Public Event on Racial Profiling: From the Classroom to the Street
2229 South Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60608
This educational after-school event brings together a diverse group of CPS students, Chicago youth leaders, social justice organizations, CPS teachers, and other educators. This event will allow youth and educators to discuss how the events outside of school can and should shape teaching and discipline policies in schools. The event will provide some specific teaching tools that educators can use to continue the discussion/activism in schools and connect students and educators to existing social justice organizations, campaigns, and activism taking place in Chicago that is part of the larger new 21st century youth movement.
Youth from schools are encouraged to bring their teachers and teachers are encouraged to bring youth from their schools in the hope that groups pursue ongoing activity and activism both in school-through ideas like service learning projects, lessons and extracurricular activites-as well as outside of school. Individual teachers and students are also welcome to attend and participate.
Co-Sponsors: Alternatives, Black Youth Project 100 - Chicago, Chicago Freedom School, Chicago Teachers Union, Mikva Challenge, Project NIA, Teachers for Social Justice, VOYCE (Voices of Youth in Chicago Education), We Charge Genocide
January 19th King Day Rally for:
Elected, Representative School Board & Sustainable Community Schools
On Saturday, November 22, 2014, Teachers for Social Justice (TSJ) hosted their 13th Annual Teaching for Social Justice Curriculum Fair. TSJ is an organization of educators who is committed to education for social justice. The fair brings together educators and supporters from across the county to educate and share ideas about how schools can empower students.
(photo credit: Ervin Lopez)
This year's fair focused on 'Democratize Education! Democratize Chicago!' This year, TSJ was honored to host two educators who have dedicated their lives for a just educated. Kali Akuno from Malcom X Grassroots Movement and Jackson from the Chicago Teachers Union were the keynote speakers. In addition, 15 workshops were held on issues, a few included discussing using education to resist neoliberalism, strategizing for economic and political democracy, resisting standardize tests, cop watching, among others. Also, over 60 excellent exhibitors and organizations presented their resources and curriculum to share with attendees. This year's curriculum fair attracted over 800 people. The fair was held at North Grand High School in the North West side of Chicago.
[don't forget to register here and don't forget your water bottle!!!!]
TSJ Curriculum Fair KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:
Kali Akuno-an organizer, educator, and writer for human rights and social justice. He is an organizer for the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (www.mxgm.org) and former Co-Director of the US Human Rights Network (www.ushrnetwork.org). Kali also served as the Executive Director of the Peoples' Hurricane Relief Fund based in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. And he was a co-founder of the School of Social Justice and Community Development, a public school serving the academic needs of low-income African American and Latino communities in Oakland, CA. Kali has authored many articles and pamphlets on how government counterinsurgency, state violence, the drug war, mass incarceration and neoliberalism impact Black communities. Two of his most recent works include, Operation Ghetto Storm: Every 28 Hours and Let Your Motto Be Resistance: A Handbook on Organizing New Afrikan and Oppressed Communities for Self-Defense.
Kali recently served as the Coordinator of Special Projects and External Funding in Jackson, MS in the administration of the late Mayor Chokwe Lumumba. He is also a co-founder and coordinator of Cooperation Jackson, an emerging network of worker and consumer cooperatives in Jackson (www.CooperationJackson.org).
Jackson Potter is a Chicago Public Schools graduate. He was a high school
activist who led a walk-out at Whitney Young HS in 1995 to push for equitable funding for schools in Illinois. After college he worked at Englewood High School and was the union delegate there and joined a rank-and-file group of teachers to form the Renaissance 2010 committee within the Chicago Teachers Union. He and Al Ramírez formed CORE in May of 2008 and joined with community organizations in the Grassroots Education Movement. In June of 2010, CORE won the general election for the leadership of the Chicago Teachers Union, the third largest teachers local in the country. Jackson currently serves the CTU as the staff coordinator.
SESSION 1, 12:00 - 1:15
1. Continuing the Conversation: Dialogue on Strategy for Economic and Political Democracy. (Kali Akuno and Teachers for Social Justice).
2. Community Will in Action; Sustainable Community Schools and the Fight for Dyett High School (Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School).
