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This letter was co-authored by the following faculty in the School of Education (SOE) in the Center for Educational Justice (CEJ) at the University of Redlands: Brian Charest, Ph.D., Mikela Bjork, Ph.D., and Nicol Howard, Ph.D.
Open Letter in Support of School Walkouts to Protest Gun Violence
Dear California State Board of Education President, Dr. Michael Krist, State Board Colleagues, and California School Principals, Teachers, and Administrators:
Last week, 17 students were shot and killed at a Florida high school by a former member of the school’s JROTC program. The shooter, who expressed white supremacist views online (footnotes listed parenthetically - 1), was trained to shoot lethal weapons by the Army on his high school campus (2). Teachers, students, parents, and allies have had enough. Students are standing up. Teachers and parents are supporting them.
As university and teacher educators (including faculty, researchers, and administrators), we strongly urge you to publicly support all principals, teachers, and students in our California schools and universities, who wish to participate in the upcoming National School Walkouts to protest gun violence (the first of which is scheduled for 17 minutes—one minute for each victim of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting on March 14).
Other walkouts are scheduled on March 24, and April 20, and additional walkouts may occur. We believe educators and students should have your support to participate in these actions. Current gun regulations do not reflect current research or knowledge on gun violence prevention, nor do they reflect public opinion on gun safety. (3)
Our schools, for better or for worse, reflect our priorities as a society and should be spaces where students and teachers discuss what those priorities should be. We believe that any discussion about solving the problem of gun violence must be a conversation about public safety and must also address root causes of this violence, such as the culture of violence in the US that equates masculinity with guns, (4) bullying in schools and on campuses, violence against women, the increase in militarism in schools that serve our most vulnerable youth (e.g, ROTC programs, military-run schools, junior police academies, etc.) (5) (6), state sanctioned violence through policing, and racism that blinds us to the effects of gun violence in poor communities of color. (7) (8)
We believe that the National School Walkouts are the first step toward a public conversation about these root causes, one that can help lead to the enactment of a public safety plan to reduce gun violence in the US. Such a plan would emerge from what we currently know about gun safety and gun violence prevention.(9) Such a plan would also align with the views of a majority of Americans (10) who believe in things like background checks for all gun buyers (93%), a ban on the sale of guns to anyone convicted of a violent crime (88%), and for waiting periods for all gun purchases (72%).
We urge you to take this moment to voice your support for public engagement in the gun safety debate and for students and teachers who seek to pressure lawmakers to enact effective gun safety legislation. Doing so would not only encourage teachers in California to teach about the power of civic engagement, but also provide an opportunity for students to see firsthand the importance of civic action in a democracy. Democracies require citizen participation, and it is through a combination of careful study and debate combined with civic action that citizens shape their world for the better.
We, the undersigned, believe in the need to address the root causes of gun violence and for new laws to promote public safety to end the epidemic of gun violence in the US; we support the right of principals, teachers, and students to participate in the National School Walkout.
#NationalSchoolWalkout #GunReformNow #StudentsStandUp #ArmMeWith #NeverAgain
1. https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/16/us/exclusive-school-shooter-instagram-group/index.html2. http://www.accuracy.org/release/shooter-cruz-jrotc-and-the-nra/3. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/11/06/opinion/how-to-reduce-shootings.html4. https://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/politics/a18207600/mass-shootings-male-entitlement-toxic-masculinity/5. https://escholarship.org/uc/item/4969649w#main6. http://www.jstor.org/stable/20442093?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents7. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/06/opinion/reducing-gun-violence.html8. https://www.theroot.com/why-it-hurts-when-the-world-loves-everyone-but-us-18232536759.http://cdn2.hubspot.net/hub/71705/file-2141494158-pdf/_DOCUMENTS/CaseStudy_TheBostonGunProjectAndOperationCeasefire_2005.pdf?t=143172296608510. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/11/06/opinion/how-to-reduce-shootings.html
