How We endUP

How We endUP puts forth ideas about how we can, in community, improve support and care for children, youth, and families as we move towards the abolition of family policing.

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How We Map: A Creative Exploration Space – Archive and Reflection

How We Map was a two-day creative exploration created by Benjamin Lundberg Torres Sánchez for upEND Movement’s How We endUP convening in 2021. Through this experience the conference community began to collectively map conditions that uphold the Child Welfare Industrial Complex, and consider how their relationships, roles, and work may shift as we realize the abolition of its systems.

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Making Possible the Impossible: A Black Feminist Perspective on Child Welfare Abolition

This article discusses the intersection of Black feminism and the abolition of the child welfare system, and how Black feminism instructs us to be complicated in our analyses of systems of oppression.

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What Did Child Welfare Learn From 2020—upENDing Systemic Racism

This episode of the Child Welfare Information Gateway’s podcast continues the conversation around the roots of systemic racism within child welfare, how agencies can objectively review their policies and approaches, and the rise of a movement to abolish the current system in favor of one that provides greater support to families.

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Conversations with CASA: The upEND Movement

This episode of Conversations with CASA features the co-leads of the newly launched upEND Movement. The upEND Movement is designed to tap into work already being done and spark new work that will ultimately create a society in which the forcible separation of children from their families is no longer an acceptable solution for families in need.

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It Is Not a Broken System, It Is a System That Needs to be Broken

This journal article describes the upEND Movement, a collaborative movement aimed at abolishing the child welfare system as we know it and reimagining how we as a society support child, family, and community safety and well-being.

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Entangled Roots: The Role of Race in Policies that Separate Families

By examining the roots of policies that separate families and their entanglement with racial prejudice and discrimination, this report makes the case that we must embrace an alternative path.

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Additional Resources

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The Racist Roots of Work Requirements

This report traces policies that take away basic assistance from families for not meeting work requirements back to practices that coerced and exploited the labor of Black families, going back to slavery.

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Paid Leave for All

The COVID-19 pandemic is throwing into sharp relief the need for paid sick days and paid leave, so that everyone can take time to care for themselves or loved ones who are sick, quarantined, and out of school as the nation confronts an unprecedented public health and economic crisis.

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A Critical Resource at Risk: Supporting Kinship Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

As the current pandemic upends daily lives, among the families suffering the most are kinship caregivers. This brief explores kinship care and how this critical resource is at risk now and in the future.

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Economic Security in Good Times and Bad: COVID-19 Demonstrates Why We Need a Child Allowance

The United States needs a child allowance—now and always. The public health crisis brought on by the coronavirus outbreak demonstrates why we need a child allowance now more than ever.

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