Growing #NoNewYouthJail Movement to Demonstrate at Juvenile Facility in Appeal of Master Use Permit

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  • Senait Brown, EPIC, (815) 272-3537 endingthepic@gmail.com
  • Knoll Lowney, Smith & Lowney PLLC, (206) 650-1055, knoll@igc.org

Growing #NoNewYouthJail Movement  to Demonstrate at Juvenile Facility in Appeal of Master Use Permit

70+ Organizations Sign On to Appeal Surprise Holiday Land Use Permit Approval By City Department of Construction and Inspection

Seattle, WA – On Thursday, December 22, 2016  Mayor Edward Murray and the  City of Seattle Department of Construction and Inspection took another step in the wrong direction and issued a Master Use Permit to begin construction on the proposed $210 million youth jail in Seattle/Martin Luther King Jr. County, effectively continuing the injustice of incarceration for our most vulnerable[DW1]  young people. The City of Seattle issued their decision on the long-delayed land use permit for the jail on Thursday, December 22nd; leaving a narrow 14 day period (over the holidays) to appeal. Nonetheless 70+ organizations and individuals from across greater Seattle area have signed on to an appeal contesting the approval of the Master Use Permit to allow construction of the new youth jail Wednesday, January 11th at 12:30pm,  No New Youth Jail organizers and community members will hold a press conference at   at  the site of the proposed “Children and Families Justice Center”(1211 E Alder St, Seattle, WA 98122). Here organizers, educators, attorneys and community members, including youth who have been formerly incarcerated, come together to lay out what a community-led vision for a future without youth incarceration will  look like.

The event will include: a legal update on the No New Youth Jail lawsuit, success stories shared from those currently leading anti-racist and community-led leading alternatives to youth incarceration, personal stories of those directly impacted by youth incarceration, , , as well as  visual and symbolic imagery of a now national resistance to zero use of youth incarceration.

How do we build a society without youth incarceration? In partial answer to that question, Ending the Prison Industrial Complex (EPIC) and Social Justice Fund Northwest partnered to redistribute $500,000 reclaimed from the City of Seattle, to community-based alternatives to youth incarceration.  Through a participatory and democratic “giving circle” process, community members impacted by mass incarceration made the grantmaking decisions, awarding a total of $500,000 to fourteen organizations and collectives. This funding was the result of Seattle City Council Resolution 31614, itself the result of community organizing, which “endorses a vision for the City of Seattle to become a city with zero use of detention for youth, and establishing a path forward to develop policies that eliminate the need for youth detention.”

The selected groups represent a range of alternatives to detention including arts-based youth leadership development, trauma and healing support, restorative justice training and support to upstream

alternatives that strengthen basic needs for the most impacted families and youth so that those who are most disproportionately arrested, detained, and incarcerated are able to determine their own circumstances and be engaged in developing a different path forward for their communities . Grantees work with a range of youth who are both in and outside of what is commonly known as the school-to-prison-pipeline.

The organizations funded by this process are:

  • African American Leadership Forum,
  • Black Starline,
  • BlackOut WA,
  • Community Passageways,
  • Companion Athletics,
  • Creative Justice,
  • Culturally Appropriate and Responsive Education (CARE) Center,
  • Life Over Violence Education Group,
  • Rainier Beach Restorative Justice Project,
  • Seattle Young People’s Project,
  • Good Shepherd Youth Outreach at South Lake High School,
  • United Better Thinking,
  • WA-Bloc,
  • We.App.

“Organizers believe in a community where adults take accountability for the inequitable[DW1]  system and institutions we set-up and manage. A system which forces certain youth and families into poverty, marginalized and excluded communities, and, ultimately, the school-to-prison pipeline.” Says

Nikkita Oliver and Gyasi Ross in a recent article titled “So, What Do We Do With Youth Who Attempt To Kill?”

