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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

African-American and Latino parents/students to unite with Community groups


and United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) to speak out against discriminatory
practices against African-American students, parents, and stakeholders at local
middle school. Their primary message to the school principal, the Partnership for
Los Angeles Schools (PLAS) and to the Los Angeles Unified School District will be
Stop pushing us out!


What: Press Conference to denounce the discrimination of African American
students/parents and other stakeholders at Markham Middle School

When: WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 2014, 3:30pm

Where: Markham Middle School - 1650 E. 104
th
St., Los Angeles, CA 90002

Contact: Ingrid Villeda (213) 447-2175
Maria Miranda (323) 376-0648

The administration at Markham Middle School and the Partnership for Los Angeles
Schools has been pushing out African-American students. These students are sent home
on silent and unreported suspensions, and are asked to remain at home for the remainder
of the school year without any access to an education. African-Americans are being
deprived of their fundamental right to an education.

Parents, students, UTLA and other organizations will demand the following:
STOP PUSHING OUT OUR AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDENTS.
STOP PUSHING OUT PARENTS FROM BEING STAKEHOLDERS AT THE
SCHOOL.
STOP PUSHING OUT STUDENTS FROM THE CAMPUS DUE TO SCHOOL
UNIFORM (DRESS CODE) VIOLATIONS.
STOP PUSHING OUT OUR AFRICAN AMERICAN EMPLOYEES.


Visuals: Parents, teachers and students will have posters, banners, signs to denounce
discriminatory practices against African-American students and parents.

Parents, teachers, community organizations and UTLA officials will be available
for interviews