February 23rd, 2021

CEJ’s Virtual Mayoral Candidate Forum; Racial Justice in Public Schools

On Thursday, February 18th, over 1,000 students, parents, educators, community members, and activists alike, joined CEJ to hear the mayoral candidates’ visions for racial justice in public schools, and, how they plan to implement Culturally Responsive Sustaining Education (CRSE). 

This is our city, our schools, and our children. We need a mayor who is committed to allocating money, time and passion to fight for racial justice in schools.

Click HERE to watch CEJ’s Mayoral Candidate Forum online. You can also watch the live video on CEJ’s Facebook page,, or Click here for the written transcript.

Check Out These Highlights!

From Top Left to Bottom Right: CEJ Director Natasha Capers, Make the Road NY (MRNY) Community Engagement Specialist Tamarah Tucker, CEJ Parent Leader and MRNY member Lucia Dias, ASL interpreter Gloshanda Lawyer, Mayoral Candidate Quanda Francis, Mayoral Candidate Maya Wiley, Mayoral Candidate Shaun Donovan, Mayoral Candidate Carlos Menchaca, Mayoral Candidate Eric Adams, Mayoral Candidate Kathryn Garcia, CEJ Parent Leader and MASA member Veronica Morales, Integrate NYC Student Leader Maurice Blackmon, Mayoral Candidate Paperboy Prince and Mayoral Candidate Dianna Morales
The Urban Youth Collaborative (UYC) and MRNY’s Keith Fuller asking the candidates if they would commit to, “fully disbanding the NYPD school safety division and metal detectors and reinvesting those resources into hiring more social workers, guidance counselors, restorative justice coordinators and focusing investments in schools where Black students have faced criminalization?”
The talented Nathaniel Swanson from Urban Word closing out our forum with his tear-jerking, inspiring and heartfelt spoken word.

Students deserve a quality public education that honors their cultures, backgrounds, and communities. CEJ is committed to working collaboratively to mobilize the power of parents and the community to affect policy change and make Culturally Responsive Sustaining Education a reality.