A quick roundup of some of March coverage….if you see or hear more, let us know!
A quick roundup of some of March coverage….if you see or hear more, let us know!
There is no better way to ‘walk the talk’ of equity, tolerance, mutual respect and human dignity than by asking our staff to join the Women’s March. It is far too easy to offer platitudes about our children being our future than it is to stand up for the type of world we want them to inherit.Our schools and programs remain committed to supporting students with diverse learning styles and varied family backgrounds and configurations.
We march to affirm their dignity and value in our local and global communities.Our teachers and counselors educate children about the harmful effects of the ‘isms: racism, sexism, classism and all the ways they divide us. We walk in support of the values we hold dear at Schools for Children. We walk out of concern over the shrill voices and destructive behaviors that threaten to diminish us as individuals and to divide us as a people.We walk to take a stand against bullies.
Whether on school playgrounds or in positions of leadership, there is no place for threatening language, demeaning comments or intimidation of those who may be weaker or less privileged. We march because there must be room in our society for each of us to play meaningful roles in crafting a future of peace, hope and mutual support. We walk to stand up for our children and their futures.
Theodore H. Wilson III, Ph.D. is President, Schools for Children, Inc., a Massachusetts nonprofit organization creating and managing great schools and educational services, including early childhood and elementary schools, afterschool programs, and special education schools and services to help keep students from falling through the cracks in our educational system. Schools for Children also develops new education services and innovations, and consults with other schools, districts and human service providers to enhance the quality and performance of their services.
March Guru loves the hurly burly of collective action. It’s so much fun to be part of one big voice and one big movement. But if one is marching with children, it can get a little hairy. Not all children dig a March, after all. The noise and the passion can be intense. On the other hand, it can be pretty exciting and transformative.
Here are some tips for marching with kids that we uncovered for you. If you choose to bring children, that’s great. And if you don’t, that’s okay too.
The Boston Globe writes:
“Count US Senator Elizabeth Warren and Attorney General Maura Healey among the female leaders who will address the Boston Women’s March for America next Saturday — along with hizzoner, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh.
“Boston is among the cities coordinating marches on Jan. 21 in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington, a massive demonstration aimed at incoming President Donald Trump that is planned on the National Mall the day after the inauguration.’
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March Guru has a conundrum.
Look good or be comfortable.
Is there really ever a choice? You don’t want to get too cold, but then again, isn’t it worse to be too hot? To sweat into wool or down or fleece? Oh, the horror.
When marching in New England, one always has to be prepared for the weather. Keyword? Layers. And no matter how tempting it may be to slip into some cool looking kicks or, egads, boots with heels, you really have to go water resistant at a minimum to avoid wet toes and slippage. Check out these some fashionable tips (and practical advice) for rocking that march route runway. From Wardrobe Oxygen.
March Guru loves a good chant. A good chant focuses the energy of the crowd on an important issue like a laser. They can really make your message pop. When you have large groups chanting with you, the chant becomes a symbol of collective power.
The March will have chant leaders who will fire up the crowd, but your group might want to write and chant something of your own which other groups may then pick up.
Check out these pro-tips from labor organizers for writing a killer chant and come to the Boston Women’s March for America with your own chants and blow us all away. Be positive, not negative. Show the way forward.
Rev. Mariama White-Hammond was born in Boston, MA in 1979. The child of two preacher-doctors, Mariama grew up with an understanding that God calls us all to serve our fellow man. Mariama’s activism began in high school and continued at Stanford University where Mariama was involved in campus politics and in the arts. She majored in International Relations, studied abroad in Chile, and focused on the political and economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean in the aftermath of dictatorships and/or civil wars.
In September 2001 Mariama became the Executive Director of Project HIP-HOP (Highways Into the Past – History, Organizing and Power), an organization she had been involved with the organization since high school. Project HIP-HOP is a youth-led that engages young people in critical thinking, artistic production and community organizing. At PHH, Mariama used the arts as a tool to raise awareness about social issues and help young people to find their voice and share their ideas with the world. She taught young people to draw on the history of their ancestors for wisdom and strength. During her time there, the organization performed for Mayor Walsh, Governor Patrick as well as in the streets of Roxbury, Chinatown, East Boston and throughout the city.
For her work in the non-profit sector Mariama has received numerous awards including the Barr Fellowship, the Celtics Heroes Among Us, The Roxbury Founders Day Award and the Boston NAACP Image award. In June 2014, Mariama stepped down as Executive Director to focus on her work within the church. She continues to serve the Boston community as a board member of FOCUS, Inc. (affordable housing) and UP Academy in South Boston & Dorchester (elementary and middle school). She serves in an Advisory role to ArtsEmerson, Green The Church, and Right to the City Boston VOTE!
Mariama is ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She serves on the ministerial staff at Bethel AME Church in Boston and is a Masters of Divinity Candidates at Boston University School of Theology. She serves as a Ecological Justice Minister at Bethel AME Church and as a member of the leadership team of Mass Interfaith Coalition for Climate Action. Her goal is to challenge the Christian church to embrace a more radical understanding of the life and mission of Jesus Christ. She believes that the church must be responsive to issues like street violence, mass incarceration, climate change, AIDS, food security, and human rights.
Roxana Rivera has been organizing low-wage workers for over twenty years, fighting for workers’ rights and justice for immigrants. She has been a part of and led hunger strikes and strikes in California and New England, including those part of the historic Justice for Janitors struggle in the 1990s.
After nearly a decade with Local 615 driving member engagement work and leading the commercial division, Rivera was appointed by 32BJ President Hector Figueroa to head up New England District 615. The district represents 18,000 janitors, security officers, and workers in higher education across New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and is part of 32BJ, which has over 145,000 members in eleven states and Washington DC.
The March is thrilled to announce that poet Nkosi Nkululeko, a Callaloo Fellow, will be performing at the March.
Nkosi is multi-nominated for Best of the Net, as well as nominated for the Independent Best American Poetry and the Pushcart Prize. He is affiliated with the I Sell The Shadow collective, for which he has performed in venues for The United Nations and in Copenhagen, Denmark for the Women’s Deliver conference.
Nkosi is a featured speaker on TEDxNewYork in 2016 and a finalist for the 2016 Winter Tangerine Awards for Poetry. His work can be found in [PANK] Magazine, VINYL, No Token, and other publications. He lives in Harlem, New York.
Learn more about him on his Facebook page.