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Exploring the Youth Justice Election Perspective

NJJN Membership Advisory Council Member Jorren Biggs talks with Emancipate NC's Justice Fellow Aneesha Tucker and California Youth Activist and Policy Organizer Ronaldo Villeda about the election, innovation, and imagining safer spaces for youth....

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My First Protest Experience

My First Protest Experience

by Kyla Holton, Emancipate NC Justice League Fellow and senior at Garner Magnet High School I can so vividly remember the first protest that truly caught my eye while I experienced watching it on T.V. It was 2016, right after Donald Trump was elected as the U.S...

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Emancipate NC Staff Bail Out Raleigh Protestors

Emancipate NC Staff Bail Out Raleigh Protestors

On August 28, close to 1,000 people marched through downtown Raleigh, up Fayetteville Street from the Wake County Justice Center to the State Capitol. The protest comes days after Jacob Blake, a Black man in Wisconsin, was left paralyzed after a police officer shot...

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Poetic Justice 2020 to be Held Virtually on September 11

Poetic Justice 2020 to be Held Virtually on September 11

Please register and join us Friday, September 11, 2020 at 7:00 pm for Poetic Justice 2020, to be held virtually via Zoom due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Emancipate NC Poet-in-Residence Hausson Byrd will curate multiple young artists to share stories and spoken...

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Emancipate NC Raises Another Billboard for Black Lives

Emancipate NC Raises Another Billboard for Black Lives

Above, Executive Director Dawn Blagrove and Community Organizer Kerwin Pittman stand in front of the newly-erected billboard that will stay up until at least September 6. On August 10, Emancipate NC’s Kerwin Pittman helped organize funds and logistics to have another...

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What Qualified Immunity Is and Why It Must be Ended for Police

Qualified immunity is one of the critical reasons so many police are never successfully held accountable for  misconduct. And even in the rare occurrence that police are held accountable, qualified immunity means they almost never personally have to pay for violating...

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The Problem with Criminalizing Childhood Trauma

The Problem with Criminalizing Childhood Trauma

by Tessa Hale, Emancipate NC Board Member Years ago, I worked as a mitigation specialist on death penalty cases.  In that role, I constructed humanizing social histories for defendants in cases that would be presented at the sentencing phases of their...

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The Night Police Officers Almost Killed Me

The Night Police Officers Almost Killed Me

by Dawn Blagrove, Executive Director I was 16 years old, living in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. I was in the car with my mother, on a dark road, picking my father up from his second shift job. Two police officers pulled us over for a trumped up traffic violation. We were...

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