IDEA: The Institute for Democratic Education in America Invites You To May 9th Journey For Justice Webinar

IDEA: The Institute for Democratic Education in America Invites You To May 9th Journey For Justice Webinar2016-11-29T17:39:26-05:00

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On January 29, 2013, Journey For Justice held a community hearing at the Department if Education and demanded that their proposal for Sustainable School Transformation be added as the fifth option for struggling schools under the federal School Improvement Grants (SIG) program.
Through consistent pressure from organized parents, students and community school advocates, we are pleased to announce 'Victory!'
Now, the Sustainable School Community Transformation Plan is the fifth option in the federal SIG program where before it was not even a possibility. Let's Organize!!!

Join Us on May 9th 2014 – 8:30 PM ET for the Journey for Justice Alliance Webinar
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The J4J Children Are Not Collateral Damage Webinar – May 9th 2014 – 8:30PM ET

Jitu Brown, National Director of J4J Alliance, Deborah Meier, Educator for near fifty years, Activist, and President of Save Our Schools Board, Chicago’s Dyett High School Students, Diamond McCullough and Parrish Brown, as well as Sharon Smith, founder and Executive Director of Parent United for Local Education (PULSENJ), Newark New Jersey, will be featured speakers.

Jitu, Sharon and each of the Dyett students, Diamond and Parrish, were present at the 2013 Department of Education, Civil Rights Division hearing. They were there and gave Secretary Duncan a Sustainable School Transformation Plan. Please join them. Listen to their stories, share your own, and never forget the master plan, as Deb Meier reminds us…

I take enormous pleasure every time I see something that I've done that cannot be wiped out.
In some way ... I guess it's a protest against mortality.
It's the curiosity that drives me.
It's making a difference in the world that prevents me from ever giving up.
~ Deborah Meier

Journey for Justice Students Silenced
Journey for Justice Hearing
Journey for Justice – Dyett at Overton
Journey for Justice Hearing. Kenwood Oakland

The Journey for Justice Alliance (J4J)

Across our cities and school districts, our public schools are being closed. Students are being displaced and families are losing access to neighborhood schools. Sometimes, closure is based on student academic performance. Sometimes it is rationalized by under-enrollment or financial needs. But in every case—every time a neighborhood public school is closed—students’ education is disrupted and communities are destabilized.

School closings are not distributed evenly across our districts. In every district represented in the Journey for Justice coalition, school closings disproportionately impact African American and Latino students, schools and communities. That is why several of our organizations have filed Title VI complaints with the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights. We are demanding that the Department investigate the racial impact of school closings in our cities.

We are on a Journey for Justice. From our sidewalks, our backyards and our homes, we see things that aren’t reported by those who try to justify and explain these closings. Officials in Washington, D.C. need to see if from our perspective.

About IDEA

The Institute for Democratic Education in America
[ – IDEA is a national nonprofit that advances democratic education, which is learning that equips every human being to participate fully in a healthy democracy.


To ensure that all young people can engage meaningfully with their education and gain the tools to build a just, democratic, and sustainable world.

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