On Thursday, March 27th, the Youth Organizing Institute and NC HEAT mobilized approximately 30 of Selina’s community members to pack the courthouse on her court date, wearing green to show our support. It was clear that our efforts to uplift Selina’s voice and her powerful story had the judge, the social workers, and the SRO […]

On March 21 YOI, EJA and NC HEAT members headed to DC to join over 150 people for the Dignity in Schools Campaign Annual Membership Meeting. We completed a movement-building overview in which we reflected on what it takes to build a movement, discuss our current roles and where we need to grow.  The experience […]

Friday, March 21st, over 40 youth representing eight different organizations in North Carolina convened at Durant Nature Park for a full weekend of workshops, campfires, outdoor fun, and bridge building at the Youth Organizing Institute’s 2nd Annual Building Bridges Teen Convening. The turnout for this year’s Teen Convening was nearly double that of our first year. In […]

Sign the petition – tell Wake County the #EndThePipeline Raleigh – On March 7, 2014 Selina Garcia, a senior at Southeast Raleigh high school was suspended from school because of allegations that she committed level II infractions on a school bus – “physical aggression/fighting” and “class/activity disturbance.” Her administrator suspended her for 5 days, noting that […]

On March 18th 2014 NC HEAT, EJA and YOI attended the Wake County School board meeting with a powerful message and presence. Each NC HEAT member wore an orange jail jumpsuit to bring attention to the school-to- prison-pipeline epidemic in Wake County.  Several Wake county students and parents spoke out against the punitive discipline practices such […]

Racial justice, safety, and school equity should be front page every week – and this week they are! This week our ongoing work to raise awareness about school policing and how it contributes the school-to-prison made the front page of two Triangle-area newspapers. Check out the articles that highlight ongoing community and coalition efforts to stop over policing and end the […]

On March 1 organizations from across the country gathered in Miami FL to talk about the school-to-prison-pipeline and how to build a youth movement. Two members from NC attended, including Monserrat Matehuala and Mathama Bility. Mathama, a graduate of the Youth Organizing Institute wrote about her experience.    “Attending the the Alliance for Education Justice’s […]