The Unfortunate History and Segregation of Charter Schools

Considering the evidence to this point, the charter movement is evolving into a colonial construct replete with indoctrination, exploitation, and profit. —Julian Vasquez Heilig

A few weeks ago I was invited to speak at the Summit for Civil Rights. Here’s what the University of Minnesota Law School about the Summit:

The Summit for Civil Rights was held at the University of Minnesota Law School in Minneapolis, Minnesota on November 9 and 10, 2017. The Summit aimed to take the first steps of transforming the historic coalition for civil rights into a new, modern political alliance.

The Civil Rights Movement of Dr. King, Thurgood Marshall, and A. Philip Randolph succeeded in transforming America by defeating Jim Crow and moving us all closer to a fully inclusive society. Sadly, recent decades have seen a harsh backlash to that progress and a retreat from that ideal, as segregation has intensified and economic inequality has risen dramatically across the Nation.

The Summit for Civil Rights strives to reignite forward progress. Cities, workforces, and faith organizations contain untapped and overlooked sources of political power—power that can propel, once again, a national political movement for a racially integrated and united country with sustained prosperity for all.

The Summit was held one year to the day of a presidential election fraught with anger and fear around both race and economic anxiety. We believe now is the time for us to reexamine our approach to these deep-rooted and intersecting themes in the American story and challenge some of today’s narratives about class, race, and place that have too often divided us.

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At the Summit, attendees learned from the triumphs and failures of the past and examined the changed political and social landscape of today, with the goal of restoring the multi-racial coalition for integration.

The Summit featured top civil rights lawyers, scholars, and political leaders, but our goal is to reconnect these legal advocates with grassroots power to build a winning coalition. This includes the historic civil rights organizations, the faith community, the labor movement, and representatives from diverse working-class communities.

Here are my fairly brief remarks at the summit:

Together, we hope to use what we have learned of the lessons of the past, continue examining the complicated political landscape of today, and use the action plans agreed upon at the Summit to reignite the movement for economic and racial justice in America.

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