8th Annual National Week of Action on School Pushout

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Welcome to our 8th Annual National Week of Action Against Schools Pushout! Our theme this year is Education is a Human Right! We Will Not Give Up the Fight! DSC members and allies will hold local events across the country, and participate in our two-day National Week of Action Event in New Orleans on October 23-24.

Two-Day National Event: Oct 23rd - Oct 24th, 2017 in New Orleans, LA 

On October 23 & October 24, DSC members and allies will convene in New Orleans, Louisana for a two-day national event in partnership with the Communities for Just Schools Fund (CJSF), Families and Friends of Lousiana's Incarcerated Children (FFLIC), Black Man Rising Movement, Community Education Project of New Orleans and #WeChoose Campaign. We will be joined by legislators, parents, and students, with Keynote Speaker David #GodBox Banner.

October 23: National Conversation on Race: Cultural Resistance 

The CJSF National Conversations on Race Campaign will engage different local communities across the country to bring together students, parents, educators, and policy leaders in conversations about race, racial disparity and how it shows up in the education system.  

CJSF will kick off its National Conversation on Race Campaign in partnership with DSC's National Week of Action Event featuring the theme Cultural Resistance. Cultural Resistance, defined by the DSC Cultural Resistance Peer Exchange Group is: "The use of culture (language/slang, art, symbols, dance, music, clothing, etc.,) to combat oppressive systems. It is a way for a group to define itself on its own terms and to politically resist social control. It is a way of reclaiming our humanity."

National activist, author and hip hop artist David #GodBox Banner will be the Keynote Speaker for the evening with performances by local artists. 

October 24: Tribunal on School Discipline and "School Choice"

New Orleans is currently the only city that has a 100% charter school district. Since Katrina, families continue to experience the trauma and gentrification, ethnic cleansing and the horrors of the voucher and charter school experiment that includes an influx of Teach for America teachers, school closings and a major lack of accountability. This continues to leave our already marginalized youth further behind. Schools are breaking laws by not being compliant in completing 504 Plans, IEPs or student evaluations for children who have special needs. Parents continue to be confused or uninformed about their due process as student codes of conduct can differ from school to school or Charter Management Organization (CMO). Children continue to be counseled out or sent to court because schools are ill prepared to support our students.

FFLIC and Black Man Rising in partnership with DSC and other allies will put the New Orleans School System on trial for failing our children. 

The #WeChoose Campaign will also further the conversation about the privatization of public education and the illusion of school choice. 

We will be demanding that policy makers will sign on to the DSC Members' Platform to create an independent monitor for schools, requiring them to be accountable for ensuring laws and best practices are followed, as well as the utilization of culturally relevant curricula. 

 

Our 2017 National Week of Action Demands

DSC members and allies call on the federal government, states, districts, and schools to: 

  1. Shift funding from school police to counselors, peace builders, and positive discipline.
  2. Fund and use transformative and restorative justice, mediation, and positive interventions.
  3. Stop arresting and pushing out students of color, LGBTQ youth, students that are homeless, 
    and students with disabilities at higher rates. *Black students are pushed out at the highest 
    rates nationally.)
  4. Make sure states and districts focus on school climate under the new federal law -- 
    the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)                                                
  5. End paddling and physical punishment in all schools. 
  6. Invest in public education, not privatization and charter schools. 
    
    

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    • Week of Action Postcard here and Poster here
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 List of 2017 local Week of Action events! 

