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Voices in Urban Education, n45 2017

What the election result highlighted for the author is that we definitely need to create broader senses of coalition among many different peoples, whether they be Native American people at Standing Rock, or the Black Lives Matter Movement or our Dreamers--anyone who has been disenfranchised. These are the folks who we need to start building coalitions with, because we need to create a government that suggests that everyone is included, not just for a small percentage, but for every single body in America. The author believes that something that needs to happen as a result of the election is to give students the ability to activate their own voice, to speak up, and create spaces for them to solve problems. He also believes that we need to concentrate not just on policy for our public schools, but also on pedagogy. He then discusses the complexity of local issues, how down-ticket elections matter, and that there great opportunities to activate--because the mayors, the state representatives are the ones who get access immediately and they get to be proponents if you know how to organize well. He talks about how his students, and moving people toward building broader coalitions of those who are concerned about what's happening in this country, give him hope on a daily basis.

Descriptors: Student Empowerment, Elections, Political Campaigns, Political Candidates, Political Issues, Partnerships in Education, Ethnic Groups

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Autor: Vilson, José Luis


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