2015 National Week of Action Against Incarcerating Youth – May 17 to May 23

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2015 3rd Annual National Week of Action Against Incarcerating Youth (NWAAIY)

May 17 to May 23, 2015

The National Week of Action Against Incarcerating Youth is a fully-volunteer project organized by hundreds of groups and individuals around the United States.

We are looking for groups and individuals around the United States to organize events.

The juvenile justice system targets four youth group for incarceration; they are the following, in no specific order: (1) Youth of Color, (2) Youth with Disabilities, (3) Economically Disadvantaged Youth, and (4) LGBTTQQIA Youth.

GOALS: Another world is possible, and it begins with community based programs and alternatives such as rehabilitation, therapy, counseling, job readiness workshops, tutoring, more community programs and centers, and transformative and restorative justice programs in the community and in schools to address conflicts. Incarceration is not the solution, but the problem. Once youth are involved in the juvenile justice system, it is hard for them to get out of it. Please support youth and their futures and demand that no more youth are incarcerated no matter the crime/harm they have committed. Incarceration does nothing to address the needs of the youth who have committed the harm.

PROBLEM: The three step oppressive punishment process targeting youth is:

(1) Criminalization of Youth is the stigmatization of youth through laws and norms that are based on their behavior, dress, socializing, identity, and community they live in.

(2) Policing of Youth is the surveillance and social controlling of youth by law enforcement and those in disciplinary roles.

(3) Punitive Discipline of Youth is the punishment of youth which includes detention, out of school suspension, incarceration, home arrest, and probation.

These three steps need to be eliminated in the juvenile justice system, which is the prison part of the school to prison pipeline.

TACTICS: The events can take any form the group or individual wishes, such as a candlelight vigil, spoken-word mic night, protest, rally, teach-in, workshop, lecture, panel, banner drop over a bridge, walkout, conference, dinner, lunch, lobby day, dance, street theater, movie night, press conference, potluck, sit-in, parade, or pamphletting.
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SOCIAL MEDIA

#NoYouthInPrison

#NoYouthInPrison2015

#StopIncarceratingYouth

#NWAAIY

@STKgroup

Official Website:
http://savethekidsgroup.org/2015noyouthinprison/

Facebook Fanpage:
https://www.facebook.com/stopincarceratingyouth

2015 Event Facebook event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/809827325730585/

Press Release:
Click Here – for the Official Press Release for the 2015 National Week of Action Against Incarcerating Youth

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INFORMATIONAL FLYER

Half Sheet 2015 National Week Flyer


Full Sheet 2015 National Week Flyer
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INDIVIDUAL SIGN

Print out and laminate this “Against Incarcerating Youth” sign:
http://savethekidsgroup.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Against-Incarcerating-Youth-Sign.pdf

Example of sign:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgfaK5p0eUE
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SUGGESTED THEMES

May 17
Sunday – Invest in Public Schools
Brown vs. Board of Ed. 1954

**Segregation through economics is still socially present and is displayed through mass public school closures in poor urban communities, while wealthier school districts are being given more staff and resources.

May 18
Monday – No SROs in Schools and Alternatives to Police Involvement

**Rather than more counselors in communities and schools, we fill them with police and SROs to manage conflicts through arresting youth not listening and giving them therapy.

May 19
Tuesday – Youth of Color and Racial Profiling
Malcolm X B-Day 1925

**With the rise of Ferguson Movement to defend Youth of Color against police brutality, this day is dedicate to addressing the racism in the juvenile justice system and the policing of Youth of Color.

May 20
Wednesday – LGBTTQQIA Awareness

**From homelessness to incarceration, LGBTTQQIA are the highest per capita nationally of youth who are targeted for homelessness, suicide, and incarceration.

May 21
Thursday – Youth with Disabilities Awareness

**Police, because of their lack of knowledge and skills on issues around physical and mental disabilities, have been more likely to escalate conflict with youth with disabilities resulting in brutalization, death, and incarceration.

May 22
Friday – Girls Matter

**Recently, because of social awareness of sexism and girl empowerment, girls are not submitting to abusive authority and are fighting back against sexual assault from family members and boyfriends. As a result, girls are finding themselves the fastest growing group of youth that are being incarcerated.

May 23
Saturday – Transformative/Restorative Justice – No More Prisons

**The problem with the current juvenile justice system is it is punitive in nature, promoting mass incarceration, rather than a holistic, transformative, and restorative justice system.

