11.17.11 – National Day of Action w/OCCUPY the Department of Education!

Calling all future Occupiers of the Department of Education! 

Occupy the DOE will be meeting at 4:30 on the steps of Tweed 0(52 Chambers) with the Children’s Brigade as part of the National Day of Action in support of OWS.

Even though the mayor and the other 1% think that they can break the Occupy Wall Street movement by clearing Zucotti Park, we, the 99%, will show them that they ARE WRONG this Thursday! 


As scheduled, Nov. 17th will be a full day of non-violent mass demonstrations throughout the city to celebrate Occupy Wall Street’s two month anniversary, and the birth of a movement that has inspired people locally and globally.

We will celebrate this historic day through sign making, speak outs, teach ins, and a march across the Brooklyn bridge. This will be a family friendly event, with activities for children. Feel free to bring cupcakes, art supplies, your mic check and a whole lotta noise!

A better future on the horizon and we celebrate it this Thursday. Why? Because we are unstoppable and another future is possible!!!!! 




We want Public Education

for the 99%

At the Panel for Educational Policy (PEP)* meeting on October 25th, Chancellor Walcott (the 1%) is planning a “conversation on raising standards in the classroom.”But we have some more pressing issues for changing public education.

Join us as we OCCUPY THE PANEL FOR EDUCATIONAL POLICY and add your voice and issues to the agenda.

How do YOU want public education to change? What are YOUR “common core standards”?


*The PEP is an un-elected 13-member body (the majority of whom are appointed by Bloomberg) that makes decisions for the Department of Education. Think of it like a Board of Directors. The PEP meetings are open to the public. ALL ARE WELCOME.



Tuesday, October 25th @5:30PM

Seward Park High School

350 Grand Street

(near Williamsburg Bridge)


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Coming Out Muslim: Radical Acts of Love – October 20 – 22 @ 8pm

Dear NYCoRE community,

Out of the conversations and explorations of the Spring Interrupting Islamophobia NYCoRE ItAG a project entitled Coming Out Muslim sprang up…  and we are excited to share it’s second iteration:

Coming Out Muslim: Radical Acts of Love

the voices, stories, and experiences of the intersection between queerness and Islam

the evening will be anchored by work that my colleague Terna and I have been working on in an effort to make a visible public space for lives we love.

Where: WOW, Cafe Theater @ 59 E 4th St btw 2nd Ave & Bowery

When: Thursday – Saturday, October 20 – 22 @ 8pm


Tickets are sliding scale and you can get them in advance here (the space only holds 50 spots each night) or here: http://www.wowcafe.org/


Wazina & Terna


PS: check out Wazina talkin’ about Coming Out Muslim at

To hear a little by Wazina, please also check out:


(at the 30th minute or so)


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Saturday, November 12, 2011, 3-7pm


Event Summary:
Over 200 New York City educators and allies came out for a screening of Precious Knowledge, a film chronicling the struggle for Ethnic Studies in Arizona on November 12, 2011.  Held at the  Langston Hughes Auditorium at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the audience was joined by two Tucson teachers from the Mexican American Studies Program who engaged in a discussion on the importance of the struggle and how it is connected to issues here in New York City.  A screening was also held earlier that day specifically for young people to learn more about what is happening in Tucson.  The screeenings, co-sponsored by NYCoRE, Latino Educators in Independent Schools and Celebrate Cesar Chavez, raised over $4300 to support Save Ethnic Studies, an organization that is supporting the legal costs of the 11 teachers that are suing the state legislation that attempts to ban their classes. For more information or to donate, visit http://saveethnicstudies.org/index.shtml


Precious Knowledge Trailer from Ari Palos on Vimeo.








Event Footage



Footage from the screening.

TUSD teacher Curtis Acosta


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