Keep Educating Yourself

Hi Friends!
I’m writing early this week to encourage everyone to get your letters to the School Board before the February 26 work session on Diversity and Equity. Also, tomorrow, February 19 is the work session on Discipline, which has equity implications as well, so feel free to work in some items from a criminal justice angle if you prefer. I’m really loving the letter drafts you’ve been sending my way — please keep them going!
As a reminder, the small group meetings are an opportunity to become more comfortable discussing privilege, racism, and activism, and to ask any questions you have. All of you are welcome to attend. This work is difficult and sometimes having other like-minded people to talk to can help.
If you haven’t watched the video from last week’s update, please do. Here’s the link (Click on Archives, the session is called “Activist Listening Session on Race”, which can be viewed or downloaded). And please donate to the activists!
My inbox is overflowing with wonderful resources, so I’m going to share a bunch of them with you this week.
(1) White Awake is hosting an online course called “Roots Deeper Than Whiteness” starting February 24. More information here.
(1) Important reading about some of Dr. King’s less publicized politics, by Jessica Moulite and Ashley Velez.
(2) A group member shared this resource — Mark Charles has a 17 minute history lesson on the constitution and origins of racism founded into the US. Very good analysis on the 2016 presidential election, where he says that racism is a bi-partisan issue.
(3) “Why People of Color Need Spaces Without White People” by Kelsey Blackwell.
(4) Black Lives Matter At School.
Listen. Amplify. Follow.

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