Antiracism

Olmeca to Perform at Fall Assembly

 

See full flyer here. We are happy to announce that Olmeca will be preforming at the event following the panel!  Olmeca is a hip hop artist writer and producer who deftly depicts his upbringing and gives social commentary with energy, charisma and intelligence.  He is not only well known nationally and internationally, but deeply rooted and active around social justice issues, particularly those effecting communities of color.

Olmeca Performing at Fall Assembly

we are happy to announce that Olmeca will be performing at the event following the panel!  Olmeca is a hip hop artist, writer and producer who deftly depicts his upbringing and gives social commentary with energy, charisma and intelligence.  He is not only well known nationally and internationally, but deeply rooted and active around social justice issues, particularly those effecting communities of color.

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Senate approves bill to make changing mascots harder

Please call Governor Walker and demand a VETO of AB 297, the race-based mascot support bill - (608) 266-1212 

In a sad erosion of racial justice legislation that WNPJ member groups worked hard to pass, this week the state Senate passed a bill that makes it much harder to force school districts to change race-based logos and mascots, seen as derogatory to Native Americans. All 11 of the state's tribes opposed the bill. Gov. Walker has yet to say whether he will sign or veto the bill.

Take action today: Vote on race-based mascot bill Tuesday, Nov 5

The Wisconsin Senate will take up the Schultz Senate Substitute Amendment to AB297/SB317 on Tuesday November 5. We need a large presence in the Senate Gallery that day. The Senate session starts at Noon. Please join us at the West Entrance of the Capitol (State Street) at 11:30 am for prayer and some words of encouragement. We will then proceed to the Gallery by Noon.

Action until then is to contact all Republican Senators and ask them to vote for the Schultz/Miller Substitute Amendment of AB297/SB317 and oppose the version of AB297/SB317 passed by the Assembly.

Below is the list of names, phone numbers and emails of Senators in leadership. Click here to find out who your Senator is and how to contact her or him.

Mukwonago schools to change race-based logo

"Wisconsin's Supreme Court has denied an appeal from two Mukwonago residents who challenged the process by which the state ordered the town's school district to drop its" race-based team name and logo, reports the Milwaukee Journel Sentinel.

The Court's decision means that the state Appeals Court's ruling, in favor of the change, stands.

The school's race-based team name and logo was examined, following a community complaint made under Act 250, a law passed after decades of advocacy by the Wisconsin Indian Education Association, students, civil liberties and anti-racism groups, among others, and supported by WNPJ.

Winter Schools changes its race-based logo

"After much debate, a western Wisconsin school district will change its Native American logo," reports WEAU-TV.

Winter School District Administrator Penny Boileau said, "If we're offending our students, neighbors, friends, it's not appropriate, it's time to change."

Public input is being sought on a new logo, while sports teams are now using a "W."

"It's a step forward where we can start to heal and grow with that collaboration," Boileau explained.

Groundwork on school elections and white privilege

"It is not just [Sarah] Manski’s withdrawal from the School Board race that makes apparent the prevalence of white privilege and systemic racism in Madison," write members of Groundwork, a white anti-racist collective and WNPJ member group, write in the Capital Times about Madison's School Board elections.

"Our School Board has an overwhelmingly white majority despite the fact that 55 percent of district students are people of color. Both covert and overt racist scapegoating and stereotypes have been prevalent in the School Board campaigns and public discourse about the achievement gap."

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