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Contact: Kate Van Winkle
(317) 694-9578

For Immediate Release
September 26, 2018 

New book lifts up stories and successes in the fight for educational justice
Includes key moments from Chicago, including the Chicago teacher strikes, the 34-day hunger strike to save Dyett High School and the founding of Grow Your Own Teachers

What: The Chicago release of the book Lift Us Up Don’t Push Us Out! Voices from the Front Lines of the Educational Justice Movement (Mark R. Warren, Beacon Press, 2018), including a panel discussion from Chicago contributors to the book.

Lift Us Up! features voices from the frontlines of a new movement for educational justice that is growing across the United States. Contributors tell their own stories of how Black and Brown parents, students, educators and their allies are fighting back against profound and systemic inequities and mistreatment of children of color in low-income communities. The organizers and activists recount their journeys to movement building, lift up victories and successes and offer practical organizing strategies and community-based alternatives to traditional education reform and privatization schemes.

Why: The education justice movement is has gone nationwide recently with teachers strikes in Oklahoma and West Virginia, but that is just the tip of the iceberg.

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.” —Karen Lewis, former Chicago Teachers Union president

Who: The panel features these contributors to the book, who will be available for interviews:

  • Chicago Teachers Union Deputy Political Director Brandon Johnson
  • Dyett Hunger Striker Jitu Brown
  • Grow Your Own Teachers Board Member Maureen Gillette
  • Lift Us Up! Author Mark R. Warren

When: Friday, September 28, 6 p.m

Where: EL Centro – 3390 N. Avondale, Chicago, IL