Lessons in Racial Justice and Movement Building

Lessons in Racial Justice and Movement Building - Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline in Colorado and Nationally

When Padres & Jóvenes Unidos (PJU) and Advancement Project began working to address excessively harsh and discriminatory school discipline, the term “School-to-Prison Pipeline” had not even been invented yet. School discipline was at best a fringe issue in mainstream education policy discussions, what little news coverage there was generally favored the zero-tolerance approach, any policy changes were directed at making school discipline more punitive, and there were very few organizing groups or advocacy organizations that had devoted themselves to addressing these issues at a systemic level. In short, the conditions were far from optimal for creating change.