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Support BIPOC Whistleblowers

Feature image from KUOW Recently, KUOW published information about the practice of putting children, mostly Black and Brown special education students, in cages. More distressing than the practice is the fact that the practice, itself, is approved by policy in Seattle Public Schools. The educator who blew the whistle, named in the KUOW piece, is Jackie Flaherty. Jackie is a veteran kindergarten educator and…

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OSPI Ethnic Studies Failure

Directors and members of WAESN have been participating in and following the work of the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s work on the legally mandated creation of a K-12 model Ethnic Studies Curriculum. WAESN board president, Amanda Hubbard, is an official member of this committee and has witnessed fragile whiteness in both the leadership of this committee and the creation…

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Remove Denise Juneau; An open letter to the Seattle Public Schools Board of Directors

By Rita Green, NAACP Education Chair for Washington, Oregon, and Alaska Recently, the King County NAACP, in support of the Washington State NAACP Youth Council, called for the removal of Superintendent Denise Juneau. Below is a detailed rationale for their actions written by Rita Green. To support the efforts of the NAACP, please sign the petition at the end of this open letter. Denise…

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Petition: Fire Superintendent Denise Juneau

On October 5th, youth leaders of the NAACP Youth Council demanded that Superintendent Juneau be terminated. Below is an excerpt of the speech given by Angelina Riley, co-president of the NAACP Youth Council, outlining the reasons why they are demanding her termination. One mission of Washington Ethnic Studies Now is to center the voices of BIPOC students, and we are doing that by assisting…

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WAESN Voting Guide 2020

As a 501(c)(4), one of Washington Ethnic Studies Now’s (WAESN) purposes is to advocate at all levels of government for the advancement of Ethnic Studies and anti-racist practices and policies in public education. As such, we are providing our first, ever, election guide with our choices for state and national level candidates, resolutions, advisory votes, and referendums. We surveyed members of our Executive Team…

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Open Letter to SPS: Mobilize the Immobilized

By Alex Ng Open Letter to Seattle Public Schools Students, Families, Educators, and Communities “We need to mobilize what works.” – Dr. Nicole Law Seattle School District leaders consistently do just the opposite. They immobilize what works, even after it has been proven to work. They impede and stall the work our communities call for, and take away from educators the very tools that…

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Ethnic Studies Kitchen Conversations with April Berg

In June of 2020 WAESN Executive Director, Tracy Castro-Gill, and Board Director, Jeff Stone, were invited to discuss Ethnic Studies with April Berg, Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 44th District. The conversation included everything from what is Ethnic Studies, to who should teach it, and the status of Ethnic Studies in Washington State. Below is the video of that conversation followed by…

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An Elder Millennial’s Journey to Ethnic Studies & Visual Arts, Part Two

By Alex Ng This multipart journal is where I am documenting my thoughts as I embark on the journey of revising all of my classes from decent Visual Arts curriculum with some Ethnic Studies themes and content integrated throughout, to true Ethnic Studies Visual Arts at all levels: curriculum, pedagogy, and classroom culture. Part Two picks up where Part One ended: the start of…

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An Elder Millennial Educator’s Road To Ethnic Studies and Visual Arts

By Alex Ng The Journey to Ethnic Studies Visual Arts This journal is where I am documenting my thoughts as I embark on the journey of revising all of my classes from decent Visual Arts curriculum with some Ethnic Studies themes and content integrated throughout, to true Ethnic Studies Visual Arts at all levels: curriculum, pedagogy, and classroom culture. How it All Began: Living…

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Dear Denise Juneau: Eagles Demand Representation

Ninth graders from Cleveland High School in Seattle Public Schools wrote letters to their superintendent imploring her to update the 9th grade reading list to include more Black and POC authors. Below are some excerpts from the letters, posted with permission from the students.  Anqi Lui Hello. My name is Anqi Lui and I am a Chinese-American student at Cleveland STEM, a diverse high…

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