Stop House Bill 12! Save Our Children and Youth!

House Bill 12HB/HB12 is replacing Senate Bill 1/SB! SB1 contained such items as deciding the residentcy of St. Louis Metropolitan Police offiers, allowing the Missouri Attorney General to take over cases from the St. Louis Circuit Attorney, and worse….make it… Continue Reading

EVERY TUESDAY: Just[ice] for You: Families Impacted by the Juvenile Courts

Every Tuesday from 6pm-7:30pm, families with youth involved in the court system are invited to share their experiences. Participants will learn how to navigate the system, understand their rights and advocate for their youths. Participatory Defense is a community organizing… 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