Black To School With The New Book, “Teaching for Black Lives”: “Every school in the country needs this.”

It has been exhilarating to read the reviews that are steaming in about Teaching for Black Lives, the new book I co-edited with Dr. Dyan Watson and Dr. Wayne Au. Recent reviews include The Washington Post who called the book, “A handbook to help all educators fight racism” and Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the …

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“I Dreamed I saw Mike Brown Last Night”

Today marks four years since Ferguson police officer Darrin Wilson murdered 18-year-old Michael Brown in the street. Last night I wrote a song that I sung to my son based on the song “Joe Hill” about the great labor organizer, musician, and member of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) who was framed on …

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WATCH: “Things That Make White People Uncomfortable”–Super Bowl champion Michael Bennett in conversation with Jesse Hagopian

Of course we are supposed to score the touchdowns...but at the same time we also are supposed to speak for the people who don't have a voice. --Michael Bennett Last night was one of the more meaningful and and enjoyable evenings of my life. I had the great honor of joining Super Bowl champion, three …

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#SayHerName: One year ago, Seattle Police Killed Charleena Lyles and we wont stop the struggle until there is justice!

One year ago today, on June 18, 2017, two Seattle police officers entered the apartment of Charleena Lyles.  The police had been called by Charleena because she feared someone was breaking into her home.  Within minuets of entering the apartment, the officers shot her down in a hail of seven bullets, with at least three …

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Standardized Testing Battle in Seattle: Union votes for a complete moratorium on all standardized tests!

I am bursting with pride for my union. The Seattle Education Association voted at this week's Representative Assembly to support a resolution calling for a moratorium on all standardized testing!  This vote comes in a long line of organizing and opposition to high-stakes testing in Seattle. In 2013, the teachers at Garfield High School voted …

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