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Organizing for Racial Learning and Educational Justice

Register to join us on September 27, 2022 from 8:30 to 9:30 pm ET

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We know that the ability of educators to draw on their expertise and engage children in conversations about accurate history, human diversity, and unequal opportunity is under threat all over the country. How do we bring people together to build campaigns supporting healthy racial learning in schools? How do we work to ensure that equity- and justice-minded folx are elected to our school boards? How do we build coalitions among parents and teachers?

Join us for a conversation with organizers and community members who are in the mix, trying to figure that out in their communities.

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This conversation is the 4th in a series called Organizing in Defense of Children’s Racial Learning - check out the previous 3 conversations in our webinar archives. Don't forget to register! We look forward to your comments and questions.

Zakiyah Shaakir-Ansari

Zakiyah Shaakir-Ansari (she/her/hers) is advocacy director of the New York State Alliance for Quality Education (AQE), the leading statewide organization that has been fighting for educational justice in New York State. She has 20 years of experience in organizing and advocacy for education justice as both a leader and staff member. Zakiyah has tremendous skills and experience developed from being a parent of eight New York City public school students, being a parent activist, and working for AQE for more than a decade. In addition, Zakiyah volunteers with the NY Justice League which works to end childhood incarceration and is the Rapid Response Coordinator for the Resistance Revival Chorus. More about Zakiyah >
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James Haslam

James Haslam (he/him/his) serves as Senior Fellow at Race Forward leading the H.E.A.L Initiative, which works to build strong organizing models for parents and students to advance high quality public education as a building block for multiracial democracy. He brings over two decades of labor, community, and political organizing experience. He is the founder of Rights & Democracy (RAD), a bistate grassroots movement organization in Vermont and New Hampshire with the mission to establish multi-issue organizing strategies to building power for working-class communities to advance human rights and a strong multiracial democracy. Before founding RAD, James spent over 15 years as the executive director and chief organizer with the Vermont Workers’ Center. James has been deeply involved in pivoting our social and racial justice movements towards electoral strategies that bring our movement leaders into governance. More about James >
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