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POLICY PLATFORM: END THE WAR ON BLACK PEOPLE
END THE WAR ON BLACK YOUTH
An immediate end to the criminalization and dehumanization of black youth across all areas of society, including, but not limited to, criminal and juvenile punishment and education systems, social service agencies, media, and pop culture
Black youth are systematically profiled and targeted by police, and make up 35% of arrests of people under 18; twice as likely to be arrested as white youth; disproportionately tried as adults; twice as likely to be sentenced to life without parole; five times as likely to be incarcerated or committed; and more likely to be sent to adult facilities, and to be held in solitary confinement. Disabled youth enter the system at 5 to 6 times the rate of nondisabled youth, and LGBTQ youth are disproportionately incarcerated in juvenile detention facilities.
Schools, instead of serving as places of learning, nurturing, and growth, have become pathways to prison. Black students are more likely than white students to be suspended, expelled, subjected to corporal punishment ,arrested, and referred to law enforcement while attending school, and are routinely denied the opportunity to fully participate in public education. Black students are twice as likely to be arrested or referred to law enforcement while at school.
- Decriminalize youth under 23.
- Remove police and surveillance from schools.
- Direct resources toward violence prevention and transformative responses that create a nurturing and positive school climate for all students and create opportunities for youth to thrive in community.
KEY FEDERAL LEGISLATION
Organizations currently working on policy
Alliance for Educational Justice
Dignity in Schools
Girls from Gender Equity
Genders & Sexualities Alliance (GSA) Network
national Black Women’s Justice Institute
NAACP Legal Defense Fund
W. Haywood Burns Institute
Alliance for Quality Education (New York)
Baltimore Algebra Project (Baltimore)
Boston Youth Organizing Project (Boston)
Community Justice Project (Miami)
Communities United for Police Reform (New York)
Critical Exposure (District of Columbia)
Dream Defenders (Florida)
Desis Rising Up and Moving (New York)
Desoto County Parents and Students for Justice (Mississippi)
Erase the Database (Chicago)
Every Black Girl (South Carolina)
Freedom, Inc. (Madison)
Philadelphia Student Union (Philadelphia)
Tunica Teens in Action (Mississippi)
Policing and Social Justice Project (New York)
Portland Parents Union (Portland)
Project South (Atlanta)
Power U Center For Social Change (Miami)
Voice of Youth in Chicago Education (Chicago)
Youth United For Change (Philadelphia)
Rethink (New Orleans)
Urban Youth Collaborative (New York)
Spirithouse (North Carolina)
Youth Justice Coalition (Los Angeles)
Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children (New Orleans)
Labor / Community Strategy Center (Los Angeles)
Nollie Jenkins Family Center (Mississippi)
One Love Global (Michigan)
One Voice (Missippippi)
Padres Y Jóvenes Unidos (Denver)
Racial Justice Now! (Ohio)
Tenants and Workers United (Virginia)
And Many Others!
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