Jesus (right), pictured here with Darlene, created a list of scholarships in Illinois that don’t require a Social Security number, which means that undocumented students can apply. He’s considering a law career, but for now he’s getting a wealth of experience in understanding individuals’ interactions with the legal system.
It takes time, collaboration, and work on many levels to bring real change.
But Darlene Gramigna and Jesus Palafox know that the complexity of the work ahead doesn’t mean it’s not worth struggling for a better way.
In three decades on different fronts of the city’s struggle for social justice, Darlene has learned that Chicago is a place where “people will fight right back” against oppression.
“Why is there poverty in the same country that is also called the most obese country in the world? I say, “because it’s no longer one for all and all for one.” It’s all about “me, myself and I!” We need to stop oppressing each other and start practicing Ubuntu(OO-BOON-TOO), which is an South African word that means “I am because we are.” When one of us suffers then we all suffer.
The sweet tension of waiting for people to arrive combined with the multiple colored lights filling the room, a dream of cold extremities coursing with adrenaline. I, as the door person watching the welcome table, got to say hello to most of the people to the event hopefully making a positive first impression. From my vantage point near the door I’m torn as to what might have been my most memorable experience.
The girls from the Appalachian Center for Equality's BAPs (Believing All is Possible) mentoring group visited the WV State Capitol in March 2012. We met with community advocates working on domestic violence, mine safety, reproductive health, labor rights, and social work. We also attended session in the House of Delegates where we were introduced from the floor by Delegate Greg Butcher (D-Logan). Delegate Meshea Poore, a young African American lawyer, inspired the girls to have a dream and pursue that dream with passion.
Monday, July 12, 2010 (All day) - Friday, July 16, 2010 (All day)
Seattle, WA – In the spirit of Freedom Summer of 1964 and Freedom Schools that took place across Seattle in 1966, a multicultural group of dedicated Seattle Youth are coming together this summer to work against racism in the 10th annual Tyree Scott Freedom School. The Freedom School will take place July 12th - July 16th at the Cannon House 113 23rd Ave South from 10am-4pm. The Seattle Freedom School is being organized by The People’s Institute Northwest and the American Friends Service Committee.
The Community Justice Program and partners will conduct a Freedom School in the King County Juvenile Justice Center and Washington State Juvenile facilities annually. Youth Undoing Institutional Racism (YUIR) will also engage in a community organizing campaign linking racial disparities in education to the current over-incarceration of youth of color in King County, Washington.
We will conduct a 3 day Advanced Freedom School yearly for Post-Freedom School participants. The Advanced Freedom School will explore topics at a deeper level. At the Advanced Freedom School 2010, we will look at the current economic recession and its impact especially on communities of color, environmental racism in Seattle, the history of the race construct in the Pacific Northwest as it relates to Native and African American communities, the prison industrial complex and the effects of trauma on community organizers and tools for healing and much more.
The Tyree Scott Leadership Institute (Freedom School) is a powerful participatory experience for young people designed to inspire a lifetime of community involvement. Youth analyze the systems that perpetuate violence and injustice and learn about social change movements, empowering them to promote racial justice, human rights and peace.
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