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  • Workshop: Interrogating Whiteness

    • Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 06:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Interrogating Whiteness in Context 
    A Two-Part Workshop for White Parents 


    Part One: Tuesday, August 11, 6:00-9:15pm

    Race, Power, and Chicago Public Schools 

    Part Two: Saturday, August 15, 9:00am-12:15pm

    Understanding and Dismantling White Supremacy 



    Participants will--
    1. Develop a foundational understanding of the racialized history and context of Chicago Public Schools.
    2. Develop and a shared systemic analysis of power and oppression and examine applications of this analysis to Raise Your Hand organizing work.
    3. Understand how the characteristics of white supremacy culture function and identify how these characteristics at work in their own lives.
    4. Learn strategies for being accountable accomplices and make individual commitments to applying specific strategies in their own lives.


    After you RSVP, you will receive a link to a survey. Please complete this survey for our workshop facilitators.

    After you RSVP, you will receive Zoom links for each part of the workshop.

    This workshop is free, but we appreciate any donations to help offset costs.



    Johnaé Strong is a writer, healer, and creative based in Chicago and Accra, Ghana. She has a background in education and has taught all ages from toddlers to adults including serving as a Restorative Justice practitioner. A large part of her work has integrated political education, healing, and organizing including her tenure as a founding member and Co-Chair of the Chicago chapter of BYP100, an organization a part of the national Movement for Black Lives. Currently, she is founder & CEO of Strong Visions Productions, a multimedia company committed to honoring the beauty and wisdom of BIPOC folks through education, healing, and the arts. She is on all social media @johnae_alyse  

    Megan Brand is an educator, organizer, parent, and community builder. Megan has spent the past 20 years working alongside children and families from all walks of life to raise the bar for racial justice, both through schools and community organizations. As an early childhood teacher in Chicago Public Schools (CPS), Megan created anti-bias and culturally responsive curriculum. She has always enjoyed partnering with parents, and led monthly parent workshops during her  tenure as a teacher. As a 2019 Chicago United for Equity Fellow, she led a Racial Equity Impact Assessment at Peirce Elementary School that was the first of its kind in CPS. Megan is a co-founder, facilitator, consultant and volunteer director of Speak Up, a Chicago-based organization that provides antiracism training for parents and educators with the goal of  building the movement for racial justice.   



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  • Black Students Matter: Educational Equity -1963, 2020, and Beyond

    • Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 06:00 PM
    • Zoom webinar

    Date: Thursday, August 13th
    Time: 6-8PM

    Join Friends of Bret Harte Elementary, Kartemquin Films, and Raise Your Hand for Illinois Public Education, from 6-8 PM Central on Thursday, August 13 for a free virtual screening and discussion of the documentary '63 Boycott. This film tells the story of the 250,000-student 1963 boycott of Chicago Public Schools to protest racial segregation, and connects the boycott to current events in Chicago. The film will be followed by a student panel discussion with 1963 boycott parent organizer Rosie Simpson and information about a brand-new curriculum that teachers can use to teach this history in their classrooms. This discussion will offer an opportunity to learn from Chicago's history to address current issues of racial equity in education, including the effects of COVID-19, the school-to-prison pipeline, the digital divide, youth activism, and more.

    Rosie Simpson, Leader of the 1963 boycotts of Chicago Public Schools, (Hyde Park resident, AND a proud Bret Harte grandparent!)
    Erica Walker, Social worker, Community activist, LSC parent representative at Bret Harte Elementary School
    Stephanie Avudzivi, Student, Bret Harte Elementary School
    Jalen Brown, Student, Bret Harte Elementary School
    Jefferson Davis, Student, Bret Harte Elementary School
    Jade Perry, Student, Bret Harte Elementary School
    Charles Bright, Principal, Bret Harte Elementary School
    Rachel Dickson, Producer, '63 Boycott
    Jianan Shi, Executive Director, Raise Your Hand for Illinois Public Education

    Register here:

  • Special Ed Parents and Supporters Meeting

    • Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 12:00 PM
    • Zoom
    This meeting is a chance for parents of kid with disabilities, special ed teachers, and clinicians to connect and share insight and resources on how to best support our kids during the COVID emergency school closure.
    Spanish interpretation will be available for this meeting.
    Register in advance for this meeting here: Sp.Ed Parents and Supporters Meeting
    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.