     California     Colorado    District of Columbia    Florida     Georgia   Illinois    Louisiana

 Massachusetts    Michigan    Minnesota    Mississippi     Missouri     New Jersey     New Mexico

New York    North Carolina    Ohio    Oregon    Pennsylvania    Utah     Virginia     

 

AnchorCalifornia

Los Angeles


Mon, October 23 to Fri, October 27 - Classroom Observations
Community Asset Development Re-defining Education (CADRE)
During school hours, CADRE parents will visit various South Los Angeles schools to observe school climate discipline practices in classrooms. For more info contact: Edgar Ibarra edgar@cadre-la.org

Youth Justice Coalition 
Date & Location TBD
Action at school board. For more info contact: Lupita Carballo lupita@youth4justice.org
 
Sat, October 21 to Sun, October 29 
Los Angeles Times & Locations TBD
STK will host 40 WoA events in 12 different cities. Some are tabling, showing films, lectures, rallies, protests, walkouts, teach-ins, workshops, and more. For more info contact: Anthony Nocella nocellat@yahoo.com 

Oakland

Sat, October 21 & Sun, October 29 - March on TownhallBlack Organizing Project - Oakland, CA

11A - 2:00P
Alena Museum in West Oakland
BOP will be hosting a community town hall where we will be inviting the larger community, our allies and press to convene-- so that we can share data from our research regarding suspensions, arrests, and expulsions w/in OUSD as well as what've we learned from the community by conducting street outreach, listening sessions, and surveys. The hope is to raise awareness and prompt discourse about crafting solutions.  For more info contact: Jasmine Williams jwilliams@blackorganizingproject.org 415.688.1616. Follow BOP on social media for updates and info Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/BlackOrgProject Twitter: @blackorgproject
IG: @blackorganizingproject
 

Richmond

RYSE Youth Center
Mon, October 23
Youth will mobilize to the WCCUSD Youth Commission meeting to raise awareness of the need for the Richmond High School students input to be heard in youth commission meetings, and urge the space to be more representative of the Richmond population. 
 
Tues, October 24
Youth will mobilize to the WCCUSD District Local Control Accountability Plan Parent Committee to demand meaningful representation of youth voice in district LCAP budgetary decisions. Youth will share testimonies that reflect the importance of students having decision making power that can improve the district's goal 4 (Improve Student Engagement and School Climate) outcomes. 
 
Weds, October 25
Our Schools, Our Power General Meeting at Richmond High School (1250 23rd St. Richmond, CA 94804)centered around social media campaign to elevate Dignity in Schools National Demands. 
 
Thurs, October 26
Our Schools, Our Power lunchtime tabling activity to engage Richmond High School students in the Week of Action.
 
Fri, October 27
A screening of Full Circle, a documentary that highlights the positive impact of restorative justice practices in the lives of low-income students of color in OUSD schools at the RYSE Center - 205 41st St. Richmond, CA 94804.
 
Sat, October 28
The 3rd annual Truth be Told: Justice Through My Eyes is a film festival designed to highlight and empower youth voices and visions through film at the East Bay Center for Performing Arts.  Please click HERE for more information and to purchase your ticket.
For more info contact Valerie Jameson valerie@rysecenter.org Follow RYSE Center on social media Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rysecenter/ Twitter: @RYSEyouthcenter
 

San Diego

Sat, October 21 to Sun, October 29 
San Diego Save the Kids 
Times & Locations TBD
STK will host 40 WoA events in 12 different cities. Some are tabling, showing films, lectures, rallies, protests, walkouts, teach-ins, workshops, and more. For more info contact: Anthony Nocella nocellat@yahoo.com

San Francisco

DSC Bay-Area Chapter TBD 

Monday, October 23 - Town Hall
Coleman Advocates for Children & Youth 
Youth-led town hall with school staff and families from around the Bay Area. For more info contact: Kevine Boggess kboggess@colemanadvocates.org
 
 

AnchorColorado

Bayfield

Sat, October 21 to Sun, October 29 
Bayfield Save the Kids 
Times & Locations TBD
STK will host 40 WoA events in 12 different cities. Some are tabling, showing films, lectures, rallies, protests, walkouts, teach ins, workshops, and more.  For more info contact: Anthony Nocella nocellat@yahoo.com
 

