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Educators: Show up for Justice this Saturday!

The Social Justice Education Movement would like to share SJEM friend and educator Bonnie Frieden’s call to come out and demand justice for Jamar Clark. See below for more information about how you can join fellow education workers at this Saturday’s march and rally:

Fellow Minneapolis Educators,

As an educator in a Minneapolis school, I invite you to join me at the Justice for Jamar: Unity March and Rally this Saturday, December 19th at11:30 am. As teachers, we will march with dozens of organizations and hundreds of people to demand accountability and community power in law enforcement, and to create the just and safe society our students deserve.
  • The goal of this march is to to show solidarity and unity from groups across Minneapolis–our presence matters!
Our group will be meeting at 11:30 am on the corner of Plymouth Ave N and N Morgan Ave (in the green space diagonal from the precinct) in order to create some signage that will make our presence known.
The march will leave from the 4th precinct at noon.
**If you have any paint, poster board, or art materials that you could bring please let me know! My email is bonniejoyfrieden@gmail.com.**
I look forward to meeting you,
Bonnie Frieden
Paraprofessional Educator
Bright Water Montessori

MPS Superintendent Search – Community Demands a RESTART! // SJEM Winter Social // Justice for Jamar Clark Solidarity

Dear Parents, Educators, Students, Community, and Staff,
 
We are writing to share with you a few important issues and opportunities that you may be interested in:
  • Community Petition to Demand MPS Superintendent Search RESTART
  • Wednesday, Dec. 16th, 6:00pm-8:00pm – “Healing Our Schools, Healing Ourselves”: A Social Justice Education Movement Socia
  • SJEM Solidarity with ‘Justice for Jamar Clark’ Uprisings
 
Community Petition to Demand MPS Superintendent Search RESTART
This week, the Minneapolis school board is going through the final stages of its search for a new superintendent for the Minneapolis schools. They are set to select someone officially at a Special School Board Meeting on Monday December 7, from 5:15-6:45 PM at the Davis Center (open to the public). There are three finalists for the position: Michael Goar, Charles Foust, and Sergio Paez, and they are all less than qualified for the position and have alarming ties to the business-driven reform model.
 
You can learn more and view the full petition to demand the board restart the superintendent search by clicking here. You can also join folks at the Special School Board Meeting on Monday Dec. 7th, 5:15-6:45 at the Davis Center (1250 W Broadway) to present the petition.
 
You can also find more background information here: 
Wednesday, Dec. 16th, 6:00pm-8:00pm – “Healing Our Schools, Healing Ourselves”: An SJEM Winter Social 
Did you enjoy the Twin Cities Social Justice Education Fair and wish it was longer than just one day? Join us on Wednesday, December 16th at the IWW Office for dinner, self-care, and meaningful discussion with like-minded folks working toward justice in their classrooms, communities, and streets.
 
“Healing Our Schools, Healing Ourselves”
Wednesday, December 16th, 6pm-8pm
IWW Office
2 E. Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404
 
Dinner and childcare provided. There will be alcohol served at this event (likely spiced wine).
 
SJEM Solidarity with Justice for Jamar Clark Uprisings
In the wake of the brutal murder of Jamar Clark by Minneapolis Police, and the ongoing state-sanctioned violence against working class communities of color in our cities, SJEM offers this statement in support of all people rising up in response to demand change. Please consider signing on, we will be publishing and circulating our statement more widely once we gain a critical mass.
 
SHARE: How have you been addressing the issue of police brutality in your classrooms and community? Do you have resources or stories to share? Please write us and we will post to our blog at tcedfair.org and on our SJEM and Classroom Struggle TC facebook pages.
 
Sincerely,
The Social Justice Education Movement
 
Our Mission: We nourish Twin Cities movements for social justice in education so we may all survive and thrive. We create spaces to share tools, raise consciousness, and build people power; connect and collaborate with those fighting to transform our education system; and organize until our schools are run by the direct democracy of those who have been historically and systematically oppressed, including students, families, educators, and communities. 
 
Our Vision: We dream of socially and culturally just education systems free from colonization, capitalist exploitation, assimilation, and the erasure of histories and languages. Our future schools can and should honor the wisdom of our children, elders, educators, and families; center the self-determination of the oppressed; and fight for creativity, social justice, and community flourishing. We invite all people who resonate with our vision and are committed to anti-racist, anti-capitalist, feminist, queer, and decolonial values and practices to join our efforts.

