The deadline for submissions has been extended for the conference "Sustaining Connections: Community Building in Prisons Through Higher Education" to February 15. The conference will be hosted April 9 - April 10.
Jamii Sisterhood, with support from Laughing Gull Foundation, has launched Project Freedom to seeks to increase the presence of Black and LatinX instructors inside correctional facility classrooms through supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as they design their higher education in prison programs. Applications are now being accepted.
The Visionary Freedom Fund (VFF) seeks to ensure that Black, Brown, and Indigenous (BIPOC) youth impacted by the youth justice system on the frontlines have the resources, capacities, infrastructure, and relationships they need to develop and implement inspiring long-term, visionary change in their communities.
Our host Reginald Dwayne Betts chops it up with Jason Reynolds, a beloved author of young adult fiction and poetry. Jason has won all the prizes that dope writers get, including the Kirkus Prize and the Coretta Scott King Honor. In the inaugural episode of The Freedom Takes, Dwayne and Jason discuss their common roots in PG County, Maryland; the importance of literature in the lives of young people; and Jason’s book Long Way Down, of which the Million Book Project has sent 900 copies to readers in juvenile detention centers across the country.
Mississippi Freedom Winter addresses the humanitarian crisis occurring throughout Mississippi's prisons and immigrant detention centers. Their Study and Struggle program is the first phase of an ongoing project to organize against incarceration and criminalization in Mississippi through four months of political education and community building.
Support for postsecondary institutions and community partners to remove barriers to: food, housing, childcare, mental health services, transportation, or digital access for postsecondary students.