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Aspiring Educators Justice for Black Lives Week of Action

During the week of January 24th 2022, NEA Aspiring Educators across the country will engage in a different action each day to demand Justice For Black Lives.
Published: 12/09/2020

In solidarity, our actions taken during this week will build momentum as our program continues to emphasize and organize around Social and Racial Justice work, and NEA’s Demands for Justice for Black Lives.

Explore each day of action below:

Join fellow Aspiring Educators from across the country for an extra special wrap-up of our week of action on Friday, January 28th from 8:00-9:00pm ET. See details below in Friday’s events.

Monday, 1/24

Tuesday, 1/25

Last week, the senate voted to keep voter suppression laws that have been passed in 19 states. This however, does not end our efforts on voting rights but rather has hardened our resolve to rise up and do the work on the ground to fight for the right to vote and our democracy.Together, we can ensure every eligible American has the freedom to vote, and that the results of our elections reflect the will of the people. Choose below how you will take action today!

Our Action

Wednesday, 1/26

Today we take time to share the work and contributions of Black Authors. By celebrating and supporting Black authors and publishers we can enable more authentic storytelling that reflects Black experiences, identities and voices. Supporting Black authors means creating opportunities for them to tell their stories.

Our Action


Teaching for Black Lives book cover

Fill out our form, with book recommendations from Black Authors!

Complete the additional two optional questions to be entered into a raffle to win a copy of “Teaching for Black Lives” purchased from Black Owned bookstore

Thursday, 1/27

“What is a community school?  A learning hub that brings together academics, health and social services, youth and community development and community engagement under one roof, leading to improved learning, stronger families, and healthier communities.

Our Action

Today we ask that you dig into our resources to learn more about community schools, and take action by exploring the option of reaching out to a community school near you for observation hours! We also take action by beginning to plan a future community service effort in your community.


Friday, 1/28

Join fellow Aspiring Educators from across the country for an extra special wrap-up of our week of action on Friday, January 28th from 8:00-9:00pm ET. We hope you will join us in hearing directly from high school students to learn about how we can engage in advocacy around over-policing in schools and how LA student-led efforts created MAJOR change!

Sign up to join the discussion here

Plus: we want to say thanks for joining in on the discussion by sending a Justice For Black Lives Sticker to you in the mail!

Supporting Black business owners may be one of the keys to closing the racial wealth gap. Doing so maintains a positive cycle of allowing businesses to grow, and thus, creates the need and capability to hire new employees. This cycle supports the surrounding community through opening up new jobs and boosting the local economy.

Our Action

On the final day of the week, we take action by supporting Black owned businesses in their communities/around the country by making our next purchase with a Black owned business.

Need help finding a business near you or something fun from an online shop? Check out our Black Owned Business Directory!

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