Haywood Burns Institute

Haywood Burns Institute The Burns Institute is a leading organization in the field of juvenile justice and ethnic and racial

📣 Join us for a webinar: "Policy approaches to well-being for diverse communities" 📣🗓️ When: Friday, Dec. 15, 2023🕒 Time...
12/15/2023

📣 Join us for a webinar: "Policy approaches to well-being for diverse communities" 📣

🗓️ When: Friday, Dec. 15, 2023
🕒 Time: 2pm - 3pm EST
🔗 Register here: https://connect.brookings.edu/register-to-watch-wellbeing-communities

The Brookings Institution is hosting a vital discussion on community well-being and equity. Learn from leading experts, including our Co-Executive Director Michael Finley, about the successes and challenges in advancing equity across communities.

Understand what well-being means and explore various strategies and policies that can create a positive impact.

Got questions? Email [email protected] or use on Twitter to join the conversation.

To our BI Community: As the holiday season and year's end are upon us, we thank you for your continual support. In these...
12/14/2023

To our BI Community: As the holiday season and year's end are upon us, we thank you for your continual support. In these difficult times, as we reflect on the journey we've embarked upon together, we are reminded of the power of collective action, empathy, and resilience. Your unwavering commitment to justice and equity has been a source of inspiration for us, and we are excited to continue this important work in the year ahead.

📰 ICYMI: We're thrilled to release our first annual gratitude report! It's a reflection of our collective journey and impact. Check it out: http://bigratitudereport.org/

📅 Office Closure Alert: We're taking a break to recharge from December 15 to January 2. We will resume our usual operations on January 3, 2024.

🎓 A round of applause for our inaugural Certificate Training Series cohort! Their passion is truly inspiring. Want to be part of the next journey? Stay tuned - the new application opens at the beginning of the year!

🌟 This holiday season, join us in action. Whether it’s donating, practicing self-care, expressing gratitude, or setting bold intentions, every step counts towards our collective well-being and justice.

Read more here: https://burnsinstitute.postedstuff.com/V2-ZZEAa-S7og-Fy2I-Zy0IU/

📢 Exciting News! Our BI Annual Gratitude Report is now live! 📘 This report is a testament to our journey through challen...
12/01/2023

📢 Exciting News! Our BI Annual Gratitude Report is now live! 📘 This report is a testament to our journey through challenges and growth. Inside, you'll find inspiring stories of new partnerships, insights on shared leadership, and our continuous commitment to re-center humanity in everything we do. Let's celebrate the steps we've taken together in fostering a more connected and values-driven community.

Visit the full interactive report here: https://bigratitudereport.org

Celebrate   with Us!  Today, we come together to support the causes we believe in. Your generosity helps us create meani...
11/28/2023

Celebrate with Us!

Today, we come together to support the causes we believe in. Your generosity helps us create meaningful change in justice administration and community harmony. And there's more exciting news! This Friday, we're releasing our first-ever Annual Gratitude Report, showcasing the incredible journey we've embarked on thanks to you.

Keep an eye out for the report, and thank you for being part of our story. Let's continue to build a future filled with justice and joy.

Visit burnsinstitute.org/donate to support our efforts today!

We are honored to announce our feature on m/Oppenheim.Org's Nonprofit Report. In this enlightening conversation held ear...
11/21/2023

We are honored to announce our feature on m/Oppenheim.Org's Nonprofit Report. In this enlightening conversation held earlier this month, our esteemed Co-Executive Directors Tshaka Barrows, Sam Mellerson, and Mike Finley engaged in a profound dialogue about the intricacies of American civil society.

The discussion offers valuable insights into the challenges and triumphs faced by those at the forefront of societal change.

We encourage our followers to view this interview, reflect on its content, and share your perspectives with us!

Watch here: https://youtu.be/_qG06u9iA1U?si=42WZOAiDmZvtKQGA

In our interview with leaders of the Haywood Burns Institute, we continue our dialogue on American civil society.Our guests today are the Co-Executive Direct...

🎓 Today is the final day of our certificate training series! We look forward to honoring our inaugural cohort in a speci...
10/27/2023

🎓 Today is the final day of our certificate training series! We look forward to honoring our inaugural cohort in a special ceremony where BI founder James Bell will send us off with powerful words as the keynote! 🌟 Stay tuned for a highlight reel later today! 💫

🎉 We're thrilled to congratulate the inaugural cohort of the James Bell Racial Justice & Structural Well-Being Certifica...
10/25/2023

🎉 We're thrilled to congratulate the inaugural cohort of the James Bell Racial Justice & Structural Well-Being Certificate Training Series! 🌟 After eight months of dedication, they've emerged as ambassadors for racial justice and change-makers in their communities. We're excited to celebrate them in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for our special closing ceremony tomorrow and Friday! 🎓

Celebrate them virtually by sharing your congratulations, stories, and messages of support for these dedicated advocates for racial and social justice. Let's celebrate together, even from afar!

Just out!   signed into law! California's youth are our future leaders & innovators.   safeguards their rights and well-...
10/10/2023

Just out! signed into law! California's youth are our future leaders & innovators. safeguards their rights and well-being, and promotes a just society. Thank you, , Phil Ting, & California Governor Gavin Newsom for ensuring ALL youth get the chance to thrive. 💫

🚨 ACTION ALERT - NO MORE CASH FOR CAGES🚨https://bit.ly/3PdFWsw ICYMI: AB 695 would give LA County’s juvenile facilities ...
09/21/2023

🚨 ACTION ALERT - NO MORE CASH FOR CAGES🚨https://bit.ly/3PdFWsw

ICYMI: AB 695 would give LA County’s juvenile facilities $1 BILLION! LA Probation has a long history of physically, emotionally, & sexually abusing kids inside LA’s halls & camps. AB 695 would give them money for superficial facility renovations. But the walls of these facilities did not abuse kids for decades, it was probation officers in a department that remains rooted in a culture of abuse and punishment.

CA is facing a budget deficit. Sinking $1 billion into LA county’s failed juvenile halls is wasteful and irresponsible.

CLICK HERE TO URGE THE GOVERNOR TO VETO THIS DANGEROUS BILL: https://bit.ly/3PdFWsw

  places youth at the forefront, ensuring accountability for direct service providers, and champions a model guided by t...
09/13/2023

places youth at the forefront, ensuring accountability for direct service providers, and champions a model guided by the voices and choices of our young people. Support the passing of !

Join us LIVE at Dreamforce 🚀 as we delve into The Haywood Burns Institute’s remarkable transformation leveraging the Sal...
09/01/2023

Join us LIVE at Dreamforce 🚀 as we delve into The Haywood Burns Institute’s remarkable transformation leveraging the Salesforce Nonprofit Success Pack (NPSP).

Sharoia Taylor-Cornejo, Senior Operations and Opportunity Manager at BI, and Miftah Khan, Head of Professional Services at Plative, will guide you through their journey, highlighting how they rejuvenated donor programs and enhanced engagement with tailored communication strategies.

🗓️ Set a reminder for September 13th, 3:00 pm et, and be sure to add our session to your agenda: https://bit.ly/45HAEfw

At BI, we believe in fostering inclusivity, celebrating diversity, and embracing our shared history. As we honor Junetee...
06/19/2023

At BI, we believe in fostering inclusivity, celebrating diversity, and embracing our shared history. As we honor Juneteenth, we invite you to join us in acknowledging the struggles, resilience, and triumphs of Black Americans throughout history.

Here are a few ways we can all celebrate Juneteenth:

1. Education and Awareness: Educate yourself and others about the historical significance of Juneteenth. Dive into books, documentaries, and articles that shed light on the experiences ofBlack Americans.

2. Community Events: Seek out local Juneteenth celebrations and participate in events that promote unity, culture, and social justice. Many cities organize parades, festivals, and gatherings that highlight Black heritage and achievements.

3. Support Black-Owned Businesses: Shop at local Black-owned stores, dine at Black-owned restaurants, or engage with Black entrepreneurs who are making valuable contributions to society.

4. Volunteer and Engage: Offer your time, skills, or resources to support initiatives that empower Black communities and promote racial justice.

5. Have Meaningful Conversations: Engage in open and honest discussions about racial equality with friends, family, and colleagues. Encourage dialogue, share personal experiences, and listen attentively to one another.

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Today’s the birthday of our namesake Haywood Burns (1940-1996). In this interview on May 31, 1971, he said, “There is bu...
06/15/2023

Today’s the birthday of our namesake Haywood Burns (1940-1996). In this interview on May 31, 1971, he said, “There is built into the law a structural inequality that works to the disadvantage of the poor and non-white.” Every day, the Haywood Burns Institute acknowledges, appreciates and attempts to carry forward his vision for structural equity.

Today, we celebrate all the strides he, and we, have made—small and large, discrete and explicit, thunderous and quiet—for that equity and justice. For freedom

Watch the full interview here:

Today’s the birthday of our namesake Haywood Burns (1940-1996). In this interview on May 31, 1971, he said, “There is built into the law a structural inequal...

Check out  's interview with BI Senior Advisor Angelique Kedem to learn why City of Tulsa Gov was selected to participat...
06/07/2023

Check out 's interview with BI Senior Advisor Angelique Kedem to learn why City of Tulsa Gov was selected to participate in the Results for America's Opportunity Accelerator and what it means for the Kirkpatrick Heights and Greenwood communities. https://bit.ly/3Ch9e3n

"A talented performer, trailblazer, and a social activist, Mr. B used his voice to fight injustice and disrupt the statu...
04/26/2023

"A talented performer, trailblazer, and a social activist, Mr. B used his voice to fight injustice and disrupt the status quo, but he was also a husband, father, and dear friend to the Haywood Burns Institute." Read more about his life and legacy in this poignant reflection from founder James Bell: http://ow.ly/k0rx50NUu6v

To realize the promise of  , we need to reimagine and redefine America. We have the power to create a robust, just, vibr...
03/13/2023

To realize the promise of , we need to reimagine and redefine America. We have the power to create a robust, just, vibrant multi-racial democracy.

