Invitation: 2024 National Teach Truth Day of Action Press Call

2024 Teach Truth Day of Action Press Call

Educators and allies to host National Teach Truth Day of Action press call

More than 140 local actions confirmed to date and more are joining the growing chorus of voices to #TeachTruth

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Zinn Education Project, in conjunction with more than 65 prominent racial and social justice organizations, will hold a national press call on Tuesday, June 4, 2024, to discuss the growing chorus of diverse voices speaking out against politicians and their far-right supporters’ attempts to attack students’ freedom to learn and educators’ freedom to teach.

For the past three summers, educators, students, parents, and allies have joined across the country to speak out against politicians attempting to restrict the freedoms of educators and students. This year, from Seattle, Washington, to Miami, Florida, and many towns and cities in between, organizers will host more than 140 events on Saturday, June 8 and beyond. The goal is to raise awareness about how anti-history education laws and book bans — and their chilling effect — threaten any chance of an informed and engaged democracy. View a list of locations and activities.

There were over 4,000 instances of book bans in the first half of this school year, according to PEN America’s April 2024 report, Banned in the USA: Narrating the Crisis. Eleven individuals are driving the overwhelming majority of book challenges according to a Washington Post analysis. The majority of targeted books are by authors of color, Indigenous, or LGBTQ+.

What: Day of Action to Teach the Truth National Press Call, June 4 (The Day of Action is on June 8.)

Who:

Rocio Inclan, senior director, National Education Association Center for Racial and Social Justice

Michael Rady, senior education programs manager, GLSEN

Courtland Cox, board chair, SNCC Legacy Project

Julie Womack, head of organizing, Red, Wine, & Blue

Jocelyn Walker, vice president of communications, African American Policy Forum

Terry Ann Scott, executive director, Institute for Common Power

Gregory Wickenkamp, educator and Iowa City event host

Megan Madison, author of children’s books, including Our Skin

Nikki Grimes, award-winning author of many children’s/YA books, including Ordinary Hazards

Welcome and MC: Jesse Hagopian, Rethinking Schools editor and Zinn Education Project leadership team

When: Tuesday, June 4, 2024, 12:00 pm – 12:50 pm EST

Where: Via Zoom.

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Why: To draw attention to the chilling effects the restrictive laws introduced or passed in at least 44 states that restrict, ban, or censor what educators can teach and what their students can learn about history, LGBTQ+ rights, race, and gender, among other topics.

Follow the conversation on Twitter: #TeachTruth

Contacts

Miguel Gonzalez, NEA Communications cell: 202-491-9532, mgonzalez@nea.org

Deborah Menkart, Zinn Education Project cell: 202-294-2703, dmenkart@teachingforchange.org

Visit Zinn Education Project for more info.