Jena Six Students to Lead Panel at Summit in Washington, DC
Singer Angie Stone, Jena Six Students to Participate in Children's Defense
Fund Summit Tuesday Night
CDF Event at Howard University to Focus on America's Cradle to Prison
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Singer Angie Stone and "Jena Six" students will participate in the Tuesday, September 25, evening session of the Children's Defense Fund's (CDF) national Cradle to Prison Pipeline Summit at Howard University. Stone will take part in a panel discussion on "Transforming Popular Culture into a Positive Force to help Dismantle the Cradle to Prison Pipeline." Following that, students Robert Bailey and Theo Shaw, two of the "Jena Six" will join others involved in the case for a panel discussion on "Endangered Black Males: Racial Injustice and the Pipeline". Bailey, Shaw and four other Black high school students in Jena, Louisiana, known widely as the "Jena Six," have been unjustly charged with adult felony charges for allegedly participating in a school fight. Both events will take place in Howard University's Cramton Auditorium. The panel will be part of a larger Summit to address America's Cradle to Prison Pipeline crisis and its devastating impact on children, youth and their families, particularly within the Black and Latino communities. A full Summit agenda is attached. For more information on CDF's Cradle to Prison Pipeline Initiative visit http://www.childrensdefense.org/cradletoprison. WHO: Children's Defense Fund Singer Angie Stone "Jena Six" students Robert Bailey and Theo Shaw WHAT: Cradle to Prison Pipeline Summit Tuesday Evening Session WHEN: September 25th, 2007 7:30 PM Panel: Transforming Popular Culture into a Positive Force to help Dismantle the Cradle to Prison Pipeline. 9:00 PM Panel: Endangered Black Males: Racial Injustice and the Pipeline WHERE Cramton Auditorium Howard University Campus 2455 Sixth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20059 Media check-in begins at 6:30 PM RSVP: Media wishing to attend this event must RSVP to Nayyera Haqat firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-662-3592. A mult box will be provided. National Summit on America's Cradle to Prison Pipeline(R) Crisis The Children's Defense Fund (CDF) September 25-26, 2007 Howard University Washington, DC TENTATIVE AGENDA 9-18-07 Tuesday, September 25 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Registration Blackburn Auditorium Second floor lobby 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Continental Breakfast Blackburn Auditorium Second floor lobby Morning Session: Rankin Chapel 10:00 a.m. -- 10:05 a.m. Welcome to Howard University Dr. H. Patrick Swygert, President, Howard University 10:05 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. Meditation on Why We Are Here Reverend Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr., Senior Minister Emeritus Riverside Church, CDF Board Member 10:20 a.m. - 10:35 a.m. Welcome, Introduction and Overview of Summit's Goals Marian Wright Edelman, President, Children's Defense Fund This session will introduce the honorary co-chairs of the Summit, Dr. Dorothy Height, Dr. John Hope Franklin, and Dr. Dolores Huerta and set the stage for activating the action phase of a broad-based National Community Crusade for Children, the social movement needed to dismantle the Pipeline that CDF seeks to catalyze at this Summit. It also will provide an overall framework for the Summit itself. Special emphasis will be placed on the exceptionally high personal, family and societal toll the Pipeline exacts, the striking failure of our nation to recognize its existence, and to take the urgent and sustained actions needed on the policy, programmatic and investment fronts to redress the multiple, convergent factors that fuel it. (This session will announce the official release of America's Cradle to Prison Pipeline(R) Report that all participants will receive.) Dismantling America's Cradle to Prison Pipeline: What Will It Take? Part I. "Mobilizing Public Demand and Political Will" Moderator: Angela Glover Blackwell, Overall Summit Moderator and Synthesizer, Founder and CEO Policy Link and CDF Board Member 10:35 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Angela Glover Blackwell Overview of Summit agenda, schedule and plan of action 10:45 a.m. - 10:55 a.m. "What About the Children?" Yolanda Adams song with Slide Presentation of Photographs of Children in the Pipeline by Veteran Time Magazine Photographer Steve Liss 10:55 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Introduction: Robert F. Vagt, President Emeritus, Davidson College and Chair, CDF Board of Directors 11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Dr. John Hope Franklin, James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of History, Duke University 11:15 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. Introduction: Carol Biondi, California's State Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency, CDF Board Member 11:20 a.m. - 11:35 a.m. Dr. Dolores Huerta, President, Dolores Huerta Foundation and co-founder and First Vice President Emeritus, United Farm Workers of America 11:35 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. Interaction between Speakers and Summit Participants (Angela Glover Blackwell presiding) The opening addresses seek to provide a historical context for the Summit by highlighting key past achievements, the serious continuing challenges and unfinished agenda, through the lens of the Black and Latino communities, and to build the requisite power base to prevent and dismantle the Pipeline. They will be followed by an interactive dialogue with Summit participants including Theodore Shaw, Director-Counsel and President, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund commenting on the role of race in the Pipeline. 