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Sunday, August 3 • 10:00am - 11:30am
Breaking the School to Prison Pipeline: Statewide Strategy Session

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In this workshop, you will learn how students in New York State and across the country are being pushed out of school and into the criminal justice system with lifelong implications. You will hear from activists and advocates who are working to keep our schools safe while shutting down the school to prison pipeline. Their strategy: to introduce and pass state legislation supporting mediation programs as an alternative to criminalization. Come to learn about this bill and discuss how best to engage parents, students, community members, teachers, and elected officials in this campaign.


Maria Fernandez

Senior Coordinator, Urban Youth Collaborative
Maria C. Fernandez is currently the Senior Coordinator for the Urban Youth Collaborative (UYC), a citywide coalition of New York City students of color fighting for comprehensive education reform in NYC public schools. For the past 11 years, Maria has been organizing young people around educational justice issues, including ending the criminalization and push out of low-income students of color in NYC public schools, implementing positive... Read More →

Jasmine Gripper

Early Childhood Campaign Coordinator, Alliance for Quality Education
Legislative Director, Alliance for Quality Education
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James Payne

James Payne is a graduate of Wilberforce University and holds a Masters of Arts degree from Clark Atlanta University. He is currently employed by the Buffalo Board of Education and is also a member of 100 Black Men of Greater Buffalo,Inc.  He has helped to developed one of the most progressive mentoring programs in Western New York and attends the Friendship Baptist church and teaches Sunday school.  James is a Board Member of... Read More →

Jason Sinocruz

Staff Attorney, Advancement Project
Jason Q. Sinocruz is a staff attorney and member of Advancement Project’s Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track  team.  As a community lawyer, he works with grassroots groups throughout the country by providing legal, policy, research, strategic, and advocacy support in their campaigns to end the school-to-prison pipeline, the policies and practices that push students from schools directly and indirectly into the criminal... Read More →

Sunday August 3, 2014 10:00am - 11:30am
Fort Orange 9

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