May 17, 1954, marked a turning point in America's journey toward a more perfect Union. On that day, the Supreme Court handed down a unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education, outlawing racial segregation in our Nation's schools. Brown overturned the doctrine of "separate but equal," which the Court had established in the 1896 case of Plessy v. Ferguson. For more than half a century, Plessy gave constitutional backing to discrimination, and civil rights organizations like the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People faced an uphill battle as they sought equality, opportunity, and justice under the law.
Yet, as we approach the 64th Anniversary of Brown, we are still fighting for racial justice and equity in our schools throughout the country. On Tuesday, February 13 we want to make a statement that can't be ignored. #WeChoose Equity, Not the Illusion of Choice!
The #WeChoose Campaign is a declaration from hundreds of thousands of parents and students and cities across the United States with the clear, yet profound message – we reject and resist corporate education policies that are inflicted upon our children without our voice. We want the world to say WE CHOOSE EQUITY and offer REAL SOLUTIONS, and on February 13th commit to participate in the conversation – participate in the NATIONAL WATCH PARTY of the National Critical Conversation on Public Education hosted by Dr. Yohuru Williams @ 6 PM EST – 8 PM EST LIVE. Dr. Williams is the Author, Activist, Professor, and Historian.
Powerful Michigan Youth Panel: Carla Underwood (Detroit, MI), student activist and community organizer; Jaia Simone Richardson (Inkster MI), is a High School Senior and Former student in Inkster public schools before it dissolved in 2013; DeMarius Brown (Albion MI) is a High School Senior at Marshall High School and is his favorite subjects are AP Art and Psychology.
Adult Panelists include: Aliya Moore, Detroit Parent and Organizer, Keep the Vote, No Takeover; Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers, President; Tara Stamps, Chicago Public School Educator, Community Activist; Lily Garcia, National Education Association, President.
HOW TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT:
1. Sign up now for the National Public Education Equity Town Hall Watch Party on 2/13 LIVE at 6 PM EST
2. On 2/13, participate in the #WeChoose Equity Social Media Power Hours from 6 PM EST - 8 PM EST and encourage others to do the same! Join in on the conversation with #WeChoose https://www.facebook.com/J4JAlliance/ FB: WeChoose
3. Sign on to the #WeChoose Education Equity Not the Illusion of "School Choice" Petition https://campaigns.organizefor.org/petitions/we-choose-education-equity-not-the-illusion-of-school-ch...
4. Sign on to support the #WeChoose Campaign and learn more about the WeChoose Coalition Partners at www.j4jalliance.com/wechoose