We are united under a vision to create a brighter future for our youth and our region that does not include incarceration of children, but instead invests in community to support, educate and empower our youth. The Seattle City Council has already taken steps in the right direction. We urge the King County Council and, especially King County Executive Dow Constantine, to be on the right side of history by terminating this racist new youth jail project and committing to working with the most impacted communities to develop and resource a just and effective network for supporting our children, youth and families. Included below is the list of over 70 organizations and individuals who signed on to appeal the City’s Master Use Permit and stand united for a better future for our youth

1.     Youth Undoing Institutional Racism (YUIR)

2.     Ending the Prison Industrial   Complex NAACP-Seattle King County

3.     Village of Hope

4.     Real Change

5.     European Dissent

6.     Got Green

7.     AnakBayan Seattle

8.     Seattle Black Book Club

9.     BlackOut Washington

10.  Block the Bunker

11.  The People’s Institute NW

12.  FIGHT (Formerly Incarcerated Group Healing Together)

13.  Community 2 Community

14.  One America

15.  AALF (African American Leadership Forum)

16.  API/Chaya

17.  ARTifacts

18.  Arts Corps

19.  Autonomous Actions Against Prisons

20.  American Friends Service Committee

21.  Bayan PNW

22.  Buddhist Peace Fellowship

23.  Campion Residents for Community Alternatives to Incarceration

24.  CARW (Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites)

25.  CISPES

26.  Committee on Oppression and Racism in Education (CORE)

27.  UW School of Public Health

28.  Community Passageways

29.  Companion Athletics

30.  East African Business Association

31.  Evans People of Color (EPOC)

32.  University of Washington

33.  Hidmo

34.  Idle No More

35.  Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project (IMAP)

36.  Latina/o Law Students Association (LLSA)

37.  Latino Advocacy

38.  MEChA

39.  Seattle University

40.  Migrant Justice Group

41.  Youth Speaks

42.  No New Jim Crow

43.  NW Detention Center Resistance

44.  PARISOL

45.  Partnership for Community & Diversity (PCD)

46.  Women of Color Speak Out

47.  Pipsqueak

48.  Post-Prison Education Program

49.  The Public Advocate

50.  Race Action Committee at Evans (RACE)

51.  Women of Color for Systemic Change

52.  Raging Grannies

53.  Rainier Beach Restorative Justice

54.  Recover the World

55.  Red Noses/Race & Climate Justice

56.  Rising Tide Seattle

57.  SeaSol (Seattle Solidarity Network)

58.  Seattle International Socialist Organization

59.  Seattle Mennonite Church

60.  Stand Up

61.  Stop Veolia Seattle

62.  SURGE

63.  Seattle Young Peoples Project

64.  Tenants Union of Washington State

65.  Transit Riders Union

66.   United Better Thinking

67.  University Unitarian Church

68.  Racial Justice Team

69.  UW School of Social Work’s Anti-Racism White Allyship Group (ARWAG)

70.  Valley & Mountain

71.  WA-BLOC

Individual Appellants:

1.     Rabbi David Basior, Kadima Reconstructionist Congregation

2.     Rev. Rick Derksen

3.     Professor Rose Ernst, Seattle University

4.     Rev. Mark Zimmerly, Madrona Grace Presbyterian Church

5.     Rev. Andrew Conley-Holcom, Admiral Congregational Church in West Seattle

6.     Rev. Beth Chronister, University Unitarian Church

 

Background:

https://southseattleemerald.com/2016/12/30/so-what-do-we-do-with-youth-who-attempt-to-kill/

http://www.seattleweekly.com/news/whats-next-for-the-no-youth-jail-movement/

https://southseattleemerald.com/2016/12/20/politicians-should-abandon-youth-jail-project-as-a-year-end-gift-to-king-countys-children/

https://www.facebook.com/notes/block-the-bunker/nonewyouthjail-press-release-12222016/1216542388415151

https://southseattleemerald.com/2016/04/17/bringing-it-back-an-epic-giving-project/

https://southseattleemerald.com/2016/03/15/local-juvenile-justice-reformers-net-twin-victories-from-city-and-county/

http://www.thestranger.com/blogs/slog/2015/11/06/23118189/23118189-pushed-by-anti-prison-activists-city-council-considers-spending-600000-on-alternatives-to-youth-detention

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/conference-youthjail/

http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2014/09/23/youth-justice-campaigners-turn-boring-land-use-hearing-into-a-fight-against-institutional-racism

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We Will Not Stand For The Building Of A New Youth Jail

We Will Not Allow This Racist Cycle To Continue

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