Refusing To Be Complicit in our Prison nation: Teachers Rethinking Mandated Reporting

“Refusing To Be Complicit in our Prison nation: Teachers Rethinking Mandated Reporting” – By Erica Meiners & Charity Tolliver

BBS Executive Director Charity Tolliver and School to Prison Pipeline scholar and activist Erica Meiners recently published a paper on the role of teachers as Mandated Reporters in the journal Radical Teacher.

“Teachers are mandated reporters who are required by law to report suspected negligence and abuse. While on paper this charge looks neutral, this essay illustrates why teachers should rethink their roles and organize against mandated reporting laws. To teach to ensure that all Black Lives Matter requires refusing to be complicit in the mechanisms that contribute to the destruction of too many families and communities.”

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#BlackMamasMatter Community Baby Shower

In October 2016 we hosted our first ever #BlackMamasMatter Community Baby Shower, where 40+ moms, parents, kids, and community members joined us for an afternoon of gifts, community, games, self-care and giveaways.


These drop-in events provide space for new or soon-to-be moms that celebrates them and their bundles of joy, while providing support and resources they may need. We hold these events in neighborhoods with high levels of DCFS involvement.

HUGE Thank yous to our event co-sponsors, Moms Rising and Blocks Together!

Check out more photos on our Facebook Page!

Next Community Baby Shower will be held in Spring 2017. To get involved, email