Green Sunday 3/13–5:00 pm:  The Struggle Against School Closures w/ Mike Hutchinson, Hillary Chen & Jack Gerson

Green Sunday:  The Struggle Against School Closures 

The Oakland Unified School District board majority has again moved to close schools this school year, with others looming in the near future.  As with other rounds of such arbitrary action (most recently in 2019), the brunt of such austerity measures is felt in flatland schools overwhelmingly populated by black  and brown students.  

This presentation will review the history of state takeovers of school districts in California over the last several decades, especially in Oakland, and the current struggles against school closures.

Mike Hutchinson is a long time education and community activist in Oakland,  He is a founder of OPEN (Oakland Public Education Network) and is currently a school board member for District 5 and a key leader in the fight against school closures  

Hillary Chen is a community and anti-racist activist involved in the Oakland Education Association (OEA), East Bay DSA and Action 2020.  She is currently teaching at Parker Elementary School in East Oakland, one of the schools targeted to be closed this year.

Jack Gerson is a retired Oakland teacher who writes on and analyzes  issues related to education, politics, public health and the pandemic . Before retiring, he was on the executive board and bargaining team of the Oakland teachers union (OEA). Among other things, he helped organize OEA’s campaign to bail out schools not banks and end foreclosures, and the Occupy Oakland education committee’s 18 day occupation of Lakeview Elementary in 2012 to protest school closures.

March 13th, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm  Via Zoom: please see access info below 

Green Sundays are a series of free public programs & discussions on topics “du jour” sponsored by the Green Party of Alameda County and held on the 2nd Sunday of each month. The monthly business meeting of the County Council of the Green Party follows at 7:00 pm, after a 30-minute break. Council meetings are open to anyone who is interested.

Topic: Green Party of Alameda County

Description: Green Sunday presentation at 5 PM 

(Followed by County Council business meeting at 7:00. All are welcome to attend) 

Time: Mar. 13, 2022, 5:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 895 5984 4652

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