Thanks to our band teacher for sharing this great resource! Mr. Andert has been working on integrating diversity into band program. Through his training and work with “The Dream Unfinished,” he is working to present more music from diverse composers in the music classroom.
AN ACTIVIST ORCHESTRA
The Dream Unfinished is an activist orchestra which supports NYC-based civil rights and community organizations through concerts and presentations.
To use classical music as a platform to engage audiences with issues related to social and racial justice. Since its founding in 2014, TDU has staged over a dozen performances throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, and partnered with organizations such as the Center for Constitutional Rights, Black Women’s Blueprint, Justice League NYC, African American Policy Forum, and others. In 2015, The Dream Unfinished’s inaugural season honored the one year of Eric Garner’s passing. Its 2016 season, entitled Sing Her Name, culminated on the one-year anniversary of Sandra Bland’s passing. Future seasons of The Dream Unfinished will focus on the school to prison pipeline, solitary confinement, and gentrification.
Thank you Mrs. Rickli for sharing this resource approaching discussions of skin color using descriptive words (much the way we would describe the color of the sky or grass), as opposed to jus racial constructs.
“With very young children we often point out the colors of buses, fire trucks and grass, as we teach them about the world. We’re naming all these things, but we’re not talking about people’s colors. In some ways, it’s really odd that there’s this whole description that we’re not addressing. It teaches kids that race is not okay to talk about. When parents are silent, children make up their own stories as to why.”
Some places where I could imagine quick references in our classes:
We are often “identifying” in our content areas, whether specific names for tubes of acrylic paint, or symbols on a periodic table. Perhaps when identifying topics come up, and he have discussions of symbolic vs. representational, we can weave the conversation of actual skin color vs. racially defined colors into our conversations.
Scott Dunn (Director of Nature Place Day Camp) The experience with the water protectors at The Oceti Sakowin camp in North Dakota. He will talk about the different people who chose to gather there, the organization, teaching, actions and prayers that he took part in.
Reverend Janet Weber (Cross-cultural/Interfaith Minister, Indigenous Elders Assistant & Advocate, working with Lakota, Cheyenne & Ramapough-Lenape) “Sacred Activism: Standing Rock to Ramapo–the frontline comes home” Information about the Water Walk for Life and the Ramapo Split Rock camp. Bringing the spiritual together with activism.
Chuck Stead (Doctor of Environmental Studies, Adjunct Professor Ramapo College, Senior Program Assistant Town of Ramapo, Storyteller) “Traditional Knowledge in the 21st Century” – the role that traditional native pathways plays in dealing with a society addicted to commodification.
In 2008, Shepard Fairey ushered in the presidency of Barrack Obama with his graphic “Hope” posters.
This week, Shepard Fairey will do appeal to the masses again, with a series of images entitled “We the People.” These images will be made available to the masses through their printing in the Washington Post.
Click here for the PBS story that provides more information on this initiative that was funded through a kickstarter campaign.
I never cease to be amazed by the power of students to connect across all sorts of barriers, if they are just given the time and space.
Today 60 students, from ENL classes, VAASA, Student Council and World of Difference spent the morning together. In getting to know each other, they discovered not only how much they didn’t know about each other, but also how much they have in common.
We continue our journey to open dialogue in respectful and meaningful ways….
In the recent past, a number of schools, including but not limited to, Harvard, Brown, Princeton and the University of North Carolina have begun making reparations for their ties to racism and slavery.
Of most recent note, Georgetown is making reparations for the University debts that were paid off through the sale of slaves, and just last week Rutgers published a report detailing how some of the university’s most prominent figures participated in the slave trade, and how Rutgers benefited from the displacement of Native Americans from their lands.
May the conversations stay honest and courageous, and the amends authentic and long lasting.
While Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday for so many, the irony of the violence at Standing Rock, that has been on going for the past several months, and has been particularly atrocious this week, can not be overlooked.
There are so many levels or social injustice encompassed in this situation.
As you investigate class struggle, consider the similarities between the water crisis in flint and the one the building/rerouting of the Dakota access pipeline presents.
As you investigate environmental racism, consider the issues to rerouting of the pipeline presents in terms of treaties broken, religious rites being compromised and sacred sites being destroyed.
As you investigate the demoralizing and inhuman treatment of the protestors/protectors, revisit the recent standoff of the Malhuer NAtional Wildlife Refuge.
From class struggles and racial bias, to environmental issues and religious freedom…
This urgent crisis among the peaceful water protectors needs more awareness, support and action.