This Week in Education Organizing - Aug. 21, 2015

The Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools Newsletter
August 21, 2015

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Dyett Hunger Strikers
The Dyett Hunger Strikers with Karen Lewis, President
of the Chicago Teachers Union. Pic via @brothajitu.

On Monday, 12 parents, teachers and community members began a hunger strike to save Dyett High School, the last open-enrollment public high school in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood. Read a powerful open letter from Jitu Brown, National Director of the Journey for Justice Alliance, on why he's joining the hunger strike. Then sign up to join these inspiring Chicago organizers for a 1-Day Solidarity Hunger Strike on Aug. 25.

Meet the Dyett Hunger Strikers in this video and check out some of the media coverage here. Be sure to show your support on social media with #SaveDyett, #WeAreDyett and #FightForDyett!

Youth organizer Christine Rodriguez from Make the Road New York wrote a great op-ed in the Gotham Gazette this week detailing the fight to end harsh, discriminatory school discipline policies in New York City. Thanks to the work of groups like Make the Road and other organizations across the city, the district has made important strides towards reducing the use of suspensions and arrests, but there is still work to be done to end the school-to-prison pipeline. Read Rodriguez's op-ed here.

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, The Advancement Project and Friends and Family of Louisiana's Incarcerated Youth have launched, a website that takes a hard look at persistent racial inequities in the city. From the city's schools and economy to its housing and criminal justice system, it's clear that New Orleans is far from "America's best comeback story" and that "progress without equity is injustice." Check out the project here.

Organizers with the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools are planning a back-to-school Week of Action starting on Labor Day. For years, Philadelphia advocates have been fighting for adequate and equitable school funding, particularly to support the development of full-service community schools that provide wraparound academic, health and social services to students and their families. Read more about the PCAPS platform and Week of Action events here.


Oct. 3-11: The Dignity in Schools Campaign will be hosting its 6th Annual National Week of Action Against School Pushout in partnership with grassroots organizing groups nationwide. Click here to find an event near you!

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