The Origin of the Black Girl Coalition
We met as a Girl Action Team at Girls for a Change, a non-profit whose mission is to support Black girls and other girls of color to visualize their bright futures through social change innovation.
We based our movement on Angela Davis because we believe she is a strong revolutionary, independent role model for Black girls and women. However, Black women are undermined when we exhibit these revolutionary traits and labeled with stereotypes to denounce Black women. Professor Davis’ advocacy for prison abolition, and feminism is inspirational to us, because doesn’t simply talk about how the privatized prison system targets Black women. She has lived the experiences she talks about. While she taught classes at UCLA, many people didn’t appreciate that she taught there because of her activism. In an attempt to funnel her out of the university she was incarcerated for a crime she never committed, for two years before being found innocent.
What is the School-to-Prison Pipeline?
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) defines the “school-to-prison pipeline,” as a system that consists of students being transferred from schools to criminal justice systems. This can also be ignited by unequal opportunity and institutional racism. Students are often criminalized with status crimes, that adults can’t be charged such as cutting classes, and skipping school, and are subject to zero-tolerance policies. These are hurting our girls. According to the U.S. Department of Education, Virginia had the most frequent school-to-prison pipelines in the nation, disproportionately targeting Black girls, Latinx girls and disabled students in 2015. According to the African-American Policy Forum (AAPF), Black girls are 6 times more likely to be suspended than white girls are.
The mission of The Black Girl Coalition is to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline by providing alternative solutions that will decriminalize Black girls in schools. The advocacy group provides mindfulness training including including a How-To pamphlet that will guide and support our girls from being pushed out from schools. In doing so, we want to make mindfulness accessible to marginalized communities, and build healthy and constructive relationships between Black girls, their teachers and parent/guardian. We also facilitate monthly meetings with politicians, activists and school staff/faculty, etc. To start a chapter, contact us at email@example.com