Virtual Townhall 9/7 at 7pm: Addressing Systemic Racism in Our Schools

Decades of systematic racism have generated harmful inequities in our Illinois public school system. How can we confront both racism and inequity in public schools and help build healthier education systems for all students?

Join educators and advocates for an important look at the impact of systematic racism on school funding, curriculum and overall school culture. Learn about critical steps communities can take towards making Illinois public school education equitable for all.

Promote Equity IL Coalition
Virtual Townhall Series
Addressing Systemic Racism in Our Schools
Wed. Sept 7, 7-8:15pm 
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The recording of this event can be viewed here on YouTube.

A roundtable discussion will be led by Beatriz Pollock-Diaz, senior counsel for education equity at Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, with panelists:

  • Ana Mercado - national lead student organizer, Race Forward HEAL Together project
  • Greg Michie - teacher at Chicago Public Schools; senior research associate, Center for Policy Studies and Social Justice, Concordia University
  • Dr. Sonya Whitaker - deputy superintendent, Dolton District 148; national education policy director, Rainbow PUSH 
IL Families for Public Schools' director Cassie Creswell will be sharing practical action steps for where we can start in working towards a racially-just public school system. Find those here:

This event is one of a series of town halls organized by the Promote Equity IL coalition:

Access Community Health Network - AAUW Naperville - Bend the Arc Jewish Action Champaign-Urbana - Better Government Association - Chicago Lawyers for Civil Rights - Chicago Women Take Action - Citizen Action Illinois- Congregation Hakafa - Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago - Courts Matter Illinois - Cradles to Crayons Chicago - First Ladies Health Initiative - Illinois Families for Public Schools - Illinois National Organization for Women - Illinois Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism - Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization (IVI-IPO) - Indivisible Illinois - Jewish Community Relations Council - League of Women Voters of Illinois - League of Women Voters of Chicago - League of Women Voters Naperville - Mikva Challenge - DuPage NAACP - NCJW - National Council of Jewish Women Chicago North Shore Section - NCJW South Cook - National Rainbow PUSH Coalition - Neighbors Who Vote - Protest to the Polls - Reform For Illinois - SEIU Healthcare IL & IN - She Votes Illinois - South Suburban Chicago Chapter of The Links - Women of the 7th Congressional District - Women's March Chicago