National Week of Action on School Pushout

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PUSH BACK AGAINST SCHOOL PUSHOUT!

On average, states spend about $88,000 to incarcerate youth but only $10,000 to educate them.

The 4th Annual National Week of Action on School Pushout took place during the week of September 28 - October 5, 2013. Youth, parents and educators held rallies, marches, forums and teach-ins in 42 cities across 22 states including Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. For a complete list of local events click here.

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Check out the list of local events that took place throughout the Week of Action!

Arkansas     California     Colorado    District of Columbia     Florida     Georgia   Illinois    

Louisiana   Massachusetts    Michigan     Minnesota     Mississippi     Missouri     New Jersey     New York    

North Carolina    Ohio    Oregon    Pennsylvania    South Carolina    Texas    Wisconsin

Arkansas

Little Rock, AR

Center for Artistic Revolution

Tuesday, October 1 at 4:30pm
Press conference on the Capitol steps
 featuring youth speakers to bring attention to school pushout and disparities in the Arkansas education system in collaboration with youth and other community advocates in Little Rock

California

Compton, CA

Youth Justice Coalition
Tuesday, October 1 from 9:00am to 4:00pm
Local Middle Schools and High Schools
Transportation is an Educational Right: youth survey students about their struggles with police and sheriffs on public transportation

Fresno, CA

GSA Network of CA
Thursday, October 3 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Zimmerman Boys and Girls Club
540 N. Augusta St.
Rally and Youth Speak Out to draw attention to the experiences of Fresno youth and demand restorative justice, in alliance with Black Student Union clubs, Californians for Justice clubs, Youth Leadership Institute, Building Healthy Communities and Friday Night Live clubs

Lancaster, CA

Youth Justice Coalition
Tuesday, October 1 from 9:00am to 4:00pm
Local Middle Schools and High Schools
Transportation is an Educational Right: youth survey students about their struggles with police and sheriffs on public transportation

Long Beach, CA

Youth Committee of Building Healthy Communities
Saturday, October 5 at 1:00pm
The Art Theater of Long Beach
2025 E 4th St., Long Beach, CA
Talk it Out
: A Community Conversation to Fix School Discipline performance and discussion

Youth Justice Coalition
Tuesday, October 1 from 9:00am to 4:00pm
Local Middle Schools and High Schools
Transportation is an Educational Right: youth survey students about their struggles with police and sheriffs on public transportation

Los Angeles, CA

Children's Defense Fund CA
Thursday, October 3 from 9:00am to 2:00pm
FREE L.A. High School and Augustus Hawkins High School
1137 E. Redondo Blvd., Inglewood, CA and 825 W. 60th St., Los Angeles, CA
A site tour of both schools to Community Action in South Los Angeles to showcase the unique models they have instituted to limit the role of law enforcement on campuses

Youth Justice Coalition 
Wednesday, October 2 at 2:00pm
Roybal Learning Center 
1200 Colton St.
We Are Not Criminals: Student Press Conference

Youth Justice Coalition

Thursday, October 3 from 9:00am to 3:00pm
Chuco's Justice Center
1137 E. Redondo Blvd.
DSC-LA and Children's Defense Fund Child Watch Tour

Youth Justice Coalition
Friday, October 4 at 11:30am
Chuco's Justice Center
1137 E. Redondo Blvd.
Schools Not Jails: Press Conference

Community Rights Campaign
Saturday, October 5 at 1:30pm 
Wilshire and Western Ave. 
Description: Students, educators, and parents will rally with drums, chants and visuals arts installation at the corner of Wilshire and Western


Oakland, CA

Black Organizing Project and DSC Bay Area Chapter
Monday, September 30 at 6:00pm
Oakland Peace Center 111 Fairmount Ave
Pushback on Pushout Potluck
to engage youth and partner organizations
 

Pasadena

Youth Justice Coalition
Tuesday, October 1 from 9:00am to 4:00pm
Local Middle School and High Schools
Transportation is an Educational Right: youth survey students about their struggles with police and sheriffs on public transportation

