I just made up a new word. Prisonification (n): The act of making something more like a prison.
Instead of putting resources into supporting counselors and restorative practices in schools, members of Congress and school districts around the country are instead proposing guns and guards as the solution to making schools safer.
Safer... like a prison.
If that doesn't sound like a safe learning environment to you, join the National Week of Action, April 1-5, 2013!
Want to educate your GSA through film?
Running on two cups of coffee and five hours of sleep, I stepped into Agnes Scott College for the 2013 Georgia youth GSA summit. The moment I stepped in, I was energized. The energy radiated off of everyone and there were over 350 people in attendance, representing nearly 80 college and high school clubs from across Georgia. I had on a purple button up and a rainbow bowtie. I knew I could wear whatever I wanted today without fear of judgment.
Many young people explain that their high school history classes focus almost entirely on the contributions of white straight men, with little mention of the contributions of people of color, LGBTQ people, and women. Similar complaints have been made about the LGBTQ movement, which shows that sexism and racism spread far beyond mainstream culture and we must all work against these oppressions.
Terisa Tinei Siagatonu, a spoken word artist and poet, asked 200 people to stand and raise their fists in the air. That was just the start of the day -- and that spirit of solidarity and empowerment persisted throughout this year's incredible Expression Not Suppression (ENS) conference.
Why are you part of a GSA club? Do you dream of a country where all LGBT youth can grow up without fear?
Then support and share the stories of LGBT Dreamers.
Late last summer, President Obama created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to enable people who came to the United States as children —- commonly known as “Dreamers”—- to apply for work permits and relief from deportation.
After the tragedy in Newtown, many public figures, including Senator Barbara Boxer, responded by proposing a violent solution to a violent problem: more police officers in schools. Instead of making schools safer by creating nurturing, supportive learning environments, they wanted to make schools safer by turning them into prisons.