Project NIA developed these educational resources to help grassroots activists teach transformative and reformative justice practices in their communities. Share, distribute, and above all, USE these resources where it helps your activism and advocacy.
Plight of the Girl Publication
Project NIA founder and director Mariame Kaba has written a new zine designed by artist Naimah Thomas.
Plight of the Girl tells the story of Dorothy Belle Young. In December 1968, 14-year old Dorothy Belle Young and her 11-year-old sister Yvonne were arrested for “using profane language at school to white boys.” While Yvonne received probation, Dorothy was detained at the Regional Youth Development Center (a juvenile jail) in Sanderville, GA. Black residents of Sylvester, GA, a town of 5,000 where the girls and their family lived, mobilized in support of Dorothy. They claimed that the sisters and their other siblings were being punished for integrating an all-white school. National Civil Rights figures also came to Dorothy’s defense including Coretta Scott King and Dr. Ralph Abernathy who traveled to Sylvester to lead protests.
This publication was written with high school students in mind. It’s a great way to discuss the criminalization of Black girls and also the school to prison pipeline. Please feel free to share with educators, young people and others in your communities.
See more of Naimah’s work here.
Two Sides of Justice Curriculum
Curriculum resource to accompany the “Two Sides of Justice” (https://soundcloud.com/2sidesofjustice) audio stories. This curriculum resource was created for educators and organizers who would like to use the stories to start or extend discussions about harm, violence, and criminalization in their communities.
How to Share Space: Creating Community in Classrooms and Beyond
Tools and insights for educators to help create alternatives to punishment in classrooms based on cutting edge research in education and human development. Designed to be accessible and malleable enough to be adapted for use by families, organizations, clubs or any group.
Open Letter to the Anti-Rape Movement, 1977
Early on, the anti-rape and anti-domestic violence movements were riddled with internal tensions between those who worried that the movements would be co-opted by the state and those who deeply believed that the state needed to be responsive to the demands of penal punishment. The concerns presented in 1977 are still relevant in 2020.