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May 17, 1954, marked a turning point in America's journey toward a more perfect Union. On that day, the Supreme Court handed down a unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education, outlawing racial segregation in our Nation's schools. Brown overturned the doctrine of "separate but equal," which the Court had established in the 1896 case of Plessy v. Ferguson. For more than half a century, Plessy gave constitutional backing to discrimination, and civil rights organizations like the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People faced an uphill battle as they sought equality, opportunity, and justice under the law.
Yet, as we approach the 64th Anniversary of Brown, we are still fighting for racial justice and equity in our schools throughout the country. On Tuesday, February 13 we want to make a statement that can't be ignored. #WeChoose Equity, Not the Illusion of Choice!
The #WeChoose Campaign is a declaration from hundreds of thousands of parents and students and cities across the United States with the clear, yet profound message – we reject and resist corporate education policies that are inflicted upon our children without our voice. We want the world to say WE CHOOSE EQUITY and offer REAL SOLUTIONS, and on February 13th commit to participate in the conversation – participate in the NATIONAL WATCH PARTY of the National Critical Conversation on Public Education hosted by Dr. Yohuru Williams @ 6 PM EST – 8 PM EST LIVE. Dr. Williams is the Author, Activist, Professor, and Historian.
Powerful Michigan Youth Panel: Carla Underwood (Detroit, MI), student activist and community organizer; Jaia Simone Richardson (Inkster MI), is a High School Senior and Former student in Inkster public schools before it dissolved in 2013; DeMarius Brown (Albion MI) is a High School Senior at Marshall High School and is his favorite subjects are AP Art and Psychology.
Adult Panelists include: Aliya Moore, Detroit Parent and Organizer, Keep the Vote, No Takeover; Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers, President; Tara Stamps, Chicago Public School Educator, Community Activist; Lily Garcia, National Education Association, President.
HOW TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT:
1. Sign up now for the National Public Education Equity Town Hall Watch Party on 2/13 LIVE at 6 PM EST
2. On 2/13, participate in the #WeChoose Equity Social Media Power Hours from 6 PM EST - 8 PM EST and encourage others to do the same! Join in on the conversation with #WeChoose https://www.facebook.com/J4JAlliance/ FB: WeChoose
3. Sign on to the #WeChoose Education Equity Not the Illusion of "School Choice" Petition https://campaigns.organizefor.org/petitions/we-choose-education-equity-not-the-illusion-of-school-ch...
4. Sign on to support the #WeChoose Campaign and learn more about the WeChoose Coalition Partners at www.j4jalliance.com/wechoose
Journey 4 Justice
Leaders have joined the National WeChoose Coalition comprising powerful education justice organizations launching a series of conversations across the country to focus attention on the continued attempt to dismantle and corporatize America's public education system. Several of the nation’s largest and most effective education justice networks, who were largely responsible for the huge public rejection of Betsy Devos as education secretary through the #DumpDevos campaign with millions of phone calls, letters and faxes have united with a campaign to defend our communities across the country from school privatization schemes. The #WeChoose campaign is building local demands for what parents and students across the nation have clearly chosen: an end to school privatization, sustainable, high quality community schools, an end to zero tolerance, education equity, stopping the attack on Black teachers, eliminating appointed school boards, mayoral control and state takeovers and eliminating the over-reliance on standardized tests. The #WeChoose coalition understands that we must build local power to create the political will to resist privatization and do what works for all of America’s children; regardless of race or income.
J4J is an alliance of grassroots community, youth, and parent-led organizations in 23 cities across the country: Atlanta, Baltimore, Birmingham, Boston, Brooklyn NY, Camden, Chicago, Dayton OH, Detroit, Euphora and Kilmichael MS, Jersey City, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Newark, NJ, New Orleans, New York City, Oakland, Patterson, NJ, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Wichita. All of our members are base-building organizations who understand that public education is a human right; and are organizing for community-driven alternatives to the privatization of and dismantling of public schools systems.