BCC Is Grounded By Research And Connected By Action.
What We Know
CPS NEEDS OUR HELP
“We are requesting that Chicago Public Schools establish a Black Student Achievement Taskforce to work in concert with the district to support our children’s academic growth—increasing graduation, college, and career success rates,” writes Chicago parent Natasha Dunn.”
According to the Illinois State Board of Education, the achievement gap between Black and white students is currently 36 percentage points with a 10-point gap between Latinx and Black students.
We are very concerned about the quality of education provided to Black children in Chicago Public Schools and the safety of our families. Before the start of the pandemic, schools in African American neighborhoods struggled with maintenance, cleaning, and staffing shortages. The launch of virtual learning was a catastrophic failure leaving many students behind and without the support needed to catch up and close the gaps that persisted before the pandemic.
Public school buildings are a vital asset to our community that should serve as a hub for learning and a refuge for our most vulnerable population. To create racial equity, we must close the achievement gap and provide every opportunity for Black children to thrive. We want to ensure that schools are not just fully staffed, but staffed with adults that understand the cultural needs of Black children and are vested in their academic success. We also need Local School Councils to have the tools and financial resources necessary to govern safely through this pandemic.
Education Meets Economics
“The black community in Chicago has been in a pandemic before the pandemic even started”
Brian Mullins | Chicago Community Activist
Black Chicagoans have experienced an epidemic of unemployment and violence most notably in the last three decades. Research continues to show us that education outcomes such as graduation rates, math and literacy grade level performance & school discipline data have a direct influence on the community’s financial viability. Our focus is to bring forth solutions that create a holistic approach to acknowledging disparaging data points while taking facilitative action to spur change. Here are economic data findings that illustrate the realities of black financial well being and the impact on the community.
Workers classified as White make up 78.2 of the workforce in Illinois while the Black workforce is 13.1 percent.
Compared to Whites in Illinois, the Black unemployment rate is 3xs higher.
In 2020, 79% of homicides/shooting victims in the City of Chicago were Black people
Over 200,000 black people in Illinois are without jobs.
These findings were researched and published by the Illinois Future of Work Taskforce
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Who We Are
Grounded By Research And Connected By Action
We collect data and research to train and empower stakeholders. We work with our affiliate organizations to provide support, share information, and bring Black voices to the table with decision-makers to transform our community.
Our mission is to close educational, economic, and health gaps that have historically disenfranchised our communities. Our goal is to examine and dismantle structural racism to generate equity and parity for African Americans.
BCC is grounded by research and connected by action. WE conduct research and gather data to inform and empower stakeholders. WE collaborate with affiliate organizations to bring black voices to the table with decision makers to create collective impact. WE focus on the power of community through campaigns that build awareness and convene leaders to advocate for access to quality public schools, housing, jobs and health services.
Our Guiding Principles:
Anchor | Educate | Empower
“We meet our people where they are!”
- Activate real community based conversations
- Listen and document the perspectives, passions and pains alongside those we serve
- Partner with institutions and organization invested in our community
Educate vs. Indoctrinate
“People don’t care what you know, until they know that you care!
- Provide responsive workshops and training
- Interlock equitable solutions for families and persons of African American descent.
- Create cycles of ongoing follow up that activates inclusivity and establishes mutual accountability
“We must eliminate savior complexes that plague our communities”
- Vet and validate organizations & institutions that align with our commitments
- Emancipate black voices and efforts for reconciliation
- Discover the unspoken and articulate it fearlessly
Natasha has a Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology from Shaw University in Raleigh, NC. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, and traveling.
Tanesha is the Founder of The Roots Initiative, a Surge Institute alumni and member of Education Leaders of Color (EdLoc). As a strategist and injustice interruptor, Tanesha merges the worlds of communications and grassroots activism to push for the dismantling, reimagining and rebuilding of systems that have historically and presently harm marginalized communities. Her passion for people and relentless pursuit of equality, justice and liberation drive her in uplifting and amplifying the voices and advocacy of those that are often ignored, specifically in public education.
Tanesha's work has been featured in Blavity, Ebony Magazine, The Black Wall Street Times and Chalkbeat and she’s appeared on a number of news platforms, educational panels and podcasts. She’s been recognized as a “Mover and Shaker '' with Black Minds Matter, is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, proud Chicagoan and DJ.
Tanesha wholeheartedly believes that education is one of the most important foundations for success. Her grand vision is one where everyone—regardless of ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender or zip code—can have access to a comfortable quality of life and enjoy the freedoms and liberties promised to all Americans. And that’s what she works towards every day.
Black Student Success Campaign
We are requesting that CPS establish a Taskforce and funding be earmarked to close the opportunity gap to invest in Black student achievement.
Black Community Commission/ Advisory Council
Black Jobs and Contracts Campaign
We want equitable access to contract opportunities with the City, County and State. We want to increase the Black workforce in public and private sector jobs.
Safe, Accessible, and Healthy Communities (SAHC)
According to the City of Chicago Police crime data 85% of homicide and shooting crime victims are Black. In addition, our community suffers from the lowest life expectancy rate due to chronic disease, infant mortality, infectious diseases, and drug use. We demand funding be set aside to support a community driven health campaign connecting city and state agencies together to provide resources and close gaps.
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