Pomona

Youth Justice Coalition

Tuesday, October 1 from 9:00am to 4:00pm
Local Middle School and High Schools
Transportation is an Educational Right: youth survey students about their struggles with police and sheriffs on public transportation

Sacramento, CA

Youth Justice Coalition

Monday, September 30 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
2860 Gateway Oaks, Suite 400
California Courts training for judges and other court staff on ending the school-to-prison pipeline



Colorado

Denver, CO


GSA Network of CO
and Padres Y Jovenes Unidos

Saturday, September 28 from 8:30am to 4:30pm
Auraria Campus, North Classroom Building
900 Auraria Parkway
A GSA Leadership Summit focused on issues of push out and solutions for LGBTQ youth and allies. 



District of Columbia 

Washington, DC

Critical Exposure
Wednesday, October 2 from 5:00pm to 7:30pm
Thurgood Marshall Center
1816 12th St NW
Screening and discussion of the Teachers Unite documentary Growing Fairness


Georgia

Atlanta, GA

Georgia Safe Schools Coalition
Tuesday, October 1 at 7:00pm
The Phillip Rush Center

1530 Dekalb Avenue, Suite A
Film screening of the documentary Valentine Road followed by a community teach-in
 lead by members of GSSC, Georgia Equality and Gwinnett STOPP

Lawrenceville, GA

Gwinnett StoPP
Wednesday, October 2 at 4:00pm
Scenic Hwy/GA-124 & Neal Blvd.
1st Annual Graduation March on Georgia
to begin at Scenic Hwy/GA-124 & Neal Blvd in Lawrenceville and conclude with rally at Lawrenceville Square on W. Crogan



Florida

Gainesville, FL 

University of Florida
Monday, September 30 – Friday, October 4
Distribution of Week of Action materials and literature on school pushout

Miami, FL

Power U
Thursday, October 3rd from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Belafonte TALCONY Center
6161 NW 9th Ave.
Teach in
on Restorative Justice to build local support


Illinois


Chicago, IL

Advance Youth Leadership Power
Saturday, October 5 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
115 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL
Teach-in
on impact of school to prison pipeline on youth with disabilities

COFI/POWER-PAC

Friday, October 4 from 9:30am – 12:00pm
Eckhart Park, 1330 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642
POWER-PAC Quarterly Meeting and Forum
: Parents take action against school pushout

Project NIA, Illinois Safe Schools Alliance and Chicago Freedom School
Monday, September 30 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Jane Addams Hull House 
800 S. Halsted St.
A youth panel and town hall forum
to raise awareness and take action towards the prevention of school pushout 



Louisiana

New Orleans, LA

Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children (FFLIC)
Saturday, September 28 from 9:00am to 4:00pm
1600 Oretha C. Haley Blvd. 
Transformative leadership training for parents of students in New Orleans public and charter schools who have experienced school pushout/suspensions and for those whose children have been in the juvenile justice system or are at risk

Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children (FFLIC)
Wednesday, October 2 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1600 Oretha C. Haley Blvd.
FFLIC hosts a social media event to launch the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) - Louisiana Chapter to build capacity and develop a joint campaign to Push Back Against School Pushout

Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children (FFLIC)
Wednesday, October 2 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Tulane University, Dixon Hall
FFLIC and JJPL will participate as community resource after the Michelle Alexander: The New Jim Crow Lecture and book signing – FFLIC will provide resources on the school to prison pipeline, the DSC model code and solutions to suspensions


Massachusetts

Boston, MA

Youth on Board/BSAC and Boston Area Youth Organizing Project
Thursday, October 3
Gather youth stories at train stations
to advocate for improvements of the school discipline system at school committee hearings and Code of Conduct Advisory Council



Michigan

Detroit, MI

Youth Voice and The Harriet Tubman Center

Saturday, October 5 from 8am to 7pm
1101 Chalmers St.
1,000 Forward Detroit Youth Summit
, a series of 3 summits that will engage 1,000 Detroit youth this school year who have been suspended



Minnesota


Minneapolis, MN

Out4Good
Southside Café
3405 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN
Movie screening in a queer-owned space and curriculum on school pushout

