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Bay Area 'Education Not Incarceration' Convening Highlights the Need for a Regional and Multi-Issue Approach to Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline
On Monday, community advocates and organizers, along with students and parents, service providers, policy and data experts, and school district leaders came together at the Ryse Youth Center in Richmond, CA to dialogue about and strategize solutions to the school-to-prison pipeline in the broader Bay Area. The convening was organized as part of the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) National Week of Action which includes actions and events in 50 cities across the country calling on policymakers and school district leaders to “Invest in Public Education not Prison Cultivation” and end the nation’s school “pushout” crisis.
Convening organizers included Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth, Black Organizing Project, Dignity in Schools Campaign Bay Area Chapter, Gay Straight Alliance Network, Policy Link, Public Counsel Law Center, Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice, ACLU Northern California, and Equal Justice Society.
Representatives from San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, Pittsburg, Vallejo, Marin, and other Bay Area cities shared experiences about school discipline and pushout practices, the negative impacts on schools and students, as well as reform ideas and best practices. Coleman Advocates shared our campaign and policy implementation experiences related to our landmark SFUSD Safe and Supportive Schools Resolution and the Black Organizing Project shared their experiences fighting for and winning the Safe and Strong Schools Policy.
Monday’s convening included an informing and provocative presentation by Tia Elena Martinez, a national expert on dismantling the school-to-prison-pipeline and transforming life chances for boys and men of color. Tia presented new data and analysis illustrating the intersections between youth disciplinary issues
and mass incarceration. The data also revealed disturbingly consistent patterns of highly disproportionate suspensions, expulsions, and on-campus arrests of African American students and students with disabilities.
Click here to read more about the Education Not Incarceration convening and for links to the data presentation powerpoint and a photo gallery from the event.
Click here for childcare reservations and to download flyers in multiple languages.
Click here for full list of workshops, including those facilitated by Coleman staff and parent leaders, planned for the day.
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