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NYCoRE Election 2016 Statement

Since 2001, the New York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCoRE) has been in the struggle for justice both inside and outside of the classroom. The election of Donald Trump highlights the necessity of radical educators, given that 53% of White women voted for Trump and White women make up approximately 65% of the US teaching (P-12) force. While Trump has created a sense of urgency, we know that many students, schools, and communities have been living this urgency prior to Trump and will live in this urgency after Trump. As educators we must re/commit ourselves to this struggle now and for the long haul. We must re/commit ourselves to this work for our students’ lives, not for our own comfort and self-gratitude. We must re/commit ourselves to this work for actual change against and beyond racial capitalism, not for feel-good liberalism.

To be clear, neutrality is not an option. Bipartisanship does not exist. For there is no such thing as an apolitical teacher or an apolitical education. We are either on the side of oppression or we are on the side of ensuring our young people have a future in which liberation is a reality. This is our call to action: educators must see schooling as part of the larger liberation struggles of the United States and across the globe. We must do this work both inside and outside the classroom because the struggle for justice does not end when the school bell rings.

Please see the list of education specific resources and readings below to help you get connected.

-The New York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCoRE)

Get Active/Get Connected

New York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCoRE) (NYC)

Teachers Unite (NYC)

Movement of Rank and File Educators (MORE) (NYC)

Showing Up for Racial Justice (New York) — for White folks

Teacher Activist Group – Philly (Philly)

Caucus of Working Educators (Philly)

Teacher Activist Group – Boston (Boston)

Teachers for Social Justice (Chicago)

Association of Raza Educators (San Diego & Oakland)

The People’s Education Movement (Los Angeles)

Institute for Teachers of Color Committed to Racial Justice (Los Angeles)

Teachers 4 Social Justice (San Francisco)

Education for Liberation Network

Rethinking Schools

The Black Teacher Project

Young Teacher’s Collective

Teachers Activist Group – National

Readings:

  1. Alexander, M. (2012). The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
  2. Anyon, J. (2005). Radical Possibilities: Public Policy, Urban Education, and a New Social Movement
  3. Au, W., Brown, A. L., & Calderón, D. (2016). Reclaiming the Multicultural Roots of US Curriculum: Communities of Color and Official Knowledge in Education
  4. Bale, J., & Knopp, S. (2012). Education and Capitalism: Struggles for Learning and Liberation
  5. Bonilla-Silva, E. (2006). Racism Without Racists: Color-blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States.
  6. Canning, D. (2016).  Nunca Mas!  People Powered Strategy in the Time of Trump.  https://medium.com/@doylecanning/nunca-mas-people-powered-strategy-in-the-time-of-trump-a10c214b05db#.iw7phw7xv
  7. Chacon, J. A. and Davis, M. (2006). No One is Illegal  
  8. DiAngelo, R. (2011). White fragility
  9. Dumas, M.J. (2016). Things Are Gonna Get Easier: Refusing Schooling as a Site of Black Suffering
  10. Freire, P. (1970). Pedagogy of the Oppressed.
  11. Grande, S. (2015). Red pedagogy: Native American Social and Political Thought
  12. hooks, b. (2014). Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom
  13. Jacobin Magazine. Class Action: An Activist Teacher’s Handbook
  14. Mayorga, E., & Picower, B. (2015). What’s Race Got To Do With It?: How Current School Reform Policy Maintains Racial And Economic Inequality
  15. Morris, M. W. (2016). Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools.
  16. Podair J. (2002) The Strike that Changed New York
  17. Samudzi, Z. (2016). We Need a Decolonized, Not a “Diverse” Education
  18. Tuck, E., & Yang, K. W. (2012). Decolonization is Not a Metaphor.
  19. Schools in Transition: A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 Schools
  20. #WhiteGirlsDoItBetter: Why White Women Remain One of Racism’s Most Slept on Weapon
  21. What If We Talked About Monolingual White Children the Way We Talk About Low-Income Children of Color
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RSVP for NYCoRE’s November Meeting

In this meeting, the new working group FPAeD, Fighting Pervasive Ableism in Education, will facilitate the political education portion. This interactive and station-based approach will center the stories and experiences of learners of color with disabilites and the school structures that challenge their survival. This session aims to model adaptive and universal accesibility design.

In the second half of the meeting, we will have some time for Working Groups to check in, for new members to become oriented with NYCoRE in our NYCoRE 101 session, and for members who want to work on an action in response to the outcome of this month’s presidential election.

Please join us on Friday!

**Once again, PLEASE RSVP below to give us a head count (maximum of 70 people) for food and so we can notify security!**

LOCATION:
iMentor
30 Broad Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY

DATE:
Friday, November 18

TIME:
5-5:30PM Food and mingle
5:30-8:00 PM Member Meeting

FOOD:
Sophie’s Cuban
https://www.sophiescuban.com/

We are striving to make NYCoRE general meetings as accessible as possible. If you have any accessibility needs and would like to share them with us in advance, we would welcome that information and we will do our best to meet those needs.

CHILDCARE:
Please RSVP by Wednesday, November 16 at noon if you have childcare needs!

**Once again, PLEASE RSVP below to give us a head count for food and so we can notify security!**

NYCoRE
http://www.nycore.org
info@nycore.org

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From the Streets to our Schools: The Educator’s Role in Disrupting Anti-Blackness

In this meeting, we will be deepening our understanding of anti-Blackness and how it shows up in our schools and classrooms. We’ll be exploring these questions:

What is anti-Blackness?
How does anti-Blackness manifest in our school and in our classrooms?
What does anti-Blackness have to do with neoliberal education reform?

We will also work collaboratively to come up with ways for us as educators to disrupt anti-Blackness. We will be reading an excerpt from Katherine McKittrick’s Mathematics Black Life and huffpost piece by Michael Dumas titled Things Are Gonna Get Easier: Refusing Schools as Sites of Black Suffering.

In the second half of the meeting, we will have some time for Working Groups to check in and for new members to become oriented with NYCoRE in our NYCoRE 101 session.

Please join us as we strengthen our collective political analysis and prepare for the work of this school year!

**Once again, PLEASE RSVP below to give us a head count (maximum of 70 people) for food and so we can notify security.!**

Location:
iMentor
30 Broad Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY

Date:
Friday, October 21st

Time:
5-5:30PM Food and mingle
5:30-8:00 PM Member Meeting

We are striving to make NYCoRE general meetings as accessible as possible. If you have any accessibility needs and would like to share them with us in advance, we would welcome that information and we will do our best to meet those needs.

**Once again, PLEASE RSVP below to give us a head count for food and so we can notify security!**

NYCoRE
http://www.nycore.org
info@nycore.org