Ethnic Studies Now!: Seattle students ask, “Why aren’t we learning this in school?”

By Jesse Hagopian First published by The Progressive magazine. From disproportionate discipline rates to its hyper-segregated schools, Seattle is a tough place to be for students of color. The city has an alarming pattern of segregation both between and within schools, and when the district was investigated by the Department of Education, it was found …

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Philly Educators Launch Black Lives Matter At School Week

Philly Educators Launch Black Lives Matter At School Week Today, educators in Philadelphia are launching the Black Lives Matter week of action, continuing to build the Black Lives Matter At School movement that has now reached school districts across the country. During this week-long campaign, teachers will dedicate more instructional time to issues of racial …

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The Power of declaring #BlackLivesMatterAtSchool

The hallways of Seattle schools were packed as always on Wednesday, October 19, but the difference was that thousands of teachers, students and staff were wearing similar t-shirts affirming Black lives. The Black Lives Matter at School day originated among teachers committed to social justice and was ultimately endorsed by the teachers' union, the NAACP, …

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What We Don’t Learn About the Black Panther Party—but Should

  By Adam Sanchez and Jesse Hagopian, first published at the Zinn Education Project Fifty years ago this month, the Black Panther Party was born. Its history holds vital lessons for today’s movement to confront racism and police violence, yet textbooks either misrepresent or minimize the significance of the Black Panthers. The first issue of …

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Garfield High School Goes on Bended Knee for Black Lives

By Jesse Hagopian, first published at The Progressive. The Jocks.The marching band. The cheerleaders. The Black Student Union. The teachers. And the administration. These disparate high school groups rarely come together. But at times of great peril and of great hope, barriers that once may have seemed permanent can collapse under a mighty solidarity. The …

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