National Week of Action on School Pushout October 15-23, 2016

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7th Annual National Week of Action Against School Pushout
October 15-23, 2016


During last
 year's DSC Week of Action, over 100 organizations in more than 40 cities across the country held rallies, marches, forums and workshops to raise awareness to #EndSchoolPushout and to launch and support local campaigns to transform and #RethinkDiscipline. 

You can see photos from actions around the country on our Tumblr page!

 

National Event - Fund Public Schools, Not Jails

On October 6th, DSC partnered with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans to host the national event, Fund Public Schools, Not Prisons. DSC youth and parent members were joined by Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Khalilah Harris, Deputy Director of the White House Initiative to engage in conversation around the imbalance between growing investment in juvenile justice and the diminishing funding for public education.

 

Our National Week of Action Demands

During our national event in Washington, DC and during local events around the country, DSC members called on the federal government, states, districts and schools to:

  1. Shift funding from school police to counselors and positive discipline.
     
  2. Use positive interventions instead of suspensions, expulsions or arrests, and end racial disparities in discipline.
     
  3. Fully implement positive alternatives such as Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Restorative Practices.
     
  4. Engage students and parents in decision-making about discipline policies.

 

 

Get Involved and Follow Us on Social Media!

  • Learn how to become a member of DSC today!
     
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  • Follow Us on TwitterJoin the Conversation: #EndSchoolPushout #InvestinPublicEd #RethinkDiscipline
     
  • You can download our 2015 Week of Action Postcard, Poster + Social Media Avatar here.
     
  • Use our Week of Action Media Organizing Packet to help plan local events.

 

Click here to see the list of Week of Action events by state!
 


 

Check out our 2015 Week of Action Highlights Video! 

 



Check out the list of 2015 local events that took place throughout the

Week of Action!

     California     Colorado    Florida     Georgia   Illinois    Louisiana

 Massachusetts    Michigan    Minnesota    Mississippi     Missouri     New Jersey    

New York    North Carolina    Ohio    Oregon     Utah     Virginia     Wisconsin    

 

 

California

Long Beach, CA

Building Healthy Communities Long Beach Youth Committee
Tuesday, October 6 at 5pm
Long Beach Unified School District

At the Every Student Matters back to school event, community members will get information on the current state of school suspensions, policies passed, local control funding budget line items, data from our PRA and information on the criminalization of students. At the direct action at the LBUSD school board meeting, we will call for accountability for the funds that are needed for our high need students. 


Los Angeles, CA

CADRE
Monday, October 5-Friday October 9
Parents hold 30 classroom observations on school discipline and implementation of school-wide positive behavior supports in various school throughout South L.A. during the Week of Action.

 

Richmond, CA

Dignity in Schools-Bay Area Chapter
Monday, October 5 at 10am-4pm (pst) 
RYSE Youth Center
205 41st St
Richmond, CA 94805
Parents, students, community members and community groups, including those directly impacted by the school to prison pipeline, will talk about the affect the pipeline has in the Bay Area and share key data about the trends across the region. We will be joined by Tia Martinez, a Principal Analyst for UCLA-Civil Rights Project. 

 

Compton, CA

RKH Law Office and Community Lawyers Inc.
Tuesday, October 6, from 10:30am-5pm (legal clinic) and 6pm-7pm (know your rights training)
Community Lawyers, Inc.
1216 East Compton Blvd.
Compton, CA 90221

Education Legal Clinic: parents will have an opportunity to have a free 1:1 consultation with an attorney (Facebook event).
Know Your Rights Training: parents and youth will have an opportunity learn about their rights in: school discipline/removals, special education, school police, foster/homeless youth, and charter schools. Please call (310) 635-8181 to RSVP.


Salinas, CA

California State University Monterey Bay
Friday, October 9, from 2:30pm-3:30pm
Intersection of Independence and Danbury Streets near Everett-Alvarez High School
Salinas, CA
This is Rally Against School Pushout to raise awareness about school pushout and harsh discipline and to ask schools to implement positive, restorative models that keep students in school and learning. 

