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What is the Center for Racial Justice in Education?
On June 26, 2008, Laura Shmiskiss registered Border Crossers Inc. as a nonprofit, based in New York, New York, with the New York Secretary of State. Its name was changed to the Center for Racial Justice in Education on April 9, 2019. Shmiskiss is now the former co-executive director of the center and describes herself as an “active White anti-racist trainer and organizer.”
According to its 2019 IRS 990 filing, the organization had $1.28 million in total revenue, with $1.33 million in expenses, for a slight shortfall. It was a huge jump from the $110,981 the organization earned in total revenues the first year of its formation, according to its 2009 IRS 990 filing.
Shmiskiss was the co-executive director with Benny Vasquez, both of them earning about $100,000, with Shmiskiss getting a $14,555 bonus.
It says its mission is to “train and empower educators to dismantle patterns of racism and injustice in our schools and communities. The Center for Racial Justice in Education says its mission is to have “young people learn and thrive in racially equitable, liberating, and empowering educational spaces.”
It writes: “Racial justice is our guiding principle for a world in which white supremacy is abolished, and all systems of oppression are dismantled. This world provides access, resources, safety and power to all People of Color, who have been historically disenfranchised due to systemic racism. Racial justice demands for the creation of new institutions and relationships that honor the humanity and liberation of all peoples.”
What services does the Center for Racial Justice in Education offer?
The Center for Racial Justice in Education offers a “Racial Justice in Organizations Program” and it promotes a “Racial Equity Community Impact Fund.”
What K-12 work has the Center for Racial Justice in Education done?
The organization has a list of clients on its website.