March 10 2015 – UCLA Lecture: Hip Hop and Punk Against the School to Prison Pipeline

Hip Hop and Punkucla flyer Against the School to Prison Pipeline
March 10, 2015
Time: 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Room: Moore Hall 3340 (Reading Room)
University of California, Los Angeles

Free and Open to the Public

Light Refreshments


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Moore Hall

recommended parking structures:
4 or 2 (will need to buy an hourly permit)

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This presentation is a book talk on the recently released “Rebel Music: Resistance Through Hip Hop and Punk” co-edited by Scott Robertson, Anthony J. Nocella II, Priya Parmar, and Martha Diaz.

This presentation will speak about the growing surveilling, arresting, repressing, and incarcerating of youth by schools, corporations, and law enforcement agencies. This presentation, grounded in the movement that arose from Ferguson, examines how the school and criminal industrial complexes construct and depend upon the school to prison pipeline. Today, more economically disadvantaged students, students of color, and LGBTTQIA students are being pushed out of school and into the juvenile injustice system. This presentation will critically discuss educational and criminal justice tools and systems that perpetuate the targeting of youth for a life behind bars. This presentation will also elaborate on the many ideas and players involved in the movement to dismantle the school to prison pipeline and those who profit off of school pushout and youth incarceration. This presentation will leave the audience with tools for community organizing and prepare teachers to be inclusive educators. He will also discuss how transformative justice in schools and via Hip Hop hold the key to dismantling the school to prison pipeline.

Scott Robertson is a Ph.D. student in the Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles. He currently teaches in the language arts program at Cypress Community College. He had previously taught in Spain and Japan. Prior to starting his academic and professional endeavors, Scott was the singer and bassist for two Southern California political punk bands, releasing five albums in total. Now, he brings the punk rock spirit to his research in cultural studies, critical pedagogy, and technology/media studies. He is forever indebted to his punk rock mentors from C.Haun to C.Hannah.

Anthony J. Nocella II, Ph.D. , scholar-activist is a professor of Education at St. Cloud State University, Senior Fellow of the Dispute Resolution Institute at the Hamline Law School, and Editor of the Peace Studies Journal. He is a leading organizer and scholar in the movement to dismantle the school to prison pipeline. He is a national co-director of Save the Kids, founded in 2009 by four African-American youth incarcerated in Hillbrook Juvenile Detention Facility in New York. Save the Kids, grounded in Hip Hop activism and transformative justice is a national fully-volunteer not nonprofit organization dedicated to alternatives to and the end of the incarceration of all youth and the school to prison pipeline. Anthony has co-organized mass demonstrations, highway closers, die-ins, sit-ins, arrests, and Hip Hop shows throughout the U.S. which have been part of the outcry against police brutality toward People of Color. Nocella has published more than fifty scholarly articles or book chapters and published over twenty books.