Dismantling White Supremacy Culture 

In light of the recent racially charged events that have occurred over the past few weeks, including but not limited to the unjust murders of Ahmaud Arbery (unarmed, chased down and murdered while jogging in his neighborhood), George Floyd and Breonna Taylor (unarmed and killed by police officers), and the Central Park Incident, protests are erupting as people have taken a stance in solidarity with Black people all over the country.

By their many screens and/or your own frustrations, your kids may have been inundated with this too. It’s important to know that even during a time of sheltering in place, Black people and other Marginalized folks still have the ever-present danger of hate that could cost them their lives and even in the current state of this global pandemic we must keep moving forward the work of dismantling the never-ending public health crisis of white supremacy culture.

Below you will find a list of resources that may be helpful in self-education and can be used to guide discussions at home to give insight into what it’s like to be a BIPOC and marginalized throughout America and across the globe.

In Solidarity,

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

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Current Event/Happening Now
Embrace Race webinar link (this event is taking place Tuesday, June 2nd)
Anti-racism Resources for White People: a compilation of resources for white people and parents to deepen our work in anti-racism
75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice: Curated by Medium and updated regularly
Black Lives Taken
Christian Cooper racially targeted in Central Park
Aversive Racism 

Tim Wise Podcast: An informative podcast focused on racial and economic justice 

Articles
The 1619 Project and 1619 Podcast from The New York Times
Talking Race With Young Children
Shaker Heights Has Tried for 60 Years to Tackle Race with accompanying podcast from The Washington Post
Why Parents Should Talk About Social Identity
Teaching Six Year Olds About Power and Privilege
Racial Equity Tools Glossary

Advocate

Bay Area and Nationwide Community Resources
BLACK VISIONS COLLECTIVE
Reclaim the Block
Unicorn Riot
ATPT
Blackout Collective
Black Youth Project 100
People’s Community Medics
POOR Magazine
SURJ Bay Area
San Francisco Bayview Newspaper
Medic Wiki

Ending Mass Incarceration
The Bail Project
COVID Bailout NYC
Emergency Release Fund 
Brooklyn Community Bail Fund
Louisville Community Bail Fund
Prison Abolition and Alternatives to Incarceration Starter Resources 
Black Alliance for Just Immigration
Vera Institute of Justice 

Video Clips
A White Mom’s Warning, CNN
Ta-Nehisi Coates: When Every Word Doesn’t Belong To Everyone
Akala: On using the N-word
Dr. Robin DiAngelo: Deconstructing White Privilege
What Is Privilege?
Life of Privilege Explained in a $100 Race
Diane Sawyer, Prime Time, 1991:Racial Bias in St. Louis revealed via hidden camera
The Philippe Matthews Show: Perspective on White Privilege with Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr.
What’s My Complicity? Talking White Fragility with Robin DiAngelo
A Trip to the Grocery Store: Dr. Joy DeGruy illustrates the power of speaking up
How Racist Are You?: Jane Elliot blue-eyed, brown-eyed project
Killer Mike Talks Economic Empowerment in the Black community: Interview with Killer Mike on Sway’s Universe

Films
*Please research ALL film ratings and content before viewing with your children

13th: Documentary on the criminalization of American Americans and the prison industries
Schindler’s List:  Steven Spielberg’s defining Holocaust drama (v)
The Hate You Give: A story as a response to the Murder of Oscar Grant
Selma: Film based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches
Do The Right Thing: Explores how racial inequality drives conflict in a predominantly African-American community.
Mississippi Burning: Biographical crime thriller of a  murder investigation in Mississippi.
A Soldiers Story: Murder and racism on a black military base in the South
Crash: The film features racial and social tensions in Los Angeles
The Great Debaters: Inspiring true story confronts racism head-on
Stand and Deliver: Based on the true story of an inspiring math teacher in a struggling inner-city Los Angeles high school.
I Am Not Your Negro: Based on James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript
When They See Us: Five teens from Harlem falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park.
Birth of a Nation: A retelling of the 1831 slave rebellion led by Nat Turner.
A Time to Kill: lawyer and his assistant defend a black man accused of murdering two white men who raped his ten-year-old daughter.
Hello, Privilege. It’s Me, Chelsea: Chelsea Handler explores how white privilege impacts American culture.
Skin: The tragic story of a white girl born Black, during apartheid.