Denver

Sat, October 21 to Sun, October 29 
Denver Save the Kids 
Times & Locations TBD
STK will host 40 WoA events in 12 different cities. Some are tabling, showing films, lectures, rallies, protests, walkouts, teach ins, workshops, and more.  For more info contact: Anthony Nocella nocellat@yahoo.com
 
Padres & Jovenes Unidos - Denver, CO
 
Mon, October 23 - Thurs, October 26 - Tabling
11a - 1p 
Various locations
During the week we will do tabling with WoA materials in our youth organizing school sites across the state. For more info contact: Daniel Kim daniel@padresunidos.org
 
 
Thurs, October 26 - Rally/Direct Action Event
Denver DPS HQ or City Hall
Rally or direct action in Denver targeting a key city level or school district decision maker or decision-making body to pass either city sanctuary policy or move forward on district implementation of the district’s February sanctuary resolution.  Our focus will be the school-to-deportation pipeline, which connects the STPP with immigrant rights/protection. For more info contact: Daniel Kim daniel@padresunidos.org

 
Durango
 
Sat, October 21 to Sun, October 29 
Durango Save the Kids 
Times & Locations TBD
STK will host 40 WoA events in 12 different cities. Some are tabling, showing films, lectures, rallies, protests, walkouts, teach ins, workshops, and more.  For more info contact: Anthony Nocella nocellat@yahoo.com

 

AnchorDistrict of Columbia

Washington, DC

 
Sat, October 21 - Parent Leadership Training Institute 
Advocates for Justice and Education - Washington, DC
9a - 1p 
Location TBD
Our WoA will be combined with a parent leadership training institute. During the institute, we will be educating and equipping parents with the knowledge and advocacy skills to navigate the local education. We will include a session on restorative justice and funding as a part of our anti-push-out efforts. For more info contact: Patrice Wedderburn patrice.wedderburn@aje-dc.org
 
 

AnchorFlorida

Miami

Sat, October 21 to Sun, October 29 
Miami Save the Kids 
Times & Locations TBD
STK will host 40 WoA events in 12 different cities. Some are tabling, showing films, lectures, rallies, protests, walkouts, teach ins, workshops, and more.  For more info contact: Anthony Nocella nocellat@yahoo.com
 
Power U Center for Social Change 
TBD



AnchorGeorgia

Snellville

Sat, October 21 Sit Tight, Education is a Human Right Workshop
Gwinnett STOPP 
9:30A - 3P 
Salem Missionary Baptist Church Youth House 
4700 Church St NW 
Lilburn, GA 30048
Join Gwinnett SToPP along with the ACLU of Georgia, Georgia Legal Services Program, and Interfaith Children’s Movement on Saturday, October 21st for Sit Tight, Education is a Human Right! Come learn your rights as well as develop solutions to achieve fairness, justice, and equity in public education. The event will feature a Know Your Rights workshop by the ACLU of Georgia and the impact the new federal education administration will have on local schools. Also, speak to an attorney one-on-one for FREE about school issues!! Register at https://educationisahumanright.eventbrite.com. Visit http://bit.ly/STPPKYR for information or 404-590-7877 (texts welcome). Follow Gwinnett SToPP on social media for updates Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/Gwinnett.STOPP Twitter: @GwinnettSToPP
 
Mon, October 23 to Tues, October 24 - Resource Fair 
Gwinnett STOPP/NWGA Federation of Families 
5:30p - 7:30p
Waco Baptist Church
34 Atlantic Ave, Waco Ga. &
450 Riverside Parkway Rome Ga. 
The NWGA Federation of Families (Gwinnett SToPP partners) will be hosting a resource fair to bring awareness to parent and youth in the NWGA Region in the following counties- Floyd Co. Polk Co. & Haralson Co. For more info contact: Hope Darden-Swift hopes@lmcs.org
 
 
AnchorIllinois

Chicago


Sat, October 21 to Sun, October 29 
Miami Save the Kids 
Times & Locations TBD
STK will host 40 WoA events in 12 different cities. Some are tabling, showing films, lectures, rallies, protests, walkouts, teach ins, workshops, and more.  For more info contact: Anthony Nocella nocellat@yahoo.com
 
