Black Lives Matter in Seattle Public Schools: Final Rally

By Tracy Castro-Gill, educator at Rainier Beach High School The culmination of a year’s worth of work was celebrated tonight at Cleveland High School where students, artists, activists, parents, educators, and community members gathered to shout, “Black Lives Matter!” And while the mood was certainly celebratory, the message to be ready to continue the fight was front and center. One of the night’s MC’s, Jerrell Davis, artist, activist, and educator, set the tone early when he said Black lives will matter when it’s happening, “not on a policy level, but on a real level; on a heart level.” Jerrell’s co-MC

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NAACP Youth Coalition: When Will Black Lives Matter?

Aneesa Roidad (Ballard HS) was on stage last night at Cleveland High School for the Black Lives Matter at School Rally, representing the NAACP Youth Coalition with her colleagues Makhari Dysart (West Seattle HS), Skala Leake (Ballard HS), Alli Shin (Ballard HS), and Layla Mohamud (The Center School).    Aneesa and the N-YC assert that: Black lives will matter in schools when we have teachers who look like us, can relate to us, and serve as role models for us.  Black lives will matter in schools when we are taught comprehensive history with diverse narratives, not just from the white perspective.  Black lives will

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Why Black Lives Matter at School Week was Important to Me?

By Milga Sharif, student at Rainier Beach High School I’m a sophomore from Rainier Beach high school. I am an African-American Muslim who has foreign parents from Somalia. As you may know, it’s black lives matter week. And since it’s that week, we must bring up topics that have been hushed from the polluted society that is our country such as young high school teens being murdered just by the way they ‘look’, ‘talk’, and the so-called way they ‘act’. Children, young adults, and families in our very own school and neighborhoods are being affected by the inhumanity caused by

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Graham Hill Black Lives Matter Week of Action

By Brynn Irish and Kaitlin Kamalei Jenkins, educators at Graham Hill Elementary School   Graham Hill Elementary heard about Black Lives Matter Week of Action from SEE and immediately knew we wanted to participate. As a staff, we acknowledged the importance of prepared curriculum, but also wanted to actively engage our students outside the classroom and put what they learned into action. On Monday, the BLMWoA Planning team worked with Naquaia Hall, a parent, to invite Black community leaders and parents to participate in a morning Black High Five at our main entrance. We wanted students to see our Black

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National Black Lives Matter at School Week: February 5-9th

By Jesse Hagopian, educator at Garfield High School A new uprising for racial justice is being organized by educators around the country who have declared February 5-9th “Black Lives Matter at School Week.”  Educators will be wearing Black Lives Matter shirts to school and teaching lessons related to the movement in cities such as New York, Chicago, Boston, DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Seattle, L.A., Detroit, the Bay area, and beyond. This national mobilization is a completely grassroots effort organized by educators and their social justice caucuses. They have issued three national demands for the movement: End Zero Tolerance and Implement Restorative

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Social Equity Educators stands in solidarity with Maru Mora-Villalpando

We are outraged at the racist attempt by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to target Maru Mora Villalpando, a local area immigrant rights activist and leader of the Northwest Detention Center Resistance, for deportation. Maru is a tireless fighter for immigrants, their families, and the community in general. Just last year, members of SEE worked closely with Maru to lead a campaign to try and stop the deportation of Cynthia Vanessa Iraheta López, a mother of two children.   As her press release, reprinted below with Maru’s permission, states, “ICE is now purposely targeting people such as Mora-Villalpando who

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