Family and Friends of Incarcerated People’s Annual Community Event!

It’s that time of year again, folks! Family and Friends of Incarcerated People is holding their annual community event. Join us, this Saturday, August 20, 2016 at Oxon Run Park, 1st and S. Capital Streets SE. The fun starts at 1:00 PM.


Child Trauma and Education with DC Activist Stuart Anderson

Cross-Posted from The Education Town Hall Written By Virginia Spatz

Nearly half of all children in the United States have experienced trauma, according to recent research. Children in underserved communities face trauma at a higher rate and are more likely to experience repeated trauma or more than one type.

Gun violence persistently affects students and families in many neighborhoods in cities like Washington, DC, with an uptick in incidents and related stress this summer, for example. Families in St. Louis, MO, were gassed last night as part of police response to protests, and students around the country have experienced similar stresses. In some areas, children experience trauma relating to natural disasters or fires. Episodic or chronic financial trouble, homelessness, domestic violence, and other factors also traumatize many children.

Results include attendance, behavioral, and academic problems. But research indicates that trauma-sensitive school environments can help students recover and thrive. Collaborations across the fields of education, psychology, law, and neurobiology have helped create policy and practice addressing this serious and common problem.

National Response and Resources

Several jurisdictions have taken steps to mandate and support trauma-sensitive or trauma-informed schools. In addition, a suit arguing that schools must address trauma like any other special need is moving through the federal courts

TraumaPictureLast August, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts enacted a “Safe and Supportive Schools” boosting the trauma-informed schools movement. Trauma-sensitive practices are also at work in Washington state and in San Francisco. In addition, the District of Columbia’s City Council held a roundtable on the topic in June.

At the time of the hearing, DC Children’s Law Center released a report Addressing Childhood Trauma in DC Schools. (CLC — Addressing Childhood Trauma in DC Schools–June 2015.) National organizations, including the Trauma and Learning Policy Institute and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, offer extensive research and resources for educators and policymakers. (See Washington Post “Trauma is hidden cause of academic struggles for many in DC, report finds.”)

Today, in Los Angeles, a federal judge is scheduled to consider several motions in the landmark case known as “Peter P., et al. v. Compton Unified School District, et al.” The suit was filed earlier this year by five student-plaintiffs who have experienced severe trauma and argue that Compton Unified School District (CUSD) failed to address their needs. Three teachers joined the suit, saying that CUSD has not given them the tools and support they need to appropriately assist children experiencing severe trauma. Here is the case timeline, with links to more details.

Here is NCTSN’s Child Trauma Tool Kit for Educators and more at “Readiness, Response, and Recovery” resources. The Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative offers many free resources (although they do request a donation from those who can): Visit their site for free downloads of Helping Traumatize Children Learn and Creating and Advocating for Trauma-Sensitive Schools and much more.

Need for Street Response Units

Stuart Anderson, founder and director of Family and Friends of Incarcerated People, joined the Education Town Hall on August 20 to discuss the need for on-site trauma response units to help children cope with violent incidents. He argues for such units on the streets of DC and other cities. Listen to Track below —

Chicago Public School Layoffs and Dyett High School Disinvestment on Education Town Hall 8-13-15 by Education_Town_Hall on Mixcloud


FFOIP Public Safety Community Event

Back by popular demand Family and Friends of Incarcerated People Present The 10th Annual Public Safety Community Event Saturday, August 15, 2015 Noon – 7:00 PM Anacostia Park, 1900 Anacostia Drive, SE East of the Sousa (Pennsylvania Ave) Bridge, near the roller skating rink

This will be a fun-filled day for the children of those incarcerated and those that may be at risk.

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Video produced by Janelle Alia Jobe

Event activities are designed to: • Create harmony among our children o Rebuild our communities • Pass on valuable information o Express ideas on how to help at-risk-youth • Share a wonderful unselfish act of love o For the safety of our community


“Shackled and Chained: Mass Incarceration in Capitalist America” Book Reading and Presentation

We will welcome author and activist Eugene Puryear to speak about his book and the subject of the prison industrial complex in America. Presented by Family & Friends Of Incarcerated People and the Washington Ethical Society.

Tuesday, February 18 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m Washington Ethical Society, 7750 16th St NW, Washington DC

Shackled and Chained, Mass Incarceration in Capitalist America is a thorough examination of mass incarceration, its causes and consequences. Eugene Puryear examines the evolution of mass incarceration as a product of the exigencies of U.S. monopoly capitalism as well as bipartisan political fealty to the system’s needs. In addition to detailing its historical origins, Puryear provides a detailed examination of the oppressive reality that reigns inside America’s prison system. This book is a must read for anyone interested in the “how” and “why” of mass incarceration.

This event is an opportunity for us to really focus on the issue of mass incarceration and what might be an alternative to the human cost of locking up so many people, many who are imprisoned for non-violent offenses. Come out and lend your voice to the cause!


The Best Event to Participate in on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Join us in commemorating the legacy of peace making and justice making of Martin Luther King, Jr.!

As part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Walk on Monday, January 20th there will be a feeder rally and walk in Barry Farms at 9:15 am. We will gather at the Birney Child Development Center (1230 Sumner Road SE), walk through the community and rally at the Exeter academy. We will then join the main group of Peacewalkers.

Our theme this year is celebrating “Global Peacemakers: I am a Peace Maker”. Afterward there will be an awesome program held at Covenant Baptist UCC at 12:30 pm.

Please note with exception for the program at Covenant, this is an outdoor event. Dress accordingly. The closest metro is Anacostia.