Next week starts the National Week of Action Against Incarcerating Youth (May 15-21, 2017) and we hope you can participate!
(1) Attend an Event Near You!
Youth Justice Milwaukee campaign meeting on May 17th from 4-6 pm at Urban Underground. 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.
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 in the second floor Multipurpose Room. For more information, please contact Juvenile Justice Campaign Manager Retha Onitiri at email@example.com.
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 a complete events listing and more information, click here.
(2) 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!
(3) Get the word out
Every day throughout the week of action, you can engage your community through social media by using our social media toolkit available online here.