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File #: 190092    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 2/7/2019 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 2/7/2019
Title: Declaring February 2-11, 2019 as "National Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action" in the City of Philadelphia.
Sponsors: Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Johnson
Attachments: 1. Signature19009200
Title
Declaring February 2-11, 2019 as "National Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action" in the City of Philadelphia.
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WHEREAS, The roots of Black History Month can be traced back to 1926 with the establishment of Negro History Week and it has since grown to a commemoration recognized and celebrated throughout the country; and

WHEREAS, The Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action started in Philadelphia, and was inspired by a day of action in 2016 when educators, students, and families in Seattle came to school wearing shirts emblazoned with "Black Lives Matter: We Stand Together"; and

WHEREAS, This 2018-2019 school year, thousands of educators committed to social justice will participate in the national week of action in over 30 cities including Philadelphia, Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, Boston, New York City, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and beyond. Many will wear Black Lives Matter shirts to school and teach lessons about structural racism, intersectional Black identities, Black history, and anti-racist movements; and

WHEREAS, The Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action has four national demands: to end "zero tolerance" policies, and implement restorative justice; to hire more Black teachers; to mandate Black history and ethnic studies in the K-12 curriculum and anti-racist training for all educators in Philadelphia; and to fund more counselors and fewer school police officers; and

WHEREAS, Schools are community pillars that should promote equity, build understanding, and facilitate active engagement in creating pathways to freedom and justice for all people; and

WHEREAS, Research shows that the use of culturally-relevant curricula and the teaching of ethnic studies may significantly improve student attendance, grade point average, and completed credits; and

WHEREAS, As Paulo Freire argues, teachers do not merely deposit information into students passively. Teachers, instead, are in a liberatory dialogue with their student...

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