Weds, October 25 - Community Forum & Action 
Blocks Together - Chicago, IL
5:30p - 7:30p
3711 West Chicago Ave
Community forum and action. For more info contact: Cecile Carroll cecile.carroll@gmail.org

Fri, October 27 - TBD
POWERPAC/COFI 

Sat, October 28 - TBD 
Woman of God's Design



AnchorLouisiana

New Orleans


Tues, Oct 24 - Charter School Tribunal
Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children (FFLIC)/Black Man Rising 
5p - 8p 
Location TBD
We will host a tribunal to for charter schools to speak to the missing accountability piece. For more info contact: Antonio Travis atravis@fflic.org
 
Fri, October 27 - Sat, October 28 - Community Forum
Community Education Project of New Orleans 
6p - 9p 
2903 Jefferson Ave
Community forums and also working with partner organization FFLIC. For more info contact: Ruth Idakula idakula@gmail.com


AnchorMassachusetts

Boston

 
Thurs, October 26 - Listening Project 
Youth on Board/Boston Student Advisory Council (BSAC)
2p - 6p
Various stations across the city
Listening Project held directly after school at public transit stations. BSAC and YOUNG members talk to youth about their experiences with school discipline. Large group debriefs directly following the action. For more info contact: Caitlin Donnelly Caitlinp.donnelly@gmail.com
 
 
AnchorMichigan

Lansing
 
Student Advocacy Center of Michigan 
Date & Time TBD
Washtenaw Community College
Teach-In to help schools implement the new discipline law. For more info contact: Peri Stone-Palmquist peri@studentadvocacycenter.org
 
 
Ypsilanti
 
Sat, October 21 - Fri, October 26
DWH Inspires - Ypsilanti, MI
 
October 21
Time & Location TBD
Block Party
 
October 23
Time & Location TBD
Rally on school campus before and during school board meeting
 
October 24
Time & Location TBD
Community forum
 
October 25
Time & Location TBD
Sit-In city council meeting
 
October 26
Time & Location TBD
March from school to juvenile/jail 2.1 Mile


AnchorMinnesota

Duluth
 
Saturday, October 21 - Sunday, October 29
Duluth Save the Kids
Time & Location TBD
STK will host 40 WoA events in 12 different cities. Some are tabling, showing films, lectures, rallies, protests, walkouts, teach ins, workshops, and more.  For more info contact: Anthony Nocella nocellat@yahoo.com
 
Minneapolis
 
Minnesota Solutions Not Suspensions (Formerly MNEEP)
TBD
 

St. Paul-Minneapolis
 
Saturday, October 21 - Sunday, October 29
Twin Cities Save the Kids
Time & Location TBD
STK will host 40 WoA events in 12 different cities. Some are tabling, showing films, lectures, rallies, protests, walkouts, teach ins, workshops, and more.  For more info contact: Anthony Nocella nocellat@yahoo.com        

 

AnchorMississippi

Duck Hill

Sat, October 21 - Teach-In
Action Communication and Education Reform
Time & Location TBD    
The community forum will educate parents and students about the school to prison pipeline, and provide students a platform to express themselves, become aware of their rights, and encourage them to become involved in the decision-making processes of the school district. For more info contact: Al White actioncer@yahoo.com.

Durant

Sun, October 23 - Teach-In
Nollie Jenkins Family Center
11:00am - 2:00pm
417 N. Lexington Street, Durant
Students, parents, elected and public officials, and child-servicing agencies in Holmes County will learn about the experiences of Black girls and their increasing rate of incarceration, dropout, and alternative school placement because of zero-tolerance policies that disproportionately push them out of school.
 
