Black students are more likely to be suspended from U.S. public schools — even as tiny preschoolers. The racial disparities in American education, from access to high-level classes and experienced teachers to discipline, were highlighted in a report released Friday by the Education Department’s civil rights arm.
The suspensions — and disparities — begin at the earliest grades.
Black children represent about 18 percent of children enrolled in preschool programs in schools, but almost half of the students were suspended more than once, the report said. Six percent of the nation’s districts with preschools reported suspending at least one preschool child.
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A good reminder from Maria Shriver to speak up for justice.
Trees for Democracy
Unless we properly manage resources like forests, water, land, minerals and oil, we will not win the fight against poverty. And there will not be peace. Old conflicts will rage on and new resource wars will erupt unless we change the path we are on.
—WANGARI MAATHAI, winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize and founder of the Green Belt Movement, writing in the New York Times (Dec. 10, 2004). Illustration by Leah Hayes.
Rest in Power, Rachel Corrie [April 10, 1979 - March 16, 2003]
Dedicated to a 23 year old peace activist who was killed in 2003 when she was crushed by an Israeli bulldozer in the Gaza Strip.
Originalmente designado “Dia Internacional da Mulher Trabalhadora”, o 8 de Março é marcado pela consciência política e social das lutas das mulheres em todo o mundo. A sua celebração foi - e ainda é - inseparável da história e lutas das mulheres trabalhadoras.
Originally called “International Working Women’s Day”, March 8th is marked by a political and social awareness of the struggles of women around the world. Its celebration was – and still is – inseparable from women workers’ own history and struggles.
“If there is not justice for the people, let there be no peace for the government.” - Emiliano Zapata
Angela Davis (born January 26, 1944) is most famous as a radical black activist and philosopher. For much of her life, Angela Davis was a member of the Black Panther party and an active participant in black power politics of the 1960s and 1970s. Before becoming involved with the Black Panthers, Davis was active with SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee). In 1980, Angela Davis ran for U.S. Vice President on the Communist Party ticket in 1980. Since then, Davis has continued to promote women’s rights and racial justice through academia. She continues to publish on issues of race, class, and gender.