Central Valley Movement Building (CVMB) is a coalition of community-based organizations in the Central Valley working to expose and dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline in the Central Valley and rest of California.
The school-to-prison pipeline is a system that funnels our students from school to the judicial system and pushes them to prison. It "refers to the set of policies and practices that make the criminalization and incarceration of children and youth more likely and the attainment of high quality education less likely.” Simply put, it is a phenomenon that is destroying our youth by conditioning the students to a life in prison rather than education.
THE PIPELINE TO PRISON: The use U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world, and it’s prisons and jailed are overwhelmingly filled with African-Americans and Latinos. The paths to prison for young African-American and Latino men are many, but the starting point are often the school and foster care systems.
OF STUDENTS EXPELLED FROM U.S. SCHOOLS EACH ARE BLACK
OF STUDENTS INVOLVED IN “IN-SCHOOL” ARRESTS OR REFERRED TO LAW ENFORCE-MENT ARE BLACK OR LATINO
BLACK STUDENTS ARE THREE AND HALF TIME MORE LIKELY TO BE SUSPENDED THAN WHITES
BLACK AND LATINO STUDENTS ARE TWICE AS LIKELY TO NOT GRADUATE HIGH SCHOOL AS WHITES
OF ALL MALES IN STATE AND LOCAL PRISONS DO NOT HAVE A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA
OF INMATES IN CALIFORNIA STATE PRISON ARE FORMER FOSTER CARE YOUTH
Source: Community Coalition
One of the main focuses of Central Valley Movement Building is to hold listening sessions throughout the nine counties of the Central Valley. Listening sessions are integral part of movement building because they form the source of the experiences, challenges, and potential activism around issues like the police on campus, restorative justice practices in our schools or the lack of, and the various school discipline policies and practices that make up the school-to-prison pipeline.
See more information about the listening session here.
Carrie Ayala is the CVMB Regional Connector. She is a native Fresnan and 3rd generation Central Valley educator. Carrie graduated from Fresno State, where she was first exposed to conversations around systems of oppression in her community and worldwide.
After witnessing firsthand the racial and economic disparities in classrooms and institutions around the Central Valley, Carrie shifted her energies toward community work, most recently as a Health Educator with Fresno Barrios Unidos, where she used her platform to engage with hundreds of youth in conversation around health and social justice.
Carrie joined the Central Valley Movement Building team in August 2018, and is honored to be connecting individuals, families, and organizations to move toward equity in education, and positively impact outcomes for communities of color.
The vision of Central Valley Movement Building is to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline (including no cops on campus) and implement school-wide and district-wide restorative justice practices and programs geared toward building cultural sensitivity and positive school climates.
Central Valley Capacity Building
Network and build relationships with grassroots and community-led organizations in the Central Valley that are also focusing the school-to-prison pipeline.
Conduct Listening Sessions in the Central Valley
Conduct listening sessions with community groups, parents and students in the Central Valley around removing police from schools and replacing them with restorative justice practices.
Statewide Movement Building Engagement
Building a viable statewide movement with Dignity in Schools Campaign California, with focus sharing our knowledge, issue analysis, and political leadership to break down the school-to-prison pipeline.