Human Rights Roundup October 31, 2020

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First, a motivational thought:


Working for Racial Justice as a White Teacher

Via The Atlantic … The traditional history of the civil-rights movement—the one that you find in most history textbooks—goes from 1954 to 1965. It starts with Brown v. Board of Education and then focuses on Dr. King and Rosa Parks and nonviolent civil disobedience. It ends with the march in Selma, the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964, and then the Voting Rights Act in 1965. It is a triumphal story of the successful end to legal segregation, and Black people securing voting rights.

I teach the events that are part of this narrative, but I also teach about the massive protests in the North over police brutality and segregated housing that happened at the same time. I teach that in 1965, after the Voting Rights Act was passed, the Watts Rebellion took place over racist police practices, and that the fight against police violence and voter suppression continues to this day. The Movement for Black Lives is a continuation of this fight, and not just something that started a few years ago. We study Dr. King and Rosa Parks, but we also study Malcolm X, Ella Baker, Fannie Lou Hamer, and the Black Panther Party.  We use resources like the Zinn Education Project and Rethinking Schools to help reframe the curriculum. Read More.

Racial Equity Now An Issue For Indiana School Board Candidates To Address

Racial equity issues have been an afterthought – if mentioned at all – in most Indiana school board races in past years. But after this summer’s social justice protests, students and communities are demanding school boards address systemic racism and a wide range of connected issues. Read More.

University of Utah president: Equity on predominantly white college campuses takes more than ‘moving percentages’

Via KSL … When colleges and universities want to demonstrate the effectiveness of changes in policy or practices, there’s a tendency to “revert to things we can easily count.”

“I’m as guilty of that as anybody,” University of Utah President Ruth Watkins told members of the Utah Board of Higher Education on Friday.

But when it comes to making meaningful systemic change in terms of diversity, equity and inclusion at Utah’s public colleges and universities, “it won’t be enough to stop there,” she said. Read More.

Breaking Down Barriers to Workplace Bullying

Via The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Leadership, Equity, and Justice

Our new episode of Varying Viewpoints is out! Check out our conversation surrounding “Breaking Down Barriers to Workplace Bullying”.

BullyingPreventionMonth #workplacewellness #Justice #Equity #Leadership

Listen on Soundcloud: 219882508/episode 12

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Why We Vote

Via the Brown Bookshelf … In the final stretch toward Election Day, The African American Children’s Book Project, founded by Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati, and The Brown Bookshelf invite the Black publishing community to help mobilize voters. Please read the post below, spread the word and sign on in the comments to add your name. Our hashtag is #whywevote. We would love for you to share this post on social media with a line or two about why voting matters to you. Together, we can make a difference.

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” – James Baldwin

Literacy tests, grandfather clauses, poll taxes, intimidation and violence were once used to try to stop our people from voting. As voter suppression efforts intensify, we are reminded of that history and recognize that we are at another pivotal time. We, the undersigned Black authors, illustrators, booksellers, librarians and publishing professionals, stand with those who came before us, who fought for us, who believed in the power of participation. We must push for a brighter, more just future for the children we serve. This is why we vote. Read More.

From the desk of Dr. Jesse P. Turner “We don’t need more testing. We need more equity.”

At the same time, our Governors and Presidents have spent hundreds of Billions of dollars on high-stake testing they have failed to fully fund public schools for Black and Brown Children.

We don’t need more testing, we need equity. Read More from the Children Are More Than Test Scores blog.

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