Monday, August 3: National Day of Resistance

This coming Monday, August 3, 2020, thousands of parents, students, educators and school staff that have been on the frontlines fighting for racial justice in the U.S. public school system are joining forces to demand equity and safe conditions before schools are reopened.

As the fight against systemic racism and state sanctioned violence has reached historic heights—on the heels of the disparate impact of COVID-19 on Black, Brown and Indigenous families—organizers and union leaders are coalescing around a comprehensive set of demands to ensure that the safety of students and school staff is guaranteed before school doors are opened.

These Demands Are:

  • No reopening until the scientific data supports it
  • Police-free schools
  • All schools must be supported to function as community schools with adequate numbers of counselors and nurses and community/parent outreach workers
  • Safe conditions including lower class sizes, PPE, cleaning, testing, and other key protocols Equitable access to online learning
  • Support for our communities and families, including canceling rents and mortgages, a moratorium on evictions/foreclosures, providing direct cash assistance to those not able to work or who are unemployed, and other critical social needs
  • Moratorium on new charter or voucher programs and standardized testing
  • Massive infusion of federal money to support the reopening funded by taxing billionaires and Wall Street
  • Equitable access to online learning

How to Take Action