Is It Too Much To Dream?

Is It Too Much To Dream? By Israel Presley, Rainier Beach High School student (Editor’s Note: Israel delivered this spoken word at the Black Lives Matter at School Student Talent Showcase on March 8 at Cleveland High School.) Is it too much to dream?  Well, I want to say I dream of a city full of churches where our leaders can return and preach. I dream of peace and a voice so powerful there isn’t a place on this planet it couldn’t reach. I dream of teachers that look like me, think like me, love like me, so we can

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Surviving Is Not Living

Surviving Is Not Living By Kidist Habte, sophomore at Rainier Beach High School (Editor’s Note: Kidist delivered this speech at the Black Lives Matter at School Student Talent Showcase on March 8 at Cleveland High School.) Hello everyone, my name is Kidist Habte. I am a sophomore at Rainier Beach High School. Originally, I wrote this speech for my school’s Martin Luther King Assembly, so there’s going to be a lot of Dr. King references. This speech today is called “Surviving Is Not Living”. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of

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Thanks from the national Black Lives Matter at School Coalition!

Thanks from the national Black Lives Matter at School Coalition! (Editor’s Note: Below is a short statement of thanks from the national Black Lives Matter at School Coalition for the efforts of educators around the country to make this week an incredible success.) On behalf of the Black Lives Matter at School Coalition, we are writing to thank everyone for a powerful week of action from coast to coast. Because of the bravery and tenacity of many thousands of educators, students, parents, activists, and organizers, BLM@School week was bigger and more impactful than ever before. It is truly stunning to

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Black Lives Matter at School Week: February 4-8th

SEA Center for Racial Equity Resources for Black Lives Matter by Marquita Prinzing and Kaitlin Kamalei Jenkins, CRE For the last two years, Seattle Public School educators throughout the district worked together with colleagues, parents and families, community members, and students to make a statement that Black Lives Matter by wearing a BLM t-shirt and teaching lessons and holding events that recognized and honored Black Lives. Many other cities across the United States also collaborated and organized in solidarity. For the third year, educators from those cities and many more have come together to organize a Nationwide Black Lives Matter

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5 Reasons We Need a Capital Gains Tax Now!

By Whitney Kahn, parapro sub #1: We have the worst tax system in the country. Literally. People making $24,000 pay 6x as much of their income in taxes as millionaires. If we’re taxing the poor instead of the rich, it shouldn’t be a shock that we have a funding crisis.   #2: All the cool kids are doing it 42 other states already have a capital gains tax. Why don’t we?   #3: Guess who owns most of the stocks, bonds, and investment property? (Hint: it’s not your neighbors) The reality is that a capital gains tax is closing a

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Stop Kavanaugh: We Need to be Ungovernable!

By Lauren Ware Stark, English Language Development and Humanities teacher at Cleveland High School On Thursday, September 28th, 2018, I joined the over 20 million Americans witnessing the testimonies of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Like many women and other survivors of abuse or assault, I’ve struggled with a range of emotions in the wake of their testimonies: admiration for Dr. Ford’s eloquence and composure, disdain for Kavanaugh’s entitlement and white male resentment, and empathy with the all-too-familiar details of Dr. Ford’s assault. Kavanaugh’s confirmation is moving forward despite several credible accusations, and I find

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