GSAFE Staff Attends ActionCamp in Denver


At the end of June, GSAFE staff members Key Jackson and Tim Michael attended “ActionCamp 2.0” in Denver, Colorado, which focused on organizing to end the school-to-prison pipeline.  ActionCamp was organized by the Advancement Project, in partnership with the Alliance for Educational Justice, the Dignity in Schools Campaign, Padres & Jóvenes Unidos, Labor/Community Strategy Center, Youth United for Change, and the Gay Straight Alliance Network of California.

ActionCamp 2.0 built off of introductory ideas and skills from the first ActionCamp, which GSAFE staff attended in Chicago in 2012.  “This ActionCamp gave us a chance to dig in deeper with different ideas and organizing strategies,” says Michael.  “I look forward to figuring out ways to better include information about education justice and the school-to-prison pipeline in our youth programming and educator trainings.”

GSAFE staff attended with one of GSAFE’s Student Planners, as well as with adults and youth from Voces de la Frontera/Youth Empowered in the Struggle and Urban Underground.


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“Some of the boys used the expression ‘No Homo’ when playing a game and I immediately talked to them about what that phrase means and how it is offensive. GSAFE’s training prepared me to intervene in that moment.”

After school program staff