Europa
 
Sat, October 21 - Know Your Rights Youth Convening 
Fannie Lou Hamer Center 
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Fannie Lou Hamer Center and Retreat Center 
Youth Convening on School Pushout and Know Your Rights. For more info contact: Cherraye Oats cherrayeo_2006@yahoo.com. 


Greenville

Sun, October 15 - Friday, October 20 (Pre WoA Events)

Citizens for a Better Greenville
Various Times & Locations 
We will be participating in several events in our community which will involve the entire community. We will start with a fire safety festival where elementary, middle and high school students and their families will be participating in events. We will be hosting a Live Remote with a local radio station.  We will be giving out information.  Then we will be participating in homecoming week activities at the high school which will include a parade and we will be broadcasting during the parade and prior to the homecoming game where we will be emphasizing our theme, "Education is a human right, we will not give up the fight", and will be giving out information. 

Grenada

Activists With A Purpose
TBD 

Lexington 

Sat, Oct 28 - March, Rally, Play & Know Your Rights Workshop
Nollie Jenkins Family Center 
10:00A - March & Rally
Lexington, MS
6:00P - Play/Know Your Rights Workshop
417 N. Lexington Street 
Durant MS 39063
Our WOA event will start with a community-wide March/Rally, then continue later in the evening with a stageplay that addresses how the school district fails to meet the needs of diverse group of students, along with uplifting the plight of girls of color, including LGBTQ and how school pushout affects these diverse group of students. Also, that evening we will host a Know Your Rights Workshop. For more info contact: Kameisha Smith kameishasmith@yahoo.com or Janice Harper janice@nolliejenkinsfamilycenter.org
Follow Nollie Jenkins on social media Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/NJFCenter/
Twitter@NJFCenter
 
Sunflower County
Sat, October 21/Mon, October 23 - Sat, October 28  - Community Events
Sunflower County Parents and Students Organization 
SCPSO will hold events throughout the week, including community meetings, marching and chanting, speaking with community leaders and interviewing officials from the school district. For more info contact: Betty Petty bettylpetty@yahoo.com.

Tunica

Mon, October 23 - Community Forum

Tunica Teens In Action, Inc.
5 p.m. - 9 p.m.        
G.W. Henderson Recreation Center
1165 Abbay Drive
Tunica, MS 38676
Tunica Teens In Action will conduct a county wide community forum to raise awareness in the community about the DSC WoA in Tunica County, MS.  Tunica Teens In Action would like to draw over 250 people from all districts in the county to our community forum.

Winona

Sat, October 28 - Community Forum 
Action Communication and Education Reform
10:00 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location TBD
The community forum will educate parents and students about the school to prison pipeline, and provide students a platform to express themselves, become aware of their rights, and encourage them to become involved in the decision-making processes of the school district. For more info contact: Al White actioncer108@yahoo.com 



AnchorNew Jersey

Jersey City

Tues, October 24 - Community Forum
Statewide Education Organizing Committee (SEOC)

6p - 8:30p
Mary Bethune Community Center
Community Forum. For more info contact: Elizabeth Smith smithquin@verizon.net

Maplewood
 
Tues, October 24 - Teach-In
SOMA Black Parent Workshop
7 p.m. 
Columbia High School
We will host a teach-in at our local high school in collaboration with the Black Student Union, MAC Scholars program and the MapSo Freedom School on disciplinary disparities by race and how they lead to pushing students out of school and into the criminal justice pipeline. For more info contact: Walter Fields blackparentsworkshop@gmail.com. 
 
Patterson
 
Weds, October 25 - March & Rally 
Paterson Education Organizing Council & Paterson Education Fund
5p - 7p
Start location TBD
March and Rally from a school to local police station.  We will have speakers and will invite our local assembly person so that he will know how to advocate for more funding.  The purpose is to stop school push out and keep our kids in school and not in prison. For more info contact: lindar@paterson-education.org.
 
