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Anti-racist youth organizers receive Seattle human rights award

Anti-racist youth organizers receive Seattle human rights award

Published: December 29, 2015
Seattle YUIR group photo

YUIR organizers in Seattle recently won a human rights award.

Photo: AFSC

Youth Undoing Institutional Racism (YUIR), a project of AFSC's Seattle Community Justice Program, received the Rising Human Rights Leaders award from the Seattle Human Rights Commission. The young anti-racist organizers were recognized for their role in the campaign to stop the building of a new youth jail in the city. After a three-year campaign, the YUIR organizers and the multigenerational coalition they helped build achieved several significant victories when officials announced plans to downsize the detention center and City Council passed a resolution calling for a move toward zero-percent detention of youth

Officials also plan to devote more resources to efforts that would keep youth out of jail and begin to counter the disproportionate effect of detention on youth of color in King County. Organizers have pledged to continue developing community-based anti-racist alternatives to detention.