$25,000 / Fall 2017
Power U was founded in Overtown, the historic home of Miami’s Black community, in 2000, as an intergenerational organization. In 2007, in response to the violent repression of a peaceful student demonstration in a predominantly Black high school in Miami’s urban core, Power U became actively involved in the fight to dismantle the school to prison pipeline and promote restorative justice practices in schools. Today, Power U has centralized its educational justice and youth organizing work through the lens of reproductive justice. In 2015, Power U won Miami-Dade’s first restorative justice practices pilot projects. A $25,000 renewal grant will enable Power U to continue to organize to ensure appropriate support from the district for the restorative justice pilots it won and their expansion to high schools. Additionally, Power U seeks to build a strong and engaged alliance of progressive community members and organizations that support a vision for Florida that includes educational justice, reproductive justice, and anti-criminalization.