Students at John Muir High School Stage Walkout Over Durags and Dress Code

first_img Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Make a comment [Updated]   Students at John Muir High School staged a walkout at 9:27 a.m. on Wednesday to protest a district-wide ban on wearing headscarves, known as “durags,” in school.Organized by the JMHS Black Student Union, the walkout at the school was planned as a show of unity in response to a failed attempt to achieve “middle ground” on the ban, upheld by the Pasadena Unified School District.“It’s like Muslim people wearing scarves, durags have a cultural significance for black men,” said Reggie Myles, a college-bound senior at JMHS, who participated in the walkout. “In the now, you have people embracing their culture within their natural hair. In the past men used to perm their hair and now you have black men wearing short hair with waves.”The walkout stemmed from the students’ desire to wear durags in school. Head coverings are not allowed to be worn in school as per the district-wide dress code that bans the use of hats and head coverings. In addition, the display of certain clothing styles and certain colors could represent gang affiliation and the district, like all school districts, has a duty to protect its students.“While these are important conversations, the best place for students to discuss concerns is in school, with teachers and staff,” said Principal Lawton Gray. “We are providing classroom and campus dialogue to provide secure forums where all opinions are respected in both words and actions.“Currently, our school dress code does not allow for durags for head coverings. Our dress code is developed in cooperation with with teachers, students and parents/guardians and are consistent with the law, Board policy, and the values of the John Muir community.”The walkout was peaceful and the students returned to class within the hour. During the staged walkout the students chanted “I am not dangerous,” according to witnesses. Many had their hands in the air, but it was a peaceful — and relatively short — expression of disagreement with the ban.The JMHS Black Student Union began planning the walkout following a lunch meeting last Friday with Gray over the matter. Upholding district rules, Gray told the students he believes there is no middle ground on the subject, according to the students.Historically and anecdotally, durags have come to represent gang activity. The students say that is an old stereotype and it’s time for a change.The walkout was designed to coincide with fourth period, at which time the kids would be marked absent if not in their respective classrooms.The students argue that durags, also known as “wave caps” keep the hair flat, allowing men to wear their hair in natural style when removed. And Myles said the durag has also been embraced as part of modern clothing wear.“Designers like Louis Vuitton and Gucci, they make durags as a fashion statement,” he said. “We disagree with the ‘criminalizing’ of black men, as black men are the ones who wear durags.”Michelle Bailey of Pasadena School Board’s third district weighed in.“The conversation has to go deeper,” Bailey said. “When I think about being at school I think about preparing for higher education. When you look at pictures of people who are successful in their business, they’re not wearing durags.”Bailey also said the conversation about durags is valid but it might have a better platform outside of school.“Because the students are tying it to culture it’s a legitimate discussion that maybe should be had at the community level. ”Gray said this subject needs further examination.“Conversations with students will be ongoing,” he said. “Our school welcomes, values and supports all students and their families and remains committed to preparing graduates who are civically engaged, resilient and productive citizens of the 21st century.“For their own safety and to follow the law, students should limit their activities to times that don’t interfere with their learning, and they should remain in class,” Gray said. 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Taoiseach announces COVID-19 restrictions to remain in place for a further…

first_imgEmail WhatsApp Taoiseach Leo VaradkarAN TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has announced the current restrictions on movement in place to combat the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) due to expire on Sunday, April 12 are to be extended for a further 3 weeks.In an address to the nation this evening, An Taoiseach said although the spread of the virus has slowed, it has not stopped, and said we cannot become “complacent”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “We cannot be complacent, we cannot lose focus,” he said, noting, “this is difficult, but it is making a difference.”Today, I’ve announced the #COVID19 restrictions will be extended for a further 3 weeks until Tuesday, May 5th. Stay strong, stay safe and stay at home.— Leo Varadkar (@LeoVaradkar) April 10, 2020Schools will remain closed for the foreseeable future and Leaving Certificate exams are to be postponed until late July or August of this summer, and the Junior Certificate exams have been cancelled, to be replaced by school-based exams.When asked about when restrictions may be eased or lifted, An Taoiseach said the nation would see how other countries in Europe will manage as they ease restrictions before making a decision on Ireland’s plans.In the press conference, the Fine Gael leader said it is the Government’s “hope, but I cannot guarantee, that we can begin to unwind restrictions after 5 May”.“But it’s up to people to follow the advice on social distancing etc,” he said, adding, “and we can be more hopeful if people keep adhering to advice.”The National Public Health Emergency Team has advised Government we must extend restrictions until midnight on May 4th. I know it is hard but you can do this. You’ve done so much in the past two weeks. @CMOIreland @roinnslainte @merrionstreet— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) April 10, 2020Minister for Health Simon Harris announced he plans to extend the regulations for An Garda Síochána to have extra powers for ensuring COVID-19 measures are being followed.An Taoiseach thanked the Irish people for their cooperation to date, and said it is not the intention for Ireland to act as a “police state” saying An Garda Síochána will have the extra powers up to May 5 and will be reviewed again.Chief Medical Officer, Tony Holohan said in they have not advised Government to take any additional measures at this time and they are happy with the current measures in place.*This article will update as the story develops… Previous articleLough Gur Heritage Centre, amenity area and car park now closed to visitors as part of Covid-19 restrictionsNext articleHelp Kids With Cancer Overcome Obstacles With an Obstacle Course at Home #Obstacles4Play Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] Twitter Printcenter_img Linkedin Facebook Advertisement NewsCommunityHealthTaoiseach announces COVID-19 restrictions to remain in place for a further 3 weeksBy Cian Reinhardt – April 10, 2020 305 last_img read more

