Buffalo Community and Police Come Together to Protect Children Experiencing Parent’s Arrest

Officers in the Buffalo, New York, Police Department who arrest parents are now expected “to minimize trauma experienced by a child.”


Study Finds California’s Black Youth at Greater Risk of Injury in Police Encounters

Black youth in California are more likely to be injured during police interactions, according to a study that examined data from 2005 to 2017.

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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.


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.


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.


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.


    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.


    ‘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.


    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.