On Friday November 26th, 2021 I had the pleasure of working with JMAC For Families, Parents Supporting Parents, Youth Alliance 4 Housing, I Am Queens, Parents for Responsive Equitable Safe Schools with the support of D14 Revolution to create a digital day of action and in person healing space in response to the administration of children’s services long history of disproportionately targeting Black, Latino and immigrant families and caregivers to children with disabilities And how this has bled into targeted harassment of families of color keeping children home due to Covid concerns.
Since May 2021, families, educators, elected leaders and most importantly our students- have been calling for an improved, equitable and sustainable remote option for our immunocompromised, disabled and deeply impacted students, staff and city workers. As omicron enters NYC and schools surpass 11,000 confirmed Covid cases- we continue to demand a culturally responsive, language accessible remote option complete with the WiFi access, devices and tech accessories students and staff require as well as appropriate training and tech support.
The healing centered schools working group formed a task force in community with the office of Public Advocate Jumaane Williams to create a set of demands that would center community expertise, student voice and restorative practices.
As our third BLM in schools district wide events approach, we look back on two years of teach ins, showcases, student centered exploration, celebration and community led accountability. Thank you to the schools, artists, organizations and small businesses who made it possible!
Under the leadership of Black femme students, Teens Take Charge held it’s first ever anti racist, anti SHSAT rally modeling solidarity and true educational liberation outside the confines of getting a handful of additional Black and Latino youth into inherently racist institutions. We canvassed at each of the ‘big 3’ and connected with students and staff, held banner drops and conducted our first ever mutual aid events providing clothing, food, baby items, toiletries and menstrual products.
Born of the pandemic, Students Break the Silence is an inter generational coalition of youth, parents, educators, mutual aid groups, performance art collectives and community organizations centering Black Joy and fighting to decriminalize and demilitarize our schools in service of joy, liberation, healing and unlearning.
After an incredible open house showcase, I began facilitating cultural dance workshops in partnership with the Neon Arts Grant via Carnegie Hall.
Join in us for class every Tuesday & Thursday at 302 West 124th street from 5-7pm at Living Redemption Youth Opportunity Hub until September 19th!
After 6 months of critical dialogue around cultural equity in NYC, visiting cultural sites, meeting with activists, organizers, educators and creatives of Color, I completed the Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellowship at the Caribbean Culture Center: African Diaspora Institute In July.
In June I got to watch both my children graduate and *surprise* I received a parent leadership award at my son’s graduation!
Check out Miss T’s choreography for the K, 2nd and 5th graders at this event celebrating creativity and promoting exploration through science, technology, engineering, art and math.
Say hello to the newest of 11 District 14 Community Education Council Members!
Vote for yours truly at NYCParentLeaders.org!
Join me in Williamsburg this Wednesday as I throw my hat in the ring at the candidate forum for the NYC Education Council!
Wednesday April 10th @ 6pm
IS 71- 215 Heyward Street
Bklyn NY 11206
‘Good Hair’ film screening. Youth centered racial justice focused discussion to follow.
50 in 50: Letters to Our Daughters is the 3rd annual installment of what’s become a highly anticipated, sold out theatrical reading event. This year, a new group of 50 women consider the world they inherited and the one they’d like to create. It’s an evening sure to be filled with passion, unique points of view and love.
Purchase tickets here: