GGE’s Police-Free Schools Campaign
As nationwide momentum propels us forward, now is the time to dream our biggest and most extravagant dreams of freedom and liberation along with all our people and schools. GGE’s vision for police-free schools seeks to end youth criminalization and what made police in schools possible, and in that work, transforming what schools can be.
The Campaign’s Founding Framework
Beginning in 2015, GGE facilitated a Participatory Action Research Project with young people across New York City, culminating in The School Girls Deserve Report. Girls and TGNC youth of color identified school cops as a barrier to accessing a quality education, making them feel constantly surveilled and imprisoned. These young people reported negative experiences with school cops, who they said do not make them feel safe but rather criminalized in their school. In coalition with youth, educators, and families across the City, GGE continues to move forward the demand to decriminalize learning environments and remove all cops from schools.
On this page we offer:
1. Our toolkit;
2. Our national mapping project;
3. Our policy briefs and reports;
4. Our calls to action.
Sustaining Police-Free Schools Through Practice: A Toolkit for New York City School Communities
This toolkit is a compilation of tips, templates, and resources to assist school community members in creatively reimagining and building strategies to sustain a Police-Free School. It is our hope that this provides the context and language helpful to actively participate in the work to address the systemic racism young people are subject to on a daily basis due to the presence of police in their schools.
- Frequently Asked Questions
Tool 1.4A of the Police-Free Schools Toolkit
- 12 Quick Reasons to Support Police-Free Schools
Tool 1.4B of the Police-Free Schools Toolkit
- Police-Free Schools Toolkit Volume 1 Launch Transcript
GGE in Conversation with Teachers Unite
Mapping Police-Free Schools Momentum
Following the historic vote by the Minneapolis Public Schools Board of Education on June 2, 2020, GGE has been tracking media coverage of police-free schools wins, changes, conversations, and ongoing organizing in school districts across the country.
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Policy Reports & Data Briefs
- Fund Care & Communities
New York City Budget Demands for Fiscal Year 2022 & Beyond
- Accessing School Support Staff in a Time of Crisis
Analyzing 2021 School Counselor & Social Worker Staffing in NYC Public Schools
- Shrinking Policing in the Name of Public Health
Fighting for Budget Justice During COVID-19
- School Policing Disparities for Black Girls
Analyzing Reported NYPD Interventions During School Year 2018-19
- When Girls of Color are Assaulted by School Police
A Visual Catalogue
Calls to Action
- Come back to this page for opportunities to amplify police-free schools in 2022.
- Visit campaigns.ggenyc.org/take-action to learn more about our budget advocacy leading up to June 2021’s budget adoption.