Marcel Purnell has worked with AFSC in Seattle for three years.
Structural violence is rarely covered by school curriculums, but many students know they’re not learning the whole picture. In Seattle, Marcel Purnell and Dustin Washington provide an alternative education, equipping young people with organizing skills that they’re using to undo institutional racism.
Fewer kids are being referred to King County courts each year – and most of these disappearing defendants are white.
Last year 2,298 white juveniles were referred to the courts compared to 5,107 in 2002. That’s a 55 percent decrease. Black youth saw a 21 percent drop in referrals over the same period.
An analysis of the juvenile prosecutions shows that black kids are more likely to be referred to the courts, more likely to be formally charged, less likely to have their cases diverted, and more likely to be sentenced to secure detention or tried as adults.
Twenty-five young people, ranging from 15 to 21 years old, took part in this summer's Tyree Scott Freedom School in South Seattle.
In Seattle, young people draw on their own life experience to undo racism in the criminal justice system. This four-part essay offers a look inside the eight days they spent together at this summer's Tyree Scott Freedom School.
Real Change published this article about the Tyree Scott Freedom School in Seattle on Aug. 14, 2013.
Khalil Lee-Butler remembered the time a play fight turned into a run-in with the cops.
It was last year, and Lee-Butler was hanging in South Seattle with a 16-year-old friend. His friend’s younger brother, 14, joined them, and the two brothers started horsing around. Nothing serious, said Lee-Butler, but seemingly out of nowhere, the police showed up.
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