Connecting the Neighborhood Dots: Promoting Solutions to Dismantle the Pipeline to Prison

February 11, 2009, 8:30 a.m. 7:00 p.m.
Medgar Evers College, City University of New York (CUNY)
1650 Bedford Avenue, Bedford Building, Founders Auditorium

Please join CDF–New York (CDF-NY), CUNY Medgar Evers College and Casey Family Programs for a one-day summit to kick off CDF's Cradle to Prison Pipeline® Campaign in New York. This summit will bring together community and faith leaders, public officials, policy makers, youth, educators, child advocates and professionals in the fields of early childhood, health, mental health, child welfare, juvenile justice and youth development to develop a concrete plan of action to halt the pipeline to prison in New York. 

CDF's Cradle to Prison Pipeline Campaign is a national call to action to stop the funneling of tens of thousands of youth, predominantly children of color, down life paths which often lead to arrest, incarceration, and sometimes death.  Nationally, a Black boy born in 2001 has a 1 in 3 chance of going to prison in his lifetime, a Latino boy a 1 in 6 chance of the same fate.

The focus of the first New York summit will be on the communities – predominantly low-income communities of color – that feed New York's prison pipeline.  The summit will begin with one panel that visually and dramatically demonstrates New York's pipeline. This first panel will be the only period in the agenda with the specific goal of discussing the problem.  Each panel following will focus on solutions and explore promising approaches including policy changes, legislative action and neighborhood-based strategies to promote re-investment in these communities.  Participants will also have the opportunity to connect with existing coalitions and ongoing community organizing and advocacy campaigns to dismantle the pipeline to prison in New York.

The summit is informed by the idea that children do not live in a vacuum and if the pipeline is ever to be challenged, the very neighborhoods which feed the pipeline and conditions which beset them must be transformed to stop the flow.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Marian Wright Edelman, president, Children's Defense Fund
  • Dr. Edison Jackson, president, Medgar Evers College
  • Geoffrey Canada, president and CEO of Harlem Children's Zone
  • Gladys Carrion, commissioner of NYS Office of Children and Family Services

Registration is free, but space is limited and registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

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For more information contact CDF-NY at (212) 697-2323 or