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Engaging with Educational Systems
Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the SURJ KC mass meeting Monday night as we examined institutional racism within our local, state, and national educational policy.
In a tumultuous political climate, it is imperative we engage with the educational systems around us in some facet in order to understand and combat policy that continues and increases characteristics of institutional racism.
We hope the inquiry into assessment culture, the history of public schools in KC, and the expansion of charter schools has illuminated the political and racist structure of our past, present, and future education systems. We hope you continue to pursue some of the questions presented during the meeting in order to take future action in transforming some of the educational structures analyzed.
Our new SURJ-KC Education Core is launching on Thursday, May 25th at 7pm. If you’re interested in that group or other ways of connecting and organizing, ask to join our SURJ-KC Education Facebook Group. In addition, we will follow-up with individuals who agreed to host or attend small-group meetings within the next week with materials and support.
There are several opportunities listed below to SHOW UP for racial justice in the coming weeks. Please check those out below.
Sign up to host an Education Event
(book study, podcast party, or documentary-watch party)
• Get Money Out of Politics (Jobs with Justice): Saturday, May 20th, 10am-2pm, 4526 Paseo
• Get On the Bus (StandUp KC to Chicago): May 22nd – May 25th
• SURJ Education Core Launch: Thursday, May 25th, 7-8:30pm
• SURJ Core-Building Workshop: Saturday, June 3rd, 12:30-5pm
• SURJ Families: Unpacking White Saviorism: Sunday, June 25th, 3:30-5pm<