The Campaign for Youth Justice declared October to be National Youth Justice Action Month (YJAM). Since 2009, YJAM has grown every year. YJAM aims to provide people across the country with an opportunity to develop action-oriented events in their communities. We hope to see you in October!
As part of Youth Justice Action Month (YJAM) , we’re asking young people and those who have been impacted by harsh laws that sentence youth to adult time to help design the Campaign for Youth Justice’s (CFYJ) annual holiday card encompassing the theme of “Peace & Justice.”
Many activists and organizers are well versed in the ways that structural racism drives unfair outcomes for youth who come in contact with the law. It is well documented that despite a near 60% drop in youth incarceration and continued falling arrest rates that in many places racial and ethnic disparities are increasing despite reform efforts.
Since 2009, YJAM has grown every year. Youth, families, students and advocates throughout the country have made YJAM what it is today – a movement to end the prosecution of youth in the adult system.
This year for YJAM, the Campaign for Youth Justice joins other national organizations and movements in calling for our local communities to A.C.T. to End Racism. Our youth justice systems are infected with racism, racial bias, and racial and ethnic disparities, so we are encouraging all YJAM participants to join us in: Awakening to the damaging effects of racism; Confronting racism in our own lives and work; and Transforming ourselves, our communities, our institutions, and our values to reflect our core beliefs in equity, humanity, and justice for all.