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Monthly Archives: April 2012

VIDEO: NYC High Schoolers Plan Walkout

Students at Paul Robeson High School in NYC plan on taking part in Occupy’s May Day activities by staging a massive walkout tomorrow at noon EST. They’re demanding the quality education they deserve. Will you stand with them?

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New Music Monday, The “XXX” Edition

By jasiri x 1:06 pm April 30, 2012 Jasiri X and Chuck D of Public Enemy at the Occupy the Justice Department Rally for Mumia in DC (Photo by Paradise Gray) It’s been a whirlwind week for me on the Hip-Hop side of things. I performed in Stamford, CT at a Student Diversity Conference which […]

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Detroit Students Suspended For WalkOut Start Their Own ‘Freedom School’

Over 100 students at Detroit’s Western International High School have been suspended from school after staging a walkout in protest of what they feel has been a poor educational experience. In response they’ve started their own school – dubbed a “Freedom School” – to attend instead.

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Thorn

By Summer M. 8:17 am April 30, 2012 Chicago is sad, depressed, in a funk. Our hopes of returning to NBA greatness shattered as Derrick Rose went down with a torn ACL last Saturday, late in the 4th quarter of game 1 of their first round playoff machup. I want to write about something else, but […]

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REPORT: Black Youth Receive HARSHER Treatment In Juvenile Court Systems

According to a scathing report released yesterday by the Justice Department, the Memphis and Shelby County juvenile justice system routinely treats black youth more harshly than their white counterparts. How do we fight the institutional racism that continues to criminalize and demonize our youth?

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My Educational Trajectory: When Teacher Expectations Turn into Self-Fulfilling Prophecies

By Jonathan @jonathanlykes 9:29 am April 27, 2012 Reports cards came out this week for students that I work with. I can remember being in elementary school scared to see what I knew were grades that my parents would not approve of.  Report card pick up days were even scarier. These particular days were marked […]

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On Tipping

By tamara @tamaracg 8:00 am April 27, 2012 I recently moved into a historically Black neighborhood. The area has suffered the same fate of many inner city neighborhoods across the country and is just starting to rebuild decades of urban decay. On a recent trip to the grocery store, I ran into a young White […]

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Gendered Toys and the Effect They Can Have on Kids

By aria 2:00 pm April 26, 2012 As I babysat for a three-year old boy last night, I admired the way he played so carefree. I reflected on how playing is a child’s only real duty – with the exception of eating and sleeping. When I asked him what he did at school that day, […]

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Chicago Students Protest School Disciplinary Policies That Perpetuate School-To-Prison Pipeline

A coalition of Chicago Public School students protested outside of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office on Tuesday, demanding that the city implement disciplinary policies that don’t send black and Latino students down a path to prison.

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Philadelphia School District Proposal Will Close 64 Schools; Place 40% of Students in Charter Schools

Philadelphia’s “A Blueprint for Transforming Philadelphia’s Public Schools,” is a sweeping overhaul of Philly’s predominantly black public school system. 64 schools will be closed by 2017; 40% of students will be in charter schools. Is the goal to educate our youth, or misguide and inevitably fail them?

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