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June 2020 Roundup

June 29, 2020
Courtney M. McSwain

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Anti-Racism Resource

  • The W.K. Kellogg Foundation held a Healing in Action, a National Day of Racial Healing special event featuring: Featuring: Reverend Alvin Herring, Baratunde Thurston, Bryan Stevenson, Dr. Celeste A. Clark, Dr. David R. Williams, Diane Wolk-Rogers, Henry Kravis, Isabel Delgado, Jerry Tello, John Legend, Kathy Ko Chin, Keedron Bryant, La June Montgomery Tabron, Linda Sarsour, Michelle Alexander, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Sunni Patterson. View here.
  • The New York Times published this interactive on Juneteenth.
  • A Civiqs survey shows that a majority of American voters support the Black Lives Matter movement.

Publications/Resources/News

  • NJJN member Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance released its report, "Ending the Criminalization of Youth: One Investment at a Time," with recommendations for creating equitable system-reform from system-impacted youth and community members. Read the report.
  • NJJN partners Campaign for Youth Justice and the Justice Policy Institute released its report, "It's the Child Not the Charge," calling for the end of the automatic transfer of children to adult court, and all the evidence on why it is a failed public safety response. Read the report.
  • Communities for Just Schools Fund held a panel discussion on "Social Emotional Learning Beyond the Checklist: Turning Theory into Practice," which looked at how to make SEL culturally affirming and centered in deep relationships. The conversation is informative for efforts to remove police from schools in that SEL can help foster school environments that are free of both physical police and of policing mindsets that prevent Black and Brown and queer young people from feeling truly seen and loved in school. Watch the panel on YouTube.
  • The Juvenile Justice Initiative announces the release of their latest report on the transfer of juveniles to adult court in Illinois. The report looks at the effects of the 2015 reform by the Illinois legislature limiting "automatic" trial of juveniles in the adult court, based solely on age and offense. Read more.
  • Article: "The successful closing of youth prisons shows a path to police reform," opinion by Nell Bernstein and Vincent Schiraldi. The Washington Post, June 16, 2020.
  • Repost: In 2018, the American Public Health Association declared law enforcement violence as a public health issue. Youth justice advocates may find this policy statement helpful for pushing efforts for getting police out of school and other policing advocacy efforts.

Jobs/Opportunities

  • The Youth Justice Initiative's (YJI) portfolio within the Justice Lab at the Columbia School of Social Work is hiring a Senior Associate and Staff Associate 3. The YJI team partners with jurisdictions around the county to support strategic efforts to dramatically reduce or eliminate the use of the youth prison model and move sites toward a more community-centered delivery of justice, and convenes its Youth Correctional Leaders for Justice (YCLJ) group to bring the voices of current and former system administrators to the forefront of the issue. Read more.
  • Resource Generation is hiring for three full-time positions this summer: a College Organizer, a Membership Coordinator, and a Mid-Atlantic Organizer. The RG staff is a multi-class and multi-racial team that especially encourages those who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color; trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people; and people from poor and working-class backgrounds to apply. Read more.
  • TeamChild is seeking a full-time Director of Investments and Partnerships and a Statewide Director of Legal Services. Read more.

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