The Dignity in Schools Campaign is a grassroots organization that works to “challenge the systemic problem of pushout in our nation’s schools and advocates for the human right of every young person to a quality education and to be treated with dignity. The DSC unites parents, youth, advocates and educators to support alternatives to a culture of zero-tolerance, punishment and removal in our schools.” The Dignity in Schools Campaign has done a lot of cool work across the country, including Los Angeles! The organization focuses on school’s role in the prison industrial complex and often discusses the cost to educate a student verse the cost to incarcerate them.
The DSC had their week of action from October 4-11, where organizations held events around the theme, “Education is key, don’t lock us out.” Events varied from protests, workshops, lectures, marches, letter writing, and forums. All which enforced grassroots organizing as a catalyst for change. What stood out to me about the DSC was the use of media in all their events and in all aspects of their organization. Information is often distributed through infographics, which present dry statistics in a super engaging way and videos!
Here are some examples:
- Statistics: Who is getting pushed out?: http://www.dignityinschools.org/sites/default/files/DSCFactSheets_WhosGettingPushedout.pdf
- Video Compilation for Week of Action:
- Counselors Not Cops: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CujoIvwiULY&list=UUoHYcjpVaWS4Q5bVNRoy6Ww&index=12
- For more videos, here’s the DSC’s Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/DignityInSchools/videos
What are your thoughts about the Dignity in Schools Campaign and the work they are doing?