You may have heard of the “school to prison” pipeline and calls to “defund the police” … but what does this mean?
How are our children and communities affected by the presence of police in schools?
How are our children’s mental, emotional and physical health affected when regular behavior is criminalized in the places that are supposed to educate and nurture them?
In this episode, Diana speaks to Beatriz Beckford, the National Director of Youth and Education Justice at MomsRising. In this important and necessary conversation, Beatriz breaks down what the school to prison pipeline is, how Black and Brown communities are being affected by the presence of police in schools, and more importantly, she breaks down why it makes sense- not only morally, but empirically- to invest in what actually works – instead of increasing budgets for police presence in schools, we should be investing our tax dollars in social emotional learning, nurses and counselors.
LISTEN TO BEA AND DIANA’S CONVERSATION ON REIMAGINING SCHOOLS WITHOUT POLICE HERE (OR WHEREVER YOU LISTEN TO YOUR PODCASTS!)
DYK? October is Juvenile Justice Month! Make sure you follow @MomsRising and @4KidsRising for more information!