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
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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].
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.”
¿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]
¿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.
The New Teacher Underground has imaged a large group of new and newer teachers (5 years or less) meeting in Brooklyn Bridge Park to share food, friends, and stories from the school year, creating a space for reflection and resonance in community.
We will feast on our potluck spread from 2-3, engage in a story telling circle formation from 3-4:30 and have ourselves a jamboree once the stories have been told.
What to bring?
- A fellow new(ish) educator friend
- A plate of food to contribute to the potluck
- A piece of the school year- this may include a note from a student, an item from your classroom, or any other form of memorabilia from this year
- An instrument if you have one
NTU has found that some of the most difficult challenges faced by new(er) teachers are the lack of support, feelings of isolation, the need to vent, and an unfulfilled desire for places where and people who can support them in transforming their struggles into creative, actionable solutions.
Why tell stories?
NTU hopes that by telling stories amongst community with effective protocols, we might be able to get to know one another in ways that are more meaningful, share experiences that we are trying to unpack, and pursue new relationships with other teachers out of a desire to continue to share personal experience and build our work in our classrooms and our schools.
For more information visit the event page on facebook
RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP for more details.
NTU, a working group of New York Collective of Radical Educators, is a social space for newer teachers to find support and dissect the realities of education in NYC. By educating ourselves, we strive to be more empowered both in and out of the classroom. At our summer Detox/Potluck, we will be sharing and connecting using a restorative justice storytelling practice. You can also check us out on Facebook or Twitter: @ntu_nyc. Hope to see you on the 22nd!