(Jackson, MS) - On Wednesday, June 24 at 4 p.m. Central, the Institute for Democratic Education in America is hosting a rally in downtown Jackson, Mississippi with the support of national organizations Journey for Justice Alliance, Center for Popular Democracy, and local organizations One Voice, and Our JPS. The rally is part of a larger National Day of Action led by Journey for Justice Alliance with events organized across Baltimore, Baton Rouge, Camden, Chicago, Dallas, Jackson, Little Rock, Milwaukee, Oakland, New York, and Pittsburgh, and is appropriately themed, "Black Lives Matter: Education Equity or Else!"
We are in perilous times. We would be naive to assume that this system will equitably reinstate public education, or bring back schools at all. If we want our children to return to a school system that is safe and equitable, we must organize and make the change we want.
"The racism that snatched the future from George Floyd and countless others is the same racism that fuels the sabotage of education for Black, Brown, indigenous and working-class children. The only way schools will open safely and equitably for Black, Brown, Indigenous and working class children is if we - as parents, educators and students - inform and drive the reopening." - Jitu Brown, Journey for Justice Alliance
Join us as we rally this Wednesday, June 24 at 4 p.m. CT in Jackson, MS in front of the Governor's Mansion (Capitol Street side).
Central demands of the rally (full list of national demands):
No child can fail or be suspended this year as a direct result of the interruption of their education process, trauma of living through COVID, and/or inequity of access to technology and internet.
Elimination of punitive standardized tests for at least the next 2 years.
Full funding of Title 1 and the Individuals with Disabilities Act to double the