You Talk We Listen 

Overview of Listening Sessions

In order to challenge and dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline, the voices of those most impacted by discriminatory disciplinary actions need to be heard. This is why the CVMB is devoting it labor and resources to holding listening sessions throughout the Central Valley with the express purpose of hearing about the experiences of students, parents, and communities at large are experiencing in the Central Valley of California. 

Our CVMB Regional Coordinator can assist your group in organizing and holding sessions about the school-to-prison pipeline, police in schools, and the necessity for restorative justice programs and practices in schools. 

Planning a Listening Session 

CVMB has money and resources for holding listening sessions. Basically planning and holding a listening session involves:

  1. Contacting our Regional Coordinator, Stephanie Kamey to discuss and plan a listening session in your area.
  2. Select a date and location for holding a listening session. This can be done in someone’s home, a school, or a community center. 
  3. Announce the listening session to your group and/or community.

The Goals of Listening Sessions 

The goals of CVMB listening sessions include:

  1. To share a presentation about the school-to-prison pipeline, the negative impact of police on school campuses, and why restorative justice programs and practices should be used in all schools. 
  2. To share and record the experiences and stories of those impacted by the school-to-prison pipeline and the use of police on campus for disciplinary actions. 
  3. To formulate strategies for disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline and calling for the removal of police on campus police. 
  4. To build a network with the Central Valley Movement Building for purposes of support and change throughout the Valley. 

Basic Agenda of a Listening Session 

Basic agenda of a listening session include:

  1. A presentation about the school-to-prison pipeline in the Central Valley and the goals of restorative justice.
  2. Session participants share experiences of the disciplinary policies and practices in area schools. 
  3. Discuss strategies for challenging disciplinary policies and practices in area schools.
  4. Make plans for follow-up meetings and activities. 

Contact Us 

Contact: Stephanie Kemey
Phone: (559) 644-6255

Stephanie Kamey was born and raised in Fresno, California as the daughter of immigrant parents. She graduated from Fresno High School, attended Fresno City College, then transfered to UC Riverside and graduated with a B.A in History, Law and Society. After gradution, Stephanie became an organizer. She worked for political candidates, labor unions, and social justice non-profits, locally and across the country. Stephanie's career has revolved around seeking justice and equality for people of color and working to abolish all tenets of white supremacy through organizing. Now, Stephanie is consulting with Central Valley Movement Building (CVMB) as the Central Valley Regional Connetor where she is using her expertise to organize students, parents and community members to dismantle the School-to-Prison pipeline that drastically impacts marginalized communities of color. Join Stephanie in the fight to end the School-to-Prison pipeline by organizing and/or attending a listening session where we will come up with demands and strategies for the progress and liberation of our communities, together!