The St. Cloud Police Department and community organizations signed a new Community Policing Agreement Thursday afternoon, the first revamp since its creation in 2005.

The action was a significant step in the history of the agreement, but there were few drastic differences between the two documents.

Among the most visible differences is the name. The 2005 agreement did not have an official title, said St. Cloud Assistant Chief of Police Jeff Oxton, but the 2018 document has been officially named the St. Cloud Community Policing Agreement.

According to the new agreement, this was to “reflect its role for the entire St. Cloud community.”

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The complaint was filed in November by the Labor/Community Strategy Center, the parent organization of the Bus Riders Union, and it alleges that in each year from 2012 to 2015, black riders—who make up about 19 percent of bus and rail riders—were handed more than 50 percent of all fare evasion citations.

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The $3.4 Trillion Mistake: The Cost of Mass Incarceration and Criminalization, and How Justice Reinvestment Can Build A Better Future For All
Reinvest 4 Justice

The report details how the U.S.’s misguided criminal justice policies wasted $3.4 trillion over the last three decades that could have instead been used to more effectively address the root causes of crime and meet critical community needs. The report by Hazen grantees, Communities United, Make the Road New York, and Padres & Jóvenes Unidos, provides a national and state-by-state analysis of the country’s investments in police, prisons, jails, prosecutors, and immigration enforcement. It shows that, from 1982 to 2012, the U.S. increased its spending on the justice system from $90 billion annually to nearly $297 billion, a 229% increase. Cumulatively, over that 30-year period, the U.S. spent $3.4 trillion more on the justice system than it would have if spending had remained steady since 1982.


Charter Schools, Civil Rights and School Discipline: A Comprehensive Review
UCLA Civil Rights Project

This report, along with the companion spreadsheet, provides the first comprehensive description ever compiled of charter school discipline. In 2011-12, every one of the nation’s 95,000 public schools was required to report its school discipline data, including charter schools. This analysis, which includes more than 5,250 charter schools, focuses on out-of-school suspension rates at the elementary and secondary levels. The report describes the extent to which suspensions meted out by charter schools for each major racial group and for students with disabilities are excessive or disparate.


The Black Girl Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools
The Atlantic

Monique W. Morris, the co-founder of the National Black Women’s Justice Institute, offers tactics to work against damaging stigmas. (more…)

$25,000 / 2015

2135 Clarke Avenue
East Palo Alto, CA 94303
Tameeka Bennett, Executive Director
Website: www.youthunited.net

This one-year $25,000 renewal grant will assist Youth United in Community Action (YUCA) in providing a safe space to develop and support a core of young people to organize on affordable housing, education reform and immigrant rights issues for Brown, Black and Pacific Islander communities in East Palo Alto, CA. Over the next year, YUCA will develop and support a core of young people in East Palo Alto (EPA) to organize on social and environmental justice issues centering on affordable housing policy and education and to engage parents around student support and curriculum reform. YUCA sits on the community advisory committee for the EPA General Plan process in East Palo Alto. YUCA members have also knocked on all 1800 west side East Palo Alto apartment units in an effort to inform and educate tenants of the General Plan process that is currently happening in the city. YUCA continues to lead and participate in the Empower, Transform and Build EPA Coalition (ETB-EPA) and has expanded this coalition to include new organizations and individuals committed to preserving affordable housing in East Palo Alto. YUCA is also reaching out to community organizations in EPA and the Bay Area who have a specific focus on Education to work together through the “EPA Education Network.”

$30,000 / 2010, 2011

2135 Clarke Avenue
East Palo Alto, California 94303
Annie Loya, Director
Website: www.youthunited.net

Founded in1994, Youth United for Community Action (YUCA) is a grassroots community organization created, led and run by young people of color from low-income communities. YUCA primarily focuses on issues of social and environmental justice. A central focus of its work is enabling its members to expand their personal and community goals, taking greater control of their lives and working with other young people to take control of their community. YUCA also partners with its local continuation high school to provide a six-week series of political education workshops to high school aged youth most at risk of dropping out. Hazen’s $30,000 core grants in 2010 and 2011 will support YUCA’s base-building and campaigns for environmental and social justice.

$30,000 / 2011

East 43rd Street
Chicago, IL 60653
Jhatayn Travis, Executive Director
Website: www.kocoonline.org

The Kenwood Oakland Community Organization has been an instrument for grassroots social change in the Kenwood and Oakland communities of Chicago for nearly forty years.  Founded by religious and community leaders in the 1960’s, KOCO facilitated organizing campaigns that increased the resources and services available to families and residents. For the past 7 years, the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO) has been leading the struggle against corporate style school closings in gentrifying neighborhoods in Mid-South Chicago. These closing have disproportionately displaced African American and Latino students, which has had devastating effects on their academic performance, but also imposed a top down district approach which left families and students most-impacted by these decisions out of the process. This $30,000 core grant in 2011 will enable KOCO to organize youth and adults in low-income predominantly Black Mid-South neighborhoods of Chicago to improve the quality of neighborhood schools and increase high school graduation rates.

