Join us for NYCoRE’s next meeting – Friday, December 13th!

RSVP for NYCoRE’s December Meeting

Friday, December 13th!


6 pm – 8:00 pm
NYCoRE 101 at 5:30 pm

Understanding our Points of Unity: (Re)imagining NYCoRE’s Vision of Social Justice in Education

Join us for our next monthly meeting as we continue to reflect collectively on NYCoRE’s Points of Unity, the principles and philosophies that ground us in our work and bring us all together.

We will follow up on last month’s meeting by examining our Points of Unity using our creativity, critical analysis and collective experiences. Don’t worry if you weren’t able to make it to last month’s meeting or if this is your first NYCoRE meeting! We are eager to identify about the root causes and effects of the systemic problems we all see in our schools, communities and students’ lives– and think about the axes we all wield in our classrooms and beyond.

Break Out Groups will continue their ongoing work.

NYU Pless Hall 3rd Floor Lounge
82 Washington Square East
New York, NY

6:00 to 8:00 PM
NYCoRE 101 at 5:30 for new members

Questions? Please e-mail

Please Bring ID and don’t forget to RSVP here!

See you soon!

Support provided by the Union Square Award, a project of the Tides Center.

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Join us for NYCoRE’s November General Meeting

Friday, November 15th

6 – 8 pm

 Getting to the Root of the Problem: (Re)imagining NYCoRE’s Vision of Social Justice in Education

The tree and rood

Join us for our third monthly meeting of the year as we reflect collectively on some of NYCoRE’s Points of Unity, the principles and philosophies that ground us in our work and bring us together.

At this month’s meeting — the first of a two-part series — we will be delving into our Points of Unity to understand and explore the root causes of the systemic problems we see in our schools, our communities, and our students’ lives. Naming these root causes will help us collectively shape our goals as the NYCoRE community (re)imagines and (re)envisions our future and our place in the educational justice movement.

Be sure to join us for the second part of this discussion at December’s monthly meeting, when we continue the dialogue around more of our Points of Unity!

NYU Pless Hall 3rd Floor Lounge
82 Washington Square East
New York, NY
6:00 to 8:00 PM
5:30 PM: NYCoRE 101 for new members


Break Out Groups will continue their ongoing work.
Look forward to a special presentation in theTeachDream Break Out Group around college advising for undocumented youth and our newly launched online resource guide for educators! 
Questions? Please e-mail
Please Bring ID and RSVP here to give us a head count for food, and to notify security.
NYCoRE Core Committee
Support provided by the Union Square Award, a project of the Tides Center.

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7.8.13: Stand up against acts of structural racism in NYC schools @Tweed Courthouse

NYCoRE is standing with the Pan American International High School (PAIHS) community and local supporters in demanding an investigation into allegations of racists acts committed by the current PAIHS principal.

Please come out to the rally at Tweed Courthouse (52 Chambers) on Monday, July 8 at noon.

Read the press release below and on the facebook event page


— Please forward widely – Español abajo —


WHAT? Picket demanding an immediate, rapid and unbiased investigation by the Chancellor’s office into allegations that a Queens Principal called African American teachers she was firing “big lipped,” “nappy haired,” and “gorillas.”

WHEN? 12 noon, Monday July 8th.

WHERE? In front of Chancellor Walcott’s offices at DOE Headquarters in Tweed Courthouse, 52 Chambers St., Manhattan (4/5/6/N to City Hall)

ENDORSEMENTS  Teachers and staff from PAIHS Elmhurst and around the city, Councilwoman Jullissa Ferreras, Kevin Powell and BK Nation [List of endorsements in formation].

Peter Lamphere, peter.lamphere@gmail.com917-969-5658

Kevin Powell, kevin@kevinpowell.net718-399-8149

WHY? Pan American International High School will be without any African American teachers next year, because two teachers have been fired after a Queens Principal, Minerva Zanca, made racist comments about them in closed-door meetings with her assistant principal.  The third African American teacher is leaving the school because of severe budget cuts to her hugely successful Theater program which were racially motivated.

We demand that there is a full investigation into these allegations and, if they are substantiated, that the DOE hold the principal accountable to its zero-tolerance policy against discrimination.  We also demand that the discontinuances of the personnel involved (Teachers John Flanagan and Heather Hightower and AP Anthony Riccardo) be reversed.

Local Councilmember Julissa Ferreras says “The allegations brought against Ms. Zanca are very serious and concern me deeply. As a representative of an extremely diverse district, I cannot and will not stand for this type of behavior.”

Kevin Powell, president of BK Nation, adds “It is not only important to have high standards for our public school teachers but we must also support the good ones, like these teachers, who are completely dedicated to their young people. I find it unacceptable that a principal can engage in this kind of conduct without any repercussions. We are not going to stop until due justice and process is served here.”

See media coverage on WNYC and PIX11 News for more details.



¿DÓNDE? En frente de la oficina del Rector de Educación, Dennis Walcott. 52 Chambers St., Manhattan, la sede del Departamento de Educación  (Trenes 4/5/6/N a City Hall).

PATROCINIOS: Los maestros de varios lugares alrededor de la ciudad y facultad del colegio Pan American International High School, Concejal Julissa Ferreras, Kevin Powell y BK Nation.[Lista de endosos en formación]

Peter Lamphere, peter.lamphere@gmail.com917-969-5658

Kevin Powell,, 718-399-8149

¿POR QUÉ? El año escolar entrante, Pan American International High School quedará sin maestros afro-americanos porque dos maestros fueron despedidos después de que la directora, Minerva Zanca, hizo algunos comentarios racistas tras las puertas privadas de su oficina con Anthony Riccardo, su vicedirector. Una tercera afro-americana también se aparta de su posición como directora de teatro porque ha sufrido demasiadas cortas a su presupuesto a mano de Zanca, que fueron motivadas por razones raciales.

Estamos exigiendo que haya una investigación a fondo en cuanto a estas alegaciones y, en caso de que salgan verdaderas, que el Departamento de Educación ejerza su política de no tolerancia contra discriminación. También exigimos que las descontinuaciones de los dos maestros, John Flanagan y Heather Hightower, y el vicedirector, Anthony Riccardo se inviertan.

La Consejal local Julissa Ferreras dice “Las acusaciones presentadas contra la Sra. Zanca son muy graves y me preocupan profundamente. Como representante de un distrito muy diverso, no puedo y no voy a permitir este tipo de comportamiento.”

Kevin Powell, el presidente de BK Nation, asegura que, “No solo es importante tener estándares altos para nuestros maestros de escuelas públicas, sino también hay que apoyar a los buenos maestros, como estos, que son completamente dedicados a sus estudiantes. Lo considero inaceptable que una directora pueda participar en este tipo de conducta sin consecuencias. No vamos a dejar de luchar hasta que la justicia apropiada y el proceso adecuado se hayan realizado.

Vean la cobertura de los medios de comunicación en WNYC y Noticias PIX11 para más detalles.

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