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 this
 year's DSC Week of Action, over 100 organizations in more than 50 cities across the country will hold rallies, marches, forums and workshops to raise awareness to #EndSchoolPushout and to launch and support local campaigns to transform and #RethinkDiscipline. This year's theme is: Lift Us Up! Don't Push Us Out and the week's main hashtag is #DSCWoA2016

Host a Local Event in Your Community

  • If you will be organizing an event please share your event information here so that we can add it to our website.
  • If you would like to learn more about how to host, organize or participate in a Week of Action event, please contact DSC Field Organizer Fernando Martinez at

You can see photos from last year's actions around the country on our Tumblr page!

National Event- Oct 20th in Pittsburgh, PA

On October 20, 2016 DSC members and allies will convene in Pittsburgh, PA for a national event where we will be joined by legislators, parents, and students including musical performances by Jasiri X!

The event, Lift Us Up! Take Action to End the School to Prison Pipeline, will take place on Thursday, October 20th from 5 PM - 8 PM. You can RSVP to attend in person in Pittsburgh, or watch the event on line via live stream!

Our National Week of Action Demands

This year DSC members and allies will call on the federal government, states, districts and schools to:

  1. Shift funding from school police to counselors, peace builders and positive discipline.
  2. Fund and use transformative and restorative justice, mediation and positive interventions. 
  3. Stop arresting and pushing out students of color, LGBTQ youth, students that are homeless, and students with disabilities at higher rates. (Black students are pushed out at the highest rates nationally.)
  4. Make sure states and districts focus on school climate under the new federal law - the Every Student Succeeds Act. 
  5. End paddling and physical punishment in all schools. 



Get Involved and Follow Us on Social Media!

  • Learn how to become a member of DSC today!
  • Like Us on Facebook
  • Follow Us on TwitterJoin the Conversation: #DSCWoA2016 #EndSchoolPushout #RethinkDiscipline
  • You can download our 2016 English Materials

    • Week of Action Postcard here and Poster here
    • Social Media Avatar here, Facebook Banner here + Website Banner here 
    • (*Find larger English and Spanish high res files here
  • You can download our 2016 Spanish Week of Action Postcard here + Poster here 
  • Use our Week of Action Media Organizing Packet to help plan local events (Coming soon)
  • If you will be organizing an event please share your event information here


Click here to see the list of Week of Action events by state! (Coming soon)


Check out our 2015 Week of Action Highlights Video! 



  List of 2016 local Week of Action events coming soon! 

     California     Colorado    Florida     Georgia   Illinois    Louisiana

 Massachusetts    Michigan    Minnesota    Mississippi     Missouri     New Jersey    

New York    North Carolina    Ohio    Oregon     Utah     Virginia     Wisconsin    









Gwinnett County

Mon, October 17 - March and Rally
Gwinnett SToPP (Gwinnett Parent Coalition to Dismantle the School to Prison Pipeline)
5:00pm -7:00pm
Gwinnett Historic Courthouse
185 W Crogan St, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30046
Come take action at the march and rally on education. Raise your voice and get informed about school suspensions, the no mercy Rule 12, arrests at school (students AND parents), Opportunity School District (school and local tax takeover) and the need for fairness, justice and equity in public education.
We will march from the home of the original separate and unequal education in Gwinnett, Hooper Renwick, to the Square to raise our voices. Free t-shirts to first 50 people!
Find more event details on Facebook.







Wed, October 19th - Annual Listening Project
Youth Organizers United for the Now Generation (YOUNG), Youth on Board/BSAC and Boston Youth Organizing Project (BYOP)
YOUNG will be going to train stations across the city of Boston, to meet young people after school and hear their school discipline stories, and to demonstrate how students can use the Boston students right app to fight for their rights in order to end the school to prison pipeline.






New Jersey


Sat, October 22 - Community Forum
Paterson Education Organizing Council & Paterson Education Fund
11:00am - 2:00pm
John F. Kennedy Complex, Paterson, NJ
Keynote Speaker on Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) followed by panel discussion, then Q & A. Focus will be on how the New Jersety State Plan for ESSA can ensure that School Climate and Safety is one of the indicators for measuring school quality and student success.  


New York

New York City

Thurs, October 20 - Community Forum and Theatre of The Oppressed
Dignity in Schools Campaign-New York
5:00pm - 8:00pm

James Baldwin High School, Manhattan
The event will feature theatre performances, youth and parent testimonies.

North Carolina

Chapel Hill

October 17- 21 - High School Workshops and Community Events
Blue Ribbon Youth Leadership Institute / CORe
Various locations (to be announced)



Sat, October 22 - Release of RJN! Ohio School Discipline Report Card
Racial Justice NOW!, West Dayton Youth Task Force and Ohio Coalition to Eliminate the School to Prison Pipeline
9:30am - 12:30pm

Northwest Branch Library - Dayton Metro Library
2410 Philadelphia Dr, Dayton, Ohio 45406
Please join Racial Justice NOW! as we release our bi-annual Statewide School Discipline Report Card and launch our Statewide regional trainings with stops in Akron, Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Toledo, and Zanesville. We will discuss the impact of the school to prison pipeline and racial disparites on Black students in particular. We will also walk through the methodology of the report card and train parents and other community members on how to use it to organize for policy changes in their local education agencies or school districts.
Find more event details on Facebook.





Thurs, October 20 - National Event!

Education Rights Network, One Pittsburgh and Dignity in Schools Campaign
5:00pm-8:00pm - stay tuned for link to live stream!
Lift Us Up! Take Action to End the School to Prison Pipeline
Jeron X Grayson Community Center
1852 Enoch St, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Join youth, parents, local, state and federal policy makers to discuss solutions to end the school-to-prison pipeline. The event will include musical performances by Jasiri X, testimony from DSC members from Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania and special guests State Representative Ed Gainey, Dr. Anthony Hamlet Superintendent Pittsburgh Public Schools, Thena Robinson Mock of the Education Law Center, and Tiffany Sizemore-Thompson of Duquesne University School of Law. DSC
Find more event details on Facebook.

South Carolina








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 -


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

Please bookmark this page, there is more information coming soon! 

See events and photos from our 2015 Week of Action 

See photos from events that happened in 2014