3. African and Mexican Cultural Materials for STEM Classrooms (Beatrice Lumpkin, Patricia Flagg Poole).
4. This Is Not a Test: New Narratives on Race, Class, and Teaching in the City. (José Vilson, Jen Johnson, Mayra Almáraz-DeSantiago, Greg Michie)
5.Tobacco Timeline (David Bender, American Indian Center)
6. Talking With Youth About the Police: Activities & Resources. (Mariame Kaba, Project NIA).
7. Señor Presidente Le Vengo a Decir/ Mr. President I'm Here To Tell You: Using Traditional Community Music As a Catalyst for Cultural Justice in The Barrio. (Maya Fernandez, Stephanie Rodriguez, Jackie Rodriguez, Camilo Rincon, Alexee Castro, Rafael Rincon, Gina Gamboa, Raul Fernandez, & Laura Cambron). 8. A Practical Toolkit for Test Resistance (More Than A Score coalition including Chicago Teachers Union—Kim Goldbaum and Sarah Chambers [CTU], Sherise McDaniel [CPS parent], Emmanuel Murillo [Curie HS student]).
SESSION 2, 1:45 - 3:00
9. (special organizing workshop) Democratize Education, Democratize Chicago!-Next Steps. (Teachers for Social Justice and other members of the Grassroots Education Movement [GEM] and Communities Organized for Democracy in Education [CODE]).
10. Where's the Money? Understanding CPS budgets and Fighting for Revenue (Matthew Luskin, Chicago Teachers Union)
11. Resisting Teach For America (Katie Osgood, CPS)
12. Know Your Rights and Cop Watch Training for Educators and School Staff. (Sharlyn Grace and Monica Trinidad, We Charge Genocide and Community Activism Law Alliance)
13. Building Critical Curriculum on Chicago's Schooling and Education (grades 7-16). (Asif Wilson, Dave Stovall, Isaura Pulido, Ann Aviles de Bradley, Anton Miglietta, Cecily Relucio Hensler, Gabe Cortez, Chicago Grassroots Curriculum Task Force)
14. Equip Students with Social Justice Vocabulary: Identity Webs, The Sneetches & More! (Genevieve Erker Caffrey, 4th-6th grade teacher).
15. From Chicago to Ayotzinapa: Education as a Site for the Fight Against Neoliberalism and State Repression. (Laura Ramírez, Rosemarie Domínguez, Jesus Chávez, Jennifer Juárez). AND DON'T FORGET TO REGISTER...HERE!!!
Parking Info for Curriculum Fair
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014
10 AM - 4 PM
North Grand HS
4338 W. Wabansia St., Chicago
ALL ARE WELCOME!
[don't forget to register here and don't forget your water bottle!!!!]
Parking is available in the school parking lot AND across Kostner Avenue in the Cook Brothers parking lot, in the EAST side of the lot, nearest to Kostner and the HS.
CumbiaSazo is a cumbia dance party that celebrates music, visual arts & culture and donates to different community causes each event. On November 22, CumbiaSazo teams with Teachers for Social Justice to throw an after-party for the TSJ curriculum fair at Wicker Park's amazing Double Door, where Bomba Con Buya and Texas' DJ Chorizo Funk will perform in addition to over 10 local DJs on 2 floors for a full night of dance & de-stress.
The party also will have food, a live arts stage, and a visual arts market featuring over 20 artists/vendors where you can no doubt find something to enjoy or perhaps gifts for the holiday season.
The CumbiaSazo crew has long-been involved in throwing the after-party for TSJ and we couldn't be more excited to both donate to TSJ and facilitate some dance floor liberation. Be on the lookout for a “teachers lounge” room at the party (lower level) with TSJ merch and a social justice art gallery!
Saturday, November 22 | 8pm-3am
1572 N. Milwaukee Ave. | Chicago, IL
21+ | Gender-neutral bathroom & coat check available | Main floor is accessible
$8 entry w/ RSVP at do312.com/cumbiasazo or by mentioning 'TSJ' at the door. Otherwise it's $15 cover the day of.
Click here to register for the 13th annual TSJ Curriculum Fair- November 22 at North-Grand HS, Chicago
When you pre-register you'll be able to enter right away and avoid the lines. You'll also be supplying us with valuable information that will help us plan for your individual needs at the fair.