where: Garfield High School, 400 23rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
when: Mon, Jan 20th, workshop from 9:30 – 11:00 AM
march begins at 12:30 – if you want to march with us, we’ll be meeting right across the street from Ezell’s Chicken.
what: The workshop will expose and analyze how the system stratifies the population through a set of “pipelines”. While some students are channeled into futures in management and the professions, and some into a working class, however insecure, still others are left to expect the least opportunities plus the threat of incarceration in the largest prison system in history.
Teachers, students, former inmates, and activists, will share how this is all fitting into a pattern of especially insidious racism, as well as other forms of discrimination.
You are invited to discuss these perspectives, and your own, with us. We will also discuss how we can inform, agitate, and organize together, to undo and overcome this oppression.
This workshop is one of many that will be held as part of the larger, annual Martin Luther King Day event at Garfield High School.
We will be marching together in the larger march, with posters and chants against the school to prison pipeline. Look out for us across from Ezells at 12:30 if you want to march with us.
One of the teachers speaking in the workshop is the author of this piece, about how she and her students turned the isolation room in their classroom into an art project.
Here is the Facebook event page for tomorrow. Please invite your friends.
The workshop is being organized by a really dynamic coalition of people, including folks from Africatown/ More4Mann, some of the organizers of the Youth For Justice rally this summer, folks from Free Us All (the prison hunger strike support committee), artists/writers from High Gods Entertainment, Creativity Not Control, and folks from Washington Incarceration Stops Here (the group organizing against the new juvenile detention center in Seattle.)
Check out the links for more information, and check out those groups or others if you’d like get involved in struggles against the school to prison pipeline here in Seattle. There are lots of ways to get involved, from organizing and fighting back, to educating and creating art and music on the subject. We’ll see you out there!