As of March 9, 2018, the following 142 education scholars and advocates have signed in support of this open letter (Names are listed in alphabetical order):
Abigail Rombalski, English Education Licensure Program Lead University of MinnesotaAl Schademan, Professor CSU ChicoAmanda Taylor, Administrative Support Assistant CSU, ChicoAndrea Giunta, Senior Policy Analyst National Education AssociationAngel Valencia, Lecturer and Supervisor for Student Teachers CSU, East BayAngela Palmieri, Fulbright Distinguished Teacher UCLAAnita Bright, Associate Professor Portland State University Ann Berlak, San Francisco State, retiredAnn Blankenship Knox, Assistant Professor University of RedlandsAnn Schulte, Professor California State University, ChicoAnnamarie Francois, Executive Director UCLA Center XAnne J. Hartline, Lecturer; English and Education Humboldt State UniversityAnnie S. Adamian, Assistant Professor Calfornia State University, ChicoAntonia Darder, Leavey Endowed Chair of Ethics & Moral Leadership Loyola Marymont UniversityBenjamin Madley, Associate Professor of History University of California, Los AngelesBernadine Hernández, Assistant Professor UCLA - Institute of American Cultures and CSRCBetty Y Lin, Adjunct Professor of Early Childhood Education Mills College School of EducationBic Kolcum, Clinical Director Orchard Mountain Recovery Not affiliatedBrian Charest, Assistant Professor University of RedlandsCharles L Jagoda, Homeless/Housing Advocate None at this timeChristine Sleeter, Professor Emerita California State University Monterey BayChristine Yeh, Professor University of San FranciscoCindy Cruz, Associate Professor UC Santa CruzClaire Carlstroem, Ms Santa Ana Unified School District Claire Knox, Professor Humboldt State UniversityCristian Aquino-Sterling, Associate Professor San Diego State UniversityDan Kenley, Retired High School Principal Prescott CollegeDavid Schultz, Ed.D. Assistant Professor Long Island University RiverheadDeborah Durham, Supervisor for Student Teachers CSUChicoDebra Neill, Lecturer Arizona State UniversityDenise M. Fleming, Dr. CSU East BayDiane Garfield, Lecturer San Francisco State UniversityDorothy Wall, Assistant Professor California State University, ChicoDr. Julie Jones, Director of Student Teaching Converse CollegeDr. Maris Thompson, Associate Professor of Education California State University, ChicoDr. Nikola Hobbel, Professor, English Education Humboldt State UniversityEduardo Lopez, Faculty Advisors UCLAElisabeth Schoepflin, Ms. University of California, Los AngelesElizabeth Baker, Professor of Practice Mills CollegeElizabeth Brinkman Day, Professor Santa Clara UniversityElizabeth Stevens, Instructor and Supervisor California State University, ChicoErin Whitney, Assistant Professor CSU, ChicoFaye Peitzman, Adjunct Professor, UCLA GSE&IS UCLAFrances Kidwel,l Professor CSU, ChicoGregory Hamilton ,Visiting Assistant Professor University of RedlandsHeather Ballinger, Lecturer, School of Education Humboldt State University Heidi Stevenson, Associate Professor University of the PacificHideko Sera, Associate Dean University of RedlandsHilda Rodriguez-Guzman, Parent UOPHyun-Kyung You, Associate Professor Humboldt State UniversityImelda L Nava, Faculty Advisor UCLAJames L Hollar, Assistant Professor of Education Alverno CollegeJanee Both Gragg, Associate Professor University of RedlandsJanelle Adsit, Assistant Professor Humboldt State UniversityJeannette Armstrong, Director of Graduate Programs in Education Viterbo UniversityJeff Share, Faculty Advisor Teacher Education Program, UCLAJerri Batson, Adjunct Professor, Multiple Subject Program CSU ChicoJessica Cattelino, Associate Professor of Anthropology UCLAJose W. Lalas, Professor, Director of Center for Educational Justice University of RedlandsJoseph R Weldon, Teacher, Macalester College (student)Judith Barnett , Teacher Capella university Julian Vasquez Heilig , Professor Sacramento State Julie Nicholson, Associate Professor of Practice Mills College, School of EducationKaren