Posts By: Rise

Toward Our North Star: Rise’s Abolition Retreat

Artwork by Eileen Jimenez. Learn more.

Rise recently held a three-day retreat for staff to learn together about the child welfare system, abolition and restorative and transformative justice approaches to addressing harm. We discussed roots of oppression (including racism, classism, sexism, ableism, colonization, capitalism) and envisioned our “North Star” — our vision for children, families and communities. 

Led by Bianca Shaw, assistant director for programs and culture, and Genevieve Saavedra Dalton Parker, development director, the retreat provided an … Read More

Rise’s Vision and Calls to Action 2020

Rise shared its vision, current projects and calls to action for our community to get involved on Sept. 29 through a webinar.

Watch below if you missed it, and feel free to share in your networks to build the movement to dismantle child welfare systems and create communities that invest in families and offer collective care, healing and support.

Sept 29, 2020

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Rise 15th Anniversary Virtual Celebration – RSVP Today

Please join us for a virtual 15th anniversary celebration to toast our first 15 years and support our Rise & Shine Parent Leadership Program!

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A Toast to Rise! 15th Anniversary CelebrationOctober 28, 6pm EST – Virtual Event Featured SpeakersDorothy RobertsRep. Gwen Moore Featured PerformanceJelani Alladin Pre-Party 5:30-6pm Musical Guest: Compás

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Wish Rise a Happy Anniversary!

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Rise Community Conversations: ‘A Space of Reimagining’

In exploring child welfare system abolition, Rise is learning that abolition is a vision and strategy to cultivate hope about society and to reimagine community-based care. This summer, Rise began facilitating community conversations as part of a longer-term process to develop and support a vision for building safe, just and healing-centered communities that support the well-being of children and families — without child welfare system surveillance and involvement.

In order to share our journey transparently and in solidarity with others involved in abolition work, we talked with some of the Rise team who facilitated and joined the community conversations: Bianca Shaw, assistant director for programs and culture; Halimah Washington, community coordinator; Nancy Fortunato, senior parent leader; Genevieve Saavedra Dalton Parker, development director; and Careena Farmer, contributor. Here, they discuss what we are working on and learning about at Rise.