Los Angeles
Saturday, October 11
The Steven Allen Theater
4773 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
Panel on the impact of prison pipelining, school pushout, and the disproportionate discipline of students of color in South L.A. Panel will feature community activists in the field of youth leadership development and public policy.

Monday, October 6 - Friday, October 10
Parents hold 30 classroom observations on school discipline and implementation of school-wide positive behavior supports in various school throughout South L.A. during the Week of Action.

DSC-LA members Children's Defense Fund - California and Labor Community Strategy Center
also held actions during the week.


Oakland, CA

Black Organizing Project
Testimony at school board meeting

DSC-Bay Area Chapter & DSC-LA Chapter
Wednesday, October 8th
Statewide California Strategy Session 

San Diego, CA

Canvass for a Cause
Rally and teach-in

San Francisco, CA

Coleman Advocates for Children Youth
Wednesday, October 8 from 5:30pm-8pm
Youth-led Board of Ed Candidate Forum
College Track, 4301 3rd St.
Come join us and hear from the candidates running for the School Board about issues like student and parent voice, school-to-prison pipeline, literacy issues, the needs of immigrant students, school funding, and more! Learn where they stand on the issues!

Light dinner will be provided. Childcare and translation available upon request.
Sponsored by: Coleman Advocates, Student Advisory Council , CHALK, Larkin Street Youth Services, College Track, Chinese for Affirmative Action, HOMEY, 100% College Prep, Mission Graduates, YMCA, Youth Leadership Institute, TAY-SF, LYRIC, Chinese Progressive Association, Japanese Community Youth Council, Teach for America, Sunset Youth Services, and Huckleberry Youth Programs 
To co-sponsor or get involved in planning the forum, please contact Chelsea at
To RSVP, contact Kelsey at

Gay-Straight Alliance Network
1550 Bryant St., Suite 600
10+ Actions by different GSA Chapters around the country throughout the week


District of Columbia

Washington, DC

Advocates for Justice and Educatioand Critical Exposure
Thursday, October 9th at 6:30PM EST
Film screening, presentation about School Pushout in DC and the opportunity to take action at the event!

The Next Step Public Charter School
3047 15th St NW, Washington, DC 
To RSVP (requested but not required) contact Stacey Eunnae at or (202) 678-8060

SMYAL/DC Regional GSA Network

October 11th 9:00am-5:30pm
Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School
GSA Leadership Summit

More information here 



Gainesville, FL

University of Florida
Flyering to raise awareness on campus

Miami, FL

Power U Center for Social Change
Tuesday, October 7 at 3:30pm
1450 NE 2nd Ave.
Miami Dade County Public School Board Meeting
Students, parents and community members will speak on the conditions at Brownsville Middle School and will demand that the students at Brownsville not be criminalized and expelled from Miami Dade County Public Schools 

Thursday, October 9 from 5pm-9pm
Church of the Open Door Miami
6001 NW 8th Ave. 

Power U Youth will be meeting on NW 62nd and 7th avenue at 5:00 pm and march to the Church of the Open Door towards the Town Hall that will begin at 6:30 pm

The Miami Committee on State Violence invites you to a attend Community Town Hall on October 9, 2014 as we invited local decision makers and not only listen to our stories but answer our questions. 


Atlanta, GA

Atlanta Community Engagement Team
Tuesday, October 7 from 6pm-8pm

Young Family YMCA
2200 Campbellton RD SW
Community event raising awareness about school pushout: Hear Our Cry: Young People Affected by Suspensions/Expulsions and School Pushout Tell Their Stories
RSVP here

Georgia Equality
Saturday, October 11th
ATL Pride Festival: Piedmont Park
1342 Worchester Dr
Youth Liberaton Space
This space will be run by Georgia Equality's Queer Youth Council and tehy will hold pop up education sessions and have props, posters, etc to do social media campaigning against school pushout

Gwinnett SToPP
Saturday, October 4 from 2pm to 5pm 
The Annie E. Casey Foundation - Atlanta Civic Site
352 University Ave., SW

Featuring poetry slams, musicians, food, and other visual artists expressing the need for fairness, justice and equality in public education. Presented by Gwinnett SToPP, Georgia Equality, ACLU of Georgia, Lambda Legal, Interfaith Children’s Movement, and Georgia Safe School Coalition in conjunction with Dignity in Schools Campaign Week of Action.  For details contact or visit their website