Trigger Warning: Rapper and activist Killer Mike puts his revolutionary ideas about achieving social change into action.

Open Committee Positions – Volunteers Needed

To fully support our diverse student body, to create a rich learning environment, and to maintain our focus on civil rights — the PFC needs your help!  Please consider joining a PFC Committee.

We have a number of committee positions that we need to fill for the 2020/21 school year, including Events Coordinator, Tour lead, Co-Treasurer, Yearbook lead. If you are interested, or know anyone else who might be interested please fill out this form. This form also includes the full list of openings

SFUSD Family Resource Link

The SFUSD Family Resource Link is a new service that helps families navigate SFUSD resources and questions during distance learning.
Families with questions can access the Family Resource Link in three ways:
  • Email a request to familylink@sfusd.edu
  • Go to familylink.sfusd.edu to complete an online request form
  • Call 415-340-1716 (Hours of operation for the phone are Monday through Friday from 9 am – 1 pm).
    • Callers can leave a voicemail at all hours.
    • Translation services will be provided, as needed.
The Family Resource Link does not replace existing phone lines and emails to reach district departments.

Families May Re-Submit the Multipurpose Family Income Form

Families may re-submit a new Multipurpose Family Income Form for benefits at any time during the year. Families are encouraged to submit a new application for meal benefits if they experience a decrease in household income, become unemployed, have an increase in family size, or qualify for CalWorks, CalFresh, FDPIR.

Access your letter of eligibility at SchoolCafe.com. Questions? Learn more at sfusd.edu/MFIF or contact then at SchoolLunch@sfusd.edu or 415-749-3604.

Latest SFUSD Update

san francisco unified school district

Dear SFUSD Community:

As we head into the weekend, I want to take a moment to let you know how much I appreciate all that you’re doing right now. As a parent myself, I know this is a difficult time for children and families alike. Though insufficient given the circumstances, I hope the resources and information we’re sharing with you are helpful.

We at SFUSD have three priorities while schools are closed: to ensure that your child has access to school meals, to provide your children with continued learning opportunities, and to offer your children as many of the support services they normally receive at school as possible.

Please watch this 3 minute video about our priorities.

Updates

Distant Learning Plan

We have a handy visual online to accompany our distance learning plan. It helps explain our distance learning phases.

  • Phase 1 provided activities to engage students at home with no to few additional resources needed, as families adjusted to being sheltered in place.
  • Phase 2, which began March 25, provides additional at home options for learning that include a variety of subject areas and more support for our English learners, students with disabilities and diverse populations. Learning activities can be found on the district’s Continuity of Learning website.
  • Phase 3, beginning April 13, will consist of teacher-led, interactive distance learning.

Technology Access

While schools are temporarily closed, SFUSD is working to provide access to technology for students in need, to the greatest extent possible, to support the continuity of learning.

Need a device?

  • SFUSD students in grades 3-12 who do not have access to a computer during the day at home to support distance learning can borrow one from SFUSD.
  • All devices will be on loan to families and will need to be returned to SFUSD when the district reopens. There is a limit of one device per student.

How to borrow a device during Spring Break

  • Students who have completed SFUSD’s Distance Learning Device Request form, or have been in touch with your school about your computer needs, can pick up a Chromebook during Spring Break at one of our centralized pickups starting on Tuesday, March 31 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with a staggered schedule based on the student’s last name.
  • For more information on pickups, including locations, pickup times, and what you need to bring, visit the Technology for Families Resources site under “Need a device?”

Need help connecting to the Internet?

Need to Update Your Contact Information?

The best way to update your contact information and to ensure you receive district and school phone, email and text notifications is through your Family Portal (ParentVUE) account.

New Plan for School Meals

Starting Monday, March 30 and running through May 1, free grab and go meals will be available only on Mondays and Wednesdays between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. at these 16 sites. We have reduced the number of days families have to leave their homes to get food, but the amount of food each family receives will remain the same. Also, parents no longer have to bring their children to pick up the meals.

Welcome New Families!

Welcome to Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy! You’re about to join a great little school in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood.

Kindergarten is coming closer and it’s time to register for your assignment school. Due to COVID-19 families can respond to their offer online or via mail. Please do not come to the school. The deadline to register is April 10, 2020.

