Growing #NoNewYouthJail Movement to Demonstrate at Juvenile Facility in Appeal of Master Use Permit

For Immediate Release


Growing #NoNewYouthJail Movement  to Demonstrate at Juvenile Facility in Appeal of Master Use Permit

70+ Organizations Sign On to Appeal Surprise Holiday Land Use Permit Approval By City Department of Construction and Inspection

Seattle, WA – On Thursday, December 22, 2016 Mayor Edward Murray and the  City of Seattle Department of Construction and Inspection took another step in the wrong direction and issued a Master Use Permit to begin construction on the proposed $210 million youth jail in Seattle/Martin Luther King Jr. County, effectively continuing the injustice of incarceration for our most vulnerable[DW1]  young people. The City of Seattle issued their decision on the long-delayed land use permit for the jail on Thursday, December 22nd; leaving a narrow 14 day period (over the holidays) to appeal. Nonetheless 70+ organizations and individuals from across greater Seattle area have signed on to an appeal contesting the approval of the Master Use Permit to allow construction of the new youth jail WednesdayJanuary 11th at 12:30pm,  No New Youth Jail organizers and community members will hold a press conference at   at  the site of the proposed “Children and Families Justice Center” (1211 E Alder St, Seattle, WA 98122). Here organizers, educators, attorneys and community members, including youth who have been formerly incarcerated, come together to lay out what a community-led vision for a future without youth incarceration will  look like.

The event will include: a legal update on the No New Youth Jail lawsuit, success stories shared from those currently leading anti-racist and community-led leading alternatives to youth incarceration, personal stories of those directly impacted by youth incarceration, , , as well as  visual and symbolic imagery of a now national resistance to zero use of youth incarceration.

How do we build a society without youth incarceration? In partial answer to that question, Ending the Prison Industrial Complex (EPIC) and Social Justice Fund Northwest partnered to redistribute $500,000 reclaimed from the City of Seattle, to community-based alternatives to youth incarceration.  Through a participatory and democratic “giving circle” process, community members impacted by mass incarceration made the grantmaking decisions, awarding a total of $500,000 to fourteen organizations and collectives. This funding was the result of Seattle City Council Resolution 31614, itself the result of community organizing, which “endorses a vision for the City of Seattle to become a city with zero use of detention for youth, and establishing a path forward to develop policies that eliminate the need for youth detention.”

The selected groups represent a range of alternatives to detention including arts-based youth leadership development, trauma and healing support, restorative justice training and support to upstream alternatives that strengthen basic needs for the most impacted families and youth so that those who are most disproportionately arrested, detained, and incarcerated are able to determine their own circumstances and be engaged in developing a different path forward for their communities . Grantees work with a range of youth who are both in and outside of what is commonly known as the school-to-prison-pipeline.

The organizations funded by this process are:

  • African American Leadership Forum,
  • Black Starline,
  • BlackOut WA,
  • Community Passageways,
  • Companion Athletics,
  • Creative Justice,
  • Culturally Appropriate and Responsive Education (CARE) Center,
  • Life Over Violence Education Group,
  • Rainier Beach Restorative Justice Project,
  • Seattle Young People’s Project,
  • Good Shepherd Youth Outreach at South Lake High School,
  • United Better Thinking,
  • WA-Bloc,
  • We.App.

“Organizers believe in a community where adults take accountability for the inequitable[DW1]  system and institutions we set-up and manage. A system which forces certain youth and families into poverty, marginalized and excluded communities, and, ultimately, the school-to-prison pipeline.” Says Nikkita Oliver and Gyasi Ross in a recent article titled “So, What Do We Do With Youth Who Attempt To Kill?”

We are united under a vision to create a brighter future for our youth and our region that does not include incarceration of children, but instead invests in community to support, educate and empower our youth. The Seattle City Council has already taken steps in the right direction. We urge the King County Council and, especially King County Executive Dow Constantine, to be on the right side of history by terminating this racist new youth jail project and committing to working with the most impacted communities to develop and resource a just and effective network for supporting our children, youth and families. Included below is the list of over 70 organizations and individuals who signed on to appeal the City’s Master Use Permit and stand united for a better future for our youth.

  1. Youth Undoing Institutional Racism (YUIR)
  2. Ending the Prison Industrial   Complex NAACP-Seattle King County
  3. Village of Hope
  4. Real Change
  5. European Dissent
  6. Got Green
  7. AnakBayan Seattle
  8. Seattle Black Book Club
  9. BlackOut Washington
  10. Block the Bunker
  11. The People’s Institute NW
  12. FIGHT (Formerly Incarcerated Group Healing Together)
  13. Community 2 Community
  14. One America
  15. AALF (African American Leadership Forum)
  16. API/Chaya
  17. ARTifacts
  18. Arts Corps
  19. Autonomous Actions Against Prisons
  20. American Friends Service Committee
  21. Bayan PNW
  22. Buddhist Peace Fellowship
  23. Campion Residents for Community Alternatives to Incarceration
  24. CARW (Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites)
  25. CISPES
  26. Committee on Oppression and Racism in Education (CORE)
  27. UW School of Public Health
  28. Community Passageways
  29. Companion Athletics
  30. East African Business Association
  31. Evans People of Color (EPOC)
  32. University of Washington
  33. Hidmo
  34. Idle No More
  35. Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project (IMAP)
  36. Latina/o Law Students Association (LLSA)
  37. Latino Advocacy
  38. MEChA
  39. Seattle University
  40. Migrant Justice Group
  41. CARW
  42. No New Jim Crow
  43. NW Detention Center Resistance
  45. Partnership for Community & Diversity (PCD)
  46. University of Washington
  47. Pipsqueak
  48. Post-Prison Education Program
  49. The Public Advocate
  50. Race Action Committee at Evans (RACE)
  51. University of Washington
  52. Raging Grannies
  53. Rainier Beach Restorative Justice
  54. Recover the World
  55. Red Noses/Race & Climate Justice
  56. Rising Tide Seattle
  57. SeaSol (Seattle Solidarity Network)
  58. Seattle International Socialist Organization
  59. Seattle Mennonite Church
  60. Stand Up
  61. Stop Veolia Seattle
  62. SURGE
  63. Seattle Young Peoples Project
  64. Tenants Union of Washington State
  65. Transit Riders Union
  66. United Better Thinking
  67. University Unitarian Church
  68. Racial Justice Team
  69. UW School of Social Work’s Anti-Racism
  70. White Allyship Group (ARWAG)
  71. Valley & Mountain
  72. WA-BLOC
  73. Women of Color for Systemic Change
  74. Women of Color Speak Out
  75. Youth Speaks


Individual Appellants:

  1. Rabbi David Basior, Kadima Reconstructionist Congregation
  2. Rev. Rick Derksen
  3. Professor Rose Ernst, Seattle University
  4. Rev. Mark Zimmerly, Madrona Grace Presbyterian Church
  5. Rev. Andrew Conley-Holcom, Admiral Congregational Church in West Seattle
  6. Rev. Beth Chronister, University Unitarian Church






We Will Not Stand For The Building Of A New Youth Jail

We Will Not Allow This Racist Cycle To Continue

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.