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Prison Abolition

Abolition – Getting rid of rules that hurt people.

Incarcerated - To be locked in prison.

Juvenile Detention - Prison for children.

Prison Industrial Complex - A set of businesses and government agencies designed to shift money to people who run prisons.

Punitive Justice – Punishing people who do harm so others will be afraid to copy them

Restorative Justice – Listening to people who have been harmed, those who harmed them, and anyone else affected – and taking action to help everyone feel safe again.

School to Prison Pipeline - School rules and grownup responses targeting kids with harsh punishment for regular kid behavior, leading to arrest and incarceration instead of giving kids the support they need. This leads to kids getting pushed out of schools and into prisons and mostly impacts Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and kids with disabilities.

Transformative Justice – Restorative Justice, plus finding out what caused the conflict, and removing the causes so unfairness is unlikely to happen again.

SMASH THE KYRIARCHY

Why Act Now?

The United States still allows slavery, so long as the government believes you have committed a crime. While powerful people can pay to protect themselves, less powerful people are accused of crimes and put in jail in large part due to their race, disabilities, and lack of access to education - even kids. Once locked in prison, they can be forced to work without access to good food, education, and healthcare.

We can create kind and courageous alternatives to punishment and enslavement so when we make mistakes, we're given support to recover Instead of prisons, we can fund education, housing, healthcare, and food - helping kids and communities prevent harm in the future.

Prison Abolition Toolkit For Kids

For Kids Who Want To Make A Difference

1. GET CURIOUS

Learn

How does this issue impact YOU and the people you care about?

2. TALK & DEBATE

Ask

Who's willing to be open and honest with you about this issue?

3. SET GOALS

Think

What activities help you ponder & create solutions?

4. CHANGE & ADVOCATE

Action

Which simple steps can kids like you make towards change?

STEP 1: 5 MINUTES

Get Curious: Pick A Story

Which stories and videos make you interested in learning more about this issue?

Ages 4-8

Mango Moon

Ages 4-8

See You Soon

Ages 5-11

Knock Knock

Ages 8+

No Kids In Prison: Jim Crow Juvenile Justice

Content warning for violence against children.

STEP 2: 10 MINUTES

Ask Questions

Talk about this topic with an adult who you trust to be honest with you..

Who...

Who is most likely to be put in prison? Why?

Who is harmed by the prison system?

Who benefits from the prison system?

What...

What are prisons for?

If we didn't have prisons - how could we respond to when someone breaks a law?

How could your community change if we used your ideas instead?

When...

When you make a mistake, what are a few ways grownups respond?

What kind of responses you learn from your mistake?

What kinds of grownup responses make you feel unheard, unsafe, and unable to avoid this mistake again?

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STEP 3: USE WHAT YOU HAVE

Get Creative

Flex your brain using what you've learned & discover what's within your control to change.

Pre-K Through Middle School

Write An Abolitionist Advocacy Letter

For pre-writers, emerging, and advanced writers, find letter templates to help kids raise their voice with elected officials.

Pre-K & Elementary

Create a Support Community

This companion activity book to Mariame Kaba's 'See You Soon' features coloring pages, community-mapping strategies, and more.

Elementary+

Brainstorm Alternatives To Punishment

Rania El Mugammar is a Sudanese artist, abolitionist, anti-oppression consultant and liberation educator. Download her guide for talking about transformative justice and abolition, along with a video workshop to guide your family through the process.

Older Elementary +

Create A Multimedia Advocacy Poster

The first step to working toward justice is creating a vision of the possibilities we're working toward. Performing Statistics shares a collage, photoshoot, and advocacy poster guide to help you envision a future without youth prisons.

Middle & High School

Explore A Youth-Led Interactive Experience

No Kids In Prison guides amplifies the voices of youth abolitionists impacted by the prison system. Find out who incarceration impacts, how your creativity can fuel a movement, and what you can do to end youth incarceration.

RAISING LUMINARIES

Hi, I’m Ashia, founder & Head Custodian of Infodumpery for Raising Luminaries.

I create free tool kits to help overworked caregivers ignite the next generation of leaders.

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IT'S STILL OKAY TO LAUGH

Hard conversations with humor & joy

Every month the Luminary Braintrust tackles a new member challenge to make talking about social justice easier in real life.

STEP 4: ASSESS YOUR CAPACITY

Step Into Your Power: Take Action

Whether it's time, money, or our voice - we all have something to contribute.

if you have $15

Donate Books to Kids In Prison

Liberation Library provides books to youth in prison to encourage imagination, self-determination and connection to outside worlds of their choosing.

We believe access to books is a right, not a privilege. We believe books and relationships empower young people to change the criminal legal system.

if you have 1 minute

Tell Congress #NoKidsInPrison

States that close youth prisons reduce costs and re-investe savings in community-based alternatives.

Tell Congress you support funding the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) grants to states who have committed to closing their youth prisons.

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Bonus Resources

Share what worked for your family (and what didn't).

Add the resources you suggest in the comments below to help families like yours.

Reading Guide

Validating Stories For Kids With Incarcerated Parents

Find more picture books for kids facing family separation due to incarceration, along with tips on harmful stereotypes and tropes to watch out for.

via Raising Luminaries

Video Collection

Exploring the School To Prison Pipeline

Learn more about the intersection of colonization, capitalism, racism, classism, ableism, and transphobia driving the mass incarceration of targeted youth - and the better alternatives we can choose instead.

via Raising Luminaries

Grownup Workshops

Building Your Abolitionist Toolbox

Learn about transformative and restorative justice alternatives to punishment and incarceration in this comprehensive collection of free video workshops.

Via Project Nia

Family Action Toolkit

Ending Police Brutality

Discovery kid-friendly art, poetry, and advocacy tools to end police brutality.

via Raising Luminaries

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I’m an Autistic, multiracial (Chinese/Irish) 2nd-generation settler raising two children alongside my partner on the homelands of the Wampanoag and Massachusett people. My goal with Raising Luminaries is to collaborate with families and educators in raising the next generation of kind & courageous leaders, so we can all smash the kyriarchy together.

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RAISING LUMINARIES

Hi, I’m Ashia, founder & Head Custodian of Infodumpery for Raising Luminaries.

I create free tool kits to help overworked caregivers ignite the next generation of leaders.

ABOUT | MISSION | FINANCIALS | ACCOUNTABILITY

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT

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