The school-to-prison pipeline is not just a school-based issue. When the data is hidden from the public and the applied solutions don’t work the school-to-prison pipeline becomes a public safety issue as well as a public health issue. School-based arrests disrupt learning, damage student-teacher relationships beyond repair, and cause trauma that permanently harms students and bystanders.
Over the years we have engaged school board members, school district officials, and the mayor about the cruel and racist impacts policing has on our BIPOC students in Waterbury. Despite the evidence our schools have just signed a new agreement that increases policing in our schools.
Naugatuck Police Officer, Amanda Devan must resign her position as a Waterbury board of education commissioner immediately. The Waterbury community has agreed with us and signed our petition demanding she resign. If the people’s voice isn’t enough we have more reasons.
Mayor O’Leary appointed a police officer to our board of education this week. We understand several parents of color who are active in our community offered their time, intellect, and expertise to become a board of education commissioner. Their offers… Read More ›
On September 10th, we organized a day of action to advocate for police free schools in Waterbury and we were met with obstinacy from city leaders as well as rain, lots of it. A small but fierce crowd assembled at… Read More ›
This day of action is focused on raising awareness to an urgent crisis in our state, to direct attention to the severity of this issue in the city of Waterbury, to provide education on the matter to all community members and to make available a liberated space for folx fight for racial justice in our state.
Over a two year span the Waterbury Public Schools used police-led interventions nearly 2000 times and effectuated more than 500 student arrests.
On May 31, 2020, 28 Freedom Fighters were assaulted, arrested, and then subjected to inhumane conditions as well as cruelty by Waterbury police officers while in lockup.
Collaborative effort leads to an action-orientated letter urging a focus on racial equity, resource optimization, and access to the internet, mental health support services, and food to be acknowledged as civil rights and to be protected as such.