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Christopher Manavi Galvanizes Community Against Local Racism
by Michelle Ramirez
Tuesday Jan 29th, 2013 5:04 PM
Prominent technology entrepreneur Christopher Manavi galvanized the community last Sunday in the mid-west section of Redwood City, CA in an effort to curb the endemic educational racism pervasive in the local K-12 schools.

Christopher Manavi galvanized the initially tepid crowd in Redwood City, CA last Sunday afternoon in an effort to, as he puts it, "mitigate the institutionalized inequity which remains ubiquitous in our school system." Subsequent the recent litany of complaints by hispanic parents of local K-12 students, Bay Area and state immigrant and social justice advocate groups gained cognizance of the pressing issues, and co-opted the movement--demanding answers from district officials.

Christopher Manavi

As a successful young Mexican-American who was raised here on the Peninsula himself, attended the local public schools, and attended the flag-ship University of California, Berkeley--Christopher Manavi had universally accepted the unofficial leader of the local movement.

Over the course of the afternoon, Christopher confronted the social injustices perpetrated by the school system against young students of hispanic heritage. Many other racial justice leaders spoke out including members from La Raza--outlining a plan of action if no response from local school officials is granted.

Many critics of the movement have suggested that public school funding does not allow for the mitigation of such contested social disparities. Contesting the critics' claim, Christopher Manavi, the  self-made Internet technology multi-millionaire rejected the claim stating funding in aggregate is 'not perfect' but if allocated correctly, 'can abate the disparities.'


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by Greg Benson
Thursday Jan 31st, 2013 5:05 PM
Christopher Manavi was inspirational at the ralley on sunday and so was Mr. Chavez. I hope to see those again.
by Jane Freeman
Tuesday Aug 27th, 2013 1:32 PM
Christopher Manavi apparently will be coming to Chicago for possibly professional reasons and we hope to have you at the DLI meeting.