Posts By: Rise

Glossary of Terms

Rise is developing this glossary as a tool to support our shared understanding of terms as we begin to dive deeper into learning about abolition and community care together. We recognize that language is always changing and that many terms are defined in a variety of ways, and that this glossary is not comprehensive. This is a “living” webpage, and we will continue to update and expand it over time. 

We have drawn from a wide … Read More

Examples of Community-Based Groups and Organizations

Artwork by Eileen Jimenez. Learn more.

The road to abolishing the family policing system and creating a community-centered society requires addressing intersectional issues including, but not limited to, abolishing the prison industrial complex; empowering racial, reproductive and healing justice movements; centering survivors of domestic violence; and creating accessible, quality housing, education and child care for all.

Below, we offer examples of community-based organizations doing work that is crucial to building a society free of oppressive systems … Read More

PAR Team Profiles

Halimah Washington, Community Coordinator, PAR Project Lead

I am a Black Mama from New York City who is directly impacted by the family regulation system with involvement going back multiple generations. My experience with the family policing system speaks to how it stays in people’s lives for multiple generations, never helping, but continuing to cause harm and trauma throughout the generations. I am passionate about this work because Black and brown families deserve to thrive and … Read More

The PAR Team’s Journey: Research by Parents to Build Power and Community

The Rise Participatory Action Research (PAR) project, completed in partnership with TakeRoot Justice, was led by our PAR Team of six mothers directly impacted by the family policing system in NYC: Halimah Washington, Naashia B., Shamara Kelly, Melissa Landrau, Yvonne Smith and Imani Worthy. PAR is a model in which people directly impacted by an issue are centered in the design, implementation and interpretation of the research.

Here, the Rise PAR Team reflects on their process together.

Participatory Action Research Report Release

>> This online event will take place on September 29, 2021 at 10:00 am ET. Register via Eventbrite. 

Over the past year, in partnership with TakeRoot Justice, a team of six parents at Rise led a participatory action research (PAR) project to document the harms of the family policing system and develop a vision and plan for investing in structures of community care and support. The Rise PAR team facilitated 10 focus groups—called community conversations—and conducted … Read More