NY-CHEP Stands in Solidarity with Statement on George Floyd and the Police State

June 2, 2020 JIE Updates

The NY Consortium for Higher Education in Prison, here represented by the members listed below (and of which the Justice-of-Education Initiative is a founding member), stands in solidarity with the Formerly Incarcerated College Graduate Network and the statement circulated by its Director, Terrell Blount. We understand anti-racism as inextricable from our primary work to build a more just society by creating higher education opportunities for women and men during and after incarceration. We further condemn any statements that diminish or silence public and private calls to action such as that of the FICGN--in this moment and always, the voices of those directly impacted by the criminal legal system must be amplified and made central. In that spirit we'll close with a few sentences from the remarkable letter shared with this group by our colleague Jay Holder:

"Some days we just want to mourn... and as educators, the identity in which everyone here shares have to realize we shed our tears through policy, advocacy, opEds, and yes, open letters.

Please don't ever attempt to politically correct my pain. I’m following the blueprint of civic engagement that was fostered in the very classrooms that have brought about your occupational identity. These educational lessons contribute as I strategically think my way through this intergenerational, sociocultural oppression."

Hamilton-Herkimer College-in-Prison Program at Mohawk Correctional Facility
Hudson Link
Institute for Justice and Opportunity, John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY
Justice-in-Education Initiative at Columbia
Medaille College @ Albion
Nazareth College Jail Project
Rochester Education Justice Initiative