2015 National Week of Action Against Incarcerating Youth
May 17 to May 23, 2015
Please join thousands of others in organizing around this the National Week of of Action Against Incarcerating Youth. Another world is possible, and it begins with community based programs. Incarceration is not the solution, but the problem. Once youth are involved in the system, it is hard for them to get out of it. Please support youth and our future and demand that no more youth are locked up no matter the crime they have served. Punishment and imprisoning youth are not the answers.
The National Week of Action Against Incarcerating Youth is a fully-volunteer project organized by hundreds of organizations around the United States.
We are looking for groups and individuals around the United States to organize events.
TYPES OF ACTIONS: The events can take any form or size (two people or hundreds of people) the organization or individual wishes such as: candlelight vigil, spoken-word mic night, protest, rally, teach-in, workshop, lecture, panel, banner drop over a bridge, walkout, conference, dinner, lunch, potluck, sit-in, parade, or pamphletting.
CAMPAIGN FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/stopincarceratingyouth
2015 EVENT PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/809827325730585/
WHY THE WEEK OF MAY 17 AND MAY 19?
(1) because it close to the time when students are getting out of school for the summer, which is the time when there is the most amount of youth violence and youth incarceration.
(2) because it is the birthday of Malcolm X, a U.S. civil rights and Black liberation leader. Malcolm X once told his favorite teacher that he had a dream to be a lawyer, his teacher replied that this is “no realistic goal for a n-word,” this was a great cause of Malcolm X leaving school and entering the street life of selling drugs, gambling, and pimping. His childhood life is a perfect example of the school to prison pipeline. The National Week holds to Malcolm X’s quote that, “Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.”
(3) May 17 is the anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education, which ended segregation legally, but still today segregation exists institutionally and systematically.
(4) it is the other National Week of Action bookend (at the end of the school year) working to dismantle the school to prison pipeline. The other is organized by Dignity in Schools Campaign, National Week of Action Against School Pushout, which is at the beginning of the school year.
Anthony Nocella: 315-657-2911 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday – Invest in Public Schools
Brown vs. Board of Ed.
Monday – Youth Caught in the “War on Drugs”
Tuesday – People of Color History in Schools and the Community
Malcolm X B-Day
Wednesday – LGBTTQI Awareness
Thursday – Youth with Disabilities Awareness
Friday – Girls Matter
Saturday – Transformative/Restorative Justice, Alternatives to Calling Police, Know Your Rights