BLM Week of Action Organizing Meeting

The BLM Week of Action is less than a month away. There’s lots of work to be done to make this incredible week happen. Join us Wednesday to make it happen.

We usually meet at the CUNY Grad Center. We are just waiting on confirming a room til we say for sure. Stay tuned for exact location

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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].

CONTACT: 
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.

 

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¿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]

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

Kevin Powell, kevin@kevinpowell.net, 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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3.13.13 Book Party & Conversation – Barbara Miner, Lessons from the Heartland

NYCoRE is proud to be co-sponsoring this event.

Please join us!

Miner.book.1871.cover.newpressTHE EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13, 2013

7:00-8:30 PM

CUNY GRADUATE CENTER RM. 6304
365 FIFTH AVE. NYC

 

THE PUBLIC SCIENCE PROJECT BOOK SERIES: FAULT LINES OF OPPRESSION, FRONT LINES OF RESISTANCE

A BOOK PARTY AND CONVERSATION WITH BARBARA MINER

Former managing editor of RETHINKING SCHOOLS, and author of:

LESSONS FROM THE HEARTLAND: A TURBULENT HALF-CENTURY OF PUBLIC EDUCATION IN AN ICONIC AMERICAN CITY

INTRODUCED BY STAN KARP,

DIRECTOR OF THE SECONDARY REFORM PROJECT FOR THE EDUCATION LAW CENTER

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13, 2013

7:00-8:30 PM

CUNY GRADUATE CENTER RM. 6304
365 FIFTH AVE. NYC

Sponsored by The Public Science Project. Co-sponsored with The Critical Social and Environmental Psychology and The Urban Education Programs, NYCORE, (In)equality Matters Advanced Research Collaborative at the Graduate Center, City University of New York and The Urban Research-Based Action Network (URBAN).

This event will be live tweeted.

From an excerpt of Lessons from the Heartland at Rethinking Schools:

Wisconsin—and, in particular, urban Milwaukee—has been at the forefront of a half-century of public education experiments, from desegregation and “school choice” to vouchers and charter schools. Lessons from the Heartland: A Turbulent Half-Century of Public Education in an Iconic American City by Barbara J. Miner, former managing editor of Rethinking Schools, is both a narrative portrait of the struggles for equitable education in Milwaukee, and an exploration of the larger issues of race and class. This excerpt is an adaptation of chapters 17 and 25 (The New Press, 2013).

 

Vouchers Pass, Abandonment Begins

The long, painful, and conscious abandonment of Milwaukee’s public schools began in September 1990. Publicly funded vouchers for private schools evolved from conservative dream to on-the-ground reality.

Like most people, I didn’t give vouchers much thought when the Wisconsin Legislature passed the program. Vouchers were promoted as “choice” for poor people, an experimental effort under which public dollars would pay the tuition at a handful of private, nonreligious community schools serving a couple of hundred poor children. It seemed worthwhile and noncontroversial, akin to throwing a few dollars in the missionary collection basket at Sunday church.

My first encounter with vouchers, on Nov. 14, 1990, was unexpected but enlightening…

As a member of rethinking schools you can read the rest of the excerpt here

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