by Guy Oron
On a hot Thursday summer morning in a church in South Beacon Hill, I joined about 40 people of all ages, from youth to elders, to learn about racism. Organized by Youth Undoing Institutional Racism (YUIR), which is affiliated with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, Tyree Scott Freedom School is a five-day summer camp, primarily for youth and young adults of color, which focuses on community organizing, learning a deeper analysis about racism and systems of oppression, and undoing racism in our society.
Continue reading A Day at Freedom School: How Could Other Education Models Transform Our Public Schools?
Written, directed, and produced by South End youth participating in WA-BLOC’s Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools
by Marcus Harrison Green
Mahogany Villars’ plans for her 30th birthday are about as orthodox as they come. This Saturday’s festivities include longtime friends, adoring family, and booming dance music. Oh, and there’s also that whole spending several hours darting feverishly around a gymnasium while avoiding an onslaught of 6 pound rubber balls targeting her head thing. Continue reading Social Worker Turns Birthday Party Into Battle for Dodge Ball Supremacy