Dear JCPS To Host Open Mic Tonight at 6PM Before JCPS Work Session
Invites Speakers To Demand JCPS Superintendent and Board of Education Address Racial Equity
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Gay Adelmann, Dear JCPS President/Co-founder
May 28, 2019 -- Louisville, KY
The JCPS Board of Education recently changed their schedule from two board meeting dates per month down to one per month. In place of those second board meeting dates is their (also now once-monthly) work session. The public is allowed to address the board at the board meetings, but not at work sessions. This change essentially cut the opportunities for the public to address the board in half.
Dear JCPS believes that stakeholder input, especially from our most vulnerable and disenfranchised communities, is critical in shaping badly needed improvements in our district, especially around racial equity. Therefore, we are inviting the public to address the board and the public at tonight's work session. Since we are not able to speak to the board during the work session, we will host an "open mic" out front. Every effort will be made to create an open platform for marginalized community voices to be heard tonight and at future work sessions until education justice is achieved. The event will be livestreamed to the Dear JCPS Facebook page and posted on our website.
“You can’t talk about education justice if you don’t talk about race,” says Jitu Brown, national director for Journey 4 Justice. “People are concerned about school funding. I agree, but if they had $20 billion they would find a way to deny it to black and brown children. To win the fight for education justice, we must wage a multiracial fight led by the people who are closest to the pain.”
Jitu’s organization, Journey for Justice, plans to share and retweet the livestream using the hashtag #WeChoose. He will also be this week’s guest on our livestream of “Save Our Schools with Dear JCPS.” The program will air Thursday, May 30 at 6 PM on on Forward Radio 106.5 FM and forwardradio.org.
Representatives from Dear JCPS, Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice, The Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, as well as individual stakeholders, will be on hand to speak about patterns of racial disparities and inequities, including student assignment; suspensions, referrals and overpolicing of students; hiring and promotion or employees; and the recent district-wide PTA elections. Our goal is to provide the JCPS Superintendent and Board of Education with the community support and input necessary to make structural, lasting change that will close achievement gaps, improve educational outcomes for all of Jefferson County students, and position our district to not succumb to the threats of state takeover and privatization, school closures, district bankruptcies and skyrocketing tax increases as seen in other districts across the nation.
To sign up to speak at tonight's event, call (260) 633-0463 and leave a message with your name, phone number and topic. You may also sign up on-site. Bring your signs and concerns to Van Hoose parking lot tonight, before the work session begins at 7:00. #WeChooseEquity #RacialJusticeIsEducationalJustice #SilenceIsComplicity #DismantleStructuralRacismInJCPS
To sign up to be a volunteer and to help with further actions, provide input, or to publish an anonymous "open letter," please email email@example.com.