Article 8 with Gwen Samuel Special Guest Education Writer/Blogger Megan DeSombre ?>

Article 8 with Gwen Samuel Special Guest Education Writer/Blogger Megan DeSombre

Episode 2 Article 8 with Gwen Samuel   “If we look throughout American History, advocacy journalists have held an important place in pushing for social change, highlighting stories that the traditional press has either refused to cover or are ignorant of.  That’s why the world needs more young journalists, more women journalists, more journalists of color — because perspective matters. Your story matters.”  Megan DeSombre    

It’s about the 100% of Black Children: The 94 % in Traditional Schools AND the 6% in Charter Schools ?>

It’s about the 100% of Black Children: The 94 % in Traditional Schools AND the 6% in Charter Schools

Black parents have enough to worry about just by virtue of having a black child. We worry about our black babies’ safety every day when they leave the house, whether they are walking or driving. In addition, we worry about their safety; physically, mentally and emotionally, when they attend school, regardless of school model. So it should go without saying that many black parents do not have time for this distracting “divide and conquer” strategy with this whole business about…

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When the courts get it right and side with justice, such as with Brown v. Board of Education of 1954, parents of color and/or poor and marginalized communities seized the moment to ensure educational equality for all children. When the law was enforced children of color and/or the poor thrived; when the law was not enforced, children of color and/or the poor struggled to survive. Sixty-two years later, on September 7, 2016, Hartford Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher ruled in…

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WHY ARE PARENTS OF COLOR AND THE POOR EXPECTED TO KEEP SACRIFICING THEIR KIDS WELLBEING IN UNJUST SCHOOLS – FOR AN EDUCATION? ?>

WHY ARE PARENTS OF COLOR AND THE POOR EXPECTED TO KEEP SACRIFICING THEIR KIDS WELLBEING IN UNJUST SCHOOLS – FOR AN EDUCATION?

It is Back to School month, and while parents like me should be getting into gear for back to school activities, this black mom finds herself weary, heavy-hearted and angry. If you feel the need to call this the “Diary of an Angry Black Woman” or the “Blog of an Angry Black Mom”, because the only way you know how to describe a black woman is with a label – then do you “-boo-boo” – because this Black parent, will…

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Senator Murphy Calls Connecticut’s Segregated Schools ‘Unconscionable’ ?>

Senator Murphy Calls Connecticut’s Segregated Schools ‘Unconscionable’

Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy has called the segregation of schools in his state “unconscionable” and he has proposed a bill in an effort to change it. Murphy cites that 19 percent of the schools in Connecticut where nearly every student comes from a low-income family are located in Hartford, even though the capital city only houses 4 percent of public schools. If you look at a state like mine, you see unconscionable levels of racial and economic segregation,” Murphy, D-Conn., told…

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Congressional Black Caucus-Centuries Of Systemic Segregation and Discrimination Disenfranchise Black Communities; Not Proposed Open Primaries! ?>

Congressional Black Caucus-Centuries Of Systemic Segregation and Discrimination Disenfranchise Black Communities; Not Proposed Open Primaries!

As a Black mom, an active voter and for the most part, a supporter of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), I was very disappointed to read that the CBC opposes changes in the Democratic Party platform – namely calling for open primaries — because they fear “that allowing independent or Republican voters to participate in Democratic primaries would dilute minority voting strength in many places.” Does this mean that the Congressional Black Caucus opposes full civic engagement of all registered…

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Congressional Black Caucus Centuries of Systemic Segregation and Discrimination Disenfranchise Black Communities; Not Proposed Open Primaries! ?>

Congressional Black Caucus Centuries of Systemic Segregation and Discrimination Disenfranchise Black Communities; Not Proposed Open Primaries!

As a Black mom, an active voter and for the most part, a supporter of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), I was very disappointed to read that the CBC opposes changes in the Democratic Party platform – namely calling for open primaries — because they fear “that allowing independent or Republican voters to participate in Democratic primaries would dilute minority voting strength in many places.” Does this mean that the Congressional Black Caucus opposes full civic engagement of all registered voters…

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Black and Brown Students of Achievement First Amistad High School Protest: “We are More Than a Demerit System and College Acceptance Rate” ?>

Black and Brown Students of Achievement First Amistad High School Protest: “We are More Than a Demerit System and College Acceptance Rate”

This piece originally ran at Huffington Post. Yesterday, I visited a beautiful inspirational, fairly new high school in New Haven Connecticut called Amistad, an Achievement First charter school. The school design has distinguished adult figures etched throughout the exterior and interior of the school: Cesar Chavez, Mexican American labor leader and civil rights activist, who, with Dolores Huerta, co-founded the National Farm Workers Association, Barack Obama, the first African American President of the United States, Maya Angelou, an African American…

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Dear Department of Justice: The Constitution Does Not End at the Schoolhouse Doors and Plessy v. Ferguson Was Overturned – Right? ?>

Dear Department of Justice: The Constitution Does Not End at the Schoolhouse Doors and Plessy v. Ferguson Was Overturned – Right?

Dear Department of Justice (DOJ), with all due respect, this Black mom wonders are we reading and learning from the same History books? Let us recap. Sixty-two years ago, the United States Supreme Court issued a landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, declaring states that establish separate education laws for black and white students to be unconstitutional. This decision overturnedthe Plessy v. Ferguson decision of 1896, which allowed state-sanctioned segregation through “separate but equal” laws, as…

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