Turning Pain Into Power: 2017 Black Education Matters Student Activist Award winners

It was one of the most triumphant days of my life. Thursday, June 15th was a day when I took the most painful moment in my life and used it to produce one of the most joyous days of my life. This was the day I had the honor to present the Black Education Matters …

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“It’s about collective struggle”: Interview with Jesse Hagopian on education & the movement for Black Lives

As the one-year anniversary of a Seattle police officer pepper spraying me on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day approaches, I sat down with the Seattle Weekly reporter, Casey Jaywork, to discuss ongoing struggles for social justice. Here are my reflections on police brutality, the intersection of race and class, and disrupting the school-to-prison-pipeline. --- Teacher …

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Seattle Police Chief Defends Officer Who Assaulted Me With pepper spray

At a Martin Luther King Day protests this year I was assaulted by a Seattle police officer who pepper sprayed me in the face as I was on the phone with my mom, arranging plans for her to pick me up and take me to my son's two-year-old birthday party. That day was deeply painful, and …

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