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EDUCATION EMANCIPATION

EDUCATION EMANCIPATION SUMMARY

In 2017, The I Project launched its Education Emancipation campaign to provide children in Chicago Public Schools elementary schools with equitable funding, so that they may receive the education they are entitled to. We partnered with Bouchet Elementary, a predominantly Black, low-income, elementary school in Chicago's South Shore neighborhood. Over two years later we have raised over $13k+ to help Bouchet reach their 1:1 Chromebook-to-student ratio goal, and secured resources for the students such as books and field trips. 

EDUCATION INEQUITY: A TIMELINE

(CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS, 2013-2015)

2013

54 Chicago Public Schools are closed, all in south and west side neighborhoods. 3,000 teachers are put out of jobs.

Walter Payton College Prep receives $17 million in Tax Increment Funding.

2014

550 Chicago Public Schools teachers and 600 school staff, primarily from west and south side schools, are put out of jobs.

Mayor Emanuel announces a new selective enrollment school to be built on the north side.

2015

Four underperforming charter schools, all in south side neighborhoods, are closed.

School closings and teacher firings on the south and west sides.

 

New schools and increases in funding on the north side. 

This trend of inequitable funding forges broader systems of inequality that disenfranchise Black and Brown populations in Chicago.

A CLOSER LOOK

Segregated Neighborhoods

1960

69%

of African Americans lived in community areas that were 94 percent Black

2011

63%

of African Americans lived in community areas that were 95 percent Black

Poverty Rate

1960

29.7%

for African Americans

7.4%

for whites

2011

34.1%

for African Americans

10.9%

for whites

Median Income

Unemployment Rate

1960

$4,800

for African American families

2010

$29,371

for African American households

1968

7.6%

for African Americans

2012

19.5%

for African Americans

$7,700

for white families

$58,752

for white households

2.3%

for whites

8.1%

for whites

Inequitable resource allocation has stagnated progress to close the racial wealth gap between white and Black Americans. This is particularly clear in the case of education funding.

Without equitable resource allocation, this cycle of poverty and disenfranchisement will continue to plague Black and Brown communities in Chicago and beyond.

GUN VIOLENCE + EDUCATION

further reading:

"Education Emancipation," zine written by The I Project CEO and founder Eva Maria Lewis and illustrated by Daisy Maass. Explore the digital version by checking out the slideshow to the left.

19% of Black CPS freshmen are projected to graduate college

Lack of means to secure stable income

3,000+ deaths by gun violence each year

SOLUTION

The I Project is an activism through art initiative, rooted in intersectionality theory, striving to create equitable communities. The I Project has been effective at drawing attention to the needs of the South Shore community through media opportunities, and creating the foundation to seek social, political, and economic equity in the South Shore community.

We launched the Education Emancipation campaign in April of 2017, which aims to provide resources to south and west side elementary schools in Chicago. Initially, we aimed to raise $25,000 to help Bouchet Elementary reach a 1:1 student to Chromebook ratio.

Eve Ewing and Danielle Murell Cox are among the donors who have shared their work with the kids of Bouchet via our Education Emancipation campaign.

In May of 2017, we held a benefit concert in South Shore, where Bouchet is located, to raise money and promote Black art with a lineup of young Black artists, many of whom were from the South or West Sides of Chicago themselves. Now just over a year later, we have raised over half of our goal, and secured opportunities for the students of Bouchet such as sponsored book sets and field trips.

The I Project team seeks to expand the Education Emancipation campaign. We have created a model that allows us to provide access to a leisure activity, create revenue for educational resources, and assess the needs and assets of the community. 

LEARN MORE + SUPPORT OUR WORK

ZINE BIBLIOGRAPHY 

1. 13th. Dir. Ava DuVernay. 13th. Netflix, n.d. Web.

2. Alexander, Michelle. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. New York: New, 2010. Print.

3. Archer, Chalmers. “Editorial Comment: Real Educational Equity: A One-System Approach.” The Journal of Negro Education, vol. 52, no. 4, 1983, pp. 375–377. www.jstor.org/stable/2294944.

4. City, The Windy. "Chicago: America's Most Segregated City." CNNMoney. Cable News Network, n.d. Web. 30 Oct. 2016. <http://money.cnn.com/2016/01/05/news/economy/chicago-segregated/>.

5. Conley, Chris. "Ogden, Jenner and a Chance to Heal 2 CPS Communities."Chicagotribune.com. N.p., 09 Feb. 2016. Web. 17 Oct. 2016.

6. Cook, Philip J., and Jens Ludwig. “The Costs of Gun Violence against Children.” The Future of Children, vol. 12, no. 2, 2002, pp. 87–99., www.jstor.org/stable/1602740.

7. Ewing, Eve, Dr. "Interview with Eve Ewing." Personal interview. 28 Nov. 2016.

8. FBI. FBI Chicago 2015 Statistics Report, 28 May 2015. Web. 17 Oct. 2016.

9. "FRONTLINE." PBS. PBS, n.d. Web. 21 Nov. 2016.

10. Gowins, Hilary. ""This Is Are Story": Chicago Public Schools Are Failing." The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, n.d. Web. 30 Oct. 2016.

11. Hannah-Jones, Nikole. "This American Life." The Problem We All Live With. WBEZ. Chicago, IL, 15 July 2015. Radio.

12. Http://schools.chicagotribune.com/. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://schools.chicagotribune.com/>.

13. Husain, Jonathon Berlin and Nausheen. "See Which CPS Schools Got Budget Cuts (searchable Database)." Chicagotribune.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Oct. 2016.