On Jan. 25, King’s championship varsity football team went to the Forgotten Harvest food pantry to lend a helping hand.
Students and teachers in the Detroit Public School system have been operating under dangerous, unhealthy conditions for years.
Renaissance High School is lending a helping hand to Flint. “It makes me proud to see my school give to those who aren't able to give back to us. Renaissance is more than what we seem,” said junior Tiaunna Bradley. Flint has been declared a federal emergency due to lead contamination in the water.
Following the sick-out and teacher-organized protests that occurred in late January, the Renaissance community was shocked to learn that one of their teachers, Math instructor Zachary Sweet, was targeted by an injunction to appear in court leveled by the Detroit Public School district. “When I received the notice of the injunction, I was confused as to why there was no official reason given for it,” Sweet said.
Renaissance students stood in agreement with their teachers on Jan. 25 as they protested the poor quality materials, learning environment conditions and lack of funding in Detroit Public Schools. DPS teachers have held protests throughout the school year demanding that they receive better working conditions, as well as better pay and health care benefits.
Many Detroit Public Schools teachers participating in sick-outs are not actually sick. Large groups of teachers are calling in “sick” to push for upgrades in schools because they cannot strike under state law. Teachers across the district (some students as well) are using this as a way of getting their points across, whether it’s striking outside of local schools or boycotting in front of Cobo Center while President Barack Obama toured the Detroit auto show.
On Jan. 25, students at various Detroit Public Schools took part in a walk out to protest conditions in their district and support their teachers.
How many girls have been in a situation that could have been a result in human trafficking? Whether it was that man who offered you a ride, but you declined, or the man who tried to lure you to coming home with him.
In January, Alternatives for Girls lead an informational assembly for the students of Detroit International Academy, which focused on the resources offered by Alternatives for Girls and the dangers and statistics of human trafficking.
Many teachers from Detroit Public Schools called in sick to protest poor working conditions Jan. 11, causing more than 60 Detroit schools to close for the day. “We are set up for failure,” said Kimberly Jackson, a seventh grade teacher at Paul Robeson Malcolm X Academy.
The NBA All-Star game, held on Feb. 14 in Toronto, marked a big opportunity for the Detroit Pistons’ Andre Drummond.
Dilapidated schools. Discolored water. Overcrowded classrooms. Compromised health. Michigan Gov.
Message from the president of the CT Chapter of the NAACP, Britney Waugh: Cass Tech is organizing its own chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to uplift, encourage, educate and bring awareness to the plight of multicultural adults growing up in today’s society. Meetings are held the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, in room 616 (8th hour). New memberships are open at every meeting. The CT sponsor are Pamela Smith-Moy and Kamillia Landrum from the Detroit NAACP branch. The chapter’s goal for the first year are: >> Our first event is a police brutality forum called “Officers Speak Out” where students will be able to interact with officers asking about topics related to police brutality hearing their thoughts from an officer’s point of view. >> Voters registration drive to encourage 18 year olds to vote in next year’s presidential election