Cadiero-Kaplan, Professor Emeritus San Diego State University Karen Grady, Professor Sonoma State UniversityKari Tyler, Lecturer CSU ChicoKate Sjostrom, Graduate Instructor University of Illinois at ChicagoKathy Feeley, Professor, University of RedlandsKay Holmes, assistant professor fort lewis collegeKevin Carey, Lecturer University of WaterlooKevin Terraciano, Professor UCLAKile Taylor, Lecturer California State University, ChicoKim Wieczorek Associate Professor SUNY CortlandKyle Mays, Ph.D. Assistant Professor UCLALisa Olson Professor University of RedlandsLisa Tremain Assistant Professor of English Humboldt State UniversityLisa Ziska-Marchand Director of Advancement Services California State University Monterey BayLoretta Honorable UCLALorette Pellettiere Calix Lecturer SUNY/ Empire State CollegeM. Alayne Sullivan Professor University of RedlandsMadalyn Torrey Afternoon Head Teacher - Child Development Lab Humboldt State UniversityMaggie Payne, Professor Emerita California State University, ChicoMarian Killian, Retired High School English/Language Arts Teacher CSU Sacramento & Santa Rosa City SchoolsMarianne Ahokas, Lecturer California State University, HumboldtMarilyn Rees, Supervisor, Coordinator Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Program Chico State UniversityMaris Thompson, Associate Professor of Education, California State University, ChicoMáté Wierdl , Professor of Mathematics, The University of MemphisMatt Edwards, Student Teacher, Humboldt State UniversityMaylei Blackwell, Associate Professor UCLAMegan Lorraine Debin, Professor Fullerton CollegeMelissa Arias, Faculty Advisor UCLAMichelle Bowman, Teacher Pioneer High School SJUSDMikela Bjork, Assistant Professor, University of RedlandsMimi Miller, Professor CSU ChicoMitchell Morris, Professor UCLAMonica Taylor, Professor Montclair State UniversityNathan Avani, Professor of Ed. Psy. San Francisco State UniversityNerissa Wallace, Master's in Education Student California State University-ChicoNick Henning, Associate Professor California State University, FullertonNicol Howard, Assistant Professor, University of RedlandsNicole , Student Teacher, HSUNirmla Flores, Visiting Lecturer University of RedlandsNoah Asher Golden, assistant professor of Integrated Educational Studies Chapman UniversityPatricia D. López, Assistant Professor San José State UniversityPatricia Dickenson, Associate Professor of Teacher Education National UniversityPatricia Moriarty, Student Teacher Supervisor CSU, ChicoPaul Bailey, Lecturer and Supervisor of Student Teachers California State University, ChicoPaul Thomas, Professor Furman UniversityPaula M. Selvester, Professor, School of Education/ASCSU Statewide Senator California State University, ChicoPaula Meyer, Educator CGU alum.Philip Mirci, Associate Professor University of RedlandsPriya Jha, Professor and Chair, English University of RedlandsRichard Kahn, Core Faculty in Education Antioch University Los AngelesRoberta Ahlquist, Professor San Jose State UniversityRobin Brooks, Assistant Professor of Art University of Maine at Machias, 1989-91Ruchi Rangnath, Assistant Professor University of San FranciscoSarah Thomas, Regional Technology Coordinator PGCPSSonja Darlington, Professor, Education and Youth Studies Beloit CollegeSpencer Harless, Former student, North Carolina State UniversityStephanie Hamel, Professor, California State University, ChicoStephanie Quan, Visiting Lecturer, University of RedlandsStephen Vodantis, Graduate student Pacifica Graduate InstituteStevy Hernandez, Archaeology Collections Manager, Fowler Museum at UCLA UCLA Susan Edgerton, Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies Massachusetts College of Liberal ArtsSuzanne Samberg, Instructor Humboldt State UniversityTamara Tribitt, Assistant Professor University of RedlandsTara Browner, Professor UCLATeresa McCarty, GF Kneller Chair in Education and Anthropology University of California, Los AngelesTerrie Epstein, Professor of Education Hunter CollegeTiffany Sidwell, Clinical lab scientist apprentice UCLATimothy Slekar, Dean. School of Education, Edgewood College, Madison WITricia Gallagher-Geurtsen, Ed.D. Adjunct, USD, UCSDUlia Gosart, Lecturer UCLA Information StudiesVincent Feliz, CARE Services Coordinator Humboldt State UniversityWendy Sanchez, Admin Spec UCLAWilliam Ayers, Distinguished Professor of Education University of Illinois at ChicagoWilliam Sandoval, Professor University of California, Los Angeles
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