Twin Cities Save the Kids
Saturday September 28
510 Park Ave.
Workshop with youth at Hennepin Juvenile Detention Facility on school pushout - volunteers only

Twin Cities Save the Kids
Monday September 30 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
179 Robie St. East, Saint Paul, MN
Push Back on Pushout: Panel Discussion on Schools
 with participation from the Minnesota Minority Education Partnership
Read the MMEP Policy Brief released this week, and read about the Solutions Not Suspensions Campaign

Twin Cities Save the Kids
Tuesday October 1 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Minneapolis School District Office
1250 W. Broadway Ave., Minneapolis, MN
Rally and Press Conference at the Minneapolis School District Office

Twin Cities Save the Kids
Thursday, October 3 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
MN Neighborhoods Organizing for Change
911 W. Broadway Ave., Minneapolis, MN
Transformative Justice and Conflict Transformation Development in Schools

Twin Cities Save the Kids
Saturday, October 5 at 1:00pm
Federation of Minneapolis Teachers Office
67 8th Ave., NE
Film Screening of Jena 6 and Discussion


Mississippi


Duck Hill, MS

Action Communication and Education Reform (ACER)

Saturday, September 28 from 10:00 to 12:00pm
Duck Hill Gym
312 Main St.
Teach-In Forum on School Pushout

Eupora, MS

Fannie Lou Hamer Center for Change
Community Forum

Greenville, MS

Citizens for a Better Greenville
Block party on school campus, pep rally and parade.

Grenada, MS

Activists with a Purpose
“Walk through” for students and parents to understand the systemic nature of school pushout.

Holmes County, MS

Nollie Jenkins Family Center, Inc.

Nollie Jenkins Family Center held events throughout the week. Below is a summary. You can click here for more details.

Day 1: “Solutions Not Suspensions - An event to present a call for a moratorium on out-of-school suspensions. We are calling on our district to keep students inside the classroom; not limiting their learning time.

Day 2: "Anti-Violence" - Participants, especially students were asked when and where does violence occur?

Day 3: “Finding Our Voice - An event focused on getting young people to critically think about what dignity meant to them and to create a poem or rap, which they would put to a beat. Facilitator was Director of The Gourd of Wisdom Institute, Dr. Marvin Haire.

Day 4: “Uniforms - Nollie’s Youth Leaders, Jacoby Blue, a 6th grader and Curshevia Robinson, a 5th grader, facilitated the event. Youth wanted to know why they had to wear uniforms to school and what could they do to discontinue the wearing of uniforms.

Day 5: “Invest in Education, Not Incarceration - A panel discussion featured a 10th grade high school student, Kametric Smith, a 2013 graduate, Kameisha Smith (now a student at Tugaloo College) and Nollie’s Board Chair, Kahlil Johnson.

Day 6: “Recap, Obstacle Course & Missing in Action (MIA)" – An event hosted by Ellen Reddy, Executive Director and Janice Harper, Organizer to recap of the week events and thank all who participated.
 

Indianola, MS

Sunflower County Parents and Students
Monday, September 30 at 5:00pm
Sunflower County Parents and Students' Office
612 Sunflower Avenue Extended, Suite 18A
A combined Counselors Not Cops and Racial Disparities in schools workshop

Sunflower County Parents and Students
Tuesday, October 1 at 5:00pm
Sunflower County Parents and Students' Office
612 Sunflower Avenue Extended, Suite 18A
A workshop on pushout policies impacting LGBTQ youth

Sunflower County Parents and Students
Wednesday, October 2 at 5:00pm
Sunflower County Parents and Students' Office
612 Sunflower Avenue Extended, Suite 18A
A workshop on Restorative Justice

Sunflower County Parents and Students
Thursday, October 3 at 5:00pm
Sunflower County Parents and Students' Office
612 Sunflower Avenue Extended, Suite 18A
A Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) workshop

Sunflower County Parents and Students
Friday, October 4 at 5:00pm
Sunflower County Parents and Students' Office
612 Sunflower Avenue Extended, Suite 18A
Pushout policies impacting immigrant youth

