2017 5th Annual National Week of Action Against Incarcerating Youth

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

During the 2017 5th Annual National Week of Action Against Incarcerating Youth organizations, groups, collectives, mosques, synagogue, community centers, bookstores, schools, clubs, churches, recreation centers, and temples, are organizing in their communities around the country daily events during the week aimed at raising awareness about the school to prison pipeline and ending the incarceration of all youth.
HISTORY: The National Week of Action Against Incarcerating Youth (NWAAIY) was founded in 2013 to dismantle the prison half of the school-to-prison-pipeline. The National Week of Action Against Incarcerating Youth is a fully-volunteer project organized by hundreds of groups and individuals around the United States.

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 community, those harmed, and the youth who have committed the harm.

YOUTH: The juvenile justice system targets four youth groups 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.

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

  • Criminalization of Youth is the stigmatization of youth through laws and norms that are based on their behavior, dress, ability, socializing, identity, and community in which they live in.
  • Policing of Youth is the surveillance and social control of youth by law enforcement and those in disciplinary roles.
  • Incarceration of Youth is the punitive disciplinary act that is taken by the criminal justice system if a youth breaks the law and is found guilty.


Click Here for 2017 FLYER


Click Here to Join our ThunderClap to Promote the #NWAAIY


Click Here for Facebook National Event Page


Click Here for # No Youth In Prison Sign — Print off and Take a Picture With



Print out and laminate this “Against Incarcerating Youth” sign:

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



  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado

May 19 – FB Event Page for Courthouse Rally – https://www.facebook.com/events/1466203496763035/


May 15 – FB Event Page –
May 16 – FB Event Page for Hip Hop Saved My Life Lecture by Adam Closer and Meyers Fryback – https://www.facebook.com/events/210659559447108/
May 17 – FB Rally at Santa Rita Park No Youth In Prison Event Page – https://www.facebook.com/events/215875645575848/
May 19 –
May 20 –
May 21 – BIGGIE Youth Hip Hop Picnic

  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota

May 20 – FB hip Hop Against Locking Up Youth Event Page – https://www.facebook.com/events/211791125984580/

  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey


Youth Justice New Jersey Community Campaign Meeting
Thursday, May 18th
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Express Newark
50 Halsey Street
Newark, NJ
  • New Mexico

Friday – May 19 – FB Rally at the Courthouse Event Page – https://www.facebook.com/events/185506935303798/

Friday – May 19 – FB Rally at the Courthouse Event Page – https://www.facebook.com/events/299650093792551/

Friday – May 19 – FB Rally at Courthouse Event Page – https://www.facebook.com/events/455727371426951/

  • New York


May 19 – FB Event Page – https://www.facebook.com/events/211325272717773/

  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Washington D.C.

Wednesday – May 17 – Maine Inside Out Performance
6:00pm – 7:30pm
485 Russell Senate Office Building
United States Senate
Washington, D.C.
Link to Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1725332744426093/?acontext=%7B%22action_history%22%3A[%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22upcoming_events_card%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22dashboard%22%2C%22extra_data%22%3A%22[]%22%7D%2C%7B%22surface%22%3A%22dashboard%22%2C%22mechanism%22%3A%22calendar_tab%22%7D]%7D

  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin


Youth Justice Milwaukee Campaign Meeting
Wednesday, May 17th
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Urban Underground
4850 W Fond Du Lac Ave

Milwaukee, WI

  • Wyoming



  1. Save the Kids
  2. Poetry Behind the Walls
  3. Institute for Critical Animal Studies
  4. Students for Critical Animal Studies
  5. Radical Animal Studies and Total Liberation Book Series
  6. Critical Animal Studies and Theory Book Series
  7. Wisdom Behind the Walls
  8. Fort Lewis College Criminology Club
  9. Durango Prisoner Letter Writing
  10. Durango Hip Hop
  11. Fort Lewis College Animal Liberation Club
  12. Fort Lewis College Sociology Club
  13. Fort Lewis College Gender and Women’s Studies Program
  14. Fort Lewis College Sociology
  15. Fort Lewis College Black Student Union
  16. Durango ADAPT
  17. Peace Studies Journal
  18. Transformative Justice Journal
  19. Green Theory and Praxis Journal
  20. Arissa Media Group
  21. National Juvenile Justice Network
  22. Academy for Peace Education
  23. Durango Peace and Justice
  24. Central New York Peace Studies Consortium
  25. Journal for Critical Animal Studies
  26. Journal for Hip Hop Studies
  27. International Hip Hop Studies Association
  28. Institute for Hip Hop Activism
  29. Youth First Initiative
  30. Maine Inside and Out Program
  31. Oneloveclub
  32. Youth Justice New Jersey Community Campaign
  33. Youth Justice Milwaukee Campaign
  34. Outdoor Empowerment
  35. Eco-ability Collective
  36. United Against Police Terror
  37. POPS Movement
  38. Wyoming Children’s Law Center, Inc.
  39. No New Youth Jail
  40. Resistance Magazine
  41. Durango Veg Fest
  42. Durango Animal Liberation
  43. Sexual Assault Services Organization
  44. Justice for Youth
  45. Peace and Conflict Studies program, Fort Lewis College
  46. Campaign for Youth Justice
  47. Racial Justice NOW!
  48. Dignity in Schools Campaign
  49. Youth Justice Coalition
  50. Texas Criminal Justice Coalition
  51. Education Behind the Walls
  52. Colorado Juvenile Defender Center
  53. Journal for Hip Hop Studies
  54. Youth Justice Club at John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  55. Silent Voices of Miami
  56. Anonymous, Miami
  57. One Community Partnership
  58. Stop Targeting Youth
  59. Twin Cities Graffiti
  60. Buffalo Anti Racism Coalition
  61. Universal Movement for the Advancement of Hip Hop
  62. James DewittYancey Foundation, MN Chapter
  63. Save the Kids Radio Show, KDUR Durango
  64. His House Children Home
  65. Youth Mentoring Action Network



  1. 200 Events Nationally
  2. 50 News Reports
  3. 40 Cities
  4. 10,000 Invited to the Facebook Event Page
  5. 150 Sponsors