National Youth Alliance on Boys and Men of Color releases #BLM Commitments & Call To Action

The National Youth Alliance for Boys and Men of Color has released a statement in the wake of recent murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.  The full statement may be found here, and is included, in full below.   Opening Statement: The National Youth Alliance for Boys and Men of Color was born in response to the My Brother’s Keeper initiative launched in 2014. We bring together five networks of youth organizing groups to amplify the voices of young men of color and support young people organizing to address systemic inequality. However, our organizing roots started many, many years before that born in response to many of our youth of color have so often been the target of state violence, especially those living in low-income communities that have so often been the target of public divestment except when it comes to our policing.    As many of you, we were retraumatized by the horror of watching the recorded murder of Alton Sterling, only to feel this deepen with the live Facebook streaming of Philando Castile’s murder a few hours later. Our hearts are heavy for Quinyetta McMillan and Cameron Sterling, and for Diamond Reynolds and the Castile family.   Many of our members have already released respective statements. However, after taking time to reflect internally and as a collective, our Organizing Council wanted to release this public statement of commitments and calls to action: Acknowledge the Moment: We explicitly and unapologetically name our rage, our pain, our trauma, our fear, and ourstruggle as well as our resilience, our sacredness, our healing, our power, and our love In the spirit of our ancestor, Fannie Lou Hamer : “We are sick and tired of being...

Now Hiring Software Engineer for Development of Justice System 101 Training App

“Julie Through The System” Full Stack Software Engineer We are offering a short term contract, via a bidding process, to a motivated, innovative, and versatile individual, willing to work diligently to help us develop an app based on our Julie Through The System (JTTS) curriculum. The ideal consultant will also have a passion for racial justice and youth justice reform.   The Organization: The W. Haywood Burns Institute (BI) is a national non-profit organization based in Oakland, California. Our mission is to protect and improve the lives of youth and adults of color and the well-being of their communities by ensuring fairness and equity throughout the justice system. BI uses a data-driven and collaborative approach to reducing racial and ethnic disparities by working with justice and community stakeholders to develop community alternatives to justice system involvement. Additionally, through the Community Justice Network for Youth (CJNY), BI supports communities in building capacity to hold child serving systems accountable and reduce the inappropriate use of the youth justice system for youth misbehavior. BI has worked in over 100 sites nationwide. CJNY is a national network of 130 community based organizations working to improve the lives of system involved youth of color. CJNY staff serve these organizations through a variety of programs as well as work to integrate community stakeholders into juvenile justice reform efforts. CJNY includes 7 local “task forces” across the country. These Task Forces are comprised of CJNY member organizations organizing together to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in juvenile justice systems. About the Contract Position: Over 50,000 youths will enter the juvenile justice system this year, the vast majority...