When Voting Rights are Treated as a Privilege

DeMarco Davidson

By DeMarco K. Davidson (originally published in the St. Louis American December 8, 2017) NOTE: As MCU prepares to launch Unlock the Vote MO, we wanted to run this related article by Sacred Votes organizer DeMarco Davidson. The United States are… Continue Reading

What is Break the Pipeline?

Break the Pipeline is Metropolitan Congregations United’s campaign to address the school to prison pipeline. It can start with school discipline, in-school and out of school suspension, and this can lead to a child being labeled a problem, causing him/her to be over-supervised. Black youth are already over-policed in their communities and it often isn’t any better when the police are in school as School Resource Officers. Black and Brown youth far outpace white youth in being referred to juvenile detention centers, are least likely to have a personal lawyer or to be offered restorative alternatives. The inevitable end result is adult prison. The pipeline does its work in a systemic and efficient way. Continue Reading

Don’t Navigate the Juvenile Justice System on Your Own: Introducing Family Engagement Partners

Raising children in today’s climate is arguably one of the toughest challenges parents will face. Deciding on the appropriate balance of love, discipline, spoiling, and tough love leaves parents and guardians with questions and doubts about their approach to parenting.… Continue Reading