Chicago youth host school to jail march

Chicago Youth Groups to Hold News Conference and “School to Jail” Ghost & Zombie Themed March to Call Attention to High Suspension Rates

Chicago Event Inaugurates Sep 29 – Oct 6 National Week of Action on School Pushout

Chicago, IL – On Saturday, September 29, students and education advocates from Blocks Together, Access Living's Advance Youth Leadership Power (AYLP), and other youth organizations from across the city will host a press conference and then march from Crane High School to the Audy Home, a Cook County Juvenile Detention Center,to raise awareness about the more than 3 million students suspended out–of–school each year and call on Chicago schools to implement positive discipline policies that improve the learning environment and keep students in school.

The “Break the School to Prison Pipeline” march will feature the “Ghosts of Graduates that Could Have Been” and “Zombie Strippers for the Truth.” This march will kick off the Dignity in Schools Campaign's 3rd Annual National Week of Action on School Pushout. Members of the DSC will hold marches, rallies, teach–ins and trainings in over 20 cities throughout the week of September 29 to October 6.

This year's Week of Action follows the recent launch of the “Solutions Not Suspensions” initiative (, a joint effort between the Dignity in Schools Campaign and Opportunity to Learn Campaign that calls for a nationwide moratorium on out–of–school suspensions, and the publication of the DSC's Model Code on Education and Dignity which lays out detailed policies, practices and implementation guidelines for transforming school climate and discipline models.

WHAT: “Break the School to Prison Pipeline” March

WHEN: Saturday, September 29 12:15 p.m.

WHERE: Crane High School at 2245 West Jackson, Chicago, IL – march will end at the Audy Home at 1100 South Hamilton in Chicago.

WHO: Students and parents from Blocks Together and Access Living's Advance Youth Leadership Power (AYLP).

VISUALS: Students in “ghost graduate” and “zombie stripper” costumes, colorful signs, matching green t–shirts with data about out–of–school suspensions.

Blocks Together is an organization of youth, parents and residents of the W. Humboldt Park neighborhood that advances economic and social justice.

Committed to challenging stereotypes, protecting civil rights and breaking institutional and community barriers, Access Living is a change agent at the forefront of the disability rights movement.


Ana Mercado, Organizer for Blocks Together, 312–498–6479,