Join: Incite

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INCITE! is a nation-wide network of radical feminists of color working to end violence against women, gender non-conforming, and trans people of color, and our communities. We support each other through direct action, critical dialogue, and grassroots organizing.

Who We Are

INCITE! Women, Gender Non-Conforming, and Trans people of Color* Against Violence is a national activist organization of radical feminists of color advancing a movement to end violence against women of color and our communities through direct action, critical dialogue and grassroots organizing.

INCITE! is made up of grassroots chapters and affiliates across the U.S. working on particular political projects such as police violence, reproductive justice, and media justice; a national collective that works to leverage this grassroots organizing on a national and transnational platform; an advisory collective that helps increase the capacity of national organizing; and thousands of members and supporters.

What We Do

INCITE! works with groups of women of color* and our communities to develop political projects that address the multiple forms of violence women of color experience in our lives, on our bodies, and in our communities.

We identify “violence against women of color” as a combination of “violence directed at communities,” such as police violence, war, and colonialism, and “violence within communities,” such as sexual and domestic violence.

Chapters and affiliates engage in strategies and projects that address both personal and state violence, acknowledging the ways that oppressions intersect in the lives of women of color. Some of those projects include producing a women of color radio show, challenging the non-profitization of antiviolence and other social justice movements, organizing rallies on street harassment, training women of color on self-defense, organizing mothers on welfare, building and running a grassroots clinic, supporting communities to engage in community accountability strategies, and much more.

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How can you get involved?

INCITE! is excited to build a broad movement of women of color* for peace, safety, and justice! Please visit our get involved page or contact us for more information.

Learn more about Incite! here.

Action Agenda: Stop Congress from Dismantling Public Education

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Rep. Steve King has introduced H.R. 610 to effectively dismantle the K-12 public education system in the United States. The bill would remove federal funding from all public schools. The Department of Education would only be allowed to provide “block grants” to schools in states that meet new, unspecified criteria. The bill also removes the guaranteed minimum nutritional standard from school lunch programs.

“This bill repeals the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and limits the authority of the Department of Education (ED) such that ED is authorized only to award block grants to qualified states.

The bill establishes an education voucher program, through which each state shall distribute block grant funds among local educational agencies (LEAs) based on the number of eligible children within each LEA’s geographical area. From these amounts, each LEA shall: (1) distribute a portion of funds to parents who elect to enroll their child in a private school or to home-school their child, and (2) do so in a manner that ensures that such payments will be used for appropriate educational expenses.

To be eligible to receive a block grant, a state must: (1) comply with education voucher program requirements, and (2) make it lawful for parents of an eligible child to elect to enroll their child in any public or private elementary or secondary school in the state or to home-school their child.

No Hungry Kids Act

The bill repeals a specified rule that established certain nutrition standards for the national school lunch and breakfast programs. (In general, the rule requires schools to increase the availability of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or fat free milk in school meals; reduce the levels of sodium, saturated fat, and trans fat in school meals; and meet children’s nutritional needs within their caloric requirements.)”

This is unconscionable. To find out what you can do to stop this bill click here. To read the full text of the bill click here.

March: March for Education Justice

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“Betsy “Amway” DeVos clearly demonstrated at her confirmation hearings that she is unqualified to be Education Secretary. While her approval by Republicans in the United States Senate is a national embarrassment and an insult to public school families, the bigger issue is the Republican/Trump plan to privatize public education in the United States through outsourcing, vouchers, and tax credits and to eliminate opposition and make private schools the profitable by breaking teacher unions. While all public schools do not functional well, problems are rooted in poverty and discrimination in American society, not schools and teachers. Privatization is a threat to a fundamental American institution that promotes democracy and citizenship while contributing to social mobility.

In response to Trump, Betsy, and the Republican Party’s push to privatize public education, students, teachers, parents, and community members across New York State will march on Saturday March 4 for education justice. Multiple marches are being organized by the Alliance for Quality Education (AQE).

 

AQE charges Donald Trump and DeVos with threatening to take billions of education from New York communities. They are also concerned because “Governor Cuomo has a history of woefully inadequate education investments” and they believe “his current proposal is his worst ever and would take cuts to the next level.”

 

The People’s March for Education Justice program includes:
• Full & Fair funding for all Public Schools from Pre-K – College
• End the School to Prison Pipeline: Solutions, not Suspensions
• Increase Access to Early Care and Learning Opportunities for Babies & Toddlers
• End the state’s over-reliance on high-stakes testing
• Protect Public Education: End of School Privatization
• Implement Culturally Responsive Curriculum
• Increase Supports for Students in Poverty
• Increase Supports for Immigrant Students & English Language Learners
• Protect the Educational Rights of Students with Disabilities
• Full & Fair funding for all Public Schools from Pre-K- College

 

According to the March call “The system of driving school funding based on zip codes and home values, perpetuates systemic racism through dramatic inequalities in educational opportunity. The racial inequality in school funding is exacerbated by the fact that New York State has the most segregated schools in the country. For over a decade we have yet to see a political will of urgency from New York State’s elected leaders to reverse the racial and economic inequality for our children.”

 

The issues are especially sharp in New York State where Governor Andrew Cuomo has essentially endorsed the Trump/DeVos educational agenda. According to the Network for Public Education, Cuomo branded public schools a “monopoly that he wants to “break” and introduced a bill to provide backdoor school vouchers in the form of tax credits. An analysis of Cuomo’s proposed state budget shows plans “to expand charters in NYC” by eliminating the current cap, give more taxpayer dollars to charter schools for rent, and force New York City schools to give more space in their own school buildings to charter schools.”

 

Currently marches are planned for Buffalo, the Hudson Valley, Long Island, New York City, Rochester, and the Capital Region.

 

Huffington blogger Arthur Camins offers a thoughtful discussion of political strategy for education activists in his latest post.

Read the story on Huffington Post.