Standing Up for God’s Children: Examining the DPS School to Prison Pipeline

On June 13, Together Colorado leaders with the Loyola Social Justice Ministry held a public action to examine the school to prison pipeline. Thank you to all attendees for showing support for Denver Public School students. We truly need to put our faith into action and stop the school to prison pipeline crisis. Every student deserves to feel safe, to feel loved, and to have a chance to succeed. A special thanks to Jennifer Bacon, Denver District 4 School Board Member, for agreeing to work with a Citizen’s Advisory Board to implement a 2018-2019 study to assess the effectiveness of Denver Public Schools’ disciplinary policies.

Watch the Facebook Live video of Standing Up for God’s Children: Examining the School to Prison Pipeline. View photos from the Loyola Social Justice Ministry’s action below:

Post updated: June 18, 2018 to include post-event photos

For Immediate Release
June 13, 2018
Contact- Celesté Martinez, (303) 968-6580, [email protected]

Today, the Loyola Social Justice Ministry is holding a public meeting in partnership with Together Colorado from 6:30 to 8:00 in Brady Hall at St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church Brady Fellowship Hall. The meeting will address the interplay between Denver Public School disciplinary policies and student interactions with Denver law enforcement.

After 130 1-to-1 conversations with St. Ignatius Loyola parishioners, the Social Justice Ministry has determined that there is significant community concern that African American, Latino, and Native American DPS students are disproportionately affected by contact with the Denver Police Department. Data from both the Denver Public School District and the Colorado Department of Education support the reality of this community perception that students of color, from elementary to high school, are far more likely to be referred to law enforcement than their peers. As a multi-racial, multi-cultural congregation, we are greatly troubled by the racial inequity we have examined through our research and are compelled to further put our faith into action.

Due to unreliable and unspecific reporting, the extent to which DPS youth are referred to law enforcement is unclear. With this in mind, the Social Justice Ministry is seeking to propose recommendations to the Denver Public School Board and DPS Department of Safety to further examine how this issue is contributing the school to prison pipeline for the upcoming school year.

What: Standing Up for God’s Children: Examining the School to Prison Pipeline
When: Wednesday, June 13, 6:30-8:00 pm
Where: St Ignatius Loyola Catholic Justice, 2305 Gaylord St Denver, CO 80205
Who: Loyola Social Justice Ministry, Together Colorado, Denver School Board Representatives,
DPS Department of Safety and community leaders
Visuals: Singing, community testimony

The Loyola Social Justice Ministry is committed to putting our faith into action to address the root causes of social issues that are impacting our parish community.We are one of 220 member congregations, faith leaders, and schools that make up Together Colorado.


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