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NYC School Segregation Report Card: Still Last, Action Needed Now — The Civil Rights Project at UCLA

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NYC School Segregation Report Card: Still Last, Action Needed Now

Authors: Danielle Cohen, with a Foreword by Gary Orfield | Date Published: June 10, 2021

From the Executive Summary:

Eight years ago, in 2014, The Civil Rights Project issued a report that raised awareness about the dire state of segregation in New York State and, in particular, New York City schools. That report spurred substantial activism, primarily led by student groups, parents, teachers, and administrators, which has been influential in the current integration efforts underway in NYC.

This report serves as an update to the 2014 report, which analyzed data up to 2010. The analysis of recent data in this report reveals trends from 2010-2018 in school segregation at the state, city, borough, and community district level.

A number of findings resulted from this analysis. First, New York State retains its place as the most segregated state for black students, and second most segregated for Latino students (after California). Segregation patterns have persisted since 2010, and attendance in segregated schools has intensified for black students. More black and Latino students are attending schools with high levels of poverty. We found great disparities in racial/ethnic isolation between charter and traditional public schools. Charter schools have proliferated since 2010 and these remain the most highly racially isolated schools. We found slight decreases in the share of charter schools that are intensely segregated since 2010, except for in Queens where there has been a sharp increase in the share of segregated charter schools. There is great variation among racial/ethnic isolation among city boroughs and community school districts. Black and Latino students experience the greatest isolation in the Bronx, and white and Asian students have the highest isolation on Staten Island. Three community school districts have experienced modest diversification in their school enrollment: District 2 in Manhattan, District15 in Brooklyn and District 31 in Staten Island.

Other specific findings can be found in the executive summary and full report:

 

DRUM #FundExcludedWorkers

SikhCoalition: Joint Statement from Eight Indianapolis-Area Gurdwaras Following Fedex Facility Shooting

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Contact: media@sikhcoalition.org

Joint Statement from Eight Indianapolis-Area Gurdwaras Following Fed-ex Facility Shooting

“April 17, 2021 (Indianapolis, IN) — The following statement was released by representatives of eight Indianapolis-area gurdwaras, or Sikh houses of worship, including Gurdwara Gur Nanak Darbar (Plainfield), Gurdwara Guru Nanak Sikh Society (Raymond), Gurdwara Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib (Greenwood), Gurdwara Sikh Satsang of Indianapolis (Acton), Gurdwara Guru Nanak Darbar (Fishers), Gurdwara Sri Guru Granth Sahib Society (McCordsville), Darbar Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji (Indianapolis), and Sikh Society of Indianapolis…”

VietRise: Vietnamese and American Organizations Denounce Upcoming Deportation Flight to Vietnam, Says Deporting Refugees is Anti-Asian Violence

[URGENT – DEPORTATION FLIGHT TO VIET NAM SCHEDULED ON MONDAY] FULL STATEMENT: bit.ly/312statement signed by…

Posted by VietRISE on Friday, March 12, 2021

CAAAV Condemns Atlanta Shooting

“We are enraged and saddened by the news of a white man opening fire and killing 8 people, including six Asian women, in Atlanta, Georgia. These acts are immeasurably violent, but we know that the rhetoric and deep histories of white supremacy, imperialism, patriarchy, and racial capitalism are the poisonous soil in which these violent ideologies and acts grow.

Within our neighborhoods, working class, immigrant, women, trans/queer, and precarious workers face violence from a capitalist system set up to use us for profit. We must keep working in risky jobs and living in unsafe conditions despite deadly health risks during a global pandemic, a lack of language access, and even under threats of violence. Often this violence even extends into our homes with threats, precarity, or abuse from a landlord, partner, or family members.

Rarely do public institutions and government care about what happens to us. They think of our well-being as an afterthought. They speak pretty words but fail to give us what we need. In many cases, these institutions contribute to our harm. We know that Asian, Black, Latinx and Indigenous communities face the same threats, and that these forces against us grow more powerful when we fight against each other. We know the murdered women will be scrutinized by those unfamiliar with their situation for their profession and judged as sex workers. Nobody should be put at risk of death – from white supremacist violence or a global pandemic – simply for surviving in racial capitalism.

These conditions are why we must fight and organize for resources to make our lives safer. We respond to anti-Asian violence by organizing with our neighbors to fight for true safety for the working class every single day – safe housing, dignified work and the right to live without fear.

In Solidarity,
CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities”

CAAAV’s #CancelRent Fund: The Revolution Starts at Home

CAAAV’s #CancelRent Fund will organize and support CAAAV members to take collective action against real estate, big landlords and against Governor Cuomo. CAAAV has been organizing working-class Asian immigrant tenants for over 15 years. Now is the moment to leverage all the power that we’ve built over the last decade and a half. Crises create openings to win big material and cultural change. Things are possible today that weren’t possible even one month ago. We have been fighting for a #HomesGuarantee for years. Now that millions of renters across the US are at risk of losing their housing, there is an opening to win safe, healthy and guaranteed homes for all of us – to win housing as a human right. Will you stand with working-class Asian immigrants and donate to CAAAV’s #CancelRent Fund?