 

#Justice4Jamar Solidarity

We want to share a few upcoming ways you can stand in solidarity with all those rising up to protest the murder of Jamar Clark by Minneapolis police, especially in the wake of white supremacist violence at the 4th precinct protests last night.
  • SCHOOL WALKOUTS: Many students across schools are walking out of class today across the Twin Cities in solidarity. If you are an educator or staff, please show your support for students! Search facebook for specific school events.
  • SUPPORT: And, if you have the means, protesters at the 4th precinct are always in need of wood, propane, warm food and drink – check this website for specific needs: http://4thprecinctshutdown.org/

 

Dear Minneapolis School Board: Do You Know How Rude You Seem?

The Board of Education will conduct a full search and selection ...

Zora on Silence11.10.15. By Daniel Fox, Guest Writer, Classroom Struggle TC

I am an involved community member in my Minneapolis School, former Minneapolis Public School employee, and like many people went to yesterday’s 11-9-15 Special School Board Meeting to learn about the upcoming candidates for Superintendent.

The meeting started at 5:30pm. The names of the candidates were not made public until 6:40pm. Dear School Board, do you know how rude that seems?

I believe you know we have lives, children, dinner to make, work to get done, sleep to get? If you have a meeting with an important public action to take–do it at the beginning! Don’t talk about which questions you want to ask for an hour and ten minutes first.

In sitting there and talking after there were literally a dozen people who expressed their anger and frustration with the process for this very reason. It’s disrespectful. And if you want to get respect you have to give it.

A few other things worth pointing out about the Superintendent search process.

  1. It isn’t only the School Board meeting that has been rude. I’ve heard from multiple people that the entire process of “community involvement” has been tokenizing, intentionally ineffective, and generally in the come here to “give us input but we already know what we’re doing so we’ll just use your name to legitimize our evil plan” style, which I’m told the District is famous for.
  2. HYA Associates, the company that found the candidates and sorted them from 65 candidates to 6, has an Executive Team that is highly tied to the testing industry and is, according to a local community activist, known for hiring Broad Foundation candidates. The Broad Foundation specializes in training Superintendents to privatize districts from within. Just what we need, right?
  3. The HYA Associates guy also told us that they did very thorough research on the candidates, going through “10 pages of Google”. Sorry–the idea that that passes for thoroughness, and sounds sexy enough to an old white man to be a talking point for his expensive corporate headhunter service is silly enough to be included here.
  4. While the School Board receives significant information about each candidate including their answers to some basic introductory questions, the public does not, only receiving a single page of information about each candidate. I overheard a white School Board member saying that he had to sign a confidentiality agreement to get that information, yet the HYA Associate member shared information publically that is not in our “public one page”. What gives?
  5. Finally, a northside parent said that “the candidates seem weak, probably to make Michael Goar look good. One of them came from a online school for their education training for god’s sake!” This strikes me as a good point. Another parent told me that they can’t trust Michael Goar because he is clearly against public schools and for Charters, as demonstrated by his previous job as Executive Director of Generation Next. He also has an extensive human resources and labor relations backgrounds–codewords for “union buster”.

All in all, this reinforced my sense that this system is not broken, it’s doing exactly what it’s meant to be doing–and that’s not very good for our children or communities (unless we’re white and rich, or think we’re going to be!). No doubt our schools were not built for most of our children to succeed so it is on us to grow an education revolution to transform them, come hell or high water.

School Board, stop being so rude. Students, parents, educators, and community: let’s stop trusting others, be they Superintendents or School Board members, to fix this system for us. It’s time to organize!

Announcing Keynote Panel & Post-Fair Open Micccccc!

We are excited to announce our keynote panel for the 4th Annual Twin Cities Social Justice Education Fair:
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10.5.15.KEYNOTEFLIER
Check out our website for more information about the more than 40 workshops, our annual Youth Activists Summit, our youth-hosted Open Mic Event, and more! Please share the attached updated flier with your friends and colleagues.
Register by October 9th! You are welcome to register after October 9th or on the day of the fair, but we cannot guarantee food or childcare for you. Please visit our website to register yourself or a group of youth. 
You can earn up to 8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Interpretation in Hmong, Spanish, and Somali will also be available. 
 
Sincerely,
The Twin Cities Social Justice Education Fair Organizing Committee