Letter Campaign to End Violence Against Black Children
The Letter Writing Campaign to End Violence against Black Children began as a response to the arrest and incarceration of black children and other forms of violence they face. It is a collaboration between the Transformative Action Network and Freedom Inc. Black youth in Madison have faced a whole spectrum of violence in their schools and in their community. We want it to end. In December of 2019 a 14 year-old was arrested at gun point at his middle school here in Dane County. It is an increasingly acceptable action here and across the country. This child is now in custody. Why is it acceptable for children to be locked behind bars? The goal of this campaign is to create greater visibility around the structural and physical violence of criminalization and mass incarceration of Black youth. The focus is on breaking silence by action. The letter campaign is a way for people who are fed up to speak out through letters. Our goal is to get 2000 letters by November 3, 2020. We are writing to school and county administrators, elected officials, letters to editors, teachers, police, community organizations and others.
WAYS TO PARTICIPATE
Attend a letter writing session:
During the session you will learn more about the issue and our demands, get support getting your ideas out, hear sample letters and meet other people doing this important work to end violence. We have a set of 4 demands we want every letter to include and are keeping a tally of the letters sent so we are asking people to attend a zoom gathering to get the details. If that's not possible, you can also write to Damita Brown at the Dane county Timebank to get important details and she can send you a Co-conspirator tool kit for wrting a letter.
Host a Zoom letter writing session:
You can get our Co-conspirator toolkit that shows you step by step how to host your own letter writing party. We want folks to invite friends, neighbors, colleagues, family co-workers and others to join them in writing a letter to help end this violence. The tool kit has sample letters, ideas about where to send the letters, and graphics containing more information you can show people in your zoom party.
The next Letter Writing Session will be held Thursday, May 7th, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. To register, click here.
Please contact our restorative justice director, Damita Brown if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org