Additional Resources


These additional resources support teachers in unionizing against punitive punishments and for a democratic and empowering school community. Check out the following for some quick facts:

Guides

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Resources from Dignity in Schools Campaign



and check out the following resources for more on these themes:

The Problem With Mass Incarceration

Unionizing

School-to-Prison Pipeline

Restorative Practices

Students Fight Back


Guides

Resources from Dignity in Schools Campaign


The Problem With Mass Incarceration

Books:

  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
    Michelle Alexander, 2012
    The New Jim Crow is a stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status—denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights Movement.

  • "Prison Town" (PDF)
    The Real Cost of Prisons Project, 2005
    The Real Cost of Prisons Project brings together prison/justice policy activists with political economists to create workshops and materials which explore both the immediate and long-term
    costs of mass incarceration on the individual, her/his family, community and the nation.


  • Race to Incarcerate: A Graphic Retelling
    Sabrina Jones and Marc Mauer, 2013
    Through a highly accessible form, this graphic novel serves as an essential text for understanding the exponential growth of the U.S. prison system, and reveals the corrosive effects four decades of prison expansion has had on Americans.

  • Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California
    Ruth Wilson Gilmore, 2007
    Using California as a case study, Gilmore examines the economic and political forces that have produced a growth in prisons, despite decreasing crime rates. Specifically, the book identifies defeats of radical struggles, weakening of labor, and shifting patterns of capital investment as the key conditions for prison growth.

Videos:

  • The House I Live In
    Eugene Jarecki, 2012
    Watch the trailer here.
    Captures the stories of individuals affected by America's longest war-- the War on Drugs, and reveals its profound human rights implications.

  • Kids for Cash
    Kids for Cash looks at a small town in Pennsylvania in which it was revealed that a judge had received millions of dollars in payments from the privately-owned juvenile detention centers to incarcerate children for petty crimes.


Unionizing

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School-to-Prison Pipeline

[General Information on the Pipeline]

Advancement Project: The School-to-Prison Pipeline

Books:
  • Police in the Hallways: Discipline in an Urban School
    Kathleen Nolan, 2011
    Nolan documents the experiences of students at a heavily policed Bronx high school and reveals how small infractions turn into "police matters" with the presence of law enforcement.

  • Transforming the School to Prison Pipeline
    Debra M. Pane and Tonette S. Rocco, 2014
    This book serves as a practical guide for teachers, administrators, and teacher education programs to transform traditional ways of thinking about classroom discipline and teaching in order to create student-centered, creative, non-punitive classrooms that authentically engage the most alienated and oppressed students in our schools and society.

Articles:


Videos:

  • Book 'Em: undereducated, overincarcerated
    From Youth Rights Media, 3 min, 2007
    This award-winning documentary unpacks the "school to prison pipeline," revealing startling and disturbing connections between the educational and juvenile justice systems. Following the film's release youth launched an action campaign and within a year of the release of the film suspensions at New Haven's two largest high schools had decreased by 50%.

  • How School Suspensions Rob Students of Learning News One, 2016
    Tyler Brewster, a member of Teachers Unite, explains why suspensions are not the most effective way to deal with disruptive students.


[Inequitable Consequences of School-to-Prison Pipeline]

Books:

  • Unfinished Business: Closing the Racial Achievement Gap in Our Schools
    Pedro A. Noguera & Jean Yonemura Wing, 2008
    This book examines the "achievement gap" phenomenon through the lens of Berkeley High School-- supposedly the most integrated high school in America-- and uncovers the hidden inequities of schools–where cultural attitudes, academic tracking, curricular access, and after-school activities serve as sorting mechanisms that set students on paths of success or failure.

  • Everyday Antiracism: Getting Real About Race in School
    Edited By Mica Pollock, 2008
    Offers concrete and realistic strategies from leading experts about dealing with race in schools.

Articles:

Restorative Practices

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[Global Restorative Practices]

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Students Fight Back

Articles:

Videos:

  • Talk it Out
    Morris Campus (Bronx) Peer Mediation Music Video
    Students from the Morris Campus Student Leadership Council came together to write and create this video to promote peer mediation at the Morris High School Campus. They titled the song, "Talk It Out."

  • The Interrupters
    Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz, 2011
    THE INTERRUPTERS tells the story of three dedicated individuals who try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they themselves once employed. These “violence interrupters” (their job title) – who have credibility on the street because of their own personal histories – intervene in conflicts before the incidents explode into violence.

  • Breaking the Pipeline
    Global Action Project and Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice, 2010
    This youth-produced short film calls for restorative justice as an alternative method to the unjust zero tolerance policies and over-policing that students face in New York City public schools.

And finally, to end on a happy note :)

  • Love Is the Answer Song & Music Video by Aloe Blacc