Gina Womack, Families and Friends
of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children
Fair and Just School Climate
In recent years there's been growing national attention and discussion around how our system of education fails to meet the needs of many young men of color, culminating in the launch of the White House's My Brother's Keeper initiative last spring. Too often, however, this national conversation has sidelined young women of color and the unique challenges they face in the classroom.
When people talk about taking money out of the sizable US military budget to invest in domestic issues like education, chances are the Department of Defense's 1033 Program isn't what they had in mind.
On December 18, youth organizers in 25 cities will hold protests and "die-ins" as part of a national action to challenge state violence against young people of color.
School discipline reform has gotten a ringing endorsement in California where school districts have chosen to dedicate millions of dollars towards "restorative justice" programs that keep kids in school and address behavioral problems with constructive alternatives to suspension or expulsion.
In the past decade and a half, Colorado has become a leader in the national school discipline reform movement thanks in large part to the organizing work of Padres & Jóvenes Unidos (PJU) and the Advancement Project.
Education organizers in dozens of cities nationwide are demanding "community schools" in their neighborhoods, schools that provide wraparound supports for students and their families to build stronger learning environments&nb