Youth Advocacy @ Capital 10am, Thurs, 5/7/09
- Just wanted to give you a heads up about a rally that will be happening on the
Hill next Thursday. It's part of a Youth Advocacy Day around the Youth PROMISE
Act. While this day is geared more towards youth (high school, college age
youth), everyone is welcome. If you know of anyone that would be interested,
please send the attached flyer along to them.
Below is a short blurb about the Youth PROMISE Act:
The Youth Prison Reduction through Opportunities, Mentoring, Intervention,
Support, and Education ("Youth PROMISE") Act, which was introduced by
Representatives Robert Scott (D-VA) and Michael Castle (R-DE) in House and
Senators Robert Casey (D-PA) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) in the Senate, is
bipartisan legislation that seeks to address youth violence by providing
resources to communities to pursue comprehensive, evidence-based prevention and
intervention strategies to decrease juvenile delinquency and criminal street
The Youth PROMISE Act is unique among legislative proposals in Congress aimed at
curbing youth violence. Rather than federalizing ordinary street crime that is
best handled at the state level, the Youth PROMISE Act builds upon
evidence-based practices proven to reduce rates of violence and delinquency
among at-risk youth in communities across the country. Instead of funneling
more young people into the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems at great
cost, H.R. 1064/S. 435 proactively focuses on prevention practices that will not
only address the underlying root causes of youth violence and gang activity, but
also yield impressive cost-savings in the amount of federal and state money
spent on incarceration. A 2008 research brief from a racial justice institute
at Harvard Law School supports just such an approach, stating that "federal
dollars would most judiciously be spent on preventive measures shown to lead
vulnerable children away from gang activity and into constructive activity."
Let me know if you plan to join - thanks
Help us Pack the Park!
Youth Advocacy Day is only one week and one day away, and things are getting
We have confirmed a number of exciting speakers for the
Rally in Upper Senate Park on May 7 at 10:00 a.m., including:
Rep. Robert C. "Bobby" Scott, creator and sponsor of the Youth PROMISE Act
Judge Glenda Hatchett yes, the Judge Hatchett
Councilmember Tony Cárdenas, champion of the L.A. City Council Resolution in
support of Youth PROMISE
Stacy Peralta, Director of "Crips & Bloods: Made in America"
Baron Davis and Cash Warren, Producers of "Crips & Bloods: Made in America"
This is an event you do not want to miss.
Please circulate the Youth Advocacy Day flyer broadly to your network!
Help us Pack the Park!