Spirit House | CJNY National Conference





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Published on Dec 19, 2010

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Our member group SpiritHouse Inc, is a Durham, North Carolina based cultural organizing collective, that has worked with community members to uncover and uproot the systemic barriers that prevent us from gaining the resources, leverage and capacity for long-term self-sufficiency. http://www.spirithouse-nc.org/

SpiritHouse is one of 143 member organizations that make up the Community Justice Network for Youth (CJNY). As a support network, the CJNY enhances the capacity of community organizations who collectively share one vision: To Stop the Rail to Jail!

CJNY develops and nurtures real solutions to replace the "cradle to prison pipeline" created by zero-tolerance policies in schools, a lack of opportunities in poor communities and the failure of a variety of public systems. It is a unique combination of direct service providers, court and policy advocates and youth and community organizers who work to promote effective and culturally-appropriate community-based interventions and alternatives to detention and incarceration.

By providing national leadership that engages its members, CJNY helps them demand their local justice systems be fair and accountable and that their education and mental health systems be culturally competent and restorative. It also helps to facilitate, support and expand local, state, regional and national peer-to-peer exchanges of best practices. CJNY staff believe a strategic and intentional commitment to stopping the "Rail to Jail" is necessary to achieve positive outcomes for poor youth and youth of color. Visit CJNY's website: http://www.cjny.org.

Video created by Shadi Rahimi


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