#IAmForChange–Honest Conversations: Why Action is Needed to Combat Hatred

Honest Conversations: Why Action is Needed to Combat Hatred By M.C.S., a local community member In 2006, Harvard University researcher Elizabeth Spelke sought to answer the question of how our most basic instincts come to fruition, and if they have an effect on us as we grow old. During this study, she studied how babiesContinue reading “#IAmForChange–Honest Conversations: Why Action is Needed to Combat Hatred”

NA For Change Releases A Statement on Appointment of Dr. Melissa Friez to the Position of Superintendent of Schools at North Allegheny

NA For Change recognizes the critical role that superintendents play in addressing issues of racism and other forms of prejudice. We have consistently made the case to both the North Allegheny administration and School Board of the need for a North Allegheny superintendent with an express commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. On October 28,Continue reading “NA For Change Releases A Statement on Appointment of Dr. Melissa Friez to the Position of Superintendent of Schools at North Allegheny”

NA For Change Kicks Off Its #IAmForChangeCampaign

At the September 16 North Allegheny School Board meeting, NA For Change proclaimed: “We are not going away until the district as a whole, including the board, demonstrates a clear understanding of these issues and supports proportionate solutions. We are once again asking for bold action and consistent transparency to create an inclusive learning environmentContinue reading “NA For Change Kicks Off Its #IAmForChangeCampaign”

NA For Change Releases A Statement Condemning The Politicization of Their Cause, Rebukes “Radical” Label

On October 15, 2020, NA For Change was notified of our petition, Letter to North Allegheny on Anti-racism, being cited in a local political campaign’s material as evidence of a “radical liberal curriculum change.” After visiting the Facebook page “Rob Mercuri for State House” and confirming the material’s existence, we reached out to Mr. Mercuri’sContinue reading “NA For Change Releases A Statement Condemning The Politicization of Their Cause, Rebukes “Radical” Label”

NA For Change Reacts to Inflammatory Comments on Their Instagram Page

On June 17, NA for Change arrived at the virtual boardroom to advocate for an increased vigilance on the part of the North Allegheny School District when it comes to the issues of diversity, inclusion, and antiracism–to advocate for the students who have felt instances of an unwelcoming environment in their classes–for change in theContinue reading “NA For Change Reacts to Inflammatory Comments on Their Instagram Page”

NA For Change Takes Over PA State Senator Lindsey Williams’ Instagram

On August 12th, we teamed up with Senator Lindsey Williams to make her supporters more aware of NA for Change and the actions we are taking to promote antiracism within our community. We took over Williams’ Instagram account for a day to showcase NA for Change’s history and accomplishments, as well as to generate supportContinue reading “NA For Change Takes Over PA State Senator Lindsey Williams’ Instagram”

NA For Change Hosts Roundtable FOR CHANGE Discussion With Student Leaders of the Greater Pittsburgh Area

As a group of current and former North Allegheny students, we are pushing for more diverse, inclusive, and anti-racist policies at North Allegheny School District while also serving as a collaborative platform to educate and inform the community, including children and parents. We have been galvanized seeing the work of America’s future in other schools.Continue reading “NA For Change Hosts Roundtable FOR CHANGE Discussion With Student Leaders of the Greater Pittsburgh Area”

NA For Change Meets With Members of North Allegheny School Board and Administration to Receive District Response to Issues Championed by NA For Change, Provide Feedback

NA for Change presented our Addendum at the 6/24 School Board meeting, supported by over 1,700 signatures on our petition, Letter to North Allegheny on Anti-Racism. This Addendum addressed the current inequities faced by students of color and policy proposals to fix these problems, supported by statistics, research, and resources. On July 2nd, we heldContinue reading “NA For Change Meets With Members of North Allegheny School Board and Administration to Receive District Response to Issues Championed by NA For Change, Provide Feedback”

NA For Change Releases a Community Update

Dear North Allegheny Community, One month ago, more than a dozen speakers shared their testimonies and spoke out in support of NA For Change’s anti-racist policies. Empowered students, frustrated parents, and concerned community members made the urgency of our mission clear; we must take immediate and long-term action as a district to transform schooling andContinue reading “NA For Change Releases a Community Update”