Summer is here, and while temperatures have been moderate, it is still probably going to be the hottest summer on record. The block is hot, but we hope that everyone gets something of a reprieve to recuperate, reflect, recharge, and reload for the work that is to come. We present to you the first track of our summer mixtape. Denver Board of Education Director Tay Anderson has forced conversations that have made some uncomfortable, while inspiring others (most of us, if you look at election results from 2019). He has demanded justice for communities of color with pained relations with law enforcement, LGBTQIA people in our schools, and has demanded change in terms of how we hear youth voice, as well as represent ourselves to the wider community. Tay took the time to sit with us after the rally to change the name of St*pleton, and he takes us all to school about what it means to keep pushin, and to say that we cannot wait any longer. Track 1. Summer Revolutionaries Mixtape.
Month: June 2020
Beginning Sunday morning, July 12 at 6 AM, 2DT co-host Gerardo Muñoz will run 26.2 miles to fundraise for Black Lives Matter 5280. The marathon is symbolic, an affirmation that the struggle is long and hard, often with no end in sight, but that we *must* stay the course and continue to fight for Black Lives. You can donate by heading over to the Too Dope Teachers and a Mic Facebook page. Below is a video, following a 19.15-mile training run, that explains the idea.
In this difficult time, it is critical to hold onto and #hustlehope. Our young leaders are engaged and fired up, as they have been for YEARS. Youth activism and leadership is nothing new; we are still learning to listen to them. We’ve remixed our January 2017 episode #TooDopeStudents as a reminder that the energy of the young ones is contagious, and gives us a wave to ride to true change and justice. Enjoy!
Kevin and Gerardo attempt to wrap up the school year. As always, ish is wild. With protests sweeping the nation following the killing of George Floyd at the hands of law enforcement, a strange end to remote learning with nothing but uncertainty ahead, the fellas try to make sense of the present to build optimism for the future.