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Action Camp 2018: Policing Race

Historically, Advancement Project's national office ActionCamp has served as a training and campaign development space for young people and organizations working to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline, bringing together hundreds of youth of color from across the country to sharpen their tools, share stories and strategies, and build relationships. In 2018, we expanded the scope of ActionCamp to drive deeper into the interconnectedness of policing, immigration enforcement and school militarization that prohibits our communities from living free and safe.

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#FreeAndSafe from COVID-19

We are Fighting for the Lives of People Criminalized for Poverty and Minor Offenses Advancement Project National Office and other national civil rights and racial justice organizations are taking legal action to protect people in jails and prisons. We need your help to pressure local and state governments to do the right thing and release people from jails and prisons, allowing them to safely quarantine and social distance in their homes. Call your local public officials (sheriff’s offices, state’s attorneys, governors, etc.) and demand that they take action before it’s too late! USE OUR…

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National Civil Rights Organizations Take Legal Action to Protect People Locked Inside St. Louis Jails

Media Contacts: Gina Physic, 202-505-4659, [email protected] Joshua Garner, 240-326-3874, [email protected] At the height of the coronavirus pandemic one of the most dangerous places to be is in jail ST. LOUIS, MO – Today in federal court, Advancement Project National Office, ArchCity Defenders, Civil Rights Corps, and Georgetown Law’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection (ICAP) renewed a motion to reinstate a preliminary injunction against the City of St. Louis, Sheriff Vernon Betts, the judges of the 22nd Judicial Circuit, and Commissioner of Corrections Dale Glass to highlight the important and devastating changes brought…

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Inspiring Women Who Fought and Won the Closing of an Atlanta Jail

By Vanessa Reis After her last stint in jail which led to losing 18 job offers, impacted advocate-turned-heroine Marilynn Winn helped close a jail. It wasn’t all in a day’s work, but she got the job done. Marilynn Winn and other formerly incarcerated women at the advocacy organization Winn founded, Women on the Rise, succeeded in their battle to close the Atlanta City Detention Center. In May 2019, these women made history along with Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who signed legislation to close the jail and repurpose it as a center for services and resources…

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Ferguson, MO, Residents Demand City Council Rescinds Renewal of City Manager’s Contract

Grassroots activist group, Ferguson Collaborative, rallies against Jeffrey Blume despite City Council turning up its nose FERGUSON, MO – The Ferguson Collaborative is leading a group of civil rights organizations in calling for the City of Ferguson to rescind and remove its current city manager over his policies that disproportionately impact people of color. In partnership with Advancement Project National Office and the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Ferguson Collaborative is also calling for a more transparent and inclusive governance process for the City of Ferguson. The demands come after a tense protest during a Feb. 25…

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Police Accountability Advocates Form Coalition to Demand Justice from Detroit Police, Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office

DETROIT — Today, Michigan Liberation, Color Of Change, Advancement Project National Office, The Mass Liberation Project, BYP100 Detroit, We the People – MI, and Detroit Action announced the creation of a joint coalition to demand accountability and transparency from Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy and the Detroit Police Department. The coalition was formed in response to the Detroit Police Department’s internal investigation into its own narcotics unit, which uncovered widespread corruption including planting evidence, lying to prosecutors, robbery, and embezzlement. “We are calling for a full, independent investigation into the Detroit Police Department’s  narcotics unit. We are also demanding the…

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National Racial Justice Coalition Issues Statement on District Court Ruling in Students for Fair Admission v. Harvard

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 2, 2019 Contact: Elana Needle [email protected] 201-248-9724 We are heartened by the ruling from Judge Burroughs and the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts in Students for Fair Admission v. Harvard that affirms the “compelling interest in diversity and all the benefits that flow from a diverse college population” and upholds the use of race-conscious college admissions practices, asserting that they “have an important place in society and help ensure that colleges…can offer a diverse atmosphere that fosters learning, improves scholarship, and encourages mutual respect and understanding.” Yet, it is crucial to…

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Advancement Project National Office, Alliance for Educational Justice Unveil Digital Resource to Track Police Violence Against Black, Brown Students

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Advancement Project National Office and Alliance for Educational Justice launched a powerful new website with resources and features to propel their fight for #PoliceFreeSchools.  Following the release of the organizations’ co-authored We Came to Learn: A Call to Action for Police-Free Schools report, the two organizations unveiled the We Came to Learn microsite at the height of back to school season, a time known for increased police violence against students in their learning environments.

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Five Years after the Killing of Mike Brown, the Ferguson Uprising, a New Report Highlights a Group of Ferguson, MO, Activists Successfully Working Since 2014 to Change Policing Practices and Rise to Positions of Authority

FERGUSON, MO – As the nation marks five years since the police killing of teenager Mike Brown and the series of protests known as the Ferguson Uprising, a report released today by Advancement Project National Office points to how a hyperlocal group of Ferguson activists have been changing the City’s unconstitutional policing and criminal legal system practices. This group of residents and allies, now known as the Ferguson Collaborative, have spent the past five years putting the pressure on local and federal policymakers and courts, ousting a court-appointed official, rallying for the dismissal of thousands of municipal court cases and…

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National Racial Justice Coalition Renews Demand that Schools Address Racial Disparities in Discipline and that OCR, U.S. Department of Education, Enforce Laws Prohibiting Discrimination in Student Discipline

Contact: Elana Needle [email protected] 201-248-9724  National Racial Justice Coalition Renews Demand that Schools Address Racial Disparities in Discipline and that OCR, U.S. Department of Education, Enforce Laws Prohibiting Discrimination in Student Discipline   Nine leading national civil rights and racial justice organizations, collectively known as the Racial Equity Anchor Collaborative, demand that the U.S. Department of Education (the Department) immediately investigate the continuing pattern of discriminatory school disciplinary practices across the nation. We also call for the declaration of a national emergency on behalf of students of…

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Advancement Project Turns 20

  6–10 p.m. EST* THIS IS NOT A GALA—It’s a movement! We put together the racial justice event of the year! Advancement Project National Office celebrated 20 years of progressive racial justice movement work with an event beyond any gala. Hundreds came out and joined our attorneys, organizers, grassroots partners and influencers in racial justice sports, culture, arts, and entertainment as we celebrated with great food, performances, and more. This was for the people! If you missed it, or just want to relive the night’s moments, check out the gallery below. *By taking part in this event you grant the event organizers full…

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