Fresh Ayers: Mark Warren, Jitu Brown, Brandon Johnson - "Lift Us Up, Don't Push Us Out!"

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Mark Warren, Jitu Brown, Brandon Johnson
“Lift Us Up, Don’t Push Us Out! is a bold and exciting book that presents the stories we never hear––powerful stories of successful grassroots organizing in schools and communities across the nation led by parents, students, educators, and allies. The lessons we can learn from these inspiring activists and campaigns need to be spread far and wide. They show how social justice unionism plays a vital role in the fight for equity and justice for all our children and in the growing movement against privatization of public education.”––Karen Lewis, Chicago Teachers Union President
Mark Warren, Jitu Brown, and Brandon Johnson discuss Lift Us Up, Don't Push Us Out!: Voices from the Front Lines of the Educational Justice Movement. They will be joined in conversation by Bill Ayers. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.
At 57th Street Books
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About the book: 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.
About the authors: 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.
Jitu Brown is a community organizer with the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization and the national director of the Journey for Justice Alliance. He was a leader of the hunger strike to save Dyett High School and is a national voice for educational justice.
Brandon Johnson is an organizer with the Chicago Teachers Union and a Democratic candidate for Cook County Commissioner. He is a former teacher and a father of three children in Chicago Public Schools.
About the interlocutor: Bill Ayers is a social justice activist, teacher, Distinguished Professor of Education (retired) at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and author of two memoirs, Fugitive Days and Public Enemy.
Event Location: 
57th Street Books
1301 57th St.
Chicago, IL 60637