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The DeCriminalization of Black Girls



December 2019 Massachusetts Democratic Representative Ayanna Pressley introduced The Pushout Act which means Punitive, Unfair, School-Based Harm that is Overt and Unresponsive to Trauma.

With co-sponsor Minnesota Democratic Representative Iihan Omar. the goal of the PUSHOUT ACT is to end the criminalization of Black children in schools by awarding grants and incentives to institutions that ban unfair discipline practices that worsen the school to prison pipeline.

Through research, these two Congresswomen found that Black girls are seven times more likely to be suspended from school than white girls. Yet, black girls only make up 16% of all U.S. public school students. 

In this podcast, Ruth Ezell talks to Girls Inc.'s St. Louis Executive Director Cheryl Jones about how the organization builds strength in young girls and collaborates with community leaders to equalize opportunities. 

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