Lift Us Up, Don't Push Us Out!: A Selected Bibliography

September 18th, 2018

Parents, young people, community organizers, and educators describe how they are fighting systemic racism in schools by building a new intersectional educational justice movement.
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.
Representing a diverse range of social justice organizations from across the US, including the Chicago Teachers Union and the Genders and Sexualities Alliance Network, the essayists recount their journeys to movement building and offer practical organizing strategies and community-based alternatives to traditional education reform and privatization schemes. Lift Us Up! will outrage, inform, and mobilize parents, educators, and concerned citizens about what is wrong in American schools today and how activists are fighting for and achieving change. Mark Warren, Jitu Brown, and Brandon Johnson will discuss Lift Us Up, Don't Push Us Out!: Voices from the Front Lines of the Educational Justice Movement on September 25 at 6pm.

A Match on Dry Grass: Community Organizing as a Catalyst for School Reform, by Mark R. Warren and Karen L. Mapp
"You Can't Fire the Bad Ones!" And 18 Other Myths About Teachers, Teachers' Unions, and Public Education, by William Ayers, Crystal Laura, and Rick Ayers
Twenty-First-Century Jim Crow Schools: The Impact of Charters on Public Education, by Raymond Saunders and David Stovall

About Mark Warren: Mark R. Warren is professor of public policy and public affairs at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Mark is the author of Dry Bones Rattling: Community Building to Revitalize American Democracy, Fire in the Heart: How White Activists Embrace Racial Justice, and co-author of A Match on Dry Grass: Community Organizing as a Catalyst for School Reform. Mark is a founder and co-chair of the Urban Research-Based Action Network (URBAN), a national network of scholars and community activists promoting collaborations that produce research that advances racial equity and social justice.
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