Lawrenceville, GA

Gwinnett SToPP
Saturday, October 11 from 10am to 12:30pm
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Gwinnett
12 Bethesda Church Rd.
Learn your rights as parents and students when faced with excessive discipline or zero-tolerance policies
Atlanta's John Marshall Law school will offer guidance and answer questions in legal workshopes
For details, contact or visit


Chicago, IL

Access Living
Tuesday, October 7 from 4pm to 6pm
115 West Chicago Ave.
Rally and forum


Friday, October 10 from 10am-1pm

Eckhardt Park
1330 W. Chicago Ave. 
Parent meeting and press conference

Illinois Safe Schools Alliance
Friday, October 10 from 6pm-8pm

Spring Garden Family Restaurant
4820 N. 2nd St,
Loves Park, IL
All ages event, free refreshments will be served!

Wednesday, October 8 from 6pm to 8pm 
Village Leadership Academy
1001 W. Roosevelt Road

Pushed Out: An interactive youth-led experience of the school-to-prison pipeline

The Women of God's Design

Save the Kids Chicago
Local Event



New Orleans, LA

Community Education Project of New Orleans
Sunday, October 5 or Monday, October 6 at 3pm
"Organizing Organizers" Forum 

Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children
Monday, October 6 from 5pm-7pm
Loyola Law School-526 Pine Street, Room 112 - NOLA
Walk the Line:  A discussion about the parallels between #Ferguson and school discipline
Contact Gina at: for more information to get involved!

Saturday, October 11 9am-2pm
Training on the People's Data Campaign and Survey Collection
Contact Gina at for more information to get involved!

Saturday, October 18 at 9:30am
Audobon Park, Shelter 10
5th Annual Run/Walk for Juvenille Justice Registration starts at 8am


Boston, MA

Thursday, October 9 from 1:45pm to 4:00pm

MBTA Stations in Roxbury and Dorchester

EDUCATION IS KEY Listening Actions by Youth Organizers United for the Now Generation aka YOUNG Coalition that will engage, listen & collect suspension stories from hundreds of middle and high students. YOUNG Coalition led by Boston-area Youth Organizing Project (BYOP) & Boston Student Advisory Council (BSAC)

Same as above, collaborating with BYOP on this action 

Save the Kids Boston
Local Event



Ypsilanti, MI

Student Advocacy Center of Michigan
2095 Packard Rd
Ypsilanti Community High School will be hosting a march and various events throughout the week 



Duluth, MN

Save the Kids
Local Event

Minneapolis, MN

Save The Kids

Saturday, October 4 from 5pm-8pm
Hennepin County Juvenile Detention Facility Workshop
Sunday, October 5 from 3pm-4:30pm
Common Table, Augsburg College
The Politics of Saggin and Hip Hop Bloc Party
More information here 
Sunday, October 5th from 5pm-7pm
Save the Kids Radio Call In
Call in # 651-270-7592
Live Stream here
Monday, October 6 from 3:30pm-5pm
Augsburg College, Christensen Center Building, Marshall Room
Event: Is Special Education the New Eugenics? Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline the Rise of Hip Hop and Disability Justice
Contact: Raees - 651-270-7592
Event info here 
Monday, October 6 at 12pm
Dismantling the STPP Through Hip Hop Activism
Tueaday, October 7 from 4pm-6pm
Neighborhood House
Youth Workshop with TC Save the Kids
Wednesday, October 8 at 4:30pm
Normandale Community College
Event: Is Special Education the New Eugenics? Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline and the Rise of Hip Hop Pedagogy and Transformative Justice
Contact: Kim Socha at
Event info here 
Thursday, October 9 from 7pm-9pm
Location TBD
Prisoner Letter Writing (Political Prisoners and Prisoners with Save the Kids)
Contact: Kim Socha at
Friday, October 10 at 3pm 
Minneapolis School District Office
Rally No More SROs Yes to Conflict Transformation Programs
More info here 
Friday, October 10th from 11:30-2pm
University of MN, Washington Ave. Bridge 
Art and Flyering
Sarah - 847-219-2488
Saturday, October 11 from 9am-5pm
University of MN 
Tabling at Students for Democratic Society
More info here 
Saturday, October 11 from 2pm-4pm
The Common Table, Augsburg College
Hip Hop Activism and Bloc Party
More info here
Saturday, October 11 from 5pm-8pm
Hennepin County Juvenile Detention Facility Workshop
Sunday, October 12 from 9am-5pm
University of MN 
Tabling at Students for Democratic Society Conference
Sunday, October 12 from 5pm-7pm
Save the Kids Radio Call In
Call in # 651-270-7592
Live Stream here


