Workshops, Plenaries, Learning Tours

The Andrus Family Fund (AFF) and Communities for Just Schools Fund (CJSF) invites you to join us for an Education Anew: Shifting Justice (EASJ) virtual plenary session, “The Road to Abolition” on December 2nd from 2 – 4pm EDT.

As the nation navigates the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and racial injustice, we are witnessing historic wins that were decades in the making. The call to #defundthepolice is a national rallying cry for communities as they continue to call for the removal of police from schools, cutting police budgets, the closure of prisons, and an interrogation of the harmful practices of child welfare system. The surveillance and criminalization of BIPOC communities cuts across systems. 

During this virtual plenary we will learn from movement organizers and leaders about the call for abolition and what it means at this moment, how communities were poised to take advantage of this moment, and share the strategies and victories that are leading us towards abolition. Lastly, we will discuss what is on the other side of a carceral state as we reimagine community-safety and care for families and communities. 

We invite you to join us, ask questions and be in community as we dive into this necessary conversation. 

Date: December 2nd from 2 – 4pm EDT

Register HERE

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Monifa Bandele, Movement for Black Lives, Policy Table
  • Erin Cloud, Movement for Family Power
  • Zachary Norris, Ella Baker Center
  • Ashley Sawyer, Girls for Gender Equity 
  • Nyoka Acevedo, Andrus Family Fund (Moderator)

Here is a link to the folder with the bios and headshots for speakers:

To view and download EASJ_Road to Abolition_Fall 2020 Webinar

Here is the zoom link for registration:

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ugz9OE_HRR2RhSjAokYvgg

Watch Our Virtual Plenary: The Mississippi Roots of Education Justice

The rich history of struggle, resistance, and organizing in Mississippi has shaped – and continues to influence – national and international movements for justice. This Education Anew: Shifting Justice (EASJ2020) virtual plenary session will spotlight Mississippi-based organizing at the intersection of education and youth justice with a focus on police-free schools, organizing for abolition, and the historical context of efforts to end Mississippi’s school-to-prison pipeline.

Tune in to our Latest Podcast Series

SchoolHouse: Mississippi Roots of Education Justice (part 1)
Mississippi organizers and education justice advocates reflect on the long struggle to end Mississippi’s school-to-prison pipeline and discuss police-free schools, abolition, and the radical imagination necessary to win education justice in Mississippi. Listen Now.

SchoolHouse: Mississippi Roots of Education Justice (part 2)
Mississippi organizers and education justice advocates reflect on the long struggle to end Mississippi’s school-to-prison pipeline and discuss police-free schools, abolition, and the radical imagination necessary to win education justice in Mississippi. Listen Now.