Happy Hour FUNdraiser November 7th

Come kick off our Fall FUNdraiser

Help schools practice transformative justice* and end the suspensions that increase students’ chances of dropping out or being incarcerated

Fall HAPPY HOUR FUNdraiser
Friday, November 7th
5 to 8pm
at Dive Bar

732 Amsterdam Ave @ 96th Street
1/2/3/B/C to 96th

$15 for a sweet Teachers Unite wristband = happy hour prices all evening!
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All are welcome (21+)

Let us know you’re coming!
RSVP: anna@teachersunite.net
Or on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1ylFnhD

* Transformative justice is a philosophy that looks at what harm was done, and focuses on how to best repair that harm by giving the victim of the conflict and the community in which the conflict happened a voice and a role in the process of achieving justice.

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Media & Storytelling Meetup: November 13th

Join us at Teachers Unite’s first Media & Storytelling Meetup!

Come build a community of educators committed to principled storytelling,
share media tools and skills, and contribute to story-based campaigns for social justice.

Thursday, November 13th
5-7pm

@ Teachers Unite
90 John Street, Suite 308
in Lower Manhattan
2/3/4/5/J/Z/A/C to Fulton

Please rspv: anna@teachersunite.net
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Bring a snack to share!

November Restorative Justice Meetups & Workshops

Teachers Unite is hosting three Restorative Justice Meetups & Workshops in Queens, Manhattan, and Brooklyn this month!

Please RSVP: anna@teachersunite.net
All are welcome—school staff, students, parents, community members—& food will be provided!
Flyers attached below.

Queens Restorative Justice Meetup

Wednesday, November 12th
4:30 to 6pm
Hosted by Voyages Preparatory High School

45-10 94th Street in Elmhurst
7 to 90th Street / M/R to Elmhurst Ave

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Manhattan Restorative Justice Meetup

Wednesday, November 19th
4:30 to 6pm
Hosted by Lower Manhattan Community Middle School

26 Broadway, 7th Floor Library (entrance at 81 New St.)
4/5 to Bowling Green | N/R to Whitehall | J/Z to Broad | 2/3 to Wall St.

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Brooklyn Restorative Justice Meetup

Thursday, November 20th
4:30 to 6pm
Hosted by Brooklyn Frontiers High School

112 Schermerhorn Street
2/3/4/5 to Borough Hall |A/C/F/N/R to Jay St. MetroTech | G to Hoyt Schermerhorn

Sign On With Your School Now! End Racist Discipline In NYC

You may have seen Chancellor Fariña’s statement in the Daily News back in Septermber about delaying the release of the 2014-2015 Discipline Code. What’s the hold up?

Young people, parents, and educators know what schools need to create safe communities for all. See statements released in response to the Chancellor from Dignity in Schools and the Urban Youth Collaborative.

YOU CAN TAKE ACTION NOW!

Join the 15 school teams and the MORE Caucus in signing on to this letter demanding systemic changes so that schools have the resources, support, and policy in place to stop the school-to-prison pipeline in NYC.

Are you a member of your UFT Chapter? Parent Association? Student Leadership Council? Restorative Justice team? All of the above? The city needs to hear from people on the ground about what they need to make schools caring communities for all.

Join the list of school teams calling on the DOE to bring systemic change with meaningful community input to school climate and discipline: bit.ly/ZeWiXc

Thank you for taking action.

#EdsResist #SchoolPushout

Breaking the Silence

On October 9th, during the Dignity in Schools National Week of Action, Girls for Gender Equity & the African American Policy Forum held a Town Hall titled #BreakingtheSilence.

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Cis and transgender girls of color testified to a packed house about their experiences with school pushout, incarceration, and other issues they face that are often overlooked by the community. Teachers Unite member Sarah Camiscoli was not able to testify for lack of time, but here is her testimony (you can read the full thing here):

I believe a commitment to wholeness for our schools involves not only addressing the school pushout of young women through zero tolerance policies, suspension, and sexual harassment, but also in addressing the kinds of school push out that are more subtle, sometimes unnamable, and elusive.

In my experience, there is an often-overlooked form of pushout that particularly affects young women of color who attend racially segregated public schools in NYC. This pushout affects young women who are learning English as a second language, and those who receive disability services. The intersection of being a young woman of color, learning English or having a learning disability, and attending a racially segregated public school is an intersectionality that is often unspoken of and, in my experience, can be one of the most menacing in terms of pushout.

Read more here!

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