The retiree chapter of the AFT Guild in San Diego usually does monthly yoga and meditation classes, as well as getting together for walks and union meetings. Now though, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, members haven’t been getting together in person, chapter President Susan Morgan says.
A history professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School, who teaches
classes such as Race, Inequality, and American Democracy and the
former Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black
Culture, with his work featured in the New York Times’
1619 Project, and Ava DuVernay’s documentary about
mass incarceration, 13th, Khalil Gibran Muhammad s
On February 1, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln approved a joint
resolution to submit the proposed 13th Amendment, abolishing
slavery, to the state legislatures. While the history of Black
Americans involves so much more than slavery, it is imperative
that students fully understand the institution of slavery, its
dissolution and the aftermath in order to understand today’s
We have compiled some meaningful collections of resources
for Black History Month. These resources may be of interest
to educators in the classroom, unions, and families and
For days, hundreds of thousands of people have filled the streets of 160 cities across the country, even during the coronavirus pandemic, expressing their outrage and grief at the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Two Black leaders of the CFT, with long histories of fighting for racial equity, say they could not help being profoundly moved by the murder itself, and the outpouring of rage in response.
UPDATE: On April 1, delegates to CFT
Convention unanimously passed Resolution 14 titled “Reclaim the
promise of racial equity for Black males in California,” which
called for adoption of the report written by the Racial Equity
“When we say Black Lives Matter, we’re saying that we need an
agenda that puts our lives right up there with everyone else’s,”
said Christopher Wilson, from Alliance San Diego, a group
mobilizing for change in low-income communities and communities
Wilson spoke at the Classified Conference on October 8, before
attending the funeral for Alfredo Olango, a black man killed by
police in nearby El Cajon.
Whenever we see inequalities in our society we need to remember
one thing, antiracist activist Tim Wise told attendees — there
are no accidents, just precedents.
Wise, who has written seven books, most recently Under the
Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing
the Future of America, talked about how the inherent injustice of
the educational system must be transformed — the system was never
meant to bring equity.
If an African American male student is suspended, there’s a 90
percent chance he’ll end up in prison some time in his life. In
2013-14, there were half a million suspensions in California
schools, many those of black and brown children. These statistics
make equity in education one of the great civil rights struggles
of our time, said Ali Cooper, the executive director of the
Restorative Schools Vision Project.
In the nation’s first school desegregation case, on February 13,
1931, in Lemon Grove, California, the Mexican parents of Roberto
Alvarez went to court to stop the Lemon Grove Grammar School from
denying access to Mexican children. A victory for Roberto in the
local court stopped the case from reaching the U.S. Supreme
Court. But the same issue did reach the U.S. Supreme Court almost
twenty-two years later (1953) when the Black parents of
ten-year-old Linda Brown sued the Topeka (Kansas) School Board,
demanding that skin color (and race) not be used to deny her
access to her neighborhood public school. Unlike the Lemon Grove
court, Topeka courts did rule that skin color could be used to
deny Linda’s entrance to the nearby public school and, thus, the
case was appealed to the Supreme Court. Her local public school,
she said, was her gateway to opportunity, and thus, that gateway
should not be blocked by segregationist policies. She won.