Achieving Police-Free Schools

September 28, 2020 @ 6:30 pm 7:30 pm

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We all want D.C. Public School students to learn in an environment that is safe and free from harm. But DCPS currently pays millions of dollars to staff our schools with police officers who, contrary to making schools safer, cause more harm.

Past data analyzed by the ACLU shows that schools with police reported 3.5 times as many arrests of children as schools without police, and have higher rates of suspensions and expulsions. These harms disproportionately impact Black and Brown students (Black girls especially), students with disabilities, and LGBTQ students..

Join the ACLU-DC and Black Swan Academy on Monday, September 28 at 6:30 PM EDT for a virtual conversation on the detrimental impact that police have on students, what resources would better serve young people, and how the Police-Free Schools campaign aims to create safer learning environments in D.C.

Tickets are pay-what-you-will, with a suggested donation of $10. 100% of ticket proceeds will benefit Black Swan Academy, a D.C.-based nonprofit organization that empowers Black youth through after-school programs, mentoring, and youth-led advocacy campaigns.

This event will serve as the ACLU-DC’s annual membership meeting, and organizational updates will be shared. All are welcome to attend, regardless of whether they choose to donate to Black Swan Academy.


  • Natacia Knapper, Field Organizer, ACLU of DC (Moderator)
  • Samantha Davis, Executive Director, Black Swan Academy
  • Monica Hopkins, Executive Director, ACLU of DC
  • Raven Carter, Youth Organizer, Black Swan Academy
  • Mary Beth Tinker, Board Member, ACLU of DC