Week of Action Events in Minnesota: Now through October 29

Dignity in Schools is hosting the 8th Annual National Week of Action Against School Pushout!

Dignity in Schools challenges the systemic problem of pushout in our nation’s schools and works to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline. As a national coalition, the Dignity in Schools Campaign builds power amongst parents, youth, organizers, advocates and educators to transform their own communities, support alternatives to a culture of zero-tolerance, punishment, criminalization and the dismantling of public schools, and fight racism and all forms of oppression. We bring together our members through direct action organizing, public policy advocacy and leadership development to fight for the human right of every young person to a quality education and to be treated with dignity.


2017 National Week of Action Demands


DSC members and allies call on the federal government, states, districts, and schools to:

  1. Shift funding from school police to counselors, peace builders, and positive discipline.
  2. Fund and use transformative and restorative justice, mediation, and positive interventions.
  3. Stop arresting and pushing out students of color, LGBTQ youth, students that are homeless, and students with disabilities at higher rates. *Black students are pushed out at the highest rates nationally.)
  4. Make sure states and districts focus on school climate under the new federal law —
    the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
  5. End paddling and physical punishment in all schools.
  6. Invest in public education, not privatization and charter schools


2017 Week of Action Calendar

Events are happening all over the country! Check out this link for details.

For National WoA events, Minnesota events, and social media see below.


***To do before WoA: Change your social media profile pictures, avi’s and website banner to

Week of Action graphics! Download them here. ***


During Week of Action, you will receive a day email with reminders, updates, and a message to copy and paste on your social media!


Tuesday October 10

  • 2017 Minnesota KIDS COUNT Data Release event by Children’s Defense Fund-MN


Tuesday October 17

  • Solutions Not Suspensions Coalition meeting
    • 3:30 – 5:30 pm at Minnesota Alliance With Youth, located at 2233 University Ave W, Saint Paul
      • 3:30 – 4:00 Networking and Food time
      • 4:00 – 5:00 Caucus meetings [Legislative Advocacy + Effective Practices]
      • 5:00 – 5:30 Coalition time, share out and support
        • Food available. All are welcome!


Wednesday October 18

  • Students Without Status: Understanding + Protecting the Rights of Undocumented Immigrant Students [webinar]
    • 12:30 – 1:30 pm CST
    • Registration required
      • Archived webinar video will be available 1-2 days after live recording
Thursday October 19

    • SNS booth @ Education Minnesota’s Minnesota Educator Academy [MEA]
      • 7:30 am – 3:30 pm @ the River Centre in Saint Paul
Friday October 20


Saturday October 21

  • Social Media
    • #DSCWoA2017 // #EndSchoolPushout // #EdIsAHumanRight // #CounselorsNotCops
  • Local Event
    • Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, featuring Dr. Matthew Desmond, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author
    • 7:00 – 9:00 pm at Augsburg
    • Register here


Sunday October 22

  • Social Media
    • Twitter Chat
      • Join #DSCWoA2017 Twitter Chat to promote the 2-day national event, #endschoolpushout and our WoA 2017 Demands.
    • Thunderclap
      • Details coming on day-of!
    • #DSCWoA2017 #ReThinkDiscipline


Two-Day National Event: Oct 23rd – Oct 24th, 2017 in New Orleans, LA

On October 23 & October 24, DSC members and allies will convene in New Orleans, Louisiana for a two-day national event in partnership with the Communities for Just Schools Fund (CJSF), Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children (FFLIC), Black Man Rising Movement, Community Education Project of New Orleans and #WeChoose Campaign. We will be joined by legislators, parents, and students, with Keynote Speaker David #GodBox Banner.


Monday October 23

  • National Conversation on Race: Cultural Resistance
    • The CJSF National Conversations on Race Campaign will engage different local communities across the country to bring together students, parents, educators, and policy leaders in conversations about race, racial disparity and how it shows up in the education system.
    • CJSF will kick off its National Conversation on Race Campaign in partnership with DSC’s National Week of Action Event featuring the theme Cultural Resistance. Cultural Resistance, defined by the DSC Cultural Resistance Peer Exchange Group is: “The use of culture (language/slang, art, symbols, dance, music, clothing, etc.,) to combat oppressive systems. It is a way for a group to define itself on its own terms and to politically resist social control. It is a way of reclaiming our humanity.”
    • National activist, author and hip hop artist David #GodBox Banner will be the Keynote Speaker for the evening with performances by local artists.
  • Social Media
    • #NatlConvoOnRace


Tuesday October 24

  • National Event: Tribunal on School Discipline and “School Choice”
    • New Orleans is currently the only city that has a 100% charter school district. Since Katrina, families continue to experience the trauma and gentrification, ethnic cleansing and the horrors of the voucher and charter school experiment that includes an influx of Teach for America teachers, school closings and a major lack of accountability. This continues to leave our already marginalized youth further behind. Schools are breaking laws by not being compliant in completing 504 Plans, IEPs or student evaluations for children who have special needs. Parents continue to be confused or uninformed about their due process as student codes of conduct can differ from school to school or Charter Management Organization (CMO). Children continue to be counseled out or sent to court because schools are ill prepared to support our students.
    • FFLIC and Black Man Rising in partnership with DSC and other allies will put the New Orleans School System on trial for failing our children.
    • The #WeChoose Campaign will also further the conversation about the privatization of public education and the illusion of school choice.
    • We will be demanding that policy makers will sign on to the DSC Members’ Platform to create an independent monitor for schools, requiring them to be accountable for ensuring laws and best practices are followed, as well as the utilization of culturally relevant curricula.
  • Social Media
    • #EdCrisis // #FundPublicEd // #WeChoose
  • Local Event


Wednesday October 25

Local Event

  • Prenatal to Three Policy Forum
    • Sen Jerry Relph and Dave Pinto
    • 9 am – 12 pm at St. Thomas
    • Free. Childcare and live stream available
    • Register here
  • Social Media
    • #School2Prison // #EndSchoolPushout


Thursday October 26

  • Social Media
    • #ESSA4SchoolClimate


Friday October 27

  • Social Media
    • In partnership with TPT – Twin Cities PBS, and supported by the GradNation State Activation Initiative (America’s Promise Alliance), GradMinnesota is pleased to present this illustrated essay about the impact that restorative practices can have in our schools. Youth from across the state, along with restorative practice experts, teachers and administrators informed the creation of this essay. Intended to be used as a tool to start conversation in our communities, we hope you’ll share it broadly!
    • #No2Paddles


Saturday October 28

  • Social Media
    • #EndSchoolPushout // #EdIsAHumanRight
Sunday October 29

  • Social Media
    • #EndSchoolPushout // #EdIsAHumanRight

Have an event happening this week and want it featured nationally?

Email Bailey bboelter@mnyouth.net

Want to learn more about Dignity in Schools?

Visit www.dignityinschools.org and check out their Model Code on Education and Dignity.

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