May 13 – Rally at the U.S. Supreme Court
Fulfilling the Promise of Brown v. Board:
Organizing for Educational Justice for All
Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education, our nation's public schools are still separate and still unequal. Tomorrow, parents, students, educators and community members will rally at 12:30 p.m. outside the U.S. Supreme Court to demand that policymakers recommit to the vision of equity and opportunity embodied in the Brown decision.
Among those speaking at the rally will be Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers, Dennis Van Roekel, President of the National Education Association, and Judith Browne Dianis, Co-Director of the Advancement Project. (Click here to watch the livestream of the rally.)
The rally kicks off a National Week of Action organized by the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools, which represents over 7 million parents, teachers and students nationwide who are fighting for equal opportunity and educational justice. (Click here to find a local event near you.)
At the rally, Alliance member organization Journey for Justice will release a report detailing the harm done to communities of color and low-income communities by corporate intervention policies like mass school closings, charter expansion, over-testing and harsh discipline. Because the answer to delivering on the promise of Brown v. Board lies in strengthening (not dismantling or privatizing) public education, the report details recommendations for an alternative, sustainable school transformation model.
WHAT CAN YOU DO? During the week of action, Alliance members will conduct voter outreach with "education voter pledge cards." Take a stand and tell the world you're an education voter.
Learn more at www.reclaimourschools.org.
The Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools comprises groups from across the country. Our national member organizations include: Alliance for Educational Justice, American Federation of Teachers, Annenberg Institute for School Reform, Center for Popular Democracy, Gamaliel Network, Journey for Justice Alliance, League of United Latin American Citizens, National Education Association, National Opportunity to Learn Campaign, and Service Employees International Union.