Sent Down the Drain: Zero Tolerance & the School to Prison Pipeline

We have partnered with Project NIA over the past year to undertake a youth-led participatory action research project called Suspension Stories.

We are pleased to be supporting the National Week of Action on School Pushout sponsored by the Dignity in Schools Campaign.  We are contributing to the National Week of Action on School Pushout by lending our new comic Sent Down the Drain which was illustrated and written by our ally artist & activist Billy Dee to the campaign for the week.

Sent Down the Drain by Billy Dee for Suspension Stories (2010)

We have also developed a set of discussion questions with Project NIA to accompany the comic.  We hope that people will find this useful in raising awareness and consciousness about the school to prison pipeline and school pushout.

The comic will be available exclusively on the Dignity in School website for downloading until Monday October 18th.  It will then be removed and we will re-post it in 2011 when we launch our new Suspension Stories website.  In the meantime, you can visit our Suspension Stories Youtube Channel to see some great interviews that we have filmed already.  Special thanks to our partners at Free Spirit Media for filming these interviews at our April 2010 event.

So be sure to download this popular education tool this week!  Also, you can join YWAT member, Lillian Matanmi on Saturday October 16th from 9:30 to Noon on a panel at an event called “Youth Voices Challenge the School to Prison Pipeline.”  This event will take place at Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Ave, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  You can register for that event here.


About YWAT

The YWAT is a youth-led, adult-supported social change project that empowers women to take action on issues that affect their lives (particularly issues of violence against girls and young women). The YWAT believes that girls and young women should be free from violence. We believe that through collective action, consciousness-raising, and organizing we can end violence against girls and young women.
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