Duck Hill, MS

Action Communication and Education Reform, Inc. (ACER)

Saturday October 11 at 1o:ooam
213 Justy Street
Winona, MS
Teach-in and forum on school pushout to be led by decision maker

Monday, October 6 at 5:30pm
GW Henderson Recreation Center
1165 Abbay Dr.

Eupora, MS

Fannie Lou Hamer Center for Change
Teach-in on school pushout

Greenville, MS

Citizens for a Better Greenville
Event every evening during the week at a high school

Grenada, MS

Activists with a Purpose

Teach-in on school pushout

Indianola, MS

Sunflower County Parents and Students Organization
Monday, October 6 to Saturday, October 11
612 Sunflower Ave., Extended Suite 17
Workshops, student interviews, and forums with superintendents about public education

Jackson, MS

Amnesty International- Millsaps College Chapter
Wednesday, October 8 at 6pm
Soul Wired Café, Jackson MS
Teach-In on School Lockout

Kilmichael, MS

Citizens for Educational Awareness
Saturday, October 11
Community Forum 

Durant, MS

Nollie Jenkins Family Center, Inc.
Saturday, October 4 from 11am-1:30pm

Community Forum Panel Discussion with Youth Court Judge, Robert Clark II and Sheriff Willie March who will speak about their vision for public education and what resources and supports are needed to ensure all students stay in school. Sheriff March will speak about the role of security in schools. 
Saturday, October 11 from 11am-4pm
Peer mediation mock demonstration on connecting the dots - "Who Am I" where participants will explore what is peace. Participants will speak to Scholars of Peace from Mali to Mississippi from an exhibit display table, which includes African-American books, quotes, pictures, symbols, and a drum. Nollie Jenkins Family Center youth organizers will share their work on addressing conflict between peers and speaking to alternative solutions for countering disputes and violence that usually lead to students being suspended.
Magnolia and McComb, MS

McComb Youth Council NAACP
Saturday, October 4 from 11am-3pm
Rose Room
21 Summit Street
McComb MS
Parade and Community Rally

Tunica, MS

Tunica Teens in Action
Monday, October 6 at 5:30pm
GW Henderson Recreation Center
1165 Abbay Dr.
Community summit with parents, students, and community members to raise awareness about the massive school pushout that exists in the county, state, and nation for children of color

Tupelo, MS

Youth presentation and forum

Winona, MS

Action Communication and Education Reform Inc. (ACER)
Saturday, October 4 and Saturday, October 11 at 10:00am
Zion District Building
213 Justy St.
Teach-in and forum on school pushout to be led by decision maker


St. Louis, MO

Missouri GSA Network
Sunday, October 4, Wednesday, October 8, and Sunday, October 11
Vashon High School 
3035 Cass Ave.
March, forum, and chalk walk festival

New Jersey

Paterson, NJ

Paterson Education Fund
Sunday, September 27 at 10am
152 Market Street, Suite 208
Parent and youth conference

Parent Education Organizing Council 
Sunday, September 27 and Thursday, October 9 from 11am - 3pm and 6pm - 9pm 
Community Cookout

Trenton, NJ

Statewide Education Organizing Committee 
Wednesday, October 8 at 6:30pm
Mary Bethune Center
140 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive,
Jersey City, NJ
Community Meeting on School Pushout
RSVP with Kathy Hatten (201) 852-5984 or Allen Cobb (201) 742-1391


New York

Buffalo, NY

Erie County Coalition for Restorative Justice

Monday, October 6, from 4pm-6pm
Hamlin Park School 74
Restorative Justice In-Service for Buffalo Public Schools Staff

Monday, October 6
Meriweather Library
“Looking at School Pushout and Militarism” discussion. Includes veterans, community activists specializing in issues in education and militarism, and a report back from Ferguson. Discussion re school pushout/school-to-prison pipeline, military recruiting, police militarization, drones, and positive action planning. 
Sponsored by: WNY Peace Center, Teens in Progress and Interfaith Peace Network

Tuesday, October 7 from 6:00pm-8:00pm
University at Buffalo (North Campus)
Baldy Hall, Room 684
Introduction to using Circles and Community Conferencing as Restorative Practices. Sponsored by UB School of Social Work

Wednesday, October 8 at 5pm
Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Arts
Stop the Pushout Press Event
Parents, Students, and Community Members will gather to demand that the Board of Education follow through on their commitment to fully implement the Code of Conduct and Restorative Justice practices to stop affecting students of color at a disproportional rate. Citizen Action/ Alliance for Quality Education.