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The days of May 17 and May 19 were chosen for four reasons:

(1) because they are 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 May 19 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 was “no[t] [a] realistic goal for a [n-word]”. This caused 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 statement: “Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today”;

(3) because May 17 is the anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education, which ended segregation legally, but segregation still exists today systematically and socially; and

(4) because it acts as a bookend to the other National Week of Action. The other is organized by Dignity in Schools’ National Week of Action Against School Pushout, which is at the beginning of the school year.

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CONTACT

Renee Emerson – noyouthinprison@gmail.com

Anthony Nocella – nocellat@yahoo.com

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WEEKLY CONFERENCE CALLS

8 pm Eastern Time
7 pm Central Time
5 pm Western Time

Call (712) 775-7031
Meeting ID 218-859-304 (then #)

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ORGANIZING GOALS

Events: over 200

Sponsors: over 100

Event Invites: 10,000

Fan page: 3,000 likes

Media Coverage: over 50 media stations cover the week

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CITIES AND EVENTS

CITIES AND EVENTS

Atlanta, GA

MAY 19
https://www.facebook.com/events/370576276475718/

Baltimore

May 22
https://www.facebook.com/events/365505433646550/

Boston

Buffalo

May 17
https://www.facebook.com/events/652528188184632/?ref=5

May 18
https://www.facebook.com/events/1595366484054297/?ref=5

May 19
https://www.facebook.com/events/1596049360641232/?ref=5

May 20

May 21

May 22
https://www.facebook.com/events/1398166203834512/

May 23
https://www.facebook.com/events/651679831602867/?ref=5

Chicago

May 21
https://www.facebook.com/events/375115362674277/

May 22

https://www.facebook.com/events/1618333491719124/

Conway, South Carolina

Contact: Braylin T. McCray

HAmden, CT

Two high school workshops
Contact: Dr. Don Don C. Sawyer III

Los Angeles

May 18
https://www.facebook.com/YouthJusticeCoalition/photos/a.320299461384906.73054.269856989762487/848109701937210/?type=1&theater

May 19
https://www.facebook.com/events/1445865649045893/

May 23
https://www.facebook.com/events/1590359064569376/

Miami

May 17
https://www.facebook.com/miamiaclu?fref=ts

May 18
https://www.facebook.com/miamiaclu?fref=ts

May 19
https://www.facebook.com/miamiaclu?fref=ts

May 20
https://www.facebook.com/miamiaclu?fref=ts

May 21 Lecture
https://www.facebook.com/events/923056901065728/

MAY 21 Vigil
https://www.facebook.com/events/466387976847412/

May 22
https://www.facebook.com/events/540660612740174/

https://www.facebook.com/events/382087218650181/

May 23

Workshop
https://www.facebook.com/events/680466812064859/

Lunch Event
https://www.facebook.com/events/557290411076709/

Minneapolis

May 17

Day
https://www.facebook.com/events/1583332705262298/

Night
https://www.facebook.com/events/1093133814037540/

May 18
https://www.facebook.com/events/762912570489405/

May 19

March
https://www.facebook.com/events/356332231223598/

Panel and Show
https://www.facebook.com/events/851683654885939/

May 20

Day
https://www.facebook.com/events/1568112176798595/

Night
https://www.facebook.com/events/1583730951906825/

May 21
https://www.facebook.com/events/715183841919977/

May 22

Day
https://www.facebook.com/events/596997947102704/

Night
https://www.facebook.com/events/786215964806896/

May 23

Morning
Hip Hop Photos

Early Day Panel
https://www.facebook.com/events/107330502933145/

Day Picnic
https://www.facebook.com/events/936376986402658/

Night Hip Hop Show
https://www.facebook.com/events/335706773305901/

New York City

North Carolina

Philadelphia

Paterson, NJ

May 19
https://www.facebook.com/events/711886465605710/

San Diego

Saint Cloud

May 18
https://www.facebook.com/events/402800166595365/

Saint Paul

May 18
https://www.facebook.com/events/386070441598401/

May 20
https://www.facebook.com/events/1435703873398918/

May 22
https://www.facebook.com/events/837499366299205/

Seattle

May 17
Making music for incarcerated youth
3:30 PM, Pipsqueak
https://www.facebook.com/events/775798005868835/

May 18
School to Prison Pipeline Presentation: Alondra Garcia & Shannon
7 PM, Pipsqueak
https://www.facebook.com/events/1433721333595715/

May 19
Racial Profiling Panel, Discussion and Short Film
7 PM, Pipsqueak
No FB event yet

May 20
“Let the kids free” Art Show + Poetry
7 PM, Pipsqueak
https://www.facebook.com/events/421575331353942/

May 21
Disability and forced institutionalization
7 PM, Pipsqueak
https://www.facebook.com/events/1829608390596742/

MAY 22
Incarceration and trans youth
7 PM, Gay City
(no FB event yet)

SATURDAY MAY 23
Festival of Resistance
12 PM, Pipsqueak
https://www.facebook.com/events/440467569449440/

May 23
https://www.facebook.com/events/440467569449440/

South Carolina

 

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CONTACT

Renee Emerson – noyouthinprison@gmail.com

Anthony Nocella – nocellat@yahoo.com

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SPONSORS

To be a sponsor is free. Just send us a message saying you want to organize an event and be a sponsor.