Online: Sign onto ParentVue to accept or reject your school assignment. If you need an activation code, a letter should have been mailed to your home on March 16th. If you have not received your activation code, please call the EPC at 415-241-6085.

By Mail: Please complete the tear-off response sheet that was included in your offer letter and mail to “Educational Placement Center, 555 Franklin Street, Room 100, San Francisco CA 94102″.Mail must be postmarked by April 10, 2020. EPC will email you after we have received your response.

For more information go to our Welcome New Families! page.

Free Meals and Childcare for Students

Beginning March 17, SFUSD will provide free breakfast and lunch to all children 18 and younger.

18 sites will be open Monday through Friday 9-10 a.m. to pick-up breakfast, lunch, fresh fruit, vegetables and milk to take home.

No identification or proof of school enrollment is required, but a child must be present. Shelf-stable meals will also be available. Families will not need to enter the school building for pick-up.

Also, beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, recreation centers and libraries will close to the public and operate as emergency care facilities for children of front line workers and low-income families.

More information is available here
https://www.dcyf.org/care

COVID Update – School Closures

SFUSD has announced that all SFUSD schools will be closed from Monday March 16 to Friday April 3. Please visit the SFUSD website for all the latest information.

Stay Informed

If you have not done so already, activate your Family Portal (ParentVUE) account today and update your contact information to ensure you receive district and school notifications. SFUSD are mailing home activation codes with instructions on how to sign up the week of March 16th.  Questions? Please fill out this form bit.ly/familyportalhelp

For the most recent updates and resources from SFUSD regarding the virus please visit our website. As this is a rapidly changing situation, we will be updating information on our website frequently.

Talking to kids about the virus

If you are unsure how to discuss what’s going to with your children, the CDC and SFUSD recommend this article:

https://higherlogicdownload.s3.amazonaws.com/NASN/3870c72d-fff9-4ed7-833f-215de278d256/UploadedImages/PDFs/02292020_NASP_NASN_COVID-19_parent_handout.pdf

Drag Show

We have taken the decision to postpone the drag show following advice from SFUSD and Public Health recommendations to avoid bringing large groups of people together. The new date is May 16th. With the current school budget cuts proposed, this fundraiser is even more important than ever. Keep supporting and donating to your favorite contestant therefore https://canyoudrag.com/contestants/ More details will follow.

Read-a-Thon

Tuesday, February 18 – Thursday, February 27, 2020

From February 18-27, students will record their minutes reading (in class and anywhere else!).  Every day from Feb. 19-28th, students who read the day before can put a raffle ticket in the bucket at morning circle to try to win prizes from local bookstores.

This year we will continue our Civil Rights Leaders theme. Every school day, the entire school will be learning about a different civil rights leader. We’ll kick it off with a short biography of the day’s leader at morning circle, followed by further reading in each classroom. We will be looking for parents to come in and read to their kid’s classes, so look for an email from your room parent to come spend some time during Read-A-Thon.

Download the 2020 Read-A-Thon Kit

How to Participate

Find Sponsors
Ask family, grandparents, and family friends to sponsor your reading by the minute or just a total dollar amount (a fixed dollar amount is easier to collect!). Use the “Sponsors” form provided, then ask sponsors to donate here.

Read and Log Your Minutes
From Tuesday, February 18, through Thursday, February 27, record every minute you read on the “Your Minutes” form.  Classroom and homework reading count.  Being read to counts.  Comic books, magazines, newspapers, and picture books count.

Daily Raffle
When you read, fill out an “I Read Yesterday” raffle ticket and add it to the raffle bucket at morning circle.  Submit one ticket per student per day. From Wednesday, February 19, to Friday, February 28, prizes will be awarded every morning!

Turn In Your Forms
When the Read-a-thon ends, turn in your “Sponsors” and “Your Minutes” forms to your classroom teacher. Remember to put your name and room number on them and have parent signatures or initials where needed. Take a picture for your own records if necessary!

Collect Pledge Payments
After the event, ask your sponsors to submit their pledge payments by Friday, April 5. New for this year: all pledge payments should be submitted by credit or debit card at harveymilksf.com/readathon/. Because Harvey Milk PFC is a 501(c)(3) charity (Tax ID 46-5672780), all pledge payments are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law and donation receipts will be issued for credit or debit card payments.