Danbury rally to demand education justice
DANBURY — A rally will be held Saturday to demand equity and justice in education.
The group will meet at 2 p.m. on the Danbury Green to call for a diverse staff that reflects the community, an investment in social emotional learning, implementation of restorative justice practices and teaching on Black and Latino history.
Attendees will also push for the opening of the Danbury Prospect Charter School, which has been approved by the state board of education but has not received funding from the legislature.
The charter school, Black Visionaries of CT, Niyah Zuri, the Ecuadorian Civic Center, Latinos for Educational Advocacy in Danbury, New Hope Baptist Church and Radical Advocates for Cross-Cultural Education are hosting and attending the event.
“Education in Danbury is at a meaningful crossroads,” said Jose Lucas Pimentel, a 22-year educator and lifelong Danbury resident, who is leading the grassroots organizing efforts for Danbury Prospect. “Now is the time to center equity in any conversation about schools, teachers, students and the doors that education can open. Our Black and Latino students have been harmed by systemic racism for far too long, and they are not getting the education they deserve.”