Weds, October 25 - March & Rally
Paterson Education Fund - Paterson, NJ
5p - 7p
Start location TBD
Will co-sponsor a march/rally with PEOC from a school to the local police station.  We will collaborate with other organizations to bring highlight to the fact that many of our kids are being pushed out of school and ending up in the judiciary system.  We will have a press conference with some speakers talking about their experience in being pushed out of school. For more info contact: rosieg@paterson-education.org.

 

New Mexico

Albuquerque

Saturday, October 21 - Sunday, October 29
ABQ Save the Kids
Time & Location TBD
STK will host 40 WoA events in 12 different cities. Some are tabling, showing films, lectures, rallies, protests, walkouts, teach ins, workshops, and more.  For more info contact: Anthony Nocella nocellat@yahoo.com.
 
Aztec
 
Saturday, October 21 - Sunday, October 29
Aztec Save the Kids
Time & Location TBD
STK will host 40 WoA events in 12 different cities. Some are tabling, showing films, lectures, rallies, protests, walkouts, teach ins, workshops, and more.  For more info contact: Anthony Nocella nocellat@yahoo.com.
 
 
AnchorNew York

Bronx
 
Tues, October 24 - Community Forum 
New Settlement Parent Action Committee
4 p.m.
Latino Pastoral Action Center
A forum that’s focusing on school climate issues, focusing on the need for more therapeutic crisis intervention training, restorative justice coordinators, and social workers. DOE officials from the office of School Safety Youth Development, Counseling Supports Office and the Department of Mental Health & Hygiene Office will be key targets and allies will be present as well. For more info contact: Helen Guzman h.guzman@newsettlement.org.
 
Fri, Oct 27
Sistas and Brothas United - Showcase Exhibition
6:30P
2751 Grand Concourse 
Bronx, NY 10468
Through art, SBU leaders will host a Showcase Exhibition that will educate community members and bring awareness to the current school to prison pipeline issues, helping young people and community members reflect critically on the ways in which our school system implements discipline and its disproportionately negative impact on youth of color. The Showcase will also invite guests and visitors to contribute to alternative ways in which behavioral infractions, conflict, and even violence may be dealt with in holistic, student-centered and asset-based approaches within our schools. For more info contact Crystal Reyes Crystal@northwestbronx.org 718.584.0515 ext 243 Follow Sistas and Brothas United on social media 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SBUPower/ Twitter: @SBU_Power
 
 
Brooklyn
 
Mon, October 23 - Thurs, October 26 - Teach-In & Townhalls
Cypress Hills Development Corp/Future of Tomorrow (active in DSC-NY, joining as national member now)
Times TBD
Various High Schools (Brooklyn Lab School, Cypress Hills Collegiate Preparatory School (Cypress), Academy of Innovative Technology (AoIT), Multicultural High School and the Urban Assembly School for Collaborative Healthcare)
F.O.T. will host a week of action for our members, students, and staff from all
schools on the Lane Campus. Through four teach-ins, intense base-building and outreach, and four youth-led Town Halls. our week of action will raise awareness of the school-to-prison pipeline and restorative practices and will allow students to lead workshops with their peers. Our after school teach-ins will be open for students from all schools on the campus to join and discuss school discipline and the school-to-prison pipeline. Our school day teach-ins will be with a group of Peer Mediators and with a group learning to lead Town Halls. F.O.T youth will facilitate these teach-ins.
 
Our town halls will take place for 9th-12th graders from Cypress. During the Town Halls, students will support, plan and facilitate restorative circles for their peers on school pushout. Students will do daily outreach in all schools to promote our week’s events and recruit potential new members to engage in our restorative justice campaign. Through our planned activities, we will reach more than 350 students on our campus. For more info contact: Jamel Burgess jamelb@cypresshills.org. 
 
Buffalo

Saturday, October 21 - Sunday, October 29
Buffalo Save the Kids
Time & Location TBD
STK will host 40 WoA events in 12 different cities. Some are tabling, showing films, lectures, rallies, protests, walkouts, teach ins, workshops, and more.  For more info contact: Anthony Nocella nocellat@yahoo.com.


