Use Your Power

Progressive Pupil New Leader for Social Change Claudie Mabry Registers Voters


Today, too few of us will make our voices heard at ballot boxes throughout the United States.  The representatives chosen to speak and decide for us at local, state and national levels in these mid-term elections will have a great deal of power over many of the things that matter to us most: such as how our children are educated, whether we feel safe with police officers in the street, the conditions in which we work, and how much we are compensated for our work.  Voting is an important way we can use our power, but too many of us have been falsely convinced that we do not have any power at all. (Click here to find out about the voter identification laws in your state).

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American Race Crisis: The Crisis Continues


Throughout February, a monumental lecture series was revived at The New School. The University celebrated the 50th anniversary of the American Race Crisis lecture series, a turn of event in 1964 when civil rights activists were invited to the campus to share progressive ideas for civil rights movement. The Voices of Crisis series included several lectures and forums, as well as an exhibition with archival documentation of the original lectures. Archives included original transcripts, audio clips, photographs, and programs with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Ossie Davis and John Killens to name a few of the original attendees.


South Bronx Teacher Explains “Black and Cuba” is Essential

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This past May, Progressive Pupil held a Work-in-Progress screening of “Black and Cuba” at Aspire Preparatory School, a charter school located in the South Bronx. Aspire is made up of a large student body with about 100% Black and Latino youth. Our film was shown to 7th and 8th grade students in Uraline Hager’s special education class. In this video, Ms. Hager addresses her thoughts on “Black and Cuba” to parents and teachers. She specifically speaks about the significance of showing this film to young students of color, and how “Black and Cuba” can be an educational tool for youth that helps them connect to real world issues they are faced with that are ironically not taught in the classroom.


Lessons from the Challenging Punishment Conference

Photo Courtesy of Claudie Mabry

Photo Courtesy of Claudie Mabry

On October 5th, Progressive Pupil had the opportunity to attend the Challenging Punishment: Race, the People’s Health and the War on Drugs conference, sponsored by the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University and held at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem. Scholars and advocates from around the country were invited to participate in the discussion. Topics ranged from public health, to the anatomy of the War on Drugs, to building and fortifying communities and families, to the arts and cultural production confronting mass incarceration. The conference also gathered individuals from a wide array of disciplines, including non-profit management, sociology, anthropology and the humanities. Progressive Pupil left the conference with some strong takeaways and crucial background information: