Education Justice for NY-12

I still have my 5th grade with my friends signatures.
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C WPA Poster
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C WPA Poster
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C WPA Poster
Haiti, a drama of the black Napoleon, by William Du Bois, Lafayette Theatre
Free classes in drawing, painting, sculpture and photography for adults

As Mary Gould, director of the Alliance for Higher Education in Prison stated, “There needs to be a recognition that most people who are in prison have in one way or another in their life been intentionally excluded, marginalized, underserved or provided inadequate access to education. In far too many situations, education is seen as part of the ‘rehabilitation process.’ It’s not education with the idea that everyone deserves access to quality education, but that education can do something ‘corrective,’ and that is incredibly problematic,” Gould said. “Recidivism is not an educational outcome.”

We need to ensure those incarcerated have access to quality academic programs and education approved for federal dollars. A 2019 study stated, “that while Black and Hispanic incarcerated students enroll in college programs as often as their white peers, they complete at lower rates. With Black men in particular over-represented in the criminal justice system, many see post-secondary prison programs as a racial justice issue.”

Black and Latino students are frequently filtered out of the top-performing screened schools
Free art classes for children & adults Under direction of Federal Art Project, WPA

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Maya Contreras

Maya Contreras

Democratic candidate for Congress to represent #NY12. Voting Rights Advocate. Policy Educator. Public Health is Public Safety. No Policy About You, Without You.