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Parental Incarceration Has Worsened Disparities Between Black, White Children
By Holly Yettick
April 18, 2014
A pair of sociologists has taken a ruler to the role that parental incarceration plays in childhood inequality, only to learn that a measuring wheel might have been a more appropriate tool.
By the time they reached age 14, a quarter of black babies born in 1990 had seen a parent go to jail or prison, Sara Wakefield of Rutgers University-Newark and Christopher Wildeman of Yale University write in Children of the Prison Boom: Mass Incarceration and the Future of American Inequality, a book published in December by the Oxford University Press.
By contrast, that rate was 14 percent for black babies born just 12 years earlier, in 1978. What happened between those two periods is that the U.S. incarceration rate exploded; it is currently both the highest in the world and the highest it has ever been.
For whites, the percentages of children with incarcerated parents also increased, but remained much lower. About 3 percent of white babies born in 1990 had witnessed parental incarceration by age 14, as compared to 1 percent of white babies born in 1978.
The study focused on black and white children because the differences are starker and also because large-scale data sets have classified Hispanics inconsistently throughout the years, making it difficult to assess the impact of parental incarceration.
"We anticipate that the results we discuss here would apply in much the same direction (if not magnitude) to Hispanic children," the authors write.
Overall, more than 3 percent of American children (2.7 million) have a parent in prison on any given day.
"In most instances," Wakefield and Wildeman state, "the removal of a parent makes a bad situation worse."
As a result, children whose fathers have been incarcerated fare worse than similar children whose fathers have not been locked up. For instance, they have higher rates of problems with mental health and behavior.
Wakefield and Wildeman also found that the large increases in parental incarceration over time increased the disparities between black and white children's behavioral problems.
Children with incarcerated parents are also more likely than similar children to end up homeless. Wakefield and Wildeman conclude that the black-white gap in childhood homelessness would have been 26 percent to 65 percent smaller had mass imprisonment never occurred.
Finally, children of incarcerated fathers are more likely to die before the age of 1.
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The Parent Revolution Hits the Road

South Side Church
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
864 E. 64th Street
Chicago, Illinois
Please call 773.285.9600 for more information
Black Teachers Across
America Respond to Being "Structured Out" of Education

Shambra Mulder, LEXINGTON, KY - It is happening right her in Lexington, KY!

Sheila Taylor, CHICAGO, IL -
I am one of the black teachers who has been "structured out" of a permanent position. Why is it that as an educator with 2 Masters degrees and over 12 years experience, I now am not desirable as a candidate for a position?

Yvonne Carter DOVER, DE - I am black, and can relate.

Jennifer Saunders, HIGH POINT, NC - I am one of the NYC African American Teachers who was illegally terminated and pushed out and who has helped to mount teacher campaigns using the NYS Courts and the US Federal Courts and the Public Employee Relations Board to hold the NYC Department of Education and United Federation of Teachers accountable to no avail over the last 10 years. I agree with this petition and request an investigation into the massive termination of African American teachers throughout the country.

JoniAnn Jones-Chaney, CHICAGO, IL - I am an African American teacher in the middle of an ULP, Unfair Labor Practice Hearing in which I am on the brink of losing my job.

Linda George, PARAMOUNT, CA - Because I am a victim of this practice.

Finnos Coleman ST. LOUIS, MO - I am a teacher who was deemed incompetent.

YOLANDA WALKER, FAR ROCKAWAY, NY - I am slated for termination for the same reasons you enumerate.

Edna Rhambo, AUSTIN, TX - I was a teacher for twenty five plus years and I experienced many threats.
Jenean Simmons, CHICAGO, IL - Teacher who has been unable to obtain a full-time teaching position after 13 years of teaching.
Rodney Pruitt, CHICAGO, IL - I was terminated from a special education school due to "low enrollment" when the office, who only sent. students through their own referrals, "strangled" us off. I am a special education endorsed teacher with two Masters degrees who mysteriously cannot be rehired, even when I have applied to everything. Add to that the fact that I became active and gave speeches for the Chicago Teachers Union. Unfortunately, my issues are not the exception. Our city government has used Black teachers as a "tool" for accelerating gentrification, with the Mayor's blessing. Considering his ties to the Obama administration and the Secretary of Education, one can expect no address of these issues. Even the teachers union has gone silent on the issue as another prominent component of the African-American middle class is being closed out. I appeal to the Justice Department to investigate the actions of the City of Chicago and its Board of Education beyond the acceptance of "official statements" and connect these actions to forced gentrification of our neighborhoods.
Dr. Wayne X. Davenport, CHARLOTTE, NC - I'm one of the African teacher unfairly let go after being named one of the best in the district but failed annual teacher evaluation in Charlotte, NC.

Ursula Scott, PORT ORANGE, FL - I was a victim of this same practice in 1990 in the state of FL.

