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NEWS BRIEFS

Cooling Centers to open in Multnomah County Saturday, Sunday

Temperatures expected to climb into the upper 90s this weekend ...

Multnomah County Leaders Release Statement on Safety at Summer Events

Officials advise public to check in, have a plan and be aware at public events ...

Portland Musician, Educator Thara Memory Dies

Grammy-winning Trumpeter, composer, teacher died Saturday at the age of 68 ...

St. Johns Center for Opportunity to Host Meet the Employer Event June 27

Employers represented will include Mary’s Harvest and Del Monte ...

New Self-Defense Organization Offers Training to Youth in Multnomah County

EMERJ-SafeNow offers July classes for children ages 8-10 and youth ages 15-19 ...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

OPINION

Our Children Deserve High Quality Teachers

It’s critical that parents engage with educational leaders and demand equal access to high quality teachers ...

Civil Rights Groups Ask for Broad Access to Affordable Lending

Charlene Crowell writes that today’s public policy housing debate is also an opportunity to learn from the mistakes of the past and...

Criminal Justice Disparities Present Barriers to Re-entry

Congressional Black Caucus Member Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) writes about the fight to reduce disparities in our criminal justice...

Bill Maher Betrayed Black Intellectuals

Armstrong Williams talks about the use of the n-word and the recent Bill Maher controversy ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

ENTERTAINMENT

The ACLU of Washington and Black Lives Matter Vancouver are presenting a Know-Your-Rights training on school discipline and police in schools, followed by a discussion about building restorative practices into classrooms.

African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Pacific Islander students in both Evergreen and Vancouver School Districts experience much higher rates of suspension/expulsion than their white peers. Students of Color are excluded from schools in disproportionate numbers not because they commit worse offenses, but because of implicit and explicit biases.

Across the country, schools and community advocates are working to improve school climate, reduce suspensions and expulsions, and keep students in school and out of the criminal justice system. The Washington State Legislature just passed significant changes in student discipline laws which went into effect on June 9, 2016. Many districts are moving towards "restorative practices," an approach to student behavior that offers an alternative to school exclusion and keeps students connected to the community by focusing on repairing harms caused by misbehavior.

 

August 2, 5-7 p.m. 

Clark College Penguin Union Building Student Hall

1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA 98663

 

The event is meant to be the beginning of an effort to offer Vancouver a paradigm shift by embracing Restorative Practices in families, schools and community. The response has already been overwhelming and the event is full.  A video of the event will be available later along with all other resources to accommodate those who were unable to attend.

 

Please email Martha Reyes at: mreyes@aclu-wa.org  to be added to the resource list.

For more information about Restorative Justice in Vancouver, WA and to stay involved, please email Cecelia Towner at: BLMVWA@gmail.com

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