12:05 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. Participants transit to Blackburn East Ballroom 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Buffet Luncheon served Blackburn East Ballroom Invocation 1:30 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. Participants transit to Cramton Auditorium Part II. Reweaving the Fabric of Family and Community: Challenges and Opportunities Interactive Dialogues 1:50 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. The Need for Personal and Community Cramton Auditorium Responsibility to Dismantle the Cradle to Prison Pipeline Moderator: Juan Williams, Senior Correspondent, National Public Radio Dr. Bill Cosby, Educator, Entertainer, and Author, including Come On People: On the Path from Victims to Victors, with Alivin F. Poussaint Dr. Robert Michael Franklin Jr., President, Morehouse College, author of Crisis in the Village: Restoring Hope in African American Communities 2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Perspectives of Youth and Parents Cramton Auditorium Moderator: Maya Harris, Executive Director, ACLU of Northern California Discussants: Donnie Belcher Boyd, Youth Advocate, Chicago, Ill. Michelle "Mickey" McKinney, Youth Advocate, Los Angeles, Calif. Lupe Ortiz-Tovar, Youth Advocate, Tucson, Ariz. Hun Pham, Youth, New York, N.Y. Jasbir Singh, Youth Advocate, New York, N.Y. Ms. Lorna Hogan, Parent Advocate, Washington, D.C. Mrs. Wanda Taylor, Parent Advocate, Minneapolis, Minn. This session will be an honest and provocative dialogue with parents and youth, some of whom have been caught in one or more of the key feeder points into the Pipeline, and all of whom are now working to help keep from entering or being trapped in the Pipeline. Mothers and fathers, many of whom have confronted the Pipeline themselves, know all too intimately the struggles and perils faced in fulfilling care-giving roles for children and youth amid often profound personal and family challenges and unsupportive environments and systems. Through this intimate sharing of experiences, the session hopes to illuminate the very real but often insidious factors that funnel children and youth into the Pipeline and how this affects their lives and that of their families. It also seeks to provide valuable insights from those who have faced the Pipeline head-on about the most urgently needed preventive and other interventions and escape paths. 3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Break 4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Interactive Dialogue Cramton Auditorium Promising Approaches to End Violence and Strengthen Communities in Dismantling the Pipeline Moderator: J. Michael Solar, Esq., Solar & Padilla LLP, Houston, Texas and CDF Board Member Discussants: Reverend Dr. Ray Hammond, Chair, Boston Foundation and Chairman and Co- Founder, Boston Ten Point Coalition Dr. Carl C. Bell, Professor of Psychiatry and Public Health, University of Illinois in Chicago David Kennedy, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and founder of Operation CeaseFire David Valladolid, President and CEO of the Parent Institute For Quality Education (PIQE) In the past, parents, neighbors, faith-based and educational institutions and communities were expected to and did assume major responsibilities for keeping children and youth safe, within their families and out of child welfare, and juvenile and criminal justice systems by providing positive adult role models and helping to guide them along paths to success in school and beyond. Today, pervasive poverty, unemployment, rampant substance abuse, widespread crime and violence fuel already high and increasing rates of incarceration of children, youth, and their parents. Popular culture frequently demeans academic achievement and glorifies violence and disrespect of others, including women. Together, these forces have seriously eroded traditional values and undermined family and community stability. This session will explore successful multi-pronged strategies to create new community norms to quell violence and to engage key community stakeholders to buffer children and youth from entering the Pipeline and facilitate the sustained exit of those who already have entered it. Within this interactive format, each discussant will provide a brief overview of his/her respective initiative to be followed by a discussion of the key lessons learned from these experiences and their replicability, to illuminate how to staunch violence within communities on a large scale. 5:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Summit Participants Transit to Dinner 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Dinner for Summit Participants Blackburn East Ballroom Presider: Katie McGrath, Child Advocate, Los Angeles, CA and CDF Board Member Invocation Howard University Jazz Ensemble performs during dinner 7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Summit Participants Transit to Cramton Auditorium for Evening Panel (Note: this evening session will be open to a wide audience, in addition to the Summit participants) 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Part III. Cramton Auditorium Transforming Popular Culture into a Positive Force to help Dismantle the Cradle to Prison Pipeline Moderator: Confirmation pending Discussants: Geoff Canada, President and CEO, Harlem Children's Zone and CDF Board Member Dr. Edward Cornwell, Chief of Adult Trauma and Professor, Johns Hopkins Hospital Christy Hauberger, Founder, Latina Magazine Angie Stone, Singer and Composer Others pending confirmation Prominent community leaders and positive role models for children and youth are needed from the entertainment world to share their views on what it will take to transform the negative influences that permeate much of today's national and youth culture into more positive forces to affect the family, community and societal changes required to foster healthy, safe children. They will help formulate a call to action for promoting positive and productive lifestyles for children and youth, and helping change community and cultural norms about violence, underachievement and prison. 