Kilmichael, MS

Action Communication and Education Reform (ACER)
Saturday, September 28 from 6 to 8pm
Brown Hunting Club
1206 Gaines Ave.
Teach-In Forum on School Pushout

Magnolia and McComb, MS

McComb Youth Council
Friday, October 4 from 1:00pm and 7:00pm
South Pike High School & McComb High School
205 West Myrtle St. and 310 7th St.
Activities on school pushout and school resources officers at McComb High School Homecoming, including a mock school arrest at 1pm

Moorehead, MS


Sunflower County Parents and Students
Saturday, October 5 at 10:00am
Moorehead Library
801 Johnny Russell Dr. 
Invest in education, not incarceration workshop

Summit, MS

McComb Youth Council
Saturday, October 5, 2013 from 3:00 pm to 5:00pm and 5:00pm to 7:30pm
Mt. Zion Economic Community Center
4027 Fred Martin Rd. 
Panel Discussion about School Pushout beginning at 3:00pm and an Art Slam beginning at 5:00pm


Tunica, MS

Sunflower County Parents and Students
Saturday, September 28 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Rosa Fort High School
1100 Rosa Fort Dr.
P-16 Council meeting and workshop: What does a healthy school look like?

Winona, MS

Action Communication and Education Reform (ACER)
Saturday, Sept 28 from 10am to 2pm
Zion District Building
213 Justy St. 
Teach-in and Community Forum on school pushout

Action Communication and Education Reform (ACER)
Saturday, October 5 at 10:00am
Zion District Building
213 Justy St.
Follow-up training on School Pushout for parents and students


Missouri


St. Louis, MO

Missouri GSA Network
Sunday, September 29 at 12:00pm
Kiener Plaza in Downtown St Louis, MO
500 Chestnut St.
Rally with coalition collaborators to elevate the voices of the students
and to shed light on the investment the legislature is making in schools


New Jersey


Jersey City, NJ

Statewide Education Organizing Committee
Monday, September 30 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
City Hall
280 Grove St., Jersey City, NJ
Rally in front of City Hall in Jersey City that highlights the high rates of suspension

Paterson, NJ

PEOC/PF
Saturday, September 28 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Public School #6
137 Carroll St.
Parent Cookout to discuss out of school suspensions

PEOC/PF
Monday, September 30 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Paterson Education Fund
152 Market St., Suite 208
Right Question Workshop to discuss how to ask the right questions when a child is suspended.



New York

New York City

Dignity in Schools Campaign - NY and Make the Road
Monday, September 30/Tuesday, October 1
Visit with City Council members
and other policy-makers to gather endorsements for our DSC-NY 2013-2014 Discipline Code policy platform

DRUM
Monday, September 30 - Friday, October 4
Center Church of the UN (CCUN)
77 UN Plaza (East 44th St. and 1st Ave.)
There will be an exchange with DRUM youth leaders and People's Global Action (PGA) participants on issues of criminalization in our schools and neighborhood

DRUM
Friday, October 4 from 10:30am to 12:30pm
People's Global Action on Migration, Development and Human Rights
777 UN Plaza, Hardin Room 10th Floor
Undocumented and Unafraid: Youth Organizing for Policy Change, where youth will talk about the school-to-prison and/or low wage pipeline

Sistas and Brothas United
Wednesday, October 2 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Morris Campus
1110 Bronx Rd.
Teach-in on students’ rights during suspended and how to use the discipline code for youth in the Bronx

Teachers Unite

Friday, October 4 from 6 to 8pm
The Bronx Museum of the Arts
1040 Grand Concourse
Screening of Teachers Unite’s film Growing Fairness
and discussion on how to build community with Restorative Justice in schools in partnership with DSC-NY



North Carolina

Charlotte

Time Out Youth Center
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 from 2:00 to 5:00pm
1900 The Plaza
Time Out Youth will be playing Game of K-12 Life that simulates school pushout and discussing the issues in NC at tonight’s Youth Safe Space Meeting 

