Three of Communities for Just School Funds (CJSF) partners in the South was invited to attend and be speakers at the Federal School Safety Commission 4th and final public listening session in Montgomery, AL held on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at the Alabama State Capitol.
The hearing gave an opportunity to ensure that recommendations of youth, parents, and communities would be represented and their voices would be heard concerning push back against calls to harden schools and increase police presence .
Those represented from the South were: Marlyn Tillman, Gwinnett SToPP out of Georgia and Ellen Reddy, Executive Director of Nollie Jenkins Family Center (NJFC) in Mississippi. Both gave powerful testimonies about the kinds of school safety recommendations that could be adopted into policy/practice/guidance given the leadership of the commission. Also, in attendance from Mississippi was Janice Harper, who is a Community Organizer with NJFC.