Montclair Education Association To Hold Actions in Response to Racial Injustice, June 2-5

The Montclair Education Association (MEA) will hold actions June 2-5 in response to the recent acts of police brutality against black men and women. Community participation is welcomed.

“Each and every one of us who believe ourselves to be advocates for racial justice have a responsibility to use our platforms to give air to those who are gasping for it,” said Petal Robertson, President of the MEA.

A Week of Solidarity at Nishuane Park’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

Tuesday, June 2 through Friday, June 5 – 12 to 4 p.m.

A time to honor the black lives lost due to racially motivated violence, the community will be invited to leave a memento of solidarity against racism at Nishuane Park’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.

Suggestions include written comments, poems, and thoughts, as well as flowers, wreaths and other tokens to honor the memories of those who have lost their lives due to racist acts. The Memorial is located on the Harrison Avenue side of Nishuane Park, across from the fire station.

To maintain social distancing guidelines, participants are asked not to linger.

Community Conversation on Racial Injustice
Wednesday, June 3, 4 to 6 p.m.

MEA President Robertson will host a Community Conversation via Zoom, featuring Montclair leaders, including:
– Tyrone Williams, Jr., Montclair Police Lieutenant and Bureau Commander, Community Policing Unit
– Gayl Shepard, Restorative Justice Coordinator for the Montclair School District
– Mirta Alsina, Montclair High School Assistant Principal
– Reginald Clark, Montclair High School Assistant Principal
– Brian Ford, Montclair High School Center for Social Justice Social Studies Teacher
– Shayla George, Vice President of the Montclair NAACP Youth Council
– Masiel Rodriquez-Vars, Executive Director of the Montclair Fund for Education Excellence

The panelists will respond to, and take questions and comments from, the public via the Zoom chat option.


Topic: Community Conversation on Racial Injustice
Time: Jun 3, 2020 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Mobile Protest
Friday, June 5 – 4:30-6:30 p.m.

The Montclair Education Association and Restorative Justice Montclair will lead a caravan of Montclair Public School educators and community members who will travel in cars through Montclair’s six square miles with messages of solidarity against police brutality. The caravan will pass all 11 Montclair Public School Buildings, starting at Bradford School at 87 Mt. Hebron Road at 4:30 p.m. and ending at Nishuane School on Cedar Avenue.

The Montclair Education Association is the inclusive union representing more than 1,000 Montclair Public School District employees, including teachers, paraprofessionals, nurses, secretaries, operational aides, certified support staff, custodians, and buildings and grounds staff.

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  1. During the conversation I am hoping the real issues of institutional racism are addressed in a honest and constructive way. What’s going to be different this time as Undoing Racism training was not attended by all, especially those that needed it the most. It should have been mandated. I hope the conversation is raw and discusses the current programs being run inside our district that continue to uphold racial disparities.

    What training are teachers going to get to make sure we are addressing inequities for our students? Who is going to oversee our Principals, some of who never enter the classrooms for observation. For far too many years, many of us have witnessed the incompetence of many that have had no oversight. We can’t help our students when the district has no accountability for those at the top.

    Can’t wait to hear more from our students who are FINALLY part of the conversation…

  2. Sadly, there was only one student on the panel. This “conversation” lacked true and authentic community dialogue. It also appeared to be a plug for restorative justice. Were there no other black teachers or students who could have been included in the conversation ?

  3. hi – it’s important to remember that this was a first step, and there will be more things to come, including more voices i’m sure… i didn’t see it as a plug for RJ at all, but it’s not like that’s a bad thing to plug… as for undoing racism, it WAS mandated – however, that is ONE training which itself is only ONE prong of an approach to all this – we have work to do on many fronts…

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