Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline, Second Edition
Edited By Anthony J. Nocella II, Priya Parmar and David Stovall
Chapter Seventeen: Youth of Color Fight Back: Transforming Our Communities
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The Youth Justice Coalition (YJC) is working to build a youth, family, and prisoner-led movement to challenge race, gender, and class inequality in Los Angeles County’s and California’s juvenile injustice systems. Our goal is to dismantle policies and institutions that have ensured the massive lockup of people of color; widespread police violence, corruption, and distrust between police and communities; disregard of youths’ and communities’ constitutional and human rights; the construction of a vicious school to jail track; and the buildup of the world’s largest network of juvenile halls, jails, and prisons. The YJC uses direct action organizing, advocacy, political education, transformative justice, and activist arts to mobilize system-involved youth, families, and our allies—both in the community and within lockups to bring about change. In 2003, at a series of three meetings sixty-two people—who were or had been arrested, detained, incarcerated, and/or deported, and/or who were leaders of groups working inside ← 280 | 281 → juvenile halls, probation camps, jails, or prisons—came together to discuss the impacts of the system on Los Angeles and prioritized four organizing campaigns:
1.Exposing & dismantling the war on gangs as a war on youth of color including challenging the lack of due process and community input in the implementation by police, sheriffs, and the courts of gang suppression tactics including gang injunctions and gang databases that serve to sweep thousands of youth into the system without notification, appeal, removal, or resources.
2.Improving conditions of confinement...