 

Colorado

Denver, CO

Padres & Jóvenes Unidos
Monday, October 5-Friday at October 9 
Organizing at schools throughout the week, including North High School, Strive SMART Academy, Lincoln High School, Denver Center for International Studies-Montebello High School.
"Know Your Rights" organizing will include workshops and social media actions, culminating with a rally.


Durango, CO

Save the Kids
Saturday, October 10 from 10:00am-3:00pm
Fort Lewis College
1000 Rim Drive
Direct activism workshop (Facebook event).


 

Florida

Gainesville, FL

University of Florida
Sharing information about discipline disparities to pre- and in-service teachers.


Miami, FL

SOUL Sisters Leadership Collective
Community forums will focus specifically on girls and members of the LGBTQ community and take place at schools that are directly impacted and disproportionately affected by school push-out and the school-to-prison pipeline. With each forum, we seek to share and hear stories of gender and sexual orientation-based school safety concerns of students and expose students and school staff to restorative justice practices that can improve school climate for girls and LGBTQ students. The forums will include an action-component that involves use of audio-visual media. Community forum workshops will be led by SOUL Sisters Youth Leaders Board members, many of whom have been directly impacted by school push-out based on their gender and sexual orientation.

Wednesday, October 7 at 6pm
Community forum (Facebook event).


 

Georgia

Atlanta, GA

Atlanta Community Engagement Team
Friday, October 10
The performance arts showcase will highlight student-performed restorative justice practice skits, spoken word performances that highlight the pushout crisis, and solutions offered by students.

 

Lawrenceville, GA

Gwinnett SToPP
Wednesday, October 7 at 5:30pm-7pm
Gwinnet Historic Courthouse
185 Crogan St.
Lawrenceville, GA 30046

GSToPP will partner with the Northwest Georgia Federation (NWGA) of Families to host tables at two local elementary schools in Cobb County to engage more parents about the School to Prison Pipeline, Gwinnett SToPP and the Dignity in Schools Campaign. GSToPP will also hold an education march and rally in Gwinnett County.
 


Illinois

Chicago, IL

Community Organizing and Family Issues
Friday, October 2 at 10am-12pm
1330 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642

COFI/POWER-PAC will host their first quarterly membership meeting of the school year, drawing 75 to 100 parents from across the city, and featuring the leadership and testimony of parent leaders who have experienced and worked against the school-to-prison pipeline. 

Women of God's Design
Teach in for parents and community residents around the issue of police in schools.

Access Living
Tuesday, October 6 at 4pm
115 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60654
Advaced Youth Leadership Power- Access Living will host The People’s Townhall: End the CPS Budget CutsCPS is cutting more special education teachers and special education aides from 164 schools. Due to the cuts, special education students will continue to suffer in CPS schools. They face a high unemployment rate and also extreme incarceration rates in the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (JTDC). Students with disabilities must have adequate resources to not only excel in school, but also gain the necessary skills needed to gain employment and stay out of trouble. This town hall meeting is a part of the 6th Annual National Week of Action Against School Pushout. For more information or to request an accommodation, please contact Candace Coleman at (PH) 312-640-2100 or (Em) ccoleman@accessliving.org (Facebook event).

Illinois Safe Schools Alliance 
Saturday, October 10 or Sunday, October 11
The Alliance is organizing a Fall Youth Summit to organize youth leaders across the state to address intersection issues that impact LGBTQ and straight ally youth – with particular attention to youth of color, youth with disabilities, and homeless youth. A major focus of the summit will be addressing school push out and how youth from oppressed identities are unjustly targeted. Youth leaders across the state will organize workshops on various topics. 


 

Louisiana

New Orleans, LA

Community Education Project of New Orleans
Friday, October 9 at 11am

CEPNO members will be tour guides for the Education and Equity Tour that talks about racism/oppression through the education lens. It speaks to the privatization of public education in New Orleans and the impacts not just on students but entire communities. Participants are encouraged to engage in an open-minded process that delivers thought provoking perspectives that may not be commonly shared in mainstream media. It is a way to tell our story.

Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children
Thursday, October 8; Saturday, October 10; Sunday, October 11 at midday and afternoon
On Thursday, FFLIC leaders will come together to discuss thier school push out experiences. On Saturday FFLIC Youth Leaders will have a youth social and discussion on school climant and on Sunday FFLIC will hold it's 6th annual 5k run in conjunction with the Natonal Youth Justice Awareness Month.



Massachusetts

Boston, MA

Youth on Board
Thursday, October 8 at afternoon
Train and bus stations across the city

Youth on Board will conduct a listening project were students and adult allies go out to train and bus stations and talk to students regarding their experience with school discipline and zero tolerance policies. 

 


Michigan

Detroit, Jackson and Ypsilanti, MI

Student Advocacy Center of Michigan
Tuesday, October 6 and Wednesday, October 7 at 3:30pm-5pm
Ypsilanti Community Middle School (Cafeteria)
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The Student Advocacy Center youth groups are organizing a Zero Tolerance “Game of Life” community engagement activity to educate and motivate stakeholders in Michigan about the detrimental impacts of school pushout, and positive alternatives. The life size game was designed and used as a demonstration on the lawn of the Michigan State Capitol to show the harmful impacts of state law and to urge changes in the state’s discipline code. The board game shows how easily students are removed from school, and the subsequent barriers they face to receiving an education. For the Week of Action, the game is being restructured to bring in policy-makers, school administrators, parents, or community members to participate and experience the journey many students take after being removed from school. Educational material is provided on our recommended policy changes, as well as alternatives to suspension and expulsions (Facebook event).

 

Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN

Save the Kids
Monday, October 5 from 6:00pm-8:30pm
2211 Riverside Ave.
In honor of National week of Action Against School Pushout (Oct 3-11th), Save the Kids Augsburg Chapter will host a panel discussion on how we can create ways of practical alternatives to unfair, punitive, and un-warranted suspensions. We will examine the drastic disparities between student/youth of color to white students when it comes to suspension rates and conduct a meaningful and empowering discussion with powerful panel participants (Facebook event).

Save the Kids
Monday, October 12 from 5:00pm-8:30pm
2211 Riverside Ave.
The Augsburg Indigenous Student Association, Save the Kids and Augsburg Latin American Students Presents the 2nd Annual Indigenous People's Day event and community show! 
This has been a long time coming and a historic leap for the people of the Twin Cites and recognizing this day and moving forward in learning, appreciating and respecting Indigenous Culture, Dance, Art, History, and Tremendous contributions to the state, the nation and the entire world (Facebook event).

 

St. Paul, MN

Minnesota Equity Education Partnership
Tuesday, October 6 at 7pm (cst)
Students and Allies across the state of Minnesota will WALK IN into schools to stand up for change by hosting rallies and WALK IN to their schools to ask for local policies that keep them in rather than push them out. 

Save the Kids
Tuesday, October 6 at 5:30pm
Target parking lot
1300 University Ave. West
Twin Cities Save the Kids will be holding signs and doing a banner drop over the Griggs Bike and Pedestrian Bridge as part of the Dignity In Schools Campaign's 6th Annual National Week of Action Against School Pushout (#NWAASP). Bring your families, friends and energy! (Facebook event).

 

Mississippi

Duck Hill, MS

Action Communication and Education Reform, Inc.
Saturday, October 3 at 10am
610 Head Start St.
The teach-in and community forums will be for parents, students, and community member to become more aware of the significance of public policy and its impact on public education, including how the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Moratorium Campaign on School Suspensions, and Students' Rights affect students’ performance and academic aspirations.


Durant, MS

Saturday, October 10 from 11:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m.
Nollie Jenkins Family Center, Inc., 25 Glendale Street, Durant, MS 39063
Youth organizers and leaders will host a Teach-In performing skits to tell stories of students impacted by push out, that will include a skit around LGBTQ students as well. This event will address the importance of keeping students in school and will focus on alternatives and solutions to address suspensions through SWPBIS, Restorative Justice and Promising practices for youth of color, LGBTQ, and youth with disabilities. Youth organizers will also educate school personnel and community members by presenting the moratorium on out of school suspensions in an effort to get schools to sign on. We will have a table with information on our current campaign to abolish corporal punishment, fact sheets with suspension data for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years and Literacy-Based Promotion Act data. Contact Janice Harper at janice@nolliejenkinsfamilycenter.org or 662-633-2285 for more information (Facebook event). 