1. Save the Kids
2. Poetry Behind the Walls
3. Wisdom Behind the Walls
4. Transformative Justice Journal
5. Peace Studies Journal
6. Outdoor Empowerment
7. Institute for Critical Animal Studies
8. Arissa Media Group
9. Central New York Peace Studies Consortium
10. Green Theory and Praxis Journal
11. Academy for Peace Education
12. Teens in Progress, Buffalo, NY
13. Institute for Hip Hop Activism
14. The Journal Of Hip Hop Studies, Chicago, IL
15. Journal for Critical Urban Education
16. Students for Critical Animal Studies
17. Chicana/o Studies Program at St. Cloud State University
18. Social Responsibility Student Organization, St. Cloud State University
19. Minnesota Animal Liberation
20. Black and Pink, San Diego
21. United Against Police Terror, San Diego, CA
22. Youth United of Buffalo
23. Team of Hope, Buffalo, NY
24. Open the Cages Alliance, Baltimore, MD
25. Native Lives Matter .org
26. Direct Action Everywhere
27. Youth Justice Coalition, Los Angeles, CA
28. Shakademic Studios
29. J Dilla Foundation
30. Total Liberation Radio
31. Voice of Attica
32. Saving Our Sons
33. Youth Movement
34. American Civil Liberties Union, Miami
35. Buzzy Martin
36. Burning Books
37. Progress for Science
38. Idle No More, Duluth
39. The Common Table
40. TeenVoice
41. Citizen Action, NY
42. Buffalo Parent Teacher Organization
43. Teen Talk
44. Black Talk Radio
45. P.O.P.S. Movement
46. Close Ribnick Fur and Leather
47. University of Minnesota: End Forced Animal Addiction
48. Math Science Technology Prep School
49. Vassar Animal Rights Club
50. CATALYST: Politics & Culture on KFAI Radio
51. Project NIA
52. New Creation Church
53. Chicago Take Action Now
54. Operation: Move for School
55. Tom McClan & Open Buffalo
56. Prisoners Are People Too, Inc.
57. Push Buffalo
58. Campaign for Youth Justice
59. Parent Education Organizing Council of Paterson NJ
60. Fillmore District Council member David Franczyk
61. University District Council member Rasheed Wyatt
62. Masten District Council member Demone Smith
63. Lovejoy District Council member Richard Fontana
64. City of Buffalo Common Council member President Darius Pridgen
65. Niagara District Council member David Rivera
66. Erie County Legislature District #1 Barbara Miller-William
67. National Inner Cities Youth Opportunities,Inc
68. New Abolitionists Radio
69. MN Native Lives Matter
70. Idle No More MN
71. Dr Mark Naison, Professor of African American Studies and History Fordham University
72. National Forum On Judicial Accountability
73. Crimes of the Century
74. Plea for Peace Program
75. Fight For Our Families
76. Superior African Heritage Community
77. El Buen Amigo
78. Save the Kids Radio
79. Twin Cities Omega Zulu Nation
80. Unification NOW
81. SHEROCKS TwinPorts
82. Signature Planning, Tacoma, WA
83. Prisoners Union, Tacoma, WA
84. Lara Henessey Design, Auburn, WA
85. Promise land lending, Des Moines, WA
86. Best Home solutions, Maple Valley, WA
87. Progress Foundation
88. Prosaic Minds
89. Black Man Stand Up
90. Families & Friends Involved in Resistance to State Torture (Families F.I.R.S.T.)
91. Autonomous Actions Against Prisons
92. Racial Justice NOW!
93. Minnesota Restorative Services Coalition
94. Justice For Keaton Otis
95. End Mass Incarceration Minnesota
96. Gender Justice League
97. Minneapolis Autonomous Radical Space (MARS)
98. Miami Committee On State Violence
99. Minneapolis 2nd Annual MN Malcolm X Conference
100. Twin Cities Graffiti
101. Twin cities Dilla Day
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