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Day of Courage

Day of Courage

Valentina Rojas, Breaking News Managing Editor
December 17, 2016
Filed under Conversations on Race, Hard News, In-Depth, News, Showcase

  The third annual "Asking for Courage" day took place on Dec. 15 at the high school. The "Middle Eastern" and "Say Their Names" blocks were new additions to the Day, joining into the mix of the "Telling Your Story" and "Latinx" blocks. For the past three years this day has educated and ...

BRJE and Boston Workmen’s Circle co-host racial justice and equity meeting

BRJE and Boston Workmen’s Circle co-host racial justice and equity meeting

Valentina Rojas, Breaking News Managing Editor
December 2, 2016
Filed under Conversations on Race, News, Showcase

A meeting regarding racial equity in Brookline co-hosted by the Brookline for Racial Justice (BRJE) and the Boston Workmen’s Circle brought a group of around 50 town residents together at Temple Sinai on Nov. 30. The theme throughout the night was finding systemic solutions to systemic racism in Brookline...

Student-run BLACC committee holds an all day teach-in

Student-run BLACC committee holds an all day teach-in

Valentina Rojas, Breaking News Managing Editor
November 18, 2016
Filed under Assembly, Conversations on Race, News, Showcase

Student members of the group BLACC, a student-run committee that works in support of Black Lives Matter, held a teach-in Thursday, Nov. 17 in the atrium. High school staff and students attended the presentations throughout the day that covered topics such as environmental racism, the school-to-prison...

Faculty members attend professional day with focus on racial issues

Faculty members attend professional day with focus on racial issues

Sascha Wolf-Sorokin and Lauren Mahoney
November 14, 2016
Filed under Conversations on Race, Hard News, News, Showcase

On Tuesday, Nov. 8, all Brookline educators attended a professional day at the high school focusing on the cycle of racism. Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, a psychologist and educator who has conducted extensive work regarding racial identity and race in education, gave the keynote address. Following Tatum’s...

Firefighter in discrimination lawsuit fired by town

Firefighter in discrimination lawsuit fired by town

Valentina Rojas, Breaking News Managing Editor
October 5, 2016
Filed under Conversations on Race, Hard News, News, Showcase

Former Brookline firefighter Gerald Alston was fired by the Board of Selectmen Wed. Oct. 5, at a public hearing that he requested, according to the Boston Globe. Alston, who is Black, is currently a plaintiff in a discrimination lawsuit against the town stemming from a 2010 incident where a superior left him a voicemail that included a racist epithet. Alston has not worked since 2013, when he was placed in ...

Peeps on the Street: Wearing all black to show solidarity with those who have lost their lives

Peeps on the Street: Wearing all black to show solidarity with those who have lost their lives

Evan Marohn and Susanna Kemp
September 26, 2016
Filed under Conversations on Race, News, Peeps on the Street, Showcase

Students and faculty wore black on Mon. Sep. 26 to show solidarity with those who have recently lost their lives due to police brutality. A Facebook page "BLAC" spread awareness of the movement. Members of the group also handed out black ribbons Monday morning. According to BLAC's Facebook page, "BLAC...

Meeting about new Identity Curriculum discusses individuality in classroom setting and learning environment

Meeting about new Identity Curriculum discusses individuality in classroom setting and learning environment
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Jason Altshuler, Breaking News Writing Editor
September 3, 2016
Filed under Conversations on Race, Hard News, News, Showcase

Teachers met at the high school on Tuesday, August 30 to discuss the new Identity Curriculum that has been created with plans of being piloted this school year.   Motivated by race-related incidents at the national, town and school level, a group of faculty and students met in the spring and sum...

UPDATE: New discrimation lawsuit filed by former Brookline Police Officers

UPDATE: New discrimation lawsuit filed by former Brookline Police Officers

Haley Bayne, Editor-in-chief
June 23, 2016
Filed under Conversations on Race, Hard News, News, Showcase

On June 20, Officers Prentice Pilot and Estifanos Zerai-Misgun filed a new lawsuit against the Town of Brookline in Massachusetts Supreme Court, according to a statement from their lawyers. In Dec. 2015, Pilot and Zerai-Misgun alleged racial discrimination within the Brookline Police Department, which...

Diversity Hiring Committees face complications

Diversity Hiring Committees face complications

Susanna Kemp, Staff Writer
June 14, 2016
Filed under Conversations on Race, Hard News, In-Depth, News, Showcase

The English and social studies departments have had difficulty hiring their preferred candidates of color this spring due to two roadblocks: salaries that do not honor out of state teaching experience and a state-mandated Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) endorsement, which verifies a teacher’s ab...

Students walk out of school to sit in at Town Hall for racial equity

Students walk out of school to sit in at Town Hall for racial equity

Rosa Stern Pait and Maya Morris
April 13, 2016
Filed under Conversations on Race, Hard News, News, Showcase

Students walked together to Town Hall to sit in for racial equity at the high school on April 13th, beginning during F-block. Junior DaHana Smith-Rose organized the walk-out. Thirty students met in front of the Atrium and walked with signs to Town Hall in Brookline Village, where they sang 'We S...

The Diversity Hiring Committee hosts open house at high school

The Diversity Hiring Committee hosts open house at high school

Penelope Cruz and Iman Khan
April 6, 2016
Filed under Conversations on Race, News

The Diversity Hiring Committee set up an open house event regarding teacher diversity, hoping to display the high school to potential educators of color on Tuesday, April 5 in the MLK room. This was a follow-up meeting at the high school campus to two previous meetings in December and March. The ...

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