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Chicago premiere of Un Poquito de Tanta Verdad (A Little Bit of So Much Truth)

September 29, 2007

On Saturday September 29 from 5-7:30 pm Teachers for Social Justice and Chicagotra will co-sponsor an event featuring the new documentary by Jill Friedberg, Un Poquito de Tanta Verdad.

Saturday, September 29, 2007
Decima Musa
19th and Loomis

Jill has spent years working in solidarity and documenting both the teachers union movement in Mexico (especially in Oaxaca) and the recent popular movement in Oaxaca by both teachers and community members for the resignation of the state's governor and a move toward a more democratic governance. Her film Granito de Arena (Grain of Sand) has been viewed widely throughout Mexico, the US and beyond. (More info on the new film below)

Jill will be with us to give the background, answer questions and guide a discussion of the film. Don't miss this great opportunity!!

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Revealing Racist Roots: The 3 R's for Teaching About the Jena 6

September 9, 2007

We are outraged by the events surrounding the arrest and detainment of 6 African American high school students in Jena, Louisiana. In conjunction with TAG, a growing network of teacher organizations with a focus on social justice education, we offer this curriculum resource guide to provide educators with tools to engage their students in discussions about why events like Jena 6 are still happening in the year 2007 and how people are acting to challenge them.

Download the Curriculum Resource Guide here
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CPS Attack on LSC Power

September 7, 2007

TSJ members/friends... CPS administration and Mayor Daley have made it clear that they aim to try to strip the power to grant principal contracts from the LSCs. There is an effort to the IL General Assembly, at the end of its legislative session, to pass legislation stripping the power...We need to ACT! The most comprehensive study of Chicago's Local School Councils by the Consortium on Chicago School Research at the University of Chicago concludes that:

"The vast majority of LSCs are viable governance organizations that responsibly carry out their mandated duties and are active in building school and community relationships."
Please read the fact sheet from Designs for Change, and...
  • Across Chicago, LSC members must protect the LSC's right to select and renew principal contracts. Get help from other parents, community members, and educators to contact legislators.
  • Call members of the House and Senate Education Committee and tell them: OPPOSE LAST MINUTE LEGISLATION TO CHANGE THE LSC'S ROLE IN CHOOSING PRINCIPALS IN CHICAGO! Remind them about the "arbitration process" they already put in place. And tell them how your LSC has worked hard with your school staff to improve student achievement.
  • Email the Fact Sheet to others and urge them to contact their state legislators.
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