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2023 Convening Schedule

Our goal is to foster a deeper understanding of what it truly means to engage in abolition work on a daily basis.

Supreme Court Upholds ICWA

ICWA is an essential tool to maintain the preservation of Indigenous families and to ensure tribal sovereignty is respected.

Revolutionary Conversations: upEND Movement Launches The upEND Podcast

By delving into the historical roots of the system and examining the immense harm inflicted upon families and communities, The upEND Podcast makes a case for the complete reimagining of how society cares for children and families.

We must ensure queer and trans youth are supported, affirmed, and loved.

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has declared this PRIDE month that we are in a national state of emergency for LGBTQIA+ Americans.

Abolitionist Steps to Build a Better World

Reforms are ineffective at combating racism and harm in part because they do not intend to, but also because they begin with the wrong presumptions.

No Coincidence: Black Family Separations Then and Now

Black families faced an incomprehensible level of pain, anger, confusion, and powerlessness during enslavement. Sadly, when speaking with Black families who have had their children forcibly and involuntarily removed by the family policing system today, too little has changed.

We Know Investing In Families Works. Why Are We Still Investing in Harm?

The family policing system’s punitive approach does not – and cannot – ever authentically heal or prevent anything.

Protect the Indian Child Welfare Act

ICWA protects Indigenous kids by keeping them in the care of extended family or tribes whenever possible.

The Power of Co-Opting: Language Is Changing, But Will It Change the Status Quo?

When we call a system that surveils, regulates, punishes, and forcibly separates families a “child welfare system,” we misconstrue that system’s purpose and actions.

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CBS Sunday Morning

Reporter from CBS Sunday morning interviews Alan Dettlaff over zoom.

December 4, 2022

Houston Chronicle

Houston Chronicle article shows Bill Clinton Signing the ASFA.

November 11, 2022

How Is That Legal? Podcast

How Is That Legal?: Breaking Down Systemic Racism One Law at a Time

July 6, 2022

Buzzfeed News

April 27, 2022

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