El Boletín October 2016

(Photo Credit: Nic Garcia/Chalkbeat)

The Health of Our Children is More Important Than Money, Moms Challenge the Board of Education Diet Soda Decision

Moms from Padres & Jóvenes Unidos and Westwood Unidos joined forces to tell the Colorado State Board of Education that they should not end the ban on diet sodas in high school cafeterias. Officials claim the decision to lift the ban is an attempt to move Colorado's Healthy Beverage Policy closer to federal regulations, but what about our children? In our communities where health complications related to obesity are a constant threat, our parents need their work at home to be reinforced at school. After the decision to lift the ban was made in a 4-3 vote, Gloria Borunda, PJU Parent Leader, marched back into the meeting room to let the Board know that they had made a poor decision, and to "think about the students... the money is less important." Click here for the full story and join us on October 20th to present our demands to the Denver Board of Education.


New Staff at Padres & Jóvenes Unidos

Padres warmly welcomes Corrine Rivera-Fowler,
Alex Saldivar, and Tania Chairez!

Corrine Rivera-Fowler, Director of Parent Organizing and Civic Engagement: With indigenous roots in the great southwest and seven generations in Colorado, Corrine has spent the last 12 years with her boots on the ground fighting for racial and economic justice. She has worked alongside Padres & Jóvenes on a number of battles over the years, and is looking forward to supporting PJU in their efforts to build a movement to achieve racial justice and equity in our school system.
Alex Saldivar, Youth Academic Support Program Coordinator: Alex Saldivar is a five year veteran educator with a masters degree in teaching, originally from Houston, Texas. Alex has been a lifelong advocate for worker and student rights and is very committed to providing personalized academic support in southwest Denver through the new "Learn and Lead" Program (funded by the Office of Economic Development of the City and County of Denver).
Tania Chairez, Parent Organizer:
Tania Chairez is a DACAmented Latina born in Chihuahua, Mexico and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She recently acquired her M.Ed. in Secondary Education from Grand Canyon University, and spent previous years organizing for immigrant rights. Tania is passionate about lending her talents to Padres & Jóvenes Unidos by leading the campaign to end racial disparities in Early Childhood Education in the state of Colorado.
Click here to keep up with the movement!

Padres & Jóvenes Unidos Educates Juvenile Justice and Education Professionals in Washington, D.C.

Over 100 members of school and district staff, court professionals, law enforcement, and youth community leaders from around the nation convened in Washington, D.C. to address school discipline reform and learn how to work toward positive solutions to end the School-to-Prison Pipeline. Representing Padres & Jóvenes Unidos, Daniel Kim presented tactics and examples from decades of community organizing for the Family, Youth, and Community Engagement Module - a quarter of the curriculum for The School-Justice Partnerships Certificate Program at Georgetown University - alongside Anna Nelson, Executive Director, New Mexico Forum for Youth in Community. Click here to learn more about the PJU campaign to End the School-to-Jail Track.

Jóvenes Members took the stage at Cafe Cultura to educate the community about our work to End the School-to-Jail Track! In a 4 minute sketch, our members walked through a typical school discipline scenario and the restorative alternative. The powerful poem from two of our newest members, Saja and Ruth, rounded out the evening.

We Still #StandwithStandingRock

While the mass media has turned a blind eye to the protests and public outcry against ignoring the rights of indigenous people in America, we will not be silenced. The fight to prevent construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is not just about the environment, it is about how this country treats and views its non-White citizens, its NATIVE citizens; it is about making America live up to its treaties and promises. The time to stand together in solidarity is now. Click here to learn more. #NODAPL


Padres Collaborates with Community Leaders and Stakeholders to End Racial Disparities in School Discipline in Early Childhood Education

Join us on October 17, 2016 at the Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Branch Library from 12:00 - 2:00 pm to discuss the negative consequences of suspensions and expulsions in early childhood education. In partnership with House Representative Susan Lontine, Clayton Early Learning, Colorado Children’s Campaign, Denver Chapter of the National Black Child Development Institute, and the Hope Center, we are hosting monthly stakeholder meetings to develop feasible solutions for ECE school discipline, including legislation to ban suspensions and expulsions in ECE which disproportionately affect students of color.
Click here, if you would like to lend your voice to the conversation.


Want to Get Involved with
& Jóvenes Unidos?

Haunted by Racism in Our Schools
Join us on October 20th for a Halloween themed rally
for equity in education.

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Independent Journal Review: Moms from Padres & Jóvenes Unidos produce undeniable evidence of school lunch inequity; DPS takes notice. - Click here

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