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Torn Apart by Dorothy Roberts: NYC Book Release Event

Rise and the Revolution Books Educational Fund are co-hosting the NYC debut of Dorothy Roberts’ new book, Torn Apart: How the Child Welfare System Destroys Black Families—and How Abolition Can Build a Safer World. 

You’re invited! Join us by attending in person at Revolution Books in Harlem or by viewing the event online through Facebook Live. 

‘Our Goal Is Universal Child Care in NYS’: AQE’s Stevie Vargas discusses the importance of free, accessible child care—and what proposed legislation will change.

Rise identified access to child care as a 2022-2023 policy priority and has joined the Alliance for Quality Education (AQE), other community groups and child care providers in organizing to pass legislation to fund universal child care in New York State. Here, Stevie Vargas, AQE’s Upstate Campaign Coordinator, discusses the campaign for universal child care and what AQE heard from parents and providers during their 10-week statewide child care tour. She also explains what the proposed legislation will accomplish, why it is essential to end means testing, and how child care is an issue of racial, economic, gender and labor justice.

Family Policing and Trans Youth in Texas

Texas Governor Abbott has called on professionals and members of the public to report parents whose children receive gender-affirming care to “child protective” services. This transphobic and homophobic policing is using mandated reporting and the family policing system to enact violence on children and families. Rise supports trans youth, their parents/caregivers and medical providers of essential gender-affirming care. Parents should be supported in—not punished for—caring for their trans children! Rise calls for an end to mandated reporting, policing and punishment.

Self-Care and Community-Care Strategies

As part of our community-building workshops to begin the program, parents in the 2022 Rise & Shine leadership program engaged in discussion about self-care and community-care strategies. Together, parents developed a list of self-care and community-care strategies for our group, which we also want to share as a resource for our Rise community. We hope it can be a tool as we continue to explore ways to build relationships, keep each other safe and care … Read More

Halimah Washington Speaks at AQE Press Conference Demanding $5B for Universal Child Care

Rise joined Alliance for Quality Education (AQE), parents and child care providers at a press conference in the Bronx on February 24th to demand NY State invest $5 billion in universal child care.

Rise Community Coordinator Halimah Washington spoke about the need for universal child care and the link between the lack of accessible child care and family policing.