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School-to-prison pipeline

Chicago scholars and activists will discuss educational policy and the school-to-prison pipeline in a roundtable discussion at Jane Addams Hull House Museum, 800 S. Halsted, Wednesday, March 12 at 6 p.m.

Speakers include:

–Erica R. Meiners of Northeastern Illinois University and St. Leonard’s Adult High School, author of “Right to be Hostile,” which argues that disciplinary regulations and pedagogy advance and validate an expectation of incarceration for urban youth

–Kevin K. Kumashiro of UIC (he coordinates Asian American Studies and directs the Center for Anti-Oppressive Education there), whose new book “The Seduction of Common Sense” argues that attacks on public education require a response framed by a commitment to human rights and equality

— Mia Henry of the Chicago Freedom School, inspired by the freedom schools established during Mississippi Freedom Summer in 1963 to address educational inequality, with a number of programs including year-long Freedom Fellowships offering training and mentoring in activism to youth 14 to 16

— Janeida Rivera of Batey Urbano in Humboldt Park, a Puerto Rican-Latino youth club and internet cafe connecting youth with local universities and offering creative arts opportunities and a showcase for hip hop, poetry, and music.  (Here’s video of Rivera presenting a poem at a Batey Urbano performance.)

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