America needs a new story, and we have an opportunity to rewrite it. A story that is honest and inspiring and doesn’t shy away from its racial history. One that will guide us toward realizing a thriving multiracial democracy. Let's build it together.

The opportunity is ours, and our future depends on it.

Read "How We Achieve A Multiracial Democracy," by BI Board Chair Angela Glover Blackwell: https://bit.ly/multiracial-democracy

Governments in the U.S. spend over $2 trillion each year to open opportunities and improve economic mobility, yet system...
02/22/2023

Governments in the U.S. spend over $2 trillion each year to open opportunities and improve economic mobility, yet systemic inequities have held back communities, especially communities of color, for generations.

That’s why we’ve teamed up with Results for America's Opportunity Accelerator, a collaboration helping governments work with place-based partnerships and residents to identify barriers to economic mobility and jointly design programs that work for impacted residents.

We are excited to welcome Tulsa and Albuquerque to the program! Learn more: https://bit.ly/3xyvKCs

Breaking News! BI board member Danielle Torain secures funds for the support of Black-led organizations after learning o...
02/17/2023

Breaking News! BI board member Danielle Torain secures funds for the support of Black-led organizations after learning of foundation's closure. Read more: https://bit.ly/3Xztzcw

Danielle Torain is a Black female attorney who has spent the past decade investing in Black-led groups and organizing efforts.

Check out this op/ed that was co-authored by our friend Albino Garcia at La Plazita Institute for The Hill newspaper. No...
01/19/2023

Check out this op/ed that was co-authored by our friend Albino Garcia at La Plazita Institute for The Hill newspaper. No truer words can be spoken.

Earlier this month, a Walgreens executive admitted that they “maybe cried too much” in 2022 about shoplifting concerns in their stores. But Walgreens was far from alone. Largely driven by…

The City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law continues to honor the legacy of Haywood Burns with selection of Vi...
12/14/2022

The City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law continues to honor the legacy of Haywood Burns with selection of Vince Warren, Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), as the 2023 W. Haywood Burns Chair in Human and Civil Rights!

Click here to read more:

His work will explore social movement lawyering and the role that lawyers, activists, journalists, and artists play in mobilizing movements that advance racial, economic, and social justice.

Did you know that your contribution in any form can help us give the gift of radical transformation to impacted communit...
12/02/2022

Did you know that your contribution in any form can help us give the gift of radical transformation to impacted communities?

Donate to the Haywood Burns Institute to help make a significant impact in achieving a more equitable and sustainable future!

Click the 🔗 in bio or visit burnsinstitute.org/donate to today!

FYI: You can give the gift of radical transformation when you donate to the Haywood Burns Institute this  . Your support...
11/29/2022

FYI: You can give the gift of radical transformation when you donate to the Haywood Burns Institute this .

Your support will help our efforts to dismantle structural racism while radically reimagining the very notion of justice, as we utilize a community-centered process to build Structural Well-Being. Imagine a system of public policies, practices and cultural representations that are inclusive and designed to advance our individual and collective well-being. Help us, as we create the blueprint for a racially just society. A place we have never been but can imagine with your help.

Your donation will make a significant impact in achieving a more equitable and sustainable future.

Visit burnsinstitute.org/donate to today through 12/1!

11/20/2022

At this unique time in our nation’s history, we are inviting those committed to racial justice to go beyond working to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities across our human service sectors and join us to reimagine and design a space that supports our growth and development, strengthens our communities, and reinforces value-based leadership that centers our collective humanity.

The James Bell Racial Justice and Structural Well-Being Certificate Training Series is a virtual training series based on the BI’s Structural Well-Being Framework. The program creates a space for social and racial justice warriors to learn, share, exchange, and fellowship, while exploring and designing possible futures together!

Meet Sam there! Click here to apply by the 11/21 deadline: https://forms.gle/5QmUP93hKgrQrxYVA

The Haywood Burns Institute is excited to announce the James Bell Racial Justice & Structural Well-Being Certificate Tra...
10/14/2022

The Haywood Burns Institute is excited to announce the James Bell Racial Justice & Structural Well-Being Certificate Training Series and seeks equity practitioners interested in catalyzing social change to join its inaugural cohort beginning in January 2023! This 8-month virtual certificate training course will provide selected participants with adaptive leadership and facilitation skills required to advance racial justice in their work and community.

Ready to become a leader in radical re-imagination? Learn more and apply today: www.burnsinstitute.org/certificate-training-series

Probation is the most common disposition imposed on youth in juvenile court in California. In 2020, nearly 13,000 young ...
09/28/2022

Probation is the most common disposition imposed on youth in juvenile court in California. In 2020, nearly 13,000 young people were placed on wardship probation in California and 88% were youth of color. However, California has no statutory limitation on the length of time young people spend under probation supervision, and standard terms and conditions of probation for youth are not required to be individually tailