The national Black Lives Matter At School movement has launched a petition to seek support for its upcoming 2019 week of action from February 4-8. This is a movement that began during the 2016-2017 school year in Seattle and that same year spread to Philadelphia and Rochester, NY. Last school year was the first nationally coordinated Black Lives Matter At School week of action with thousands of educators, students, parents, and community members participating in over 20 cities around the U.S. Organizers are hoping to build on the success of last year’s action and are asking people to pledge their support for the movement in the weeks ahead of the national action. As they write in the petition:
Hate crimes have spiked severely across the United States. The school-to-prison-nexus is fueling mass incarceration. Black students are being suspended at dramatically disproportionate rates. Today, some 1.7 million students attend a school that has no school counselor but does have a police officer. Black teachers are being pushed out of classrooms around the country. Too often, classroom curriculum is whitewashed to exclude many of the struggles and contributions of Black people and other people of color. … Join this growing movement of educators working to dismantle anti-Blackness in our school.