Visit their website for more information

 

 

Building Power & Safety Through Solidarity Campaign

As our communities of working-class immigrant and undocumented workers and families grapple with the impacts of the escalating COVID-19 pandemic, which will continue to grow into a social, health, and economic crisis, DRUM in New York City has launched the “Building Power & Safety Through Solidarity” Campaign. This campaign provides a practical, accessible, and participatory program for building community power while also meeting the material needs of our frontline communities.

Read more about their community tools and resources at https://www.drumnyc.org/powerandsafety/

EMPLOYMENT

  1. If you are currently unemployed:

HOUSING

  1. Landlords don’t have to make mortgage payments for 3 months
    • If you are a landlord, call your bank to make arrangements for your mortgage
  2. There are no evictions for at least 3 months
  3. This means that if you don’t have a lot of money, you should save your money for essential things like food, and not for rent
    • Talk to the other tenants and make agreements to not pay rent
    • Many tenants are organizing rent strikes
  4. People are working on passing a law to cancel the rent
  5. If your landlord is also poor, and depends on the rental income for survival or has to pay for utilities, work out an agreement with them for partial payment or a payment plan
  6. Rent Strike Toolkit: https://t.co/ChKHyTvluO

FOOD

HEALTH

  1. Testing for coronavirus is hard to find, but it is free
  2. Right now, there is no coverage of the costs for treatment
  3. If you need to get tested, you can find testing locations here: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/coronavirus/resources/covid-testing.page
  4. If you need access to general healthcare and are undocumented: https://www.nychealthandhospitals.org/immigrant/

IMMIGRATION

  1. As of March 18th, USCIS has suspended routine in person services (Court dates, check-ins, biometric appointments etc.)
  2. If you have renewal biometrics appointments (ex. DACA) during this time, USCIS will use previous biometrics.
  3. ICE is continuing to do raids. We don’t know if they are more, or less, or same as before, but they are happening.

SCHOOLS

  1. NYC schools are closed for the rest of the school year.
  2. Remote Leaning is in effect until the rest of the school year
  3. Students in need electronic equipment to access remote learning can request an iPad device at coronavirus.schools.nyc/RemoteLearningDevices

GOVERNMENT STIMULUS

  1. The federal government passed a 2 trillion dollar package on March 27
  2. Most of the money went for large corporations

MENTAL HEALTH

  1. This is a time of great stress for many people, and it will likely get worse
  2. Make sure to make some time everyday to do things that relax you or calm you
  3. Find people you can talk to regularly to relieve the stress
  4. If you need more help coping contact NYC Well, a confidential 24/7 helpline http://NYC.gov/nycwell

FUNERALS

  1. A guide to funeral and burial option in New York: https://www.citybarjusticecenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Guide-Funeral-Burial-Options-in-NY-ENGLISH.pdf
  2. HRA can provide up to $900 in funeral expenses: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/hra/help/burial-assistance.page

CASH ASSISTANCE

  1.  For Undocumented Youth & Families: NYSYLC will be providing $250 or $500 funds. you can requests funds at https://www.nysylc.org/undocufunds
  2. Jamaica Muslim Center providing COVID impacted muslim families with $100 cash assistance call 718-739-3182

 

COVID-19 Racist Harassment Coping Guide

With the recent resurgence of xenophobic and racist attacks towards Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities, NAPAWF*NYC is here to provide resources for our friends, family members, and neighbors. As part of our continued efforts to support our communities, they’ve gathered together some tools to respond to and cope with harassment and heightened anxiety. Here, you will find a mix of resources from mental health professionals, further places to find support, and a few strategies that we use ourselves. 

Check out the resource guide here

NAPAWF*NYC builds power with members to advance human rights for AANHPI self-identified women living in New York. They believe our personal narratives inform our political activism, while also acknowledging that our political consciousness can sometimes be at odds with our upbringing and familial relationships. They have collected a list of mental health resources to help our community members work towards a future where they can show up as their full selves, not just within the NAPAWF*NYC community, but in all aspects of their lives.

 

 

Nice White Parents

From The New York Times, Nice White Parents looks at the 60-year relationship between white parents and the public school down the block and is a new five-part series about building a better school system, and what gets in the way.

“We know American public schools do not guarantee each child an equal education. Two decades of school reform initiatives have not changed that. But when Chana Joffe-Walt, a reporter, looked at inequality in education, she saw that most reforms focused on who schools were failing: Black and brown kids. But what about who the schools are serving? In this five-part series, she turns her attention to what is arguably the most powerful force in our schools: White parents.”

All episodes, and more information about the series, are available now. The show is also available on your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via Spotify | Via Google