The Break the Pipeline campaign is a multi-system campaign to end criminalization, mass incarceration and supervision of black youth and adults in the education, police, and juvenile court, and prison systems by building power with families and formerly incarcerated people.
The work of ending the school to prison pipeline from the MCU perspective requires intentional engagement and organizing of faith communities and affected communities. We educate and inform congregations to understand systemic change in education, police and juvenile justice systems as critical to creating healthy children and communities. Capacity also involves the engagement of parents and students as stakeholders in bettering the educational systems. We will continue to build capacity by training leaders to engage policymakers and power structures by building relationships and strategic actions. Training leaders are part of our organizing ladder of leadership where we move concerned/affected people into various roles so they become key leaders in a segment of the campaign and within the larger community.