February 19, 2016

Fw: Chicago Public Schools Wants to Close One of the Best African-Centered Schools in America

On Friday, February 19, 2016, 7:35 AM, The Black Star Project, USA <blackstar1000@ameritech.net> wrote:

CPS Wants to Close One of Best African-Centered Schools in America
12th Annual SAAB Confwerence
India Kager Deserves Justice
White Parents Complain About White Guilt for White Students
 Chicago Public Schools Wants to
Close One of the Best African-Centered Schools in America 

Betty Shabazz African-Centered Schools, including their predecessors, have successfully educated thousands of Black children for more than 40 years.

At Betty Shabazz/Barbara Ann Sizemore Academy (BASA) Campus, 71% of the 8th grade Black boys read on grade level according to last year's NWEA assessment in comparison to only 7% of Black boys in Chicago Public Schools reading proficiently at the 8th grade level according to the NAEP, down from 10% two years ago.

Betty Shabazz uses an African discipline system to keep Black children focused, respectful and properly motivated for success, while CPS has some of the highest suspension and expulsion rates in the country for Black students. 

More than 60 % of BASA's 8th graders are eligible to test for the best high schools in Chicago, and when they attend these highly competitive schools, they do as well or better than other students. Over the past two school years BASA has kept pace with CPS by enrolling approximately 11% of our students into selective enrollment schools, without being a magnet school that only accepts students with high test scores.

At the same time, most Black children who attend Chicago Public Schools are at the absolute rock bottom of the Chicago and national educational system with no plan to move them off the bottom.

How can the Chicago Public Schools, which does a miserable job at educating Black students, close a school, like Betty Shabazz/ Barbara Ann Sizemore Academy Campus, which does an outstanding job of educating Black students, growing at rates faster than their peers with the same starting points nationally?  And why?  A better question is: How can Black Chicago allow this to happen?

Those who are ready to fight for the hearts, minds and souls of Black children should join us at 4:30 pm, Monday, February 22, 2016 at Betty Shabazz/Barbara Sizemore Academy Campus, located at 6936 South Hermitage in Chicago, Illinois.

The time in America and in Chicago is: Educate or Die!!!  Black people must teach Black children to learn, to think, to produce and to lead.  If we don't, this game is over. And our children know it! 

Please follow Betty Shabazz International Charter School on Facebook.

Hearing to Stop the Closure of Barbara Ann Sizemore Academy
Monday, February 22, 2016
Barbara Ann Sizemore Academy
6936 South Hermitage
Chicago, Illinois
4:30pm to 7:00pm 

Click Here to Hear A National Commentary on this Issue by Phillip Jackson 
Click Here to ask President Barack Obama to take a stand for the successful education of Black children and to support keeping Barbara Ann Sizemore Academy open. 
Click Here to See and Hear Professor, Dr. Sister, Mother, Teacher Barbara Ann Sizemore

The 12th Annual SAAB 
National Conference - 2016

SAAB National Headquarters offers empowering conferences that incorporate powerful messages of success to young men throughout the U.S. We invite you to join us for powerful speakers and presenters who enlighten like minded young men, professionals, community activists and scholars striving to make a difference in the lives of men in the community.

Learn More about the SAAB Conference Scheduled for Friday April 1 and Saturday April 2, 2016 at 

Early Bird Registration Deadline: February 26, 2016
India Kager, 27, died in a hail of 30 bullets from the  
Virginia Beach, Virginia Police Department.  
Her crime was having a baby with a man wanted by police. While a video camera captured the event, the police will not release the video tape.

On September 5, 2015, Virginia police officers ambushed and executed 27-year-old U.S. Navy Veteran India Kager and her companion without cause on a 7-eleven parking lot while their four-month-old baby sat in the back seat of the car. Virginia beach police said that someone called and stated Kager's companion was planning to engage in a misdeed later that day. The Police go on to say that they were attempting to effect an arrest when Kager's companion began shooting. We are not buying the explanation provided by Virginia Beach police. Neither Kager nor Perry had an existing warrant. A  DOJ investigation into this matter is needed and warranted!

It is reported that Virginia Beach police officers in two unmarked vehicles blocked the vehicle from behind, tossed a flash-bang grenade that exploded adjacent to the car, and then unleashed 30 shots into the vehicle, killing Kager and companion Perry.

A video camera overhead captured the encounter but Virginia Beach police will not release the video, India's effects or provide any meaningful information. Gina Best, India's mother, and her family members deserve answers. Sign this petition to insist that DOJ get to the bottom of India's and Perry's death.

Rally and Justice Meeting for India
Friday, February 19, 2016, 9:00 am 
Saturday, February 20, 2016, 9:00 am
Enoch Baptist Church 
5641 Herbert Moore Road
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Click Here to Sign Petition to Have Department of Justice Investigate this Shooting.
In Illinois, Formerly Incarcerated and Convicted Can Vote

  • Nearly six million people in the United States are denied the right to vote due to felony offenses, even if they have completed their sentences.
  • One out of every 13 eligible African Americans of voting age has lost their right to vote.
  • States should not permanently take away the freedom to vote from any citizen. At a bare minimum, the right to vote should be automatically restored once a person is released from incarceration.
The U.S. has the highest rate of incarceration in the world.  Currently, over two million individuals are incarcerated-an increase of 500 percent over the past 30 years.  Laws that permanently strip these individuals of the right to vote means that even more of our citizens will be denied the freedom to vote in the years to come.

Prohibiting citizens from voting defies our democracy's principle of one person, one vote. Yet across the country nearly six million citizens have been stripped of their right to vote due to prior convictions, even long after they have completed serving their sentences. The vast majority of these individuals, 75 percent, are no longer incarcerated and live in their communities without the ability to fully participate.

Click Here for More Information about Registering to Vote.
Why Don't Some White Parents Want Their Children to See This Social and Historical Cartoon? While the Contents Is Historically Accurate, They Feel that It Will Make their Children Feel Guilty!
(White) Parents outraged after students shown a "white guilt" cartoon video for Black History Month

A Virginia school district has banned the use of an educational video about racial inequality after some parents complained that its messaging is racially divisive.

The four-minute, animated video - "Structural Discrimination: The Unequal Opportunity Race" was shown last week to students at an assembly at Glen Allen High School, in Henrico County, as a part of the school's Black History Month program.

The video contextualizes historic racial disparity in the United States using the metaphor of a race track in which runners face different obstacles depending upon their racial background. It has been shown hundreds of thousands of times at schools and workshops across the country since it was created more than a decade ago, according to the African American Policy Forum, which produced it.

"The video is designed for the general public," said Luke Harris, co-founder of the African American Policy Forum and an associate professor of political science at Vassar College. "We produced something you could show in elementary and secondary schools or in college studies courses."

He added: "We found that the video has a huge impact on the people that we're showing it to. Most of us know very little about the social history of the United States and its contemporary impact. It was designed as a tool to throw light on American history."

But in Glen Allen, about 14 miles north of Richmond, some parents complained, calling it a "white guilt video."

Henrico County Public Schools officials initially defended the video, saying it was "one component of a thoughtful discussion in which all viewpoints were encouraged." But after the story began to spread nationally, school officials switched gears, labeling the video "racially divisive" two days later.

"The Henrico School Board and administration consider this to be a matter of grave concern," School Board Chair Micky Ogburn said in a statement released to The Washington Post. "We are making every effort to respond to our community. It is our goal to prevent the recurrence of this type of event. School leaders have been instructed not to use the video in our schools."

Click Here to See The Trailer of RACE - The Jesse Owens Story
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