African American Policy Forum to Host Freedom Summer Homeroom

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Source: The African American Policy Forum / The African American Policy Forum

TThe African American Policy Forum will host their first Freedom Summer 2024 Homeroom, which will discuss New Hampshire’s recent decision to enact an education censorship law (HB-2).

The organization will host Deb Howes (President of AFT New Hampshire), Dan McNeil (General Counsel of AFT), Paul Ortiz (University of Florida Professor), Tina Kim Philibotte (Chief Equity Officer, Manchester School District), Becky Pringle (National Education Association National President), Emerson Sykes (ACLU Senior Staff Attorney), Randi Weingarten (AFT National President) and other movement leaders in an in-depth conversation about the legal, policy and practical impact of this important case. They will also have segments led by Kimberlé Crenshaw, Kaye Wise Whitehead and Tim Wise.

Last month, a federal judge in New Hampshire ruled that the education censorship law was unconstitutional.

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The law, House Bill 2, which passed in 2021, “actively discouraged public school teachers from teaching and talking about race, gender, sexual orientation, disability and gender identity inside and outside the classroom,” according to the New Hampshire organization of the American Civil Liberties Union. affiliate, one of the organizations representing the teachers and advocacy groups challenging the statute. It is the first ruling in the country to overturn a classroom censorship law affecting K-12 public schools.

HB 2 amended the state’s education and nondiscrimination laws to provide that no person could teach that any group of people was superior because of their race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or certain other characteristics, or that any group was inherently was racist, sexist. or oppressive, consciously or unconsciously.


U.S. District Court Judge Paul J. Barbadoro said after sentencing: “The amendments (contained in HB 2) are position-based restrictions on speech that do not provide fair warning to educators about what they prohibit, nor provide adequate standards for law enforcement to to prevent arbitrary and discriminatory enforcement.”

During the Homeroom, AAPF and its speakers will provide timely analysis and outline broader implications for the fight against educational censorship. They will also be accompanied by Jesse Hagopian, (organizer of the Zinn Education Project) who will explain their plans for the near future Learn Truth National Day of Action on June 8.

The event will take place on June 6 at 7:30 PM.

Click here if you would like to register for FIRST Freedom Summer 2024 Homeroom.


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