The Integrated Schools Movement - Where We Begin
A webinar for parents thinking about schools and racial justice
Through outreach, advocacy, and community building, Integrated Schools mobilizes families – particularly those who are White &/or privileged – to practice antiracist school integration. We invite you to join us for a workshop that introduces you to Integrated Schools and the movement we stand with.
Our country has, at times, and in fits and starts, worked toward desegregation, but never meaningfully worked toward real integration. Desegregation is about the moving of bodies, the demographic percentages in a school building. Integration is about, in the words of David Kirkland, "fundamentally working to organize our society in a different way, where our differences are seen as spaces that we not only celebrate but LET BE, where this forms the vibrancy of our being as a society." It is about decentering Whiteness, it is about creating new forms of shared power, and it is about recognizing the full humanity of every kid.
Historically, the ways White &/or privileged people talk about “good” vs. “bad” schools, the choices we make, both individually and collectively, about where to educate our children, and the ways we show up when we do enroll in global-majority schools have served to maintain our advantages and in turn, continue to oppress others.
This didn’t happen by accident.
Join us in exploring how our schools got to where they are now, and what role we play in either maintaining or disrupting this system. Members of our all-volunteer crew will share personal stories of enrolling our kids in global-majority schools, and the joys and missteps we experience while showing up as parents and community members.
Together, we will envision a better future- letting go of some of our White privilege, stepping into our humanity, and working toward a true, multi-racial democracy.
Through national organizing to promote local action, we support, educate, develop and mobilize families to “live our values,” disrupt segregation, and make choices for the well-being and futures of our own children, of all children, and of our democracy. Please join us to learn how this work, YOUR work, OUR work, begins.