On September 17, 2015, the Restorative Justice Collaborative(RJC) was reconstituted with the participation of the California Endowment, Black Parallel School Board, Sacramento Area Congregation Together, Hmong Innovative Politics, Sacramento City Teacher Association, ProYouth and Families, parents and youth. The overall goal of the Collaborative is to dismantle the school to prison pipeline by building collaboration with teachers, advocates, policy makers, parents and youth.
The objectives of the RJC is to promote positive school alternatives and cultural competent approaches to school discipline. RJC provides parent and youth leadership training; and legal support to Districts expulsions.
Restorative Justice Collaborative meetings are the 4th Thursday of each month.
Thursday, June 25, 2020. UNANIMOUS VOTE by the Sacramento City Unified School District Board of Education to approve a budget that does not include a contract with the police, and to set aside the $600,000 allocation for an Alternative Safety Strategy Task Force that includes a cross section of community members who will help design the SCUSD community safety plan.
WELL DONE SACRAMENTO COMMUNITY!! About 280 public comments were submitted in support of this issue!
We can add Sacramento to the list of cities that have ended contracting with police.
Some highlights from tonight's meeting on this issue:
-sets date to establish this task force by end of July, via board resolution
-Task force will define safety
-District & board must commit to developing anti-racist school discipline practices and supportive policies
This didn't feel possible a couple of months ago but the strong community demands and the continued advocacy from Our coalition partners helped provide the impetus and the cover needed to make such a decision possible.
Our Coalition consisted of BPSB, HIP, SacAct, Brown Issues, Blacks Making a Differences, Public Advocates, Sacramento City Teachers Associations and Village Advocates.