#BeaconTuesday: Color of Change
Here at LatinX, we take the issues affecting our communities to heart. From fighting climate change to sending aid to help families torn apart at the border, we want to encourage everyone to do their part and get motivated.
This week, we’re highlighting Color of Change, the nation’s largest online racial justice organization.
Earlier this year, four 12-year-old Black and Latinx girls were strip searched at their middle school in Binghamton, NY, for being “hyper and giddy” at lunch. Even though the girls did nothing wrong and were just being exhibiting normal 12-year old behavior, schools officials assumed they were under the influence of drugs, and forced the girls to undergo vitals checks, sobriety checks, and a strip search.
The parents of the four girls submitted a list of demands to the Binghamton City School District to ensure this would never happen to another student. However, the District failed to meet those demands. Now, with the help of the NAACP, the parents are filing a lawsuit to hold the District accountable.
Join Color of Change in showing the girls and their parents that you support them and their pursuit of justice. Sign the petition to tell the Binghamton City School District to meet the demands of the four girls, and to hold school officials accountable for profiling and traumatizing these girls.