Masa Parents in Action (MPIA) is a committee of local parent leaders dedicated to improving the educational experiences of underserved families in the South Bronx, especially Latino and immigrant families.
Tomorrow, MPIA will host a Family Fair for Hate-Free Schools, an event to launch our campaign against race-based bullying, discrimination, and violence in our public schools. City-level trends show a rise in bullying in our schools: in 2016, 71% of students in grades 6-12 reported in the annual School Climate Survey that students harass and bully their peers; in 2017, that figure jumped to 81%. Similarly, in 2016, 51% of respondents said students bullied each other because of “race or ethnicity”; in 2017, 65% of students said kids bullied each other at school over “race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, or citizenship/ immigration status” – a 14-point jump.
MPIA recognizes that schools must be safe havens for all students and families, and is demanding that schools have the resources and support they need to create such an environment. Key event details appear below:
Date: Saturday, October 14th
Time: 1-4 PM
Location: Brook Park, 494 East 141st Street, Bronx, NY 10454 (at Brook Avenue)
We hope to see you tomorrow!