Durham, NC

Hidden Voices
Saturday, October 5 at 8:00pm
White Auditorium, Duke University East Campus
1308 Campus Dr, East Campus
The play None of the Above explores race, poverty, education policies and incarceration in North Carolina

Youth Organizing Institute/NC Heat

Saturday, September 28 from 9:30am to 3pm
Mad Hatter Bakeshop and Café
1801 W. Main St.,
March in PRIDE together
& with iNSIDEoUT

Raleigh, NC

Education Justice Alliance
Friday, October 4 from 4:00pm to 6:30pm
Washington Elementary
1000 Fayetteville St.
2nd Annual Youth-led March and Speak-Out
to End the School to Prison Pipeline: a program/speak-out and march from Washington Elementary to Central Prison where another rally will be held

Wake County, NC

Education Justice Alliance, Youth Organizing Institute, and NC HEAT
Tuesday, October 1 at 5:00pm
5625 Dillard Ave., Cary, NC
Joint Press Conference
to announce a Moratorium Campaign before the Wake County School Board meeting. At 6:30pm attend Wake County School Board meeting and make public comments about school pushout

Education Justice AllianceYouth Organizing Institute, and NC HEAT
Saturday, October 5
Phone Banking
to Get Out the Vote for Wake School Board Elections on October 8, 2013


Ohio

Columbus, OH

Kaleidoscope Youth Center
Wednesday, October 2 Reception at 5:30pm and 6:30pm Screening and Discussion
Wexner Center of the Arts
Ohio State University
1871 North High St.
Reception, screening and discussion about the film Valentine Road


Dayton, OH

Racial Justice Now

Saturday, September 28 from 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Dixon Wellness Center
4415 Dayton Liberty Rd.
A United Front to Save Our Black Youth/Young Adults Summit

Racial Justice Now
Wednesday, October 2 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Dakota Center
33 Barnett St.
Community forum
with candidates for the Dayton School Board

Racial Justice Now

Thursday, October 3 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Wesley Center Dayton
3730 Delphos Ave.
Community forum
with Dayton's mayoral and commission candidates


Oregon


Portland, OR

Portland Parent Union
Saturday, September 28 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Concordia University
2811 North East Holman 
Roundtables, panels and dialogues
that examine restorative justice and school pushout in Oregon schools

Portland Parent Union
Tuesday, October 1 from 8:00am to 9:00pm 
Portland State University Multicultural Center in the Smith Building
228 Smith Memorial Union
Portland Parent Union is a featured speaker at The Oregon Conference on Youth, Guns and Violence being held all day with a series 12 workshops throughout the day and speakers in the evening

Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, PA

ACLU of PA
Thursday, October 3 at 6pm
Hillhouse Association Conference Room A
1835 Centre Ave.
Solutions Not Suspensions
: Youth & Student Rights town hall forum

ACLU of PA
Saturday, October 5 from 11:30am – 1:30pm
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Conference Room
 612 Smithfield St.
Education Not Incarceration
: A Community Conversation roundtable

South Carolina

Columbia, South Carolina

SC Appleseed

Thursday, October 3 at 12:00pm
1518 Washington St.
Release of the report Effective Discipline for Student Success: Reducing Student and Teacher Dropout Rates in South Carolina

Texas

Bryan, TX

The Brazos County Branch of the NAACP
Wednesday, October 2 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Brazos County Administration Building
200 South Texas Ave. in Court Room 101
Community dialogue around new Texas laws on school discipline


Wisconsin

YWCA Madison
Tuesday October 1 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Madison Public Library
201 W. Mifflin St.
YWCA Pre-Summit Youth Reception


YWCA Madison

Wednesday, October 2 from 8:00am to 5:00pm
The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor's Club
1 W. Dayton St.
YWCA Racial Justice Summit: Race to Equity

For more information:

 

• If you'd like to host, organize or participate in a future Week of Action event, please contact DSC Field Organizer Fernando Martinez at - fernando@dignityinschools.org

 

• For general questions about the National Week of Action or the Dignity in Schools Campaign please contact DSC Coordinator Natalie Chap at - natalie@dignityinschools.org

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