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Sunday, December 22, 2013
Friday, December 20, 2013
Congratulations to MCAN, ECCO, BIC, and UIA, and their partners in the Raise Up Massachusetts Coalition who far exceeded signature gathering goals for two important ballot initiatives - to raise the minimum wage and to allow all workers to earn up to five days of sick time each year. The coalition turned in in 285,000 signatures of voters to qualify Raising the Minimum Wage and Earned Sick Days as binding referendum for the 2014 ballot.
JYCA is open to all high school–aged youth in the Bay Area. Participants take part in meetings and weekend retreats, and spearhead social justice actions around different campaigns each year.
Fees range from $180 to $2,000 depending on level of involvement; scholarships are available. For details about information sessions or to apply, visit http://www.jyca-justice.org or call (510) 547-2424, ext. 110.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
December 16, 2013
Organizational and structural racism, white privilege, stereotype, ethnicity and cultural differences are issues faced in every school district, community and state across the country. My goal is to address these issues at the local level.
Read media partner Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder's story about this documentary series, In "Student Voices – The New Wilderness," 100 diverse local youth discuss racism, bullying, their educational experiences.
Young people are often the missing voice in systemic change efforts in public schools. If closing the achievement gap is about serving young people better, I believe hearing from them is integral to the process.
I saw a need for change in Anoka-Hennepin, a community struggling with political polarization regarding race and sexual orientation, across a socio-economic spectrum. We needed to grow student leaders who would be change agents and help create safe and respectful learning environments.
I produced a five-part documentary series, “Student Voices - The New Wilderness”. These films are a reflection of the courageous, deeply moving and soul shifting journey students went on for equity and social justice. Youth share a vulnerable willingness to speak their truth to adults and challenge assumptions about themselves, others and their ways of thinking.
In the video above, we talk about white privilege and how students experience oppression regarding class and sexual orientation as well as race. View more here: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb-9VV3lr0ek2x2L9srYjAw.
© 2013 New Wilderness Project
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Fifty years ago, when America’s Freedom Movement was challenging segregation in the South, black and white young people got on buses and rode South together to join the struggle. Their being together was itself a challenge to the system. Half a century later, School for Conversion is inviting a diverse group of Americans to get on the bus together again and travel from Durham, NC, to Nashville, TN, December 14-18, 2013, to dream together about the America that doesn’t yet exist and to ask how we can work together to bring it about. As we travel, we will be mentored by veterans of the Southern Freedom Struggle. Drawing on their wisdom, our conversations will focus on contemporary justice struggles, paying particular attention to mass incarceration and detention/deportation - what many call the New Jim Crow/Juan Crow system. We invite you to immerse yourself in historic and contemporary struggles for justice, to expand your view of the Beloved Community and to deepen the inner resources needed for your life’s work.
Monday, December 9, 2013
Friday, December 6, 2013
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
In one lunch hour, you could create a tipping point for their campaign.
A whopping 52% of fast-food employees’ families are forced to rely on public assistance to put food on the table or see a doctor. That means American taxpayers are putting about $7 billion a year into fast food corporate profits. Workers are taking an enormous risk -- for all of us. They're asking us to give just one lunch hour to show solidarity and help spread their movement to new cities. Search for a rally near you and sign up to attend or to help organize. Find a Rally!
Source: Low Pay is Not OK