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Erik McGregor is a New York City based artist, photographer and activist.

Education rally at Tweed Courthouse demands actions that show 
“Black Lives Matter at School”

NYSAPE calls on education and policy leaders to break their silence and to stand up for educational and racial justice in our public schools

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New York, NY – Amidst allegations of overt racism at several city schools, the #BlackLivesMatterAtSchool Coalition held an after school rally on February 13, 2018; at the steps of the Tweed Courthouse, to demand a forward-thinking change in policies that uphold systemic racism in our schools. Black Lives Matter At School demands were delivered by the organizers to the New York City Schools Chancellor, Carmen Fariña. 

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They delivered the following national demands to Chancellor Fariña and Mayor De Blasio:

1) An end to zero tolerance discipline and implementation of restorative justice 

2) The hiring of more Black teachers 

3) Black history and ethnic studies mandated as part of K-12 curriculum

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The NYS Allies for Public Education (NYSAPE) calls on the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), NYC Department of Education, NYSED, the professional associations representing school administrators, members of the NYS Legislature, and Governor Cuomo to stand with teachers, students, and parents in denouncing all acts of racism, including the recent racist events at NYC schools MS 118 and MS 224, and to call for an immediate commitment to training for ALL current teachers, pre-service teachers, and school administrators in anti-bias, anti-racist, and culturally responsive teaching.

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Speakers included members from the NYCLU Youth Activist Project, student drummers from Harvest Collegiate, students, educators, and parents.

The National Black Lives Matter Week of Action was covered by NPR, The Washington Post, the NY Daily News, and Mic.com. In NYC the week will culminate in this event, featuring speakers and participants from last week’s teach-ins, forums, and other educational gatherings.  

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#Activism #BlackHistory #BlackLivesMatter #BlackLivesMatterAtSchool #EndBrokenWindows #‎EndPoliceBrutality‬ #EndPoliceTerror #EthnicStudies #HireBlackTeachers #ItStopsToday #manhattan #MayorDeBlasio #NoRacistPolice #NYC #NYCMayor #NYCschools #NYSAPE ‎#PowerToThePeople #racism #ReclaimDignity #SafetyBeyondPolicing #‎Solidarity #TakeBackOurCommunities #teachers ‪#‎ThisStopsToday‬ #unafraid #WeWillNotBeSilent

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