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Day by day Kos Week in Motion: Commemorating Black historical past month

Conservatives are banning books in public colleges

Vital race concept is an instructional framework that explores how racism has formed public coverage in the USA. However conservatives have hijacked the time period as a strawman to justify the banning of Black historical past training in public colleges throughout the nation.

FILE - In this July 20, 2006, file photo, Lucille Bridges poses next to the original 1964 Norman Rockwell painting, "The Problem We All Live With," showing her daughter Ruby, inside the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. Bridges, a Hurricane Katrina evacuee and Houston resident after the storm, looked for the first-time at the Rockwell original capturing her oldest daughter, Ruby, as she was escorted by U.S. marshals into an all-white New Orleans school during integration nearly a half-century earlier. New Orleans' mayor announced Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, that Lucille Bridges, the mother of civil rights activist Ruby Bridges, has died at the age of 86. (Steve Ueckert/Houston Chronicle via AP, File)
Ruby Bridges’ mom, Lucille, poses subsequent to the long-lasting Norman Rockwell depiction of her daughter’s lengthy march to highschool.

That features banning tales like that of the Bridges household. In November 1960, six-year-old Ruby Bridges and her mother and father braved an indignant mob of segregationist mother and father who had been screaming vicious slurs. Ruby turned the primary Black scholar to combine an all-white elementary faculty within the South. The Bridges household suffered for his or her braveness: Her father misplaced his job, however grocery shops refused to promote to them, and her grandparents misplaced their farm.

All kids in America ought to study in regards to the bravery the Bridges household confirmed that day in 1960; as all kids ought to perceive the sacrifices Black households made and proceed to make to make sure equal alternative for his or her kids. However Republicans are doing every thing of their energy to ban books that inform Ruby’s story and that of different Black motion leaders in an try to take advantage of Black historical past training as a wedge problem.

As Day by day Kos displays on actions to commemorate Black Historical past Month, we need to prioritize defending Black historical past—American historical past—to raised equip future generations with the data and instruments to dismantle methods of oppression.

Right here’s a method you’ll be able to take motion to help Black historical past training:

Midterm primaries are underway

Primaries for the 2022 midterms are underway and Day by day Kos is supporting a incredible progressive candidate, Jessica Cisneros, in her marketing campaign for a Home seat in Texas. Cisneros is a human rights legal professional and daughter of working-class immigrants from Mexico. She believes in a pathway to citizenship, common well being care, increasing Social Safety, and defending reproductive rights. And she or he is operating in opposition to Rep. Henry Cuellar, a right-wing, anti-choice Democrat who lately had his home raided by the FBI.

If you happen to’d like to assist Cisneros win her March 1 main, you’ll be able to phonebank (reaching Texas voters) from wherever within the nation, and all you want is an Web connection. You’ll obtain coaching to get began, and there shall be a co-host on Zoom to help you your entire time.

Assist us elect extra progressives to the Home:

The No Ban Act

5 years in the past, the Trump administration enacted its Muslim ban, barring journey from Muslim majority nations. And though President Joe Biden referred to as it “a stain on our national conscience,” he’s now implementing a journey ban of his personal on Southern African nations.  

One Syrian American spoke to the ACLU in regards to the enduring harms of Trump’s Muslim ban: “I couldn’t consider {that a} nation that prides itself on its dedication to freedom and justice would shut its doorways on refugees and immigrants in search of assist.”

The No Ban Act would restrict U.S. immigration regulation in order that no future president can single-handedly problem bans that bar immigrants based mostly on their nationwide origin or faith. As we mirror on the enduring harms that Muslim and African communities have confronted on account of these xenophobic government insurance policies, we should work to make sure that bans like these by no means resurface to plunge much more communities into hurt’s means

If you happen to’d like to affix us in help of the No Ban Act, take motion beneath:

Thanks, expensive Day by day Kos readers, on your continued help. Tell us what you consider this week’s actions beneath, and what you’d wish to see us work on subsequent.

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