Creating Equality in Housing

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / Creating Equality in Housing June 23, 2020 1,212 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save Creating Equality in Housing Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. Related Articles Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago 2020-06-23 Mike Albanese Previous: COVID-19’s Impact on Home Values Next: Foreclosures Down for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac About Author: Mike Albanese Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago With the lingering issue of racial inequality, especially among African Americans, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) proposed a five-point plan below to drive up the number of African American homeowners and help narrow the ongoing homeownership rate gap between white and African Americans.Below are the steps the NAR looks to take:Increase the supply of new homes by building more: Due to lag in viable purchase options and competition driving up home prices, some potential first- time buyers have more difficulty gaining a foothold in the market.Focus on opportunity zones to build more homes: These zones are strongly supported by the NAR as a way to invest in the revitalization of economically distressed areas.Make down payment assistance easier to secure: Unlike some others, fueled by historical gaps in assessing and accumulating wealth, African- Americans experience more difficulty securing substantial financial assistance from family members, enhancing the importance of greater access to federal down.Reinforce the Federal Housing Administration’s loan program: First- time buyers and minority households haven depended in these loans for financing. Mortgage insurance premiums and monthly mortgage payments could be lowered by shirting federal dollars to strengthen this program.Expansion of alternative scoring models to include rent and utility payments: Doing so would add more positive payments histories to better reflect financial responsibility and perhaps abet homeownership opportunities for minority and first-time buyers.Strategies like this seemingly assume added importance considering that according to data from a report from the Urban Institute, titled “How Economic Crises and Sudden  Disasters Increase Racial Disparities in Homeownership,”  the homeownership gap between people of color and white people often worsens in light of a recession because people of color are disproportionately harmed.“A closer look at 285 metropolitan statistical areas suggests that rapid employment growth combined with increased supply constraints from zoning and other regulations contributed to this disproportionate price growth for low-price homes,” according to Urban’s report.Unaddressed, these same supply constraints will “restrict the ability of low-income households to prosper as we emerge from the crisis and exacerbate income inequality.”While African-Americans are subjected to disparities unrelated to economic cycles, these cycles still seem to exacerbate these differences. This could stem in part from black and Hispanic households that had greater vulnerability as the cyclical downtown became a reality, according to the instituteAdded Redfin Chief Economist Daryl Fairweather: to buy homes even when prices were at their lowest point, meaning many missed out on opportunities to build wealth and put down roots in their communities through homeownership.””The growing racial homeownership gap has widened the wealth gap, as home equity remains one of the most significant wealth-building tools,” Fairweather continued. Now, with home prices higher and more rigid lending standards than prior to the housing crash of 2008, minorities find it difficult as ever to break into the housing market, which is likely to contribute to growing economic inequality in the U.S., he said.Meantime, the recent uptick in mortgage applications to purchase a new home is butting up against a lack of supply, according to the NAR.May housing starts slightly rebounded in May from the month prior, yet this marks two straight months of depressed levels, down from a year ago by more than 20%, stemming from the economic lockdown. Over perhaps the next three years, a large bump in new home construction is needed, the NAR stated.Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the housing shortage—due to a string of years of underwhelming production of new homes—was about 5-6 million. Today, that shortage has gained momentum. This will culminate in escalating homes prices, further crimping the ability of first-time buyers to gain a foothold in the market and ratcheting up the importance of new home construction, said the NAR. Subscribelast_img read more