8th Annual National Week of Action Against Incarcerating Youth

Chelsie Joy Acosta
National Coordinator, National Weeks of Actions
E-mail: chelsieacosta@hotmail.com
Phone-number: 801-865-2982

#NoYouthInPrison

#StopIncarceratingYouth

#NWAAIY

@STKgroup

Official Website: https://savethekidsgroup.org/8thnoyouthinprison/

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

2020 Event Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/184353196261150/

Press Release:

Half Sheet 2015 National Week Flyer:

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  • The National Week of Action Against Incarcerating Youth is a fully-volunteer project organized by hundreds of groups and individuals around the United States.
  • 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) LGBT+ 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 justice programs in the community and in schools to address conflicts. Incarceration is not the solution, but the problem. Once youth are forced in the juvenile justice system, it is hard for them to get out of it. Youth are not at risk, they are targetted and trapped. Please support youth and their futures and demand no youth in prison no matter the crime/harm they have committed. Incarceration does nothing to address the needs of the youth who have committed the harm.

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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.

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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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Print out and laminate this “Against Incarcerating Youth” sign:
https://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 – 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 19
Tuesday – End 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 – LGBT+ 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 – Counselors Not Cops
BIGGIE B-Day 1972

**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 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

**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.

May 24
Sunday – Schools Not Prison

**More and more prisoners are being built with public schools being closed and underfunded. Prisons aid in disrupting and destroying families and communities, while schools can build and unity communities and families together.

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The days of May 17, May 19, and May 21 were chosen for FIVE 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] 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.

(5) It is BIGGIE’s birthday, who said:

Yeah, this album is dedicated
To all the teachers that told me I’d never amount to nothin’
To all the people that lived above the buildings that I was hustlin’ in front of
Called the police on me when I was just tryin’ to make some money to feed my daughter (it’s all good)

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Goals for the NWAAIY
200 Sponsors
100 Cities
200 Events

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CITIES AND EVENTS

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

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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. Global Youth Justice, Inc.
13. National Juvenile Justice Network
14. Campaign for Youth Justice
15. The Youth Justice Project
16. Stand Up Radio
17. La Plazita Institute
18. Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice
19. Utah Reintegration Project
20. Utah Criminology Student Association
21. Salt Lake Prisoner Letter Writing
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