On August 13, Rise rallied at City Hall to oppose the city’s plans to expand ACS-led family enrichment centers (FECs) from three to 30 sites.
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Columbia Journal of Race and Law (CJRL) hosted their 11th Annual Symposium in June. This year, the topic of the symposium was Strengthened Bonds: Abolishing the Child Welfare System and Re-Envisioning Child Well-Being. Videos of all symposium panels are now available online on CJRL’s YouTube and Facebook pages.
At the symposium, Imani Worthy, public speaking coordinator, Halimah Washington, community coordinator and Bianca Shaw, co-executive director of Rise, spoke about community approaches to child well-being and strengthening bonds.
Mayor De Blasio recently announced that NYC will expand its ACS-led family enrichment centers (FECs) from three pilot sites to 30 FECs throughout the city. Parents and allies have voiced concerns that FECs are run by ACS — an agency parents distrust and fear. ACS has the power to separate families and a track record of disproportionately punitive responses to Black families. As parents have documented and research shows, tying resources to service providers associated with the family policing system (ACS) discourages parents from accessing support or being transparent about their real needs. We invite you to learn more about this issue, get involved and sign up for updates!
Rise is excited to welcome Noshin to our team! As policy coordinator, Noshin will support Rise’s shift to community organizing to reverse NYC’s over-investment in family policing and under-investment in communities.
The program ran from February through June 2021 and is by and for parents directly impacted by the family policing system. In Rise & Shine, parents built a strong foundation for advocacy and leadership in their communities.