The United States accounts for 5 percent of the world’s population, but 25 percent of the world’s prisoners; it is no exaggeration to call our national approach to criminal justice “mass incarceration.” And our prison cells are disproportionately filled with poor men of color, especially African-American men. Mass incarceration is one of the paramount civil rights and economic justice issues of our day.
Zero-tolerance discipline policies in American schools have often led to the criminalization of student misbehavior and the creation of what many call the “school-to-prison pipeline.” What are the alternatives to zero-tolerance discipline policies? How do we ensure that our schools become vehicles for escaping poverty and constructing meaningful, productive lives as democratic citizens, and not the starting point of an institutional arrangement that ends in mass incarceration?
U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, Fifth District, Minnesota; Co-Chair, House Progressive Caucus; Member, Congressional Black Caucus/
James Forman, Jr.,Professor, Yale Law School; Founder, Educational Opportunity and Juvenile Justice Clinic, Yale Law School; Co-Founder, Maya Angelou Public Charter Schools
Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers and The Albert Shanker Institute
Moderator: Burnie Bond, Director of Programs, The Albert Shanker Institute
Sponsored by the Albert Shanker Institute and the American Federation of Teachers, this conversation series is designed to engender lively and informative discussions on important educational issues. We deliberately invite speakers with diverse perspectives, including views other than those of the AFT and the Albert Shanker Institute. What is important is that these participants are committed to genuine engagement with each other.
Puerto Rico: The Road to Recovery and Reconstruction, March 1, 2018. At this moment, with the future of Puerto Rico hanging in the balance, we believe that powerful voices must come together to advocate for the island and its people.This national conference will focus on what needs to be done to rebuild the Puerto Rican economy and its educational system in the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. Lunch will be provided. More information and registration.
In a conversation on March 6 from 10:00 am to noon, hosted by the Albert Shanker Institute, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten and Israeli social justice activist and trade unionist Rami Hod will discuss how the citizens of the United States and Israel can work together to help build a broad movement for progressive change. More information and registration.
Wednesday, March 14, noon to 2:00 p.m. Speakers:Sigal Ben-Porath, professor of Education, Political Science and Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania; Henry Reichman, professor of history, California State University, East Bay; president, AAUP Foundation; chair, AAUP Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure, and Catherine Ross, Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor, George Washington University Law School. More information and registration.