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CALL TO ACTION

Classrooms are a primary battlefield for the current attacks on CRT and the teaching of truth. In recent months, lawmakers in over two dozen states have attempted to regulate how teachers can discuss racism, sexism, and issues of equality and justice. 

 

 

What can you do? 

Whether you’re an educator, a student, a parent, or a concerned community member— your support is critical. AAPF has teamed up with Zinn Education Project and Black Lives Matter at School to bring you #TeachTruth Days of Action and Social Media Challenge, both brilliantly overlapping the fall back-to-school rush. What better time to mobilize supporting our teachers and students?

 

If you’re an educator, we invite you to take the pledge to teach the truth. 

 

Then, amplify that action by making that pledge public in gatherings nationwide August 27 – 29, 2021!

Want more information on these public, back-to-school gatherings?

 

Learn how to participate in or plan a day of action.

Can’t come?

 

You can still make a viral impact!

 

Show your support through the #TeachTruth Social Media Challenge. 

There’s no time to waste. If you act, we’ll be able not only push back against the attacks on CRT and the teaching of truth, but also to lift up the campaigns we are already organizing around and winning. 

Messaging and the Media

Do you need some general tips to prepare for speaking with the media or do you want to better understand the context and issues surrounding CRT? In collaboration with Black Lives Matter at Schools and Zinn Education Project, AAPF has prepared a series of guides and media trainings to unify our message and consolidate our defense of CRT. 

The Messaging Guide was developed by the legal scholar who originally coined the terms “critical race theory” and “intersectionality” and provides a coherent messaging platform for three key stakeholders: public education, racial justice advocates and voting rights activists. 

Media Trainings are a best practice guide for interviewing with media. 

The Media Training 101 focuses on soundbites and short form messaging. The Media Training 201 provides guidance for long form interviews (20-30min). Media Training 101 and 201 are joint projects of AAPF, Black Lives Matter at School and Zinn Education Project. We are grateful to Janine Jackson (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting) and Chris Nelson (Pyramid Communications) for sharing their expertise.

Toolkits

Winning Racial Justice in Our Schools was created by the Education Justice Research and Organizing Collaborative (EJ-ROC) at the NYU Metro Center, together with the African American Policy Forum. This toolkit brings together resources from organizations across the country to help you with media, messaging, advocacy, legislation and more.


 

Know Your Rights  was developed by the National Education Association (NEA). This document provides guidance for educators, informing what they should know about state measures restricting certain instruction on racism and sexism.