9:00 p.m. - 9:45 p.m. Endangered Black Males: Racial Injustice Cramton Auditorium and the Pipeline The Jena Six Moderator: Confirmation pending Robert Bailey, Student Casiphla Bailey, Mother Theo Shaw, Student Tracie Washington, Esq., Louisiana Justice Project 9:45 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Closing: Marian Wright Edelman Cramton Auditorium Wednesday, September 26 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast Blackburn East Ballroom 9:30 a.m. - 9:40 a.m. Meditation: Rev. Dr. Bernard Richardson, Blackburn East Ballroom Dean of Rankin Chapel, Howard University Part IV. Priority Systemic Reforms to Dismantle the Pipeline: Interactive Dialogues 9:40 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Current Challenges in Major Feeder Blackburn East Ballroom Systems' Treatment of Children and Youth Major reforms in key contributing factors and feeder systems are urgently needed to halt the Pipeline. This session will focus on interventions and systems which can and must play powerful roles in protecting children from rather than feeding them into and trapping them in the Pipeline. These include the health and mental health care, education, child welfare, and juvenile justice systems. Discussants will share promising strategies from selected communities and states to ameliorate these risks, and provide three major recommendations to redress the Pipeline from the perspective of his/her respective system. Special importance will be assigned to the need for scaling up and linking these strategies to achieve the greatest impact for children and youth and help inform the larger action plan to reroute children to successful adulthood. Advancing Child Health, Mental Health, Early Childhood Development, Education and Poverty Reduction Moderator: Confirmation pending Discussants: Jane Knitzer, Executive Director, National Center on Children in Poverty Bill McNeal, Executive Director, North Carolina Association of School Administrators and former School Superintendent of Wake County, Raleigh, N.C. Peter Edelman, Co-Director, Task Force on Poverty, Center For American Progress Others pending confirmation 11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Break 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Improving the Child Welfare, Alcohol and Blackburn East Ballroom Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment and Juvenile Justice Systems Moderator: Charles Ogletree, Professor, Harvard Law School Discussants: Honorable Judith Kaye, Chief Judge of the State of New York William Bell, President and CEO, Casey Family Programs Jeremy Travis, President, John Jay College of Criminal Justice James Forman, Jr. Associate Professor, Georgetown Law School, Co-founder of Maya Angelou Charter School, Washington, DC, and CDF Board Member 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Luncheon Buffet Blackburn East Ballroom Invocation - Rev. Gordon Cosby, Church of the Saviour, Washington, DC 2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Participants Transit to Rankin Chapel Part V. Bringing Us All Together to Dismantle the Cradle to Prison Pipeline 2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Leaders Needed at the Table of Change Rankin Chapel Moderator: Confirmation pending Discussants: Ralph F. Boyd, Jr., Executive Vice President, Community Relations, Freddie Mac and Chairman, Freddie Mac Foundation Iva Carruthers, General Secretary Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference Honorable Donald Cravins, Mayor, Opelousas, LA George Flaggs, Representative, Mississippi State Legislature and Judiciary Committee Chair and Member, Dellums Commission Others pending confirmation Representatives from selected fields that also must serve as important allies in any initiative to successfully dismantle the Pipeline will discuss how best to mobilize and engage their respective colleagues in our social movement. These key stakeholders include: elected officials, the corporate world, faith community, foundations, juvenile judges and law enforcement officers. 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Building the Will to Do What We Know Works Rankin Chapel to Reroute Children to Successful Adulthood Interactive Session with All Summit Participants Moderator: Angela Glover Blackwell Summit participants will be encouraged to share insights gleaned from their own leadership roles within initiatives to dismantle the Pipeline. 4:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. A Call to Action Rankin Chapel Next Steps to Dismantle the Cradle to Prison Pipeline Marian Wright Edelman This is to be an inspirational and motivational closing session, underscoring priority steps needed to dismantle the Pipeline, already identified and discussed, and mobilizing each and every one at the Summit to commit fully to work within their own families, communities and networks to this end. Thursday, September 27 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Town Hall hosted by Congressional Black Caucus Washington Convention "Unleashing our Power to Dismantle the Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW Prison Pipeline" Washington, DC 20001
SOURCE Children's Defense Fund
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