I am outraged that Senators Burr and Tillis’ votes for Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos have thrown North Carolina’s children under the bus – the school bus. Senator Tillis even served as PTA President for his daughter’s High School, but that didn’t stop him from putting in office an unqualified – but filthy rich – nominee who many believe is hostile to public education. And let it be made clear this is not proof of supporting women in leadership – both Tillis and Burr have blocked well qualified African-American nominees like Loretta Lynch, Jennifer May Parker and Patricia Timmons-Goodsen.
DeVos has no personal experience in public education, not as student, parent, teacher or administration. In fact, she has worked to undermine public education, spending more than two decades promoting taxpayer-subsidized vouchers for private and parochial school tuition and promoting publicly funded but privately run charter schools. She also tried to strip teacher unions of their influence.
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Fayetteville NOW does an annual wreath-laying ceremony to promote better awareness of domestic violence. This is the eighth year that Fayetteville NOW has done this ceremony and lays a wreath on the grave where domestic violence victim Beryl Mitchell is buried. In 1974, Mitchell was murdered by her husband, who was later convicted of the crime. Mitchell’s daughter has attended ceremonies in the past.
Fayetteville NOW group at wreath laying ceremony, 12/3/16. Photo Credit: Roberta Waddle
I am inspired by some of President Obama’s speeches, but appalled at his Operation Border Guardian which directs Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to take children (18 years old) and throw them in jails, sometimes private jails (even worse). In implementation, ICE is grabbing these teenagers on their way to school, off school buses, and out of stairwells at school – cases of these known in Wake and Durham counties. Our state conference included a workshop on what it took a Durham school community to save (or at least give a chance to) teenager Wildin Acosta (also one on racism). Read about the community effort at “In Defense Of Wildin Acosta,“9/26/16, northcarolinanow.org.
Durham Community Rally to free Wildin Acosta. Photo Credit: ABC
We cover more about what is being done to these teens at “One saved, one lost of the NC 6 plus more,“9/26/16, northcarolinanow.org. The most heinous case I know came out of Durham County (probably because the Durham Community is fighting this). Here are some of the Durhamites fighting this!
Acosta’s Durham community managed to keep his case alive in the hearts and minds of his Durham school community, city community, and in the news. Their work gives him a chance to plead his asylum case, keeps the ICE raids and deportations in the news, and keeps attention on the terrible way that the United States is treating children, families and individuals.
Wildin David Guillen Acosta’s school community worked very hard to keep attention on his situation. One of the teachers who helped him sent NC NOW a list of articles that the Riverside High School students and teachers wrote.
The effort began in Durham. “As Acosta’s deportation looms, Riverside students ask for Durham’s help,” 3/18/16, by Riverside High School Student Morgan Whithaus, at http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article66949102.html. Whithaus includes the danger that Acosta is facing as well as other damage the immigrant raids and detainments are causing for the school.
There is a group of 6 immigrant teens ‘detained’ by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) for deportation, including two teenagers from Charlotte, NC, and at least one teenager from Durham, NC. These boys are called the ‘NC6.’ More teens have been detained, including at least 2 girls from El Salvador. Many of these teens have been grabbed on their ways to school. Of the Durham teenagers, one has been at least temporarily spared, another just deported to the country where her father was murdered. Learn more about how the Durham community fought to get one back to give one a chance at the 2016 NC NOW State Conference. Find out how the US is treating these teens and other immigrants, including women and even younger children.
Charlotte teenager Yefri Sorto-Hernandez was grabbed on his way to classes at West Mecklenburg High School on Jan. 27, 2016. Durham teenager Wildin Guillen Acosta was grabbed on his way to his High School on Jan 28, 2016. Durham teenager Ingrid Portillo Hernandez was taken later, on May 17, 2016, also while she was on her way to school. According to “Charlotte immigrant teens at center of controversial ICE arrests,” “Sorto-Hernandez’s case has earned national attention, in part because Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are being accused of using schools and bus stops to corral teens not legally in the country.”
These arrests of teenagers at school and on their way to school are happening in NC despite a “Sensitive Locations Memorandum” which designates safe spaces for students including schools, hospitals, religious institutions, and more. According to “Educators save one student from gang violence and deportation, lose another,” 9/23/16,
“Educators say that DHS’ failure to follow their own Sensitive Locations Memorandum—which designates safe spaces for students on their way to school or in a school setting—is deeply troubling and indicates a larger policy failure to properly monitor and investigate ICE misconduct, particularly at school bus stops.”
Rally to free Wildin Acosta Photo Credit: ABC 11