PUSHOUT - The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools: Screening and Talk...

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Trinity Episcopal Church

503 Asbury Avenue

Asbury Park, NJ 07712

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NEWEST Panelist! Krystal Seruya! In her own words, "I was what they call a dual-system kid. In the world of youth justice, that means I spent time in both a youth detention center and foster care. As you can imagine, it wasn’t an easy journey from those dark days to my life today as a 26-year-old full-time social worker." Krystal Seruya is a family preservation specialist for Youth Advocate Programs Inc. and heads up the youth arm of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, Youth4Justice NJ.

NEW Panelist! Nicole Pratt is a Senior Parent Professional Trainer for SPAN Parent Advocacy Network. Nicole is also the Project Coordinator on the Empowering Women in Community Leadership for Healthier Families as well as The Diverse Parent Engagement Development & TA Facilitator on the Leadership in Family Professional Partnerships.

Nicole has a BS in Psychology and a Masters in Teaching along with extensive training in Human Behavior/Positive Behavior Supports, Mental Health Facilitation, Social Determinates of Health and Trauma-Informed Care.

NEW Panelist! Brenda Brathwaite, NJEA Amistad Stakeholder Group chair, an NJEA member and Atlantic City math teacher has joined our panel!

New Sponsor! The MCEA/NJEA (Monmouth County Education Association, a part of the NJ Education Association) has provided sponsorship for light finger foods for those coming straight from work. Also, thanks to Marie Blistan, NJEA President for your support of this event!

Join us for a free screening of the powerful documentary movie, "PUSHOUT - The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools", organized by Sheila Caldwell, RN, BSN, CSN-NJ and a public school nurse with the support of the Racial Justice Project! You can follow Sheila on Twitter @scaldwell7201.

"PUSHOUT" is a feature length documentary which takes a close look at the educational, judicial and societal disparities facing Black Girls. Inspired by the groundbreaking book of the same name by renowned scholar, Monique W. Morris, Ed.D. The documentary confronts the ways in which the misunderstanding of Black girlhood has led to excessive punitive discipline which in turn disrupts one of the most important factors in their lives, their education.

Great Watching

PUSHOUT website with trailer

Let Her Learn - National Women's Law Center

Great Reading

The Ending Punitive, Unfair, School-based Harm that is Overt and Unresponsive to Trauma (P.U.S.H.O.U.T.) Act - legislation to end the punitive pushout of girls of color from schools and disrupt the school-to-confinement pathway. The Ending PUSHOUT Act acknowledges the harmful ways in which Black and Brown girls are criminalized and overpoliced at school.

Black Kids in NJ Schools Suspended at Higher Rate than White Kids

Educators' Discussion Guide


6:00pm Registration and Networking

6:15pm Welcome and Introduction from Sheila Caldwell and the Racial Justice Project

6:30pm PUSHOUT Film Screening

8:00pm Community Talkback Panel: Where Do We Go From Here?

8:50-9:00 Closing Remarks

Join the movement @pushoutfilms
#StandWithBlackGirls #PUSHOUTfilms #blackgirlmagic


Is there a cost for this event?

This event is FREE! Your donations towards our expenses are always welcome, but not required :)

If I make a donation, is it tax deductible?

Yes, donations are tax deductible! The Racial Justice Project is part of Trinity Episcopal Church. We inherit our nonprofit status from the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey EIN 21-0634592 Group Exemption Number 2421. Therefore, for your donation, our EIN is 21-0689313 and the name is Trinity Episcopal Church.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

No, there is no ID or age requirement. However, please take note of the topic matter and/or film rating and adjust accordingly. Also, please be aware that participants are allowed to express their forthright and honest viewpoints.

Is there handicapped access?

There are a few marked handicapped parking spots in the parking lot near the front entrance but there is a short flight of stairs outside with hand rails. Inside, there are 3-4 steps up to the gym and 3-4 down to the nearest restrooms.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There is a small parking lot. Enter from Asbury Ave. There is also ample free street parking. The Asbury Park NJ Transit Center is a few blocks away, with access to NJ Transit trains and buses. From the AP Transit Center, walk North on Main Street. At Asbury Avenue, go right for 3 blocks. The church is on your left.

What should I bring to the event?

This is an indoor venue. It is lightly air conditioned so please dress accordingly. Light refreshments and snacks will be available.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please scroll to the bottom of this event link and click on "Contact" under organizer, just above the map. Or just email us at racialjusticeprojectap AT :)

Do you have more awesome social justice events?

Yes! Please go to our main Eventbrite page here to see all of our events:

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