Recently, local attorney Butch Hollowell performed to raise awareness on the School to Prison Pipeline that has led to many young African Americans being incarcerated. Many of these incarcerations can and should be prevented.
Pictured is Michelle Davis and the young men of The Brotherhood, a group of young men who attend Detroit Public Schools’ Davis Aerospace Academy. She fights every day to keep these young men from being swallowed up by the ills of the world. Michelle and Butch should be applauded for their efforts. We need more people to fight against this pipeline. Please listen to Butch’s thoughts.
I performed this week at the historic Kresge Mansion (Boston-Edison neighborhood) reception for Student Advocacy Center of Michigan (SACM). Our state, disgracefully, ranks 3rd in U.S. for expelling, displacing and criminally charging students.
School to Prison Pipeline. One brave student testified of trauma in the home, resulting in acting out – “cutting,” bullying, substance abuse and arrest. The system failed her. No treatment or intervention. She’d been in 17 schools before her junior year in high school. SACM helped her to recover and get back on track. Without these kinds of programs these kids will be sidelined with no way out before they even get started.