The Black Lives Matter at School movement just released its public declaration that it will continue to organize its week of action during the first week of February. From the six-year-old Black girl whose tantrum at a Florida school got her arrested, handcuffed, and taken to the juvenile detention center to have her mugshot taken, to the seven-year-old boy with autism who was taken from from his school in San Antonio for an outburst in class, we have been painfully reminded again this school year why we have to keep up this struggle.
Read the below call to action from the Black Lives Matter at School movement and find a way to support this growing uprising for racial justice.
Mark your calendar! The Black Lives Matter at School national week of action will be held from February 3-7th, 2020–and educators from coast to coast are organizing to make this the biggest coordinated uprising for racial justice in the schools yet.
Black Lives Matter At School is a national coalition educators, parents and students organizing for racial justice in education. We encourage community organizations and unions to join our annual week of action during the first week of February each year. To learn more about how to participate in the week of action, please check out the BLM@School starter kit.
If you or your organization would like to support or endorse the week of action, please email us at: BlackLivesMatterAtSchool2@gmail.com.
During the 2018-2019 school year, BLM@School held its second national week of action in some 30 different cities around the country. During the nationally organized week of action, thousands of educators around the U.S. wore Black Lives Matter shirts to school and taught lessons about the guiding principles of the Black Lives Matter Global Network, structural racism, intersectional black identities, black history, and anti-racist social movements.
In addition to centering Blackness in the classroom, BLM at School has these four demands:
1) End “zero tolerance” discipline, and implement restorative justice
3) Mandate Black history and Ethnic Studies in K-12 curriculum
The lessons that educators teach during the week of action corresponded to the guiding principles of Black Lives Matter:
Monday: Restorative Justice, Empathy and Loving Engagement
Tuesday: Diversity and Globalism
Wednesday: Trans-Affirming, Queer Affirming and Collective Value
Thursday: Intergenerational, Black Families and Black Villages
Friday: Black Women and Unapologetically Black
With your help, this year’s BLM at School week of action can continue to grow and provide healing for Black students. Learn more about how to participate by visiting our website, www.BlackLivesMatterAtSchool.com. Let us know what you are planning for BLM at School week this school year or ask us how to get involved with the action by emailing us at: BlackLivesMatterAtSchool2@gmail.com.