Our Commitment to Racial Equity

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Racial Justice and Equity in Our Community

 

Our middle school’s art teacher, Israel Solomon, has been commissioned to create portable murals of influential Black Indiana figures in Fishers. We are excited to celebrate Black lives through his art in another part of our city! ‬ 

Read the full feature here.

Explore Israel’s work: 

 

IsraelSolomonart.com 

Community Peace Walk 

In June, we co-hosted a Community Peace Walk with the Edna Martin Christian Center to peacefully protest institutional racism in our nation and celebrate Juneteenth alongside our partners in the Martindale-Brightwood community. Throughout the walk, we heard six students of all different ages share powerful reflections on both this moment in our country’s history as well as the meaning of Juneteenth. We had over 150 individuals in attendance and plan to make this celebration an annual event. At KIPP Indy, we know we must act collectively with community partners, families, and students to fight systemic racism and ultimately create a more just world, and we are dedicated to consistently and actively living into that commitment.

Martindale-Brightwood Library

We are so excited to have a brand new library in our neighborhood! If you haven’t visited yet, we encourage you to explore our newest community asset. To learn more about the branch visit the Indianapolis Public Library’s website

Look through more pictures of the Martindale-Brightwood library in this Indy Star article

 

Axis: Latino Young Professionals

Indiana Latino Institute

AXIS is an 8-month leadership program designed for Latinx professionals, between the ages of 21-28, to develop personally and professionally and to prepare them to engage with civic and community leadership activities. The program is a partnership between the City of Indianapolis Mayor’s Office and the Indiana Latino Expo (ILE). Upon program completion, Axis participants will be confident Latinx professionals, equipped to unify, transform and serve the community. Applications are open through October 15th.

 

The mission of the Indiana Latino Institute is to improve health and advance education for the Indiana Latino community through statewide advocacy, research, and culturally responsive programs. The vision is to be the source of authority and catalyst for change on all aspects of Health and Education that affect the Indiana Latino Community.
Programs Include:

  • High Profile Mentorship
  • Empowerment Opportunities
  • Focused Learning and Training
  • Civic Engagement
  • Strategic Networking
  • Think Tank Breakout Sessions
  • Community Service Opportunities

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Equity Working Groups

1st Annual Peace Walk

At KIPP Indy, we are deeply committed to anti-racism work and we’ve identified this work as absolutely necessary in accomplishing our region wide goals. Part of this work includes working to deepen our understanding of the history or racism in our community and within our country. We will do this through completing racial equity trainings throughout this school year. The KIPP Indy Equity Working Group plays a lead role in shaping our region wide equity work for the 2020-2021 school year and beyond.

Racial Equity in the Classroom

We are committed to engaging in meaningful conversations about race and social justice with students in our classrooms. Throughout the past school year, our 5th graders worked in their Social Studies and English Language Arts classes to process the pervasive, systemic racism in our society and use their voices to put pressure on community leaders to act. In the following optional assignment, students were given the space to share and voice their feelings about the flagrant injustices and racial violence over the past few weeks. Their responses are specifically targeted to share with white people.

Read their inspiring words here.

In this Chalkbeat article, KIPP Indy Legacy High’s composition teacher, Kara Davis-Myers, shares how she teaches and discusses social justice with her students and why schools educating predominately white students should do the same.

Learning

Resources for Change

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity In A World Made For Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown: This book explores a Black woman’s journey to self-worth and the pitfalls that kill our attempts at racial justice that bear witness to the complexity of America’s social fabric.

Push Out: The Criminalization of Black Girls in School by Monique W. Morris: In a work that chronicles the experiences of Black girls across the country whose intricate lives are misunderstood, highly judged—by teachers, administrators, and the justice system—and degraded by the very institutions charged with helping them Pushout exposes a world of confined potential and supports the rising movement to challenge the policies, practices, and cultural illiteracy that push countless students out of school and into unhealthy, unstable, and often unsafe futures.

Act

Use Your Voice

Complete your Census & Register to Vote

Decisions about Indy’s future- and the dollars for it- come down to counting everyone, especially YOU!

Fill out your census today at https://my2020census.gov/ 

Call: 844-330-2020 (English), 844-468-2020 (Spanish) 

Deadline: September 30th, 2020

Research the candidates that are up for election. 

Register to vote or check your voter registration. You can also find your polling place at this link.

Apply for a poll worker position in the county of which you are registered. You can apply for Marion County here. 

Deadline: October 5th, 2020

Black Lives Matter Indy

Black Lives Matter Indy’s mission is to serve, support, and love Black people. We wish to lift unheard voices of people of color, to build and grow local community, and educate those ready to learn. We strive to amplify Black femme voices, create new Black spaces, and help those on the path to liberation. We are here to advocate for other oppressed groups, combat mass incarceration, end police brutality, and eradicate white supremacy. We will execute our mission through organizing, civil disobedience and disruption, by any means necessary.

We have nothing to lose but our chains.

 

 

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