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Dr. Melina Abdullah arrested at peaceful #BlackLivesMatter protest

Thank you to all of our Ethnic Studies Now Coalition members who responded to our text message to call the LAPD Chief's office to demand Dr. Melina Abdullah's immediate release. Dr. Abdullah, a key leader of the Ethnic Studies Now Coalition is also a leader in the Black Lives Matter LA movement. She was a part of the OccupyLAPD encampment at LAPD headquarters across from LA City Hall in Downtown Los Angeles. Today the LAPD decided to clear out the encampment and Dr. Abdullah and Sha Dixon were arrested while trying to simply deliver a letter to the LAPD. We sent a text blast to our network and many of you responded that you had called Chief Beck's office --Thank you! Black Lives Matter - LA confirmed via a tweet today at 4:30PM that both Dr. Abdullah and Sha Dixon have been released. BLACK LIVES MATTER! BROWN LIVES MATTER!


VIDEO of SFUSD Board Meeting

In case you missed it, you can watch the video of the historic December 9, 2014 SFUSD Board Meeting in which Ethnic Studies was institutionalized!


Student's perspective on Ethnic Studies



Ethnic Studies as a Requirement

By Tatei Torres Thomas. Image credit: Revo Grafia

Hamilton High School is located in West Los Angeles just on the edge of Los Angeles and Culver City. The demographic of the school is mostly Latino and African-American students with a small population of White, Asian, Middle Eastern and other ethnic groups. Hamilton High School sits on South Robertson in a neighborhood of mixed family incomes: from middle class families living in apartments and houses to wealthy families living in larger houses or multiple story houses to poorer families renting houses or apartments. Hamilton High School is made up of six academies: Math and Medical Science, Business and Technology, Communication Arts, Global Studies, Music, and Humanities. The Humanities Magnet is well known for producing elite students with high test scores and grade point averages, who get in elite schools. But as a junior in the Humanities magnet I now realize the Humanities magnet is not all it's cut out to be.

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SFUSD Victory!

We congratulate the San Francisco Ethnic Studies Collective and all those who organized for the victory to institutionalize Ethnic Studies in SFUSD! Check out this very cool crowd-sourced video.

Below is a victory photo (via Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales) from the day the SFUSD resolution passed unanimously:

SFUSD makes Ethnic Studies a graduation requirement!

The Ethnic Studies Now Coalition congratulates the San Francisco Ethnic Studies Collective and all those who fought hard in the successful campaign to make Ethnic Studies a graduation requirement in SFUSD!  Tonight the SFUSD Board of Education voted unanimously to make the change!

ESNC Supports San Francisco Ethnic Studies Collective

The Ethnic Studies Now Coalition supports the San Francisco Ethnic Studies Collective's efforts to make Ethnic Studies a graduation requirement in the San Francisco Unified School District. SFUSD will vote on the Ethnic Studies graduation requirement resolution on Dec. 9, 2014.


The following is from the SFESC's Facebook page:



Time to pack the building folks!

WHERE555 Franklin Street San Francisco

WHENTuesday, December 9, 2014

TIME5:00pm (Rally), 6:00pm (Meeting)

PLEASE WEAR RED! Bring your best signs/banners of support!

We urge the Board of Education to support the resolution for Institutionalizing Ethnic Studies in SFUSD when they come to a vote on Tuesday, December 9, 2014.

In 2010, SFUSD passed a resolution to support the development of a 9th grade Ethnic Studies course, which was implemented in 5 schools throughout the district. Only 5 of the 18 high schools in the district offer students the opportunity to take an A-G approved Ethnic Studies course. Today, students, teachers, parents, and community organizations are coming together once again to institutionalize Ethnic Studies in ALL SFUSD Schools. Through the examination of counterstories and often times neglected narratives of all people, students learn to humanize and respect themselves, their families, and their communities.  Students will think critically about race, ethnicity, and culture in the context of their own identities and their lived experiences. With a curricular content and pedagogy informed by the need for social justice and equity, the Ethnic Studies course provides students with the critical lens necessary to analyze oppression and engage in transformational resistance through learning service projects.  These projects require students to collectively address issues in their own lives and make positive change in their communities.

In solidarity,

San Francisco Ethnic Studies Collective



1) Sign our  online Petition!


2) Write a letter of support to the School Board and email it to them and us by December 5, 2014 (Friday)

Ms. Sandra Lee Fewer, President

e-mail: [email protected]

Dr. Emily M. Murase, Vice-President

e-mail: [email protected]

Mr. Matt Haney, Commissioner

e-mail:  [email protected]

Ms. Kim-Shree Maufas, Commissioner

e-mail: [email protected]

Ms. Hydra Mendoza-McDonnell, Commissioner

e-mail: [email protected]

Ms. Rachel Norton, Commissioner

e-mail: [email protected]

Ms. Jill Wynns, Commissioner

e-mail: [email protected]


3) Join our Facebook Group!

Ethnic Studies Now Coalition Fundraiser for Bennett Kayser!

Great to see so many familiar face tonight at the fundraiser for Bennett Kayser organized by Ethnic Studies Now Coalition!  Many teachers, professors and public education advocates made this event a success.


Victory! Ethnic Studies Resolution passed!

LAUSD Board of Education passed the resolution to make Ethnic Studies a graduation requirement!

More info/pics to follow.