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Kit > Tales Of Protest
True stories of how people have protested school issues.
Art classes were disappearing in Portland, Oregon. One student was so upset that she wrote to rock star Jackson Browne and asked him to hold a benefit concert. To her surprise, she got a call at home from Browne himself who agreed. The concert raised $100,000 for arts education and the students, in cooperation with school board, decided how the money would be spent.
Students protested in Cornwall, New York when some parents argued that no youth should be on the AIDS Advisory Committee that makes recommendations to the Board of Education. When the student members on the local School Board threatened to resign in protest, the adults responded and several students were appointed to this advisory committee.
To combat anti-gay prejudice, several students succeeded at creating a Gay-Straight Alliance Club at their high school in North Carolina. Persistence and networking made the difference. Despite their fear of violence and the principal's resistance, the students let it be known that they might file a grievance against the school for violating the Equal Access Act and they also got support from the local GLSEN chapter.
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