Art by cozcon | Instagram @cozcon @fwdtogether
"With this Trans Day of Resilience artwork, I want all trans youth to know: you're the answer." - Artist cozcon
Members of the National Black Lives Matter at School steering committee remind educators and those fighting for education justice to uplift the principle of Transgender Affirming to recognize Transgender Day of Remembrance. From its inception, BLM and BLM at School have been committed to centering Black Trans folx in our quest for liberation in society and schools across the globe. On Transgender Day of Remembrance, we honor the memories of our Black trans family who have lost their lives for daring to exist in this world. Today and every day, we thank them for their ever expansive existence that has gifted us priceless truths and healing abundance.
This year in 2022, over 140 anti-trans bills have been introduced directly attacking children and educators in schools, and simultaneously, the introduction of over 190 anti-CRT bills since 2021. This is the direct result of our collective resistance. The reaction of youth-led protest, of teaching the truth, and of educators demanding their autonomy. We recognize the on-going and growing need for more affirming curriculum and more queer and trans educators. So let us continue to struggle alongside each other and on this Day of Resilience, transmute the energy of those we have lost. Let us grieve and honor their lives so that we can transform our anger and rage into clarity and action, so that all Black lives know they matter in schools and beyond.
As we continue to work for a world where all Black lives are shown they matter in schools is the norm, we remain dedicated to the principle Collective Value. We envision a future where trans people thrive as their full selves, lead their communities, and are free to love themselves and be loved.
We are committed to helping build a world in which we live in authentic and conscious relationship with ourselves, each other, and the lands we occupy with the least amount of harm and violence. We lead with the heart in creating systems and networks of care to make the domination, erasure, and dehumanization of any being impossible.
-National Black Lives Matter At School Steering Committee
All artwork from cozcon and Forward Together - Download here.
Image Description: The back and front of a light gray T-shirt. Back of T-shirt has text of BLMAS four demands. Front has text and 2022 BLMAS logo. Below, a laptop with the same logo on its screen. In the upper right corner, white text on black background that announces design contest. Below, a white box with black text about contest details.
Call for logo designs!
National Black Lives Matter at School is seeking youth-led logo designs for the 2023 year. The logo will be used around the country to support national organizing around our four core demands. Submit your design by Sunday, December 4.
During the school year, BLM at School has an annual Week of Action in different cities. Thousands of educators around the country wear their Black Lives Matter shirts to school and teach lessons on the guiding principles, structural racism, intersectionality, Black history, and anti-racist movements.
The National Black Lives Matter at School Steering Committee will select three designs to go up for public vote in December. The winner will be announced in mid December when we launch a sale of T-shirts with the logo for our 2023 February Week of Action. Includes Cash Prize.
Continue with this form to submit your design - bit.ly/2023BLMASdesigncontest
PRESS RELEASE: National Black Lives Matter At School receives Initial $100K Support to Expand Community Collective Power in Public Education for Thriving Black Futures
Thursday, October 27, 2022 // FOR PUBLIC RELEASE
These funds will be dedicated to upgrading our national-level coordination and outreach across our coalition, while we invite continued grassroots support to strengthen local BLM@School organizing nationwide! Help us meet our goal of $25,000 for the 2023 BLM@School Activity Support Fund to grow joyful, radical Black education organizing!
Read full Press Release here.
Mark these dates in your calendar as we prepare for the our annual Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action.
At the November meeting, we will be discussing how to plan a curriculum party, fair, or gathering. We also want to hear from you all about the plans and ideas you have in mind for your local Week of Actions. The December meeting topics will be determined from the needs of folks at our Nov. meeting.
Please Note: There are two different registration links for the November and December meetings.
Looking forward to getting together!! Please get in touch with us if you want to connect: email@example.com
Join this fall for the second virtual public training series for students, educators, and parents who want strong, equitable public schools. Series sessions will be led by H.E.A.L. Together team members, their partners, and subject matter experts.
Upcoming Training Dates
6:30pm ET / 3:30pm PT
REGISTER & LEARN MORE HERE: healtogether.org/training
We are rooted in our communities as students of the people.
“Those Closest to the Pain, Must be Closest to the Power.”
Join us for the first annual QUALITY OF LIFE FESTIVAL! Journey for Justice Alliance in partnership with Grass Roots Organizations from all over the united States is proud to present this event! For far too long underserved communities have had to fight for equity in the most common areas of experiencing a good "Quality Of Life". Organizers fight for food, jobs, health care , safety, education, etc... This festival brings together all of the different organizations to not only celebrate there victories but to empower them for more! QOL Festival will be Historical! Join us on the right side of history!
To attend the festival and concert at no cost, please register with National BLMAS before Friday, September 9.
REGISTER AND LEARN MORE HERE: bit.ly/blmas_eoe22
National Black Lives Matter At School Endorses
DSA's Educators for Palestine Summer Series
Fill out this form ASAP to save your spot for the Democratic Socialists of America National BDS and Palestine Solidarity Working Group's Educators for Palestine Series - Learning Toward Liberation: Rooting Our Pedagogy of Palestine in Humanity and Justice!
More information about sessions and trainers here.
Lawmakers in at least 15 states are attempting to pass legislation that would require teachers to lie to students about the role of racism, sexism, heterosexism, and oppression throughout U.S. history.