Art by Seth Tobocman (from Rethinking Schools)

The Revolutionary Student Coordinating Committee (RSCC), NYC calls on progressive youth and students to join a Contingent Against Educational Genocide for the March 1 National Day of Action for Education.

Convene at 1:45 PM, Thursday, March 1 at the intersection of Duane Street and Elk Street in Manhattan near the African Burial Ground. Look for the banner that says, “STOP EDUCATIONAL GENOCIDE AGAINST BLACK & BROWN YOUTH”. We will then march to 52 Chambers Street for the start of the citywide action. Take the 4, 5, 6, J, Z trains to Chambers Street / Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall, or the R train to City Hall.

We charge genocide …

Because NYC schools fail to prepare 87% of Black and Latino students for college, according to official stats.

Because the NYPD arrests an average of five students everyday in school, 90% of them Black and Latino, and school policies increasingly put our youth on a pipeline into prison.

Because CUNY ended open admissions, abolished remedial programs at its four-year colleges and uses standardized tests and tuition hikes to exclude poor, working-class and oppressed-nationality people.

Because the NYPD murdered 18-year-old Ramarley Graham inside his own apartment in the Bronx and then detained his grandmother for five hours at the precinct.

Because the NYPD conducted a record-high of more than 680,000 stop-and-frisks last year, 87% of them targeting Black and Latino people.

Because the US criminal injustice system keeps about 2.5 million people behind bars and another 5 million under supervision. More Black men today are in prison, on probation, or on parole than were enslaved in 1850.

We charge genocide, because the system is killing our communities with its schools, its police and its prisons. Schools are closing. Tuition is rising. Everyday, our people are disrespected in the classrooms by Eurocentric teachers and in the streets by rampaging cops. The same system that oppresses us in the hood oppresses our homelands – Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Latin America as a whole, the Philippines and many other places that suffer from US imperialism.

These conditions must be put to an end. We must organize the youth and students to fight for the most dispossessed, exploited and oppressed sections of our communities. We must unite our communities to fight for survival against genocide. We must struggle for fundamental transformation led by those with nothing to lose and a world to win.

Join us in a Contingent Against Educational Genocide on the March 1 National Day of Action for Education to demand an end to the killing of our communities by the schools, the police and the prisons.

One thought on “RSCC: STOP EDUCATIONAL GENOCIDE AGAINST BLACK & BROWN YOUTH! Liberate the schools! Close the prisons!

  1. There has been a systemic erosion of quality public education for at least 30years. Too many of
    the educational systems have been controlled by those in administrative positions who were not
    sensitive to the needs of classroom teachers,students, or parents. They have ignored the
    necessity of discipline in the classroom; they have ignored the need for updated equipment,sup-
    plies; they have permitted the lowering of standards which handicap those students aspiring to
    further their education. Quality has been greatly compromised from those at the top. Those
    in charge are responsible. They set the standards; they create the policies; they are the examples.
    Public education worked in the past. Many women and men in this country benefited from this
    important institution. What went wrong? It needs a complete overhaul, the system is broken.

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