The National Week of Action Against Incarcerating Youth (May 15-21, 2017) kicks off today!
Here are ways you can take action:
(1) Get the Word Out!
Every day throughout the week of action focuses on a different theme:
May 15: Identifying the Problem: Youth Prisons Don’t Work
May 16: Developing Solutions: Moving Beyond Bars, Investing in Alternatives
May 17: Public Support is Strong
May 18: Breaking Down the Walls: Strategies from State Decarceration Campaigns
May 19: A New Vision for Youth Justice: Learning from Past to Build a Better Future
May 20: Lessons Learned from State Campaigns to Close Youth Prisons
May 21: Highlights from Current State Decarceration Campaigns
You can raise consciousness about youth incarceration and engage your community in advancing change by using the social media toolkit available online here.
We encourage you to use the hashtags:
(2) Attend an Event Near You!
Emergency Rally on May 16th at 12:00 noon at the US Department of Justice at 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. Join justice advocates for a rally to demand that Attorney General Jeff Sessions retract his recent order and support fair and effective justice reforms. The rally is sponsored by the Justice Roundtable. For more information, visit: www.justiceroundtable.org.
Maine Inside Out artists will perform on May 17th at 6:00 – 7:30 pm at 485 Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, DC. The artists have been directly impacted by mass incarceration and their play explores the invisibility often experienced by young people living on society’s margins, and poses thoughtful questions about systemic racism, the school to prison pipeline, and the role of the community in seeing and honoring both the needs and the strengths of our youth. This performance is about 15 minutes in length and the performers facilitate a 30-45 minute dialogue afterward. For more information on Maine Inside Out, visit: www.maineinsideout.org.
Youth Justice Milwaukee campaign meeting on May 17th from 4-6 pm at Urban Underground, 4850 W Fond Du Lac Ave, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We will begin to understand the current juvenile justice system in Milwaukee County—decision-making points, processes, tools, and services already available. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. For info on Youth Justice Milwaukee, visit: www.youthjusticemke.org.
Newark, New Jersey
Youth Justice New Jersey decarceration campaign meeting on May 18th from 5:30-7:00 at Express Newark in the Hahne’s Building, located at 54 Halsey Street, Newark, New Jersey in the second floor Multipurpose Room. For more information, please contact Juvenile Justice Campaign Manager Retha Onitiri at email@example.com. For info on Youth Justice New Jersey, visit: www.youthjusticenj.org.
For a complete events listing and more information, click here.
(3) No event near you? Plan your own!
Invite your friends over to watch “Prison Kids” — an hour long film narrated by Academy Award-nominated actress Gabourey Sidibe and featuring an introduction by Russell Simmons. The film explores America’s failed juvenile justice system through the eyes of young people and their families.
To access the film online and materials for your event, click here.
If you plan an event, let us know and we will share the information with our networks!
Together, we can advance a new vision for youth justice without incarcerating youth!