Thursday, October 9, from 12-1:30pm
Peace of the City
301 14th Street
Restorative Justice Chat and Chew, Sponsored by Community Health Network 

Saturday, October 11 from 10-3pm
Dorothy Collier Community Center
118 East Utica St. 
Community Event: Facing the Law Giving Teens Real Advice from Real Professionals sponsored by Teens in Progress 
Speakers: BDP Officer Jan Philips, Chief George Cast, Sam Davis ESQ, Min Chambliss, James Tesmond ESQ, Rodger Hicks Litigation Paralegal, Jennifer Stergion ESQ, Phillip Dabney ESQ, Jason parker Diversity Program Coordinator
Sponsored by Teens in Progress

New York City, NY

Desis Rising Up and Moving

Wednesday, October 8 from 5pm-7pm

DRUM Office (
Jackson Heights)
72-18 Roosevelt Ave, 2nd Floor
DRUM will be co-hosting an Open Mic followed by a community action with our partner organization Ugnayan. We will focus on the issue of bullying in the API community, how it is currently being addressed within schools and why its important to mandate guidance interventions as a trans-formative approach.  Contact: Rishi Singh at 718-205-3036 or

Girls for Gender Equity
Saturday, October 11 from 12pm-4pm

Columbia Law School,
435 West 116th Street, NY
Launching storytelling campaign and report release: Breaking Silence: A Hearing on Girls of Color 
Childcare and lunch provided for confirmed guests
Girls for Gender Equity and The African American Policy Forum come together to ask:

Why are girls of color...
    OVERLY-DISCIPLINED through suspensions, zero tolerance and arrests in school?
    INCARCERATED at the highest rates in history?
    DISCONNECTED from family & community?
    OVER-SEXUALIZED in the media?
    HARMED by abuse, trauma, and violence?
    TRAFFICKED and sexually abused? 
What can we do about it?

On International day of the girl, cis and trans girls will tell you #WhyWeCantWait 

Make the Road NY
Tuesday, October 7 from 4pm-6:30pm
301 Grove Street, Brooklyn
Make The Road NY will be hosting an Open Mic with to students to highlight the importance of ending suspensions for minor misbehavior. A major focus will be on highlighting DSC-NY's demand: Ending Suspensions for B21 Defying and Disobeying Authority! Students will speak up and share their own stories of being suspended. Contact Jaritza 252-208-8349

Sistas and Brothas United
Wednesday, October 8 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm 
SBU Office
103 E. 196th St- 3rd Floor
Know your rights trainings

Teachers Unite
Thursday October 9th from 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Edward A. Reynolds West Side High School
140 W. 102nd Street (1 / B / C to 103rd Street)
Dignity in Schools National Week of Action Restorative Justice Workshop
Come meet students, educators, parents, & community members in NYC who are working to transform their schools through restorative justice practices. Workshop will be led by staff & students of West Side High School


North Carolina

Chapel Hill, NC

Blue Ribbon Youth Leadership Institute
Each high school will participate in various events during lunch, throughout the week

Durham, NC

Youth Organizing Institute (YOI)
Saturday, October 11, from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Durham Skate Park, 516 Rigsbee Ave
Cookout and creation of community mural to be displayed on the back of the Pinhook (117 W Main St)

Raleigh, NC

Education Justice Alliance

Youth Organizing Institute (YOI)
Monday, October 6 at 4:30pm

Raleigh Police Department Headquarters
601 Hutton Street
Press Conference where youth will speak to police brutality, the Solutions not Suspensions Campaign, and the criminalization of youth YOI will be joined by: NC HEAT (Heroes Emerging Among Teens), Education Justice Alliance, Youth Against Rape Culture, iNSIDEoUT and the Dignity in Schools Campaign

