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December 2010 Vol. 18. No. 3 Focus on Teachers and Reform

Activism around the city

Youth Power Summit teaches about rights, preventing violence

By by Patrick Gailey on Dec 1, 2010 12:20 PM
Photo: Harvey Finkle
Participants at the November 9 Youth Power Summit discuss school violence and ways to tackle it.

More than 200 high school students attended a Youth Power Summit on November 9 at Community College of Philadelphia to learn about institutional causes of violence and tools they can use to prevent it.

Sponsored by the Campaign for Nonviolent Schools, the event addressed students' rights when disciplined, ways to combat ethnic and other kinds of bias, and the historical impact of nonviolent campaigns for justice.

Students also discussed the "school-to-prison pipeline" and evidence that discipline policies involving suspensions and expulsions affect disproportionate numbers of Black and Latino youth.

Lawrence Jones, a West Philadelphia High and Philadelphia Student Union (PSU) alumnus, led a workshop about student rights. Each student received a booklet prepared by the American Civil Liberties Union explaining rules about discipline, school security, and policing. Some students were surprised to learn that teachers don't suspend students – administrators do.

"I had no idea teachers were not allowed to suspend students," said Shaiana Moultrie of Charles Carroll High School.

Jones said students' lack of understanding about their rights is a symptom of larger institutional violence.

"When schools are underfunded, kids are going to school hungry and are being sent home for inappropriate reasons – those are all forms of violence," he said.

"I just hope the students recognize that and take away a sense of power."

Ten youth organizations comprise the Campaign for Nonviolent Schools, including PSU, Citywide Student Government, Asian Students Association of Philadelphia, and Youth United for Change.

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Submitted by davina (not verified) on June 11, 2011 8:25 pm

im so proud of all the students that got involved with this cause including my daughter Shai'ana's so sad the way education is turning out to be about "i have to be here" over the want to be there..and catching "wreck" is more important than learning and future endeavors i feel sorry for the next generation if this isnt stopped by the present generation..

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Submitted by Brett Johnson (not verified) on May 22, 2015 12:44 am

Well this is the power of what the youth these days can do. They are more educated and has a clear cut idea on what all should be done in the right way to make sure something should be done. And it is for this reason that most people wish they the involvement of the youth in politics would be so nice. :: Beverly Diamonds Complaints

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