Week of Action Day 8: Invest in Education, Not Incarceration

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On the final day of the National Week of Action Against School Pushout events are taking place in nine cities, including teach-ins, a youth summit, performances, panel discussions, a film screening and more. For photos and videos from our events earlier in the week, see our Tumblr.

Today's Theme: Invest in Education, Not Incarceration

Each day of the week we are highlighting a different theme on social media that relates to our work to end school pushout, always highlighting the need for investment in positive solutions for school discipline, not strictly punitive policies. Today’s theme reflects the need for overarching investment in Education Not Incarceration. On average, states spend $88,000 to incarcerate youth but only $10,000 to educate them. In the past 20 years, the amount spent on incarceration, parole and probation increased 6 times more than money for colleges and universities. In times of budget cuts and struggling schools, the United States spends 70 billion dollars a year on incarceration.

We encourage you to participate in the Week of Action by promoting the Invest in Education, Not Incarceration theme on social media to amplify our message far and wide. You can share or embed our featured video, use our sample tweets below, or share your own messages and resources related to Solutions Not Suspensions. Make sure to tag or mention DSC or use our suggested hashtags so we see that you’ve joined the conversation!


How Can You Take Action to Pushout!

Follow DSC members and allies as they hold actions throughout the day:

  • Burlington, VT - GSA of VT is holding a Summit.
  • Chicago, IL - Advance Youth Leadership Power is holding a teach-in on impact of school to prison pipeline on youth with disabilities.
  • Detroit, MI - Youth Voice and The Harriet Tubman Center will host 1,000 Forward Detroit Youth Summit, a series of 3 summits that will engage 1,000 Detroit youth this school year who have been suspended.
  • Durham, NC - Hidden Voices is putting on a play “None of the Above” which explores race, poverty, education policies and incarceration in North Carolina
  • Long Beach, CA - Youth Committee of Building Healthy Communities presents Talk it Out: A Community Conversation to Fix School Discipline performance and discussion.
  • McComb, MS - McComb Youth Council is holding a panel discussion about School Pushout and an Art Slam.
  • Minneapolis, MN - Twin Cities Save the Kids is hosting a film screening of Jena 6 and Discussion.
  • Pittsburg, PA - ACLU of PA will host Education Not Incarceration: A Community Conversation roundtable.
  • Wake County, NC- Education Justice Alliance, Youth Organizing Institute, and NC HEATare Phone Banking to Get Out the Vote for Wake School Board Elections on October 8, 2013.

For more info including a full list of events throughout the week, visit our Week of Action page.


Use our Sample Tweets:

  • Day 8 of #WoA2013 we conclude by demanding Congress to invest in #EducationNotIncarceration #SchoolPushout http://youtu.be/QlFnyCDrnNo
  • What if we invested in #EducationNotIncarceration? Video shows how to create budgets based on #HumanRights http://bit.ly/16jNWZM
  • US spends 70 bil/year on incarceration, parole and probation http://bit.ly/18uX2Ik @PowerU305 #EducationNotIncarceration
  • Our Schools Are Not for Sale-Video on fight for public schools in Philly. Invest in #EducationNotIncarceration http://vimeo.com/75244147#
  • In 20 yrs, $ spent on incarceration increased 6x more than for colleges & universities http://bit.ly/18uX2Ik #EducationNotIncarceration
  • Ending the #School2Prison pipeline in CO http://bit.ly/1dUDQ8l #EducationNotIncarceration @adv_project @PadresyJovenes

Post on Facebook:

  • Testimony of Edward Ward, Youth Leader, Blocks Together on #SchoolPushout at the first ever Senate hearing on the School to Prison Pipeline http://bit.ly/19Gmho7
  • We end the National Week of Action 2013 with a powerful statement to lawmakers: Invest in Education, Not Incarceration! http://bit.ly/18Y04AX (image)