Youth Organizing Institute (YOI)
Sunday, October 5 at 4:00pm
Raleigh PD Headquarters, 601 Hutton St
Press conference featuring young activists discussing police brutality, the Solutions Not Suspensions Campaign, and the criminalization of youth

Youth Organizing Institute (YOI)
Friday, October 10 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Washington Elementary School, 1000 Fayetteville St
3rd Annual March Against School Pushout with NC HEAT students including cultural performances, speakers, and a noise demonstration
The march will end at Central Prison, 1300 Western Blvd


Dayton, OH

Racial Justice Now

Monday, October 6, Tuesday, October 7, and Friday, October 10 at 6:30pm
Report card on school discipline and pushout in the state of Ohio release

Monday, October 6 
Report card on school discipline and pushout in the state of Ohio release

Wednesday, October 8 at 11am

Dayton Cultural & RTA Transit Center  
40 South Edwin C. Moses Blvd. 
Joint press conference and panel with Racial Justice Now (RJN) and the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) 
RJN will release a Report card on school discipline and pushout in Ohio & the DSC will release Accountatility Guidelines on Charter Schools and Pushout

Speakers will include: 

Savina Tapia, Boston MA – Youth Leader from Youth on Board and former Charter School student; Gina Womack, Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children (FFLIC), Prof. Vernellia R. Randall, Emeritus Professor of Law University of Dayton and Co-Founder of Racial Justice Now and Maria Holt of Racial Justice Now. 



Tulsa, OK

October 7th 5pm-7pm
Youth Services of Tulsa
School Pushout Teach In on the impacts of school pushout and the school-t0-prison pipeline. 
RSVP at 


Portland, OR

Portland Parent Union
Tuesday, October 7, from 6:00pm - 7:00pm
BESC School Administration Building 
501 Dixon St.
Press conference and rally

Portland Parent Union
Saturday, October 11, from 8:00am - 4:00pm
Concordia University Student Center
Portland Association of Teachers, President will lead a panel discussion of educators and teachers
Restorative justice panel of Restorative Justice Coordinators



Philadelphia, PA

Local Event

Philadelphia Student Union

Pittsburgh, PA

Brashear Parents
Parent resource centers

Great Public Schools
Thursday, October 9, from 5:30pm to 6:30pm 
McConomy Auditorium, Carnegie Mellon University
Bob Herbert Book Lauch -- Losing Our Way: An Intimate Portrait of Troubled America
More info here

Great Public Schools
Saturday, October 11, from 9:00am to 3:00pm
Magnet fair for families
515 N Highland Ave
More info here


South Carolina

Columbia, SC

South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center
Friday, October 10 from 9:00am - 5:00pm
Training: "Keeping Kids Out of the School to Prison Pipeline Using Legal Advocacy"



Austin, TX

Texas GSA Network

Local Event

Houston, TX

Restorative Justice Collaborative of Houston
Thursday, October 9
Texas Southern University
Forum on racial disproportionality in the criminal justice and education system

San Antonio, TX

UTSA College of Public Policy
Saturday, October 11, from 8:00am to 12:00pm
UTSA Downtown Campus - Southwest Room
501 César E. Chávez Boulevard 
Several panels, featuring Mayor Ivy Taylor



Salt Lake City, UT

ACLU of Utah
Saturday, October 11th from 4:30pm - 7:00pm
Law & Justice Center
645 South 200 East, SLC, UT 84111
Short documentary Film Screening: Freedom to Learn: School to Prison Pipeline and community discussion. Followed by interactive art, music, poetry, someone available to film testimonials, and free food. 


Tacoma, WA



Download & Use the 2014 Week of Action Print Materials Below! 

  • Download and use the 2014 Week of Action Flyer in English & Spanish

  • Download the 2014 Week of Action Poster to use at your local event in English & Spanish

  • Download the 2014 Week of Action Word Document in English & Spanish 

  • Download the 2014 Week of Action Avatar for Twitter and Facebook here

  • Use our 2014 Week of Action Media Organizing Packet to participate on Social Media & promote your local actions!

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Read about and watch videos of the 2013 National Week of Action on School Pushout 

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Read about and watch videos of the 2011 National Week of Action on School Pushout

Read about the 2010 National Week of Action on School Pushout