By design, structural and systemic anti-Black racism is baked into our public education system producing and maintaining educational and economic disparities for Black students. Today we see that Black families are disproportionately hit hardest by the Covid-19 pandemic and the economic downturn that comes with it.
We demand that OUSD dismantle anti-Black structures, practices, policies, and culture in our district that have harmed generations of Black families – and provide the reparations necessary to transform our education system and center Black thriving, as a strategy for meeting the needs of all students.
We demand a new aspirational vision and a multi-million dollar reparations fund for the remaining 8,314 Black students in OUSD to thrive.
During the pandemic, Community Schools have become essential to Black families serving as hubs for much needed resources and support. A new deeper investment in the community schools model must center the needs of Black students and families and provide wrap-around services. To ensure that these schools center the needs of Black students and families we demand that OUSD:
This is a campaign led by the Black Working Group of J4OS - Pecolia Manigo, Keith Brown, Kampala Taiz-Rancifer, Chela Delgado, Clarissa Doutherd, and Mara Benitez. Members of J4OS (a multiracial education justice coalition) include: Bay Area PLAN, OEA, Parent Voices, Parents United for Public Schools, Oakland Kids First, Equity Allies, Educators for Democratic Schools, AYPAL, CFJ, Teachers for Social Justice,YT, Public Advocates, Jermaine Ashley (J4OS Organizer) and Dr. Payne (Community and Youth Outreach)