Jackson Heights

 
Fri, October 27 - Community Workshop
Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM)
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
72-18 Roosevelt Ave. 
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Community Workshop. For more info contact: Rishi Singh rishi@drumnyc.org.
 
New York City

Dignity in Schools Campaign-New York
TBD

Girls for Gender Equity
TBD

Make the Road New York
TBD

Saturday, October 21 - Sunday, October 29
NYC Save the Kids
Time & Location TBD
STK will host 40 WoA events in 12 different cities. Some are tabling, showing films, lectures, rallies, protests, walkouts, teach ins, workshops, and more.  For more info contact: Anthony Nocella nocellat@yahoo.com.
 
Teachers Unite - New York, NY
TBD
 
Syracuse
 
Center for Community Alternatives
Date, Time & Location TBD
Teach-in/Community forum- Educate parents, students, and decision makers on NYS’s just enacted Raise the Age law and how this impacts juvenile justice including rights of students and parents impacted by school-based arrests. Audience: Focus on parents and students most directly impacted by RTA law and how it will impact the processing of young people arrested, including students subjected to school-based arrests.
Goals: 1. Work with those most affected by RTA to co-create the most effective way to help the community understand RTA, 2. Offer general education and empowerment around this important legislative change, and 3. Engage parents and youth to  a) know their rights and b) advocate that one specific part of the RTA legislation--notification of parents of the arrest of a child--be immediately implemented by local authorities (as opposed to the delayed 2018 implementation date specified in the law). For more info contact: Marsha Weissman mweissman@communityalternatives.org.


AnchorNorth Carolina

Chapel Hill

 
Mon, October 23 - Fri, October 27
Blue Ribbon Youth Leadership Institute - Chapel Hill, NC
Times & Locations TBD
There will be events from Monday - Friday, daily announcements during school about  School to Prison Pipeline (STPP), surveys and tables during lunch, conversations about race, equity, and STPP during lunch, and a flash mob on Friday. This week is also our Mix-it-Up Day celebration along with UN Day. Evening event for the community will be about a culturally relevant classroom for students of color. For more info contact: Lorie Clark lclark@chccs.k12.nc.us.
 
Durham
 
Sat, October 21 - Annual STPP March 
Youth Organizing Institute
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.  
Start Location TBD
6th Annual STPP March. For more info contact: Tavon Bridges tavon@empoweryouthnc.org. 
 
Raleigh
Education Justice Alliance
TBD


AnchorOhio

Dayton

 
Thurs, October 26 - School Board Candidates Roundtable 
Racial Justice Now! 
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Westwood Elementary
2805 Oakridge Dr
Dayton, OH 45417
Racial Justice NOW! will host a roundtable for the candidates running for Dayton Public school board around the theme Education is a Human Right. For more info contact: Cameron Walker cameron@rjnohio.org. 
 
Sat, October 28 - Gem City End #School2Prison 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament
West Dayton Youth Task Force
12 p.m. - 4 p.m. 
Westwood Elementary 
2805 Oakridge Dr
Dayton, OH 45417
WDYTF will host the 'Gem City' End #School2Prison Pipeline Classic. There will be a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, a rap and dance contest, and hip-hop pedagogy workshops. There will be food and giveaways. For more info contact: Josh Harrison jgharrison0222@gmail.com. 

AnchorOregon

Portland

Sat, October 21 - Sat, October 28 
Portland Parent Union For more info about week long events contact: Sheila Warren ppuportlandparentunion@gmail.com. For real time updates, connect with PPU's Facebook event page!
 
Mon, October 23
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Elmers on Sandy
Relationship Building Reception 
This will be our Opening WoA event. Appetizers will be served. 
 
Tues, October 24 
5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
501 N. Dixon
Press Conference/School Board Rally and Testimony
 
 
Wed, October 25 to Thurs, October 26
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (times are flexible)
Parent-to-Parent training on restorative justice in Portland Public Schools and other districts. Using Parent-to-Parent Guide on Restorative Justice in the Chicago Public Schools. 
 
Fri, October 27
9:15 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Resolutions NW's RJ Young Folks and PPU Parents march together in solidarity against push out. Students will run their own program against push out at Morning Star Church. March will start at Rigler. 
 
Sat, October 28
9:15 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Concordia University Hayden Center
2811 NE Holman Street
Portland, OR 97211
Trust Circle Conversations with guest speakers and panelists
 
 
Wed, October 25th
Resolutions Northwest 
Maranatha Church
Portland, OR
Our WoA event will be youth led focusing on the youth voice in the community. For more info contact: Robert Blake Robert@resolutionsnorthwest.org 
 
 
AnchorPennsylvania

Pittsburgh

Sat, October 21 
Education Rights Network 
TBD

 

AnchorTexas 

Houston
 
Saturday, October 21 - Sunday, October 29
Houston Save the Kids
Time & Location TBD
STK will host 40 WoA events in 12 different cities. Some are tabling, showing films, lectures, rallies, protests, walkouts, teach ins, workshops, and more.  For more info contact: Anthony Nocella nocellat@yahoo.com.

 

AnchorVirginia

Alexandria


Wed, October 25 - Community Forum
Tenants and Workers United - Alexandria, VA
George Washington Middle School
1005 Mt Vernon Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22301
Tenants and Workers United is planning to hold a community forum with our youth and parents and invite organizational allies such as the Alexandria Branch of the NAACP, Grassroots of Alexandria and the school district to create awareness on the concern of students and parents. There are concerning high rates of out of school suspension among Black and Latinx youth in the middle schools. The data presents that many of these suspensions are due to behavioral causes, which is a tactic of the school to prison pipeline. This community forum will be TWU’s campaign launch event to have Restorative Justice expanded and fully implemented at the two public middle schools. The goal is to hold the school district accountable for this issue and to ensure they implement RJ to stop the racial disparity occurring in the middle schools. For more info contact: Ingris Moran imoran@tenantsandworkers.org.


Richmond
 

Saturday, Oct 21 - Sunday, Oct 29 - Youth Teach-In & Community Panel
Advocates for Equity in Schools-Henrico Coalition 
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Locations TBD
Youth Teach-In/Community Panel. For more info contact: Kandise Lucas clucasklucas@yahoo.com
 
Advocates for Equity in Schools-Henrico Coalition 
Dates & Locations TBD
Education Empowerment Outreach
Community Gatherings to discuss equity in public education in contrast to disciplinary data to reveal significant disparities of students of color.  Grassroots mobilization in preparation for the general assembly in January 2018. For more info contact Tichi Pinkney Eppes tichi_eppes@yahoo.com. 
 
Prom Bring It / Go High
Date & Location TBD
Music video listening party followed up by a forum. The audience will consist of fellow youth from the area, local government officials, non-profits, schools, local dignitaries. It will be organized by the youth. For more info contact: Jenny High jennyhigh@gohighcorp.org.
 
I Vote for Me
TBD
 
Tues, Oct 24
Mothers and Others - Richmond, VA
6p - 9p
We are organizing multiple community organizations that support youth and family to produce a rally or retreat event.  A county supervisor, city council member and school board members from two jurisdictions are participating in our strategy work.  The focus will be on students but attract parents as well.  Sexuality (LGBTQ) issues and push out will be our focus.  The schools in our focus area (straddling a city/county line) are in a majority minority area of the two jurisdictions with high poverty rates. For more info contact: Roland Winston roland.winston@gmail.com
 
Strategic Litigation Consultants - Richmond, VA
Date & Location TBD
Conducting an Education Advocacy Teach-In. For more info contact: Saad El-Amin saadelamin@aol.com.




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