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4/22/2021

Police Killing of Foster Child Ma’Khia Bryant in Ohio Wrenches Youth, Allies

Foster youth across Ohio and nationwide, along with top officials in the Biden administration, are speaking out in horror this week about the police killing of a Black teenager in front of her foster home in Columbus, Ohio.

4/5/2021

Presence of School Resource Officers Debated in Small Towns, Too

A meeting of the Rise up Kingston group. Photo courtesy of Rise Up
Two decades after schools across the country beefed up police presence on campus in response to the mass shooting at Columbine High, the uprising over the killing of George Floyd has prompted communities small and large to rethink that trend in the name of racial justice.

12/6/2020

Oakland Schools Chart Course for Police-Free Future

Desiree McSwain-Mims at a Black Organizing Project rally on June 5, 2020. Photo by Ryan Sin
Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Desiree McSwain-Mims got pegged a troublemaker in second grade.

12/4/2020

Defunding Police is Pandemic Recovery

There are two stages of response when facing widespread disasters like earthquakes, wildfires or pandemics: relief and recovery.  Media outlets capture the drama of “relief” – images of brave firefighters battling flames in the smoldering ruins of a town, or the National Guard delivering supplies to afflicted citizens.

8/26/2020

Kansas Child Welfare Looks to Partner with Police to Reduce Law Enforcement Contact

The Kansas Department of Children and Families is embedding local specialists in one of the state’s most populous counties in an attempt to head off the need for CPS involvement in some cases.

6/16/2020

‘Who Will Police Us from The Police?’

As a Black former foster youth who spent most of my youth in Los Angeles, I have seen how police brutality and racism is a constant struggle in Black people’s lives.

    6/9/2020

    A Letter to Black Foster Youth

    Dear Black Foster Youth, I’m sure you all have seen the unrest and televised revolution going on across the country and worldwide. The death of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery – the last two of which were video recorded, all killed by current or ex-police – has acted as the straw that’s broken the camel’s back.

    6/5/2020

    Garcetti’s Plan to Defund the LAPD Could Benefit the Juvenile Justice System

    While a low-grade temblor shook the walls of Los Angeles City Hall on Wednesday night, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced an unprecedented plan to siphon up to $150 million from the Los Angeles Police Department budget as protesters continue to demand transformational policing reform.

    6/3/2020

    Outrage Over Looting Misses Point, Young People in Los Angeles Say

    Eight years after her 14-year-old cousin was shot and killed by law enforcement during a mental health crisis, Los Angeles youth activist E.V. is closely watching the protests against police brutality that have now gripped every major American city.