Illuminating the struggles and triumphs of the emerging educational justice movement, this anthology tells the stories of how black and brown parents, students, educators, and their allies are fighting back against systemic inequities and the mistreatment of children of color in low-income communities. It offers a social justice alternative to the corporate reform movement that seeks to privatize public education through expanding charter schools and voucher programs.
To address the systemic racism in our education system and in the broader society, the contributors argue that what is needed is a movement led by those most affected by injustice—students of color and their parents—that builds alliances across sectors and with other social justice movements addressing immigration, LGBTQ rights, labor rights, and the school-to-prison pipeline.
Mark R. Warren is a professor of public policy and public affairs at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and the founder and co-chair of the Urban Research-Based Action Network. The author of three books, including most recently A Match on Dry Grass: Community Organizing as a Catalyst for School Reform, Warren studies and works with community and youth organizing groups seeking to promote equity and justice in education.
David Goodman is a journalist for national publications, the bestselling author of ten books, and host of the weekly public affairs radio show The Vermont Conversation. His varied passions have led him to write about a diverse mix of topics from world politics, the outdoors, and travel, to the impact of a natural disaster on his hometown in Vermont. He is a longtime contributing writer for Mother Jones. David’s Mother Jones articles were part of a package that won the prestigious National Magazine Award for General Excellence. His work has also appeared in the New York Times, Outside, Boston Globe, Travel & Leisure, Ski, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications.
Carlos Rojas is the Director of Special Projects for Youth on Board, and is currently spearheading, along with Esteniolla Maitre, ListeningWorks, an initiative to address the current political climate of hate and division in this country. He served on the Boston School Committee as the student representative from 2011-2012, and has worked in various local, statewide and federal initiatives, campaigns and organizations, including the Student Immigrant Movement, United We Dream, Massachusetts Save Our Public Schools, and the Boston Education Justice Alliance, which he helped to found as a student leader at Youth on Board.
Glorya Wornum served as President of Boston Student Advisory Council in school year 2014-2015 and works as part of Youth on Board to support youth organizing. Glorya has worked on BSAC’s Student Rights App, fossil fuel divestment campaign, and school-to-prison pipeline work, among other projects. She is a proud mother of a future BPS student and a graduate of EMK Academy for Health Careers, and continues to advocate for student voices.
Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.