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We will win with supporters like you, Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation & Jack Dorsey of Twitter’s #startsmall

Since mid-March, Advancement Project National Office’s team has been entrenched in advocacy, communications and litigation—fighting to make sure community members in jail are #FreeAndSafe during COVID-19 and calling for for accountability and demanding cities and counties #DefundThePolice . Our team has been working around the clock, fatigued yet energized by wins across the country,petition signatures and calls to policymakers, and the 110,000 new supporters to our campaign for #FreeAndSafe communities. As we close the month of June, we also want to thank Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation and Jack Dorsey of Twitter’s #startsmall. In response to the urgent need for police accountability, the Clara Lionel…

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Youth Across Country Petition School Boards to Reimagine Safety in National Week of Action

Black and Brown Youth Demand #PoliceFreeSchools with National Week of Action Today, June 22, 2020, marks the beginning of a week-long, nationwide call to support young people and their allies in the fight for police-free schools. This national week of action is being called by the National Campaign for Police-free Schools led by the Alliance for Educational Justice (AEJ) and Advancement Project National Office and supported by the Center for Popular Democracy, the Communities for Just Schools Fund, and the Funder’s Collaborative for Youth Organizing. In the week ahead, communities across the country,…

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Decades Long Fight by National, Local Organizations Lead to Unanimous School Board Vote in Denver

Denver Public School Board votes to end contract with Denver Police Department Unanimously, the Denver Public School Board Thursday night voted to end the contract between Denver Public Schools (DPS) and the Denver Police Department. The resolution that the school board voted on calls for a 25 percent reduction of school resource officers (SROs) by December 2020 and the complete elimination of SROs in DPS by the end of the 2020-2021 school year. Additionally, it directs the superintendent to reallocate money used for SROs toward social workers, counselors, restorative justice, and other practices.

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Local and National Support Grows in Advance of Denver Public Schools Vote to End Contract with Denver Police Department

Today, Denver Public School Board Members will vote on a resolution that has the potential to terminate the contract between the Denver Police Department (DPD) and Denver Public Schools (DPS). This, part of a wave of similar school board actions nationwide to remove police from schools, started with decisions in Minneapolis, MN and Portland, OR following the brutal murder of George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, at the hands of Minneapolis police officers in May.  The resolution calls for a 25 percent reduction of school resource officers (SROs) by December 2020 and the complete elimination of…

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National Racial Justice Organization Applauds Call to End Contract Between Denver Public Schools, Denver Police Department

For over 15 years, Advancement Project has worked with local Denver group to support their efforts in ending the school-to-prison pipeline. Today in a press conference, Denver Public School Board Members and local organizations called to terminate the contract between the Denver Police Department (DPD) and Denver Public Schools (DPS) in order to remove police from schools. Today’s announcement comes on the heels of decisions in Portland and Minneapolis to end contracts between the cities’ school districts and local police departments. These decisions followed the University of Minnesota’s announcement that they would end their…

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Advancement Project National Office Statement: We Applaud Minneapolis Public School Board’s Decision to Embrace #PoliceFreeSchools

Setting a precedent for schools around the country, the Minneapolis Public School Board Tuesday night, voted to end its contract with the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD). This follows the University of Minnesota’s decision to end their contract with MPD early last week following the brutal murder of George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, at the hands of Minneapolis police officers on Monday, May 25. Advancement Project National Office and Alliance for Educational Justice (AEJ) applaud the school board’s decision…

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Statement: We Applaud Minneapolis Public School Board’s Resolution to Cut Ties With Minneapolis Police Department and Urge All School Districts to Follow Suit

On Friday, May 29, Minneapolis Public School Board Director Josh Pauly announced he drafted a resolution to end their contract with the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD), following the University of Minnesota’s decision to end their contract with MPD earlier this week. This came swiftly after the brutal murder of George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, at the hands of Minneapolis police officers on Monday, May 25. Advancement Project National Office and Alliance for Educational…

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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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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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