Posted on 09/26/2012 @ 12:05 PM
During a four week summer intensive, high school students from all across New York in the Peapod Adobe Youth Voices Academy at Urban Arts Partnership partnered with LatinoJustice PRLDF to engage the topic of Stop & Frisk policies, community policing, and racial profiling. By collaborating with LatinoJustice, the students received training with our expert lawyers and they were granted access to a number of policy makers and experts in the field.
The students created a 30 album track, a mural in Brookyn and original choreography around the subject of Stop and Frisk, community policing, and racial justice.
Additionally, Academy students developed high level film and media skills through intensive instruction with the lead teaching artist from UAP, Michael Cordero. Students learned and are mastering the complexities of pre-production, production, and post-production phases of creating a film.
This fall, LatinoJustice PRLDEF will engage in a year long New Media & Advocacy Leadership project with the Peapod-UAP students. Students will learn the online and off-line organizing strategies through the New Organizing Institute curriculum. Our goal is for students to become agents of change in their community as they engage their peers in a conversation on stop and frisk and social justice issues that impact their world.
This is the trailer for the Peapod Adobe Youth Voices Academy student documentary "Unreasonable Suspicion." We are proud of the students and we look forward to watching the final piece in this fall.