Colorful Pages

Why Colorful Pages?

With current events in our nation, it is becoming more crucial to create inclusive and empathetic K-12 classrooms, libraries, and homes. This website aims to help educators, families, and librarians explore the use of multicultural literature/diverse books to cultivate cultural empowerment and crosscultural empathy in our students.

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NEA APIC’s Response to the Recent Growing Attacks Against the API Community

91230919_2563553283749591_696656271075442688_oDear NEA APIC Members,

As people and governments around the world struggle to face the challenges of the Covid-19 Pandemic, members of the API community face a sharp rise in racist attacks incited by the hostile, divisive rhetoric of the President of the United States and his base. These hate crimes are not isolated events; 650 racist attacks were reported last week alone. The Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community is being targeted at an unprecedented rate.

According to ABC News, “The FBI assesses hate crime incidents against Asian Americans likely will surge across the United States, due to the spread of coronavirus… endangering Asian American communities.” There are incidents being reported across the country– from Los Angeles to New York, from Texas and even in my home state of Minnesota. In Texas, 19-year-old Jose Gomez stabbed four people including a Burmese man and his two-year and six-year-old children because “he thought they were Chinese and infecting people with coronavirus.”

We know this behavior is not new; it is rooted in the historical racism that built this country starting with the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the first law implemented in US history to prevent all members of a specific national group or ethnicity from immigrating. It is the latest adaptation of “Yellow Peril” that scapegoats API people and targets us as the enemy within–casting us forever as the perpetual foreigner.

That doesn’t make this recent spread of racism any more understandable or palatable. These events have many of us angry, hurt, and afraid– for ourselves, for our loved ones, and for our community. Ultimately, we need to figure out how this will be remembered, how we took a stand, and how we rebuild our larger communities.

What can we do? How do we stand together and take back the narrative when many people worry about speaking out and becoming further ostracized within their communities? The NEA APIC officers would like to challenge you to the following actions:

Get informed–learn the facts behind Covid-19 so you can help spread the correct information.

https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/coronavirus/

https://www.newscientist.com/term/covid-19/

If you see racism, don’t be afraid to call it out. Here are some links that might help:

https://itstopswithme.humanrights.gov.au/respond-racism

https://www.tolerance.org/…/…/speak-up/six-steps-to-speak-up

https://rabble.ca/toolkit/3-minute-action/calling-people-out

https://theweek.com/…/calling-racism-isnt-political-moral-i…

Create a sign (or use one of ours), take a selfie, post it on social media–change your profile picture to this selfie so we can create a collective force that says we are part of the API community, we stand with the API community, and we will not tolerate racism in our community. #StopAPIHate #AntiAsianRacism #PeopleAreNOTViruses. Also, send that selfie to me at lindsay@nea-apic.com; we’d love to collect all the photos to create a video to share with everyone.

Share this selfie challenge with everyone in your networks. The more people who participate, the more opportunities for honest conversations, the more solidarity we can create–and the more hope we build, because we all need a little hope right now, right?

In solidarity,
The NEA APIC Officers

Signs can be found here https://drive.google.com/…/1xgHiGL8lJaoRvCpJwem8TwWVl…/view…

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Registration is $250 and you can register using Paypal at bit.ly/2GK6w7h

The link and instructions to book lodging for the NEA Joint Ethnic Conference is, as follows:

Click here to make a reservation!

  1. Select arrival date
  2. Select Number of Nights
  3. Enter Offer Code: SNEAE19
  4. Click Get Rates
  5. Select Room Type and Book Reservation

Prices are per night….

Singles and Doubles:
125.00 per night
16.929 percent tax
20.00 resort fee (includes parking, internet, access to pool and hot tub, fitness center, business center)
Which works out to: 166.15 per night
Room total for 2 nights: 250.00
Tax 42.32
Resort fee: 39.98
Reservation total 332.30

Triples and Quads:
155.00 per night
16.929 percent tax
20.00 resort fee (includes parking, internet, access to pool and hot tub, fitness center, business center)
Which works out to: 134.15 per night
Room total for 2 nights: 310.00
Tax: 52.48
Resort Fee: 39.98
Reservation Total: 402.46

Please share this information with your networks.

NEA APIC Officers

Charmaine, Jodi, Terry, and Lindsay

 

FAMILIES BELONG TOGETHER MINNEAPOLIS MARCH & RALLY

Just received communication from the national organizers. See highlight.

JUNE 30, MINNEAPOLIS CONVENTION CENTER

Event links to share:

Partners are encouraging everyone toWEAR WHITE to show solidarity across the country — to make a strong visual statement of love, unity, and freedom as we demand that families stay together and out of family detention.

JUNE 30

  • 1:00 pm    March Marshal and Energy Leaders Training
    • Location: Convention Center, LocationTBD
  • 2:00 pm   Rally Start
    • Location: Convention Center, Outside, Main Entrance
  • 2:05 pm   Program: Speakers
    • Location: Convention Center, Outside, Main Entrance
  • 2:20 pm   March Begins
    • Approximately (7) blocks to Wells Fargo: Wells Fargo has been identified as a financier of detention centers/tent cities
  • 2:45 pm  Program: Speakers
    • Location: Outside Wells Fargo
  • 3:00 pm Restart March
    • Approximately (5) blocks to Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office:Connects national effort to a local issue; Hennepin County Sheriff has committed to supporting and collaborating with ICE
  • 3:15 pm  Program: Speakers and Action: Action will include dramatization using a cage with children’s toys and a symbolic release of the children represented by the toys.
    • Location: Outside of Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office
  • 3:30/4:00 pm   March & Rally End
    • March and Rally program will end. Marshals will direct participants –Approximately (8) blocks back to Convention Center-Main Entrance

 

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