NJ Black Lives Matter Week of Action At Schools

Black Lives Matter At School is a national coalition of educators organizing for racial justice in education, calling on all cities to endorse the first week of February each year as the BLM at Schools Week of Action. During the week of action, cities and schools organize events and curriculum connected with the 13 Black Lives Matter Principles. The Week of Action connects teaching and learning within schools to larger systematic and policy inequities. The four demands address the ways that racial injustice manifest on larger scales, within and across schools, through disciplinary approaches, lack of accountability for schools to be culturally responsive, and funding inequities (NYC BLM Week of Action at Schools).

In this era of mass incarceration, there is a school-to-prison-pipeline system that is more invested in locking up youth than unlocking their minds. That system uses harsh discipline policies that push Black students out of schools at disproportionate rates; denies students the right to learn about their own cultures and whitewashes the curriculum to exclude many of the struggles and contributions of Black people and other people of color; and is pushing out Black teachers from the schools in cities around the country. With this analysis educators in the BLM at School movement developed these demands for the movement:

1) End “zero tolerance” discipline, and implement restorative justice

2) Hire more black teachers

3) Mandate black history and ethnic studies in K-12 curriculum

4) Fund counselors not cops

Learn more by visiting: https://blacklivesmatteratschool.com/about/

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