This Week in Education Organizing - August 18, 2017

Welcome to our August 18 newsletter! What a week. As always, share the latest stories from your city or state with us on Twitter and Facebook. Don't forget to tell your friends and colleagues to sign up for our newsletter here.

AROS Joins In for “Ready to Resist” Mass Organizing Call – Sunday night

For the first time, the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools is joining together with MoveOn, the Center for Popular Democracy, the Working Families Party, Indivisible, Color of Change and other organizations in a national organizing call. The call will be held at 8:00 eastern time this Sunday, August 20.

The call will begin with a focus on Charlottesville. The violence last weekend was yet another example that white supremacy is a real and active threat in today's America—and that we all have work to do to confront and combat it in all its forms. Speakers will address ideas and strategies for responding.

Then, we’ll turn to other fights, including the AROS “Welcome to the Fight-Back” summer campaign against the Trump/DeVos agenda.  AROS director Keron Blair will present, and urge folks to attend Town Halls and talk about the threat to public education posed by Trump and DeVos. 

Please join us. Click here to RSVP for the call this Sunday, August 20 at 8 p.m. ET/7 CT/6 MT/5 PT.  Folks who RSVP will receive a phone call at the number you provide on the RSVP page, at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday. You can also stream the call live via the link you'll see when you register.   Join us!  The organizers are expecting as many as 40,000 people to join the call.  Be one of them.


Alliance for Educational Justice Call to Action

Speaking of responding, the Alliance for Educational Justice is posting that Loan Tran, the Executive Director of the Youth Organizing Institute was among those arrested and charged with allegedly tearing down a Confederate monument outside the old Durham County courthouse in North Carolina. Tran and 3 others have been charged with multiple felony offenses.  Please check out the posting to see suggestions for actions in support of Tran and others.  


AROS Launches “Welcome to the Fight-Back” by Joining with the Alliance for Quality Education in Kingston, NY

When it comes to education justice, Kingston is “Everytown, USA.”  The city spends more building prisons than funding schools, and critical education programs are repeatedly threatened with cutbacks.  In Kingston, we joined a multi-issue rally sponsored by the Alliance for Quality Education, to lift up the demand for investment, and justice.

AROS Director Keron Blair energized the crowd with his call for action: “The win is demonstrating that our bodies will be on the line...saying ‘you will have to go through us to get your agenda passed!  – watch Keron’s address here.

Hundreds of committed activists marched and pledged action. Together, AQE and AROS declared that we will push back against the proposed cuts to education and other critical aspects of our communal lives.

Alliance for Quality Education Calls on NY Governor Cuomo to Break Ties with Hedge-Funder Dan Loeb

Last week Dan Loeb, a hedge fund billionaire and longtime donor and ally of Governor Cuomo, launched a vicious and racist attack against State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, saying she has done “more damage to people of color than anyone who has ever donned a hood.”  Loeb is one of the nation’s wealthiest charter school supporters, and sits on the board of the Success Academy Schools in New York City.  Now, the Alliance for Quality Education is calling on NY Governor Andrew Cuomo to denounce Loeb and step up to support Stewart-Cousins. 

Learn more about Stewart-Cousins and Loeb’s outrageous comment here. Then, please:  Sign the AQE petition here. 



Actions on Congressional Delegations in districts across the country.  Do you know where your members of Congress are this recess?  Check here for scheduled town-halls in your area.  See the AROS website for sample questions and “how-to” information for attending a town hall. 

Backpack Full of Cash Public Screening in Boston:  A number of education groups in Boston are hosting a showing of Backpack Full of Cash at the Wheelock Family Theater in Boston at 7pm on September 13th.  Matt Damon – who narrates the documentary about charter schools, will be among the panel discussants after the film.  For more information, click here.

Journey for Justice national conference:  J4J’s national conference will take place in Chicago on May 18-20, 2018.  Stay tuned for more information.

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