A Community Voices article this week inspired one comment that took the writer's topic to a new and broader dimension of discussion. On March 3 Alan DeNiro lamented a lack of science fiction and fantasy among works of adult fiction nominated for the book awards (Minnesota Book Awards need to be fixed.)
On Wednesday, February 26th, NAACP St. Paul Youth and Collegiate Branch and students from Central High School hosted a youth organized protest and walk out against the school to prison pipeline. This was a project that stems from student concerns about the mistreatment of low income youth and youth of color within the school system. The “Unchain Our Children” movement was birthed out of a desire to bring more awareness to the systematic complexities and harms of the school to prison pipeline.
The new St. Paul teacher contract agreement resulted from a process that began months before the two sides first sat down at the negotiating table. It’s perhaps the clearest example of teachers using the collective bargaining process to advance a wide-ranging, multi-faceted policy agenda.
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