The Origin of the Black Girl Coalition
This campaign was created by a group of Black teenagers who based their campaign on Angela Davis because they believe she is a strong revolutionary, independent role model for Black girls and women. However, Black women are undermined and labeled with toxic and denouncing stereotypes when we exhibit these revolutionary traits. Ms. 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, Latinx 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.
#LetHerLearn, a campaign launched by the National Women’s Law Center states that Black girls in Virginia are 4.5 times more likely to be suspended than their White counterparts.
The mission of The Black Girl Coalition is to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline and end the criminalization of Black girls in schools to raise awareness about the school-to-prison pipeline by organizing with other campaigns, lobbying and rallying for alternatives to youth incarceration, while centering the voices of Black girls. For more info, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org