Greensville, MS

Citizens for a Better Greenville
Sunday, October 3-Sunday, October 11
We will hold forums with our students, parents and community to discuss issues they are facing in school and to hear from a speaker who has been formerly incarcerated, as well as hold a march with students.

 

Indianola, MS

Sunflower County Parents and Students Organization
Saturday, October 3 at 11am (cst)
612 Sunflower Ave.
Indianola, MS 38751
We will hold forums with our students, parents and community to discuss issues they are facing in school and to hear from a speaker who has been formerly incarcerated, as well as hold a march with students.

Meridian, MS

Fanny Lou Hamer Center for Change
Saturday, October 10 from 9am-5pm
Grounds of the Masonic Hall
Fannie Lou Hamer Center plans to hold a Community Day with the local school district, mental health agency, and local organizations at the local community center with information booths, facepainting and a community forum around the school to prison pipeline. 

 

Tunica, MS

Tunica Teens in Action, Inc.
Sunday, October 4 at 4:30pm (community forum) 
G.W. Henderson Senior Recreation Center (community forum)
1165 Abbay Dr.
Tunica, MS 38676
On October 4, TTIA will conduct a county-wide community forum to raise awareness on the Model Code and the school pushout problems that we are experiencing in Tunica County, in the State of Mississippi, and the Nation, as well as to rally the community for a Wednesday evening action at the Tunica County School District Central Office with the Conservator.

Wednesday, October 7 at 5:00pm (school board meeting)
Tunica County School District Central Office 
744 School St.
Tunica, MS 38676
October 7, TTIA will make a formal presentation of the DSC Model Code to the new State Appointed Conservator (Superintendent) and the Board of Education. We will ask the Conservator to put a Moratorium on the Suspension of Students for minor infractions.

Winona, MS

Action Reform and Education Committee
Saturday, October 10 at 10am
213 Justy St.
The teach-in and community forums will be for parents, students, and community member to become more aware of the significance of public policy and its impact on public education, including how the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Moratorium Campaign on School Suspensions, and Students' Rights affect students’ performance and academic aspirations.

 

Missouri

St. Louis, MO

Missouri GSA Network
Sunday, October 4 at noon, Wednesday, October 7 at 6pm, and Sunday, October 11 at noon
Normany High School (Sunday)

Washington University (Wednesday)
Keiner Plaza (Sunday)

MO GSA will host a direct action (Facebook event), a youth speak out and creating conversations event (Facebook event), and an artistic healing event (Facebook event). 

 

New Jersey

Paterson, NJ

Parent Education Organizing Council and Paterson Education Fund
Saturday, October 3, from 11am-4pm
35 Chadwick St.
Paterson, NJ 07503

PEOC and PEF will host a community cook out at a local School 8 to get information out to the parents in the neighborhood and invite local politicians and teachers to talk about the problems we face in our schools, including full implementation of the policies around suspensions and policing. 

Trenton, NJ

Statewide Education Organizing Committee 
Saturday, October 3 (rally) and Thursday, October 8 (community meeting)
City Hall

March and press conference at City Hall, including invitations to Jersey City Board Members and legislators.
A community meeting highlighting school pushout.


 

New York

New York, NY

DRUM-Desis Rising Up & Moving
Friday, October 9, from 5pm-7pm
DRUM will help organize a community teach-in on the School to Prison Pipeline and the importance of Restorative Justice and alternatives to suspensions. 

DSC-NY
Saturday, October 3
The Restorative Justice Training and Exchange we will bring together over 100 students, parents, educators, and policy-makers from the City Council to raise awareness on Restorative Justice Approaches (Facebook event).

Girls for Gender Equity
Monday, October 5
J.H.S. 78 Roy H. Mann
1420 E. 68th St.
New York, NY 11234
GGE will lead a training on Gender Justice and school pushout with all school staff at the Brooklyn middle school to help school staff identify how implicit bias leads to harsh discipline practices. GGE's Sisters in Strength youth organizers will also lead an event that engages stakeholders in their work around how institutionalized racism and sexism leads to school pushout.   