Carol Hudson, CHICAGO, IL - It important to me because, I lost my job after 20 years of service.
Please contact the following authorities with your concerns:
  1. Attorney General, Eric H. Holder, Jr.,- 202-514-2001
  2. United States Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan - 1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327)
  3. White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans (WHIEEAA) David Johns - Executive Director - 202-205-9853
  4. White House - Comments: 202-456-1111, Switchboard: 202-456-1414
Click Here to sign a petition in support of this issue and/or to leave a comment on how being "structured out" of the American education system has affected your life.
The Black Star Project
Is Looking For A Few Good Women
to Mentor Black Girls
Women Mentors Will Meet to Plan on
Thursday, April 24, 2014, 6:30 pm
The Black Star Project
3509 South King Drive
Chicago, Illinois
Please call 773.285.9600 for more information
Young girls 9 to 14 years old should call us at 773.285.9600 to become part of this program.
Black Men United
are sponsoring
No Murders In May
Mother's Day Luncheon
Omaha, Nebraska

Black Men United in partnership with Goodwill Industries Omaha and Risen Son Baptist Church are challenging the city of Omaha to stop killing one another for at least one month.

No Murders in May is a gift we are asking all of Omaha to give to their mothers and grandmothers whose children will not be able to be with them or to wish them a Happy Mothers Day! We are pleading with the community to rally around the theme of mothers. In honor of our mothers and our grandmothers and in honor of our children; No Murders In May!

We will be honoring mothers and grandmothers who have lost their children to violence with a Mothers Day Luncheon on Saturday, May 10, 2014 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Goodwill Industries Durham Room.

Our guest speakers this year will be Ms. Amy Hadan who lost her 24 yr old daughter on December 15, 2013 at 108th and Q Street when her daughter, a mother and pre school teacher heard gunfire and while trying to run from it, ran into the line of fire and Tabatha Manning who lost her 5 year old daughter Payton Benson while she was sitting at her kitchen table eating breakfast. We are so appreciative that these two strong dynamic women have agreed to participate.

We hope in some small way, this luncheon shows the love, support and admiration we have for our mothers and grandmothers who have had to bury their child. Today! We honor and salute you!

Click Here to Register for No Murders in May Mother's Day Luncheon.
Click Here to Learn More about Black Men United
International Study Shows
Payments to Parents Best Way to Increase Student Success
(Kuni Takahashi/Getty Images)
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Over the past 50 years, remarkable progress has been made ensuring that children receive basic education. More than 60 percent of adults in low-income countries can read and write, whereas in 1962, just one-third were literate. Today, nearly nine in 10 children around the world complete primary school.
In a research paper on education released today, Peter Orazem highlights the different ways that decision-makers could approach the challenge of providing education in developing countries.
Thus, Peter Orazem considers three strategies that seem to offer the best evidence of success to date: nutrition supplements, offering information on returns to schooling, and conditional cash transfers for school attendance. All have been shown to succeed with benefits that exceed the costs.
It may seem surprising to focus on nutrition to achieve better schooling, but malnourished children learn poorly. Insuring proper nutrition when brain development is occurring makes a significant difference.
Increasing the years a child spends in school simply by providing accurate information to kids and parents on the returns of education schooling is another promising and relatively inexpensive intervention.
Finally, Orazem argues that the most consistent evidence of success in recent years comes from making payments to underprivileged parents conditional on their children attending school.
These programs-known as conditional cash transfers--have consistently increased child attendance, even when the transfer is modest.
Administrative costs have been lower than those of other social interventions. In addition to positive schooling outcomes, these transfers have lowered the poverty rate, improved the nutritional status of poor households, and have increased the proportion of children receiving vaccinations and other health services. While there is great variance in performance, a dollar spent on such programs on average produces benefits of about $9.
Because the programs increase the intensity of child investment in school as well as child time in school, they help to break the cycle of poverty whereby poor parents underinvest in their children's schooling and doom their children to poverty.
Yet, cash-transfers programs are much more expensive than nutrition or health interventions. That might explain why cash transfer programs are concentrated in wealthier countries while nutrition programs typically focus on the poorest countries.
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Bjorn Lomborg is a Nobel Laureate in Economics
"You want to educate your
Black children? Then you
will go to jail!!!"
Kelley Williams-Bolar was jailed for seeking the best education for her daughters. She will speak to parents and educators about education for poor, Black children and their families in American schools.
Saturday, May 10, 2014
1:00 pm at The MET
(Metropolitan Apostolic Church)
4100 South King Drive
Chicago, Illinois
Ms. Williams-Bolar has paid a high price to educate her children. Are you willing to invest 2 hours of your time to hear Ms. Williams-Bolar discuss education in America?
The MET and The Black Star Project are asking churches, social service organizations, businesses, schools, universities, street organizations, government agencies or individuals to sponsor Ms. Williams-Bolar's coming to Chicago for this lecture.
Please call 773.285.9600 to RSVP or to contribute to this cause. There will be a special reception with Ms. Williams-Bolar and her daughters for those who support this cause.
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