$15,000 / 2010

175 South 3d Suite 250
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Bill Faith, Executive Director
Website: www.cohhio.org

With a mission of ending homelessness and promoting affordable housing, the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO) is involved in a range of housing assistance services in Ohio, including homeless prevention, emergency shelters, transitional housing and permanent affordable housing with linkages to supportive services. COHHIO assists hundreds of housing organizations and homeless service providers in Ohio through public policy advocacy, training and technical assistance, research and public education. Hazen’s $15,000 grant in 2010 will support the Youth Empowerment Project in its efforts to develop and sustain youth councils in Columbus, Akron, Cincinnati and Dayton. It will also support COHHIO prevent homelessness and improve services while expanding and improving education opportunities for homeless youth through leadership programs, empowerment and service.

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Other Materials from the Foundation

  • ABFE Award for Philanthropic Leadership acceptance remarks
    At the 2013 Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE) annual conference in April, The Edward W. Hazen Foundation was presented with the Institutional Award for Philanthropic Leadership accepted by Hazen President, Lori Bezahler and Sonia Jarvis, Board President.
  • Hazen President’s Response to the 2013 Zimmerman Verdict
    The Hazen Foundation is dedicated to lifting up the experiences of young people of color and supporting them in pushing for just policies and laws. It is therefore impossible to allow the acquittal of George Zimmerman in his trial for the shooting of Trayvon Martin to go by without comment. But while there is a clear institutional interest, I must concede that this commentary is personal.
  • Hazen Program Officer Response to the 2013 Zimmerman Verdict
    Since 1989, the Edward W. Hazen Foundation’s national funding has focused primarily on supporting engaged parents and community leaders to organize to improve schools and to support the development of youth leaders to organize for social justice in communities of color. The work of these organized parents, youth of color and their allies have been critical in the fight against injustices such as the killing of Trayvon Martin and in increasing opportunities for better teachers, counselors, jobs, housing, facilities, policing, school discipline, media representation and public policy.
  • CADRE – Organizing For Human Rights and Respect
    In the spring of 2007, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) adopted a new discipline policy for its 730,000 students. The new policy moves the district away from harsh “zero tolerance” strategies, and focuses instead on prevention through positive behavior supports, teacher training for better classroom management, and parent engagement. Read more…
  • COHHIO – We Know What We Can Do
    “We have the voice. We know what we can do.”At 18 years old Aliwya Sharif has done more than many adults. She has been a spokesperson at press conferences, an advocate with elected officials, and a leader to her peers. She has also been homeless and has struggled for stability in fragile life circumstances. Read more…
  • Concerned Citizens for a Better Greenville – Cultivating a Powerful Voice
    The powerful Mississippi River flows past the town of Greenville as a force of nature. Watching the river go past, one can hardly help thinking about its ability to change course over decades and centuries, transforming the very land through which it passes. Read more…
  • Hazen Foundation E-Newsletter – Fall 2009
    Recent news from Hazen Foundation Grantees for the Fall 2009.
  • Growing Up With Injustice
    A Hazen Foundation case study on school discipline.
  • Hazen Foundation Assessment Report – 1999-2003
    Organizing for Youth Development and School Improvement: A Final Report from a Strategic Assessment. Includes Two Case Studies of the Hazen Foundation’s Public Education Strategy.
  • Jovenes Unidos – Building Youth Leaders
    Lalo Montoya, a student at North High School in Denver, used to skip a lot of school. It just didn’t seem that the teachers or counselors at North expected much from the school’s predominantly Latino students. Read more…
  • Lessons Learned From The 2006 Hazen Foundation Baseline Study of Grantee Organizations
  • New Settlement Apartments – Building Trust – Parents, Teachers and Administrators Come Together
    One sure way to undermine progress is to divide the very people who must come together to create genuine and lasting reform. Read more…
  • Partnerships for Change
    Community-Union Collaboration in Public Education – A report of the covening of community organizations and teacher unions in Chicago from the Education Organizing newsletter of the Center for Community Change.
  • Press Release – New Hazen Trustees
    The Edward W. Hazen Foundation is pleased to announce new Trustees and Board Chair
  • U.S. Demographic Trends and Implications for Young People’s Development
    A Conversation with Dr. Harold Hodgkinson, Director of The Center for Demographic Studies at the Institute for Educational Leadership.
  • Why The Struggle for Equality Continues
    For Americans who believe that we still have some work to do “to form a more perfect union” as specified in the preamble to our Constitution, an important anniversary in our nation’s history is approaching. On August 28, 2013, we will be commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. This is a propitious time for us to assess how much progress as a nation we have made in overcoming a history of slavery, racial segregation, political discrimination, and economic subordination endured by African Americans and other people of color.

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