Make the Road NY
MRNY will host an event at our local high school to elevate the Week of Action.

Sistas and Brothas United
103 E. 196th St., 3rd Fl.
Bronx, NY 10468
SBU will host a Know Your Rights/School to Prison Pipeline workshop for youth from the schools we work in and from the Kingsbridge community.

SOUL Sisters Leadership Collective
Friday, September 25; Friday, October 2, and Friday, October 9
Lower East Side Girls Prep
442 E Houston St., #312
New York, NY 10002
The community forums will focus specifically on girls and members of the LGBTQ community and take place at schools that are directly impacted and disproportionately affected by school push-out and the school-to-prison pipeline. With each forum, we seek to share and hear stories of gender and sexual orientation-based school safety concerns of students and expose students and school staff to restorative justice practices that can improve school climate for girls and LGBTQ students. The forum will include an action-component that involves use of audio-visual media. Community forum workshops will be led by SOUL Sisters Youth Leaders Board members, many of whom have been directly impacted by school push-out based on their gender and sexual orientation.

Teachers Unite
Tuesay, October 6, at 5pm
Film Screening

Syracuse, NY

Center for Community Alternatives
Saturday, October 3 at 1pm
Southwest Community Center
401 South Ave. 
Syracuse, NY 13204
CCA will host a community forum in Syracuse to raise awareness of school pushout and its impact on students and families to serve as a kickoff for forming a formal Syracuse DSC chapter. Youth who have been directly affected by pushout and their family members will be the featured speakers at the forum, and will highlight the issue of school discipline records in college admissions to build momentum for the campaign CCA is launching to mobilize groups around the country in response to our “Education Suspended” report. The forum may be followed by an action like a march from the Syracuse City School District office to the Syracuse University admissions office (which uses the Common Application and thus considers high school disciplinary information in admissions) (Facebook event).



North Carolina

Chapel Hill, NC

Blue Ribbon Youth Leadership Institute
Saturday, September 26, from 1pm-4pm and Monday, October 5
Carrboro High School
Events at local high schools will include sharing information with students during morning announcements. Meetings with the school board will address issues of school pushout.

Youth Organizing Institute (YOI) and Education Justice Alliance
Washington GT Elementary School to Central Prison

YOI will host their fourth annual Stop the School-to-Prison-Pipeline march that will start at Washington GT Elementary School and end at Central Prison. The march is planned in partnership with high school students from NC HEAT, El Pueblo Youth Council, COR (Changing Our Realities), and other YOI alumni, and will engage adult allies, parents, and educators to march as well. YOI will also mobilize at the school board meeting and speak during public comment raise awareness of the week of action. YOI will hold a press conference in front of the Raleigh Police Department to bring attention to the relationship between discriminatory profiling in our neighborhoods and punitive disciplinary measures in our schools. YOU will also hold skill-based teach-in with high school students who are interested in learning more about our Solutions Not Suspensions campaign. 

Youth Organizing Institute and Dignity in Schools 
Saturday, October 10 from 9:00am-10:00am
WSHA 88.9 FM
Fernando Martinez, Field organizer for the Dignity in Schools Campaign, and Tavon Bridges from Youth Organizing Institute will be in the radio show below from 9am-10am. They will be talking about the week's activities at the National and local level on WSHA 88.9 FM UpFront! 

Ohio

Dayton, OH

Racial Justice NOW! and West Dayton Youth Task Force
Wednesday, October 7 from 6:30pm-8:30pm
Dayton Boy's Preparatory Academy
1923 W. 3rd St.
Dayton, Ohio 45417
Parents, Youth, and concerned community members are invited to come out and ask questions to the candidates for Dayton School Board about the future of Dayton City Schools (Facebook event). Parents will also speak at the October Dayton Board of Education meeting about their experiences dealing with school pushout of their children.

West Dayton Youth Task Force
Dayton Boy's Preparatory Academy
1923 W. 3rd St.
Dayton, Ohio 45417
WDYT is hosting an event with local decision makers and community activists to show a short video about the school to prison pipeline and to highlight our solutions, called a 'pipeline to progress'.

 

Toledo, OH

Toledoans United for Social Action
Saturday, October 3 (forum); Tuesday, October 6 (rally); Friday, October 9 (action); Saturday, October 10 (public meeting)
3613 Monroe St. 
Toledo, OH 43606
Youth forum, rally, action, and public meeting

 

Oregon

Portland, OR

Portland Parent Union
Saturday, October 3 from 8am-4pm (pst)

Concordia University, Portland Public Schools, and the community 

Week of Action events will include workshops, a press conference and rally, school visits and panel discussions, and a youth gathering.

Resolutions Northwest
Saturday, October 3-Tuesday, October 6
Community schools and Concordia University 

RNW will mobilize 6 Portland Public Schools where they provide restorative justice services and build capacity with youth around leadership affecting pushout.

 

South Carolina

Columbia, SC

South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center
Wednesday, October 7 from 6:00-8:00pm
Sandhills Library
1 Summit Pkwy
This event is titled Teach-In – Keeping Kids Out of the School to Prison Pipeline. This week of action event is sponsored by Black Parents Association of Richland District Two, SC Appleseed, and ACLU-SC. The teach-in will include tools for parents and community members to change outcomes for students across the district. Contact Amanda Gibson Adler for more information at amanda.adler@scjustice.org or 803-779-1113, ext 108.

Thursday, October 7, All Day
Mashburn Construction Training Room
This all day event, Holistic Advocacy for Students: Navigating Educational Challenges Creatively, is a legal training for attorneys and advocates working with students. Includes training on PBIS, Trauma-Informed Care, School-Based Mental Health, and other tools schools and communities can use to combat the School-to-Prison-Pipeline. Contact Amanda Gibson Adler for more information at amanda.adler@scjustice.org or 803-779-1113, ext 108.

 

Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

ACLU, Salt Lake Peer Court, Racially Just Utah, Teen Council, Planned Parenthood Association of Utah, and Spyhop
Wednesday, October 7 from 5:30pm-8:30pm
Law & Justice Center
645 South 200 East
A free event, providing a provocative discussion with space for all voices to be heard. All students, parents, and community members, are invited.


 

Virginia 

Sandston, VA

Advocates for Equity Henrico 
Saturday, October 3 from 11am-3:30pm
23 E. Williamsburg Rd.
Sandston, VA 23150
AES-Henrico Coalition will host a series of workshops focusing on: 1) What Is School Push-Out and How Does It Impact My Student, Family, and Community? 2) What Are My Civil Rights As It Relates To Education? 3) How Can I Combat School Push-Out and Become An Effective Educational Advocate? 


 

Wisconsin

Madison, WI

Freedom, Inc.
Sunday, October 4 at 12pm (community event) and Monday, October 5  at 5pm (school board meeting)
Freedom, Inc. will host one community gathering, youth talent show and art performance, inviting youth of color, families, key community leaders and decision-makers to come learn and hear from youth about the issue of school push out. Freedom, Inc. will also organize a group of students to speak at the school board meeting that week to deliver a statement with community signatures calling on the board to "Invest in Public Education Not Prison Cultivation."  

Superior, WI

Save the Kids
Monday, October 5 from 7:00pm-8:00pm
Superior Public Library
1530 Tower Ave.
Superior Save the Kids is organizing some solidarity and support to political people behind bars. Come by and write a letter and perhaps find a pen pal. No experience necessary! Bring your questions and a pen (Facebook event).

Save the Kids
Saturday, October 10 from 2:00pm-4:00pm
Discussion Forum & Viewing of the Documentary short "Meeting of the Mothers by Classie Dudley. The video interview examines the viewpoint of mothers of color in the TwinPorts community regarding school pushouts, racism and learning discrimination in the Duluth & Superior School Systems (Facebook event). 

 

For more information:

 

• If you'd like to host, organize or participate in a future Week of Action event, please contact DSC Field Organizer Fernando Martinez at - fernando@dignityinschools.org

 

• For general questions about the National Week of Action or the Dignity in Schools Campaign please contact DSC Communications Coordinator Nancy Trevino at - nancy@dignityinschools.org

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 See photos from events that happened in 2014