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On May 14th the Journey for Justice Alliance will release a Myth-Shattering Report “Failing Brown v. Board” that exposes deep Inequities in Public Education Across Race and Class.
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 Monday, May 14th we want to make a statement that can't be ignored: that #WeChoose Equity, Not the Illusion of Choice!
The "Failing Brown v. Board" Report examines course offerings in 12 cities revealing inequities that have remained since the Civil Rights Movement, inspiring call from national organizations for a “new Brown v. Board”
What You can do:
1. Watch the Livestream of the release of the Failing Brown v. Board Equity Report on Facebook Live at 9 AM EST: https://www.facebook.com/J4JAlliance/
2. Download your copy of the report at www.j4jalliance.com and share the report with 5 elected officials, teachers, friends or family members and ask them to do the same. Together we can make this Equity Report go viral!
3. Participate in the Lunch-Time Social Media Power Hour, May 14th at 12 PM EST.
Journey 4 Justice
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.
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.