A 14 min youth-produced short film that calls for restorative justice as an alternative method to the unjust zero tolerance policies and over-policing that students face in New York City public schools.
Produced by the youth organizers of YMPJ's PEERS campaign between October 2009 and March 2010 through GAP's Community Media in Action Program.
Many of the statistics used in the film are from the Safety With Dignity by the New York Civil Liberties Union, which you can find here: nyclu.org/content/safety-with-dignity-alternatives-over-policing-of-schools-2009
For more information about the PEERS campaign to bring restorative justice to NYC public schools, please get in touch with YMPJ: ympj.org
Media in Action
Media in Action is G.A.P.’s training for youth organizers who want to incorporate media into their campaign work. We do this over the course of a free, three-day training here in New York with youth organizers from all across the country working on a common cause. In the Summer of 2011 our institute will address educational justice. Media in Action trainings incorporate small-scale, hands-on production activities that include storytelling and interviewing techniques, aesthetic composition, creative camera work and editing; analytical activities that place past and current popular-media efforts within a framework of global media history, power, ownership, and movement-building; and strategy sessions to link media to social justice work. Organizers leave Media in Action trainings with:
- new skills to develop communication tools with compelling stories and convincing messages.
- a creative and fun avenue for young people to contribute to organizing efforts.
- ongoing curriculum resources and technical assistance.