Too often in Seattle Public Schools, the voices of youth are excluded and the response to racism is inaction. No longer! The NAACP’s Youth Coalition (The “NYC”) unites many of the anti-racist youth groups across Seattle high schools into one coalition that demands a seat at the table.
As Shirley Chisholm once said, “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” We are youth with representation at many Seattle high schools — and a load of folding chairs. It’s time not just for the youth to be at the table but for anti-racism to be at the top of the agenda.
Join us at our workshop to hear full details of our demands and to learn how you can join, support and stay connected.
When: Monday, January 15, 2018
Where: Garfield High School, 23rd Ave @ E Jefferson, Seattle WA
The “NYC” demands that the Seattle Public School district:
§ Publicly declare that Black Lives Matter, as well as the lives of other students of color, and encourage participation district-wide in the #BlackLivesMatterAtSchool week of action on February 5-9.
§ Increase opportunities to integrate voices of students of color into its decision-making processes.
§ Improve its curriculums, including mandatory Ethnic Studies, to better serve all students.
§ Fund post-secondary opportunities in an equitable way.
§ Improve its discipline practices, implementing restorative justice district-wide.
§ Prioritize training staff of all schools as well as central office staff on issues of race, equity, and racism, even if schools fail to apply for to Race and Equity teams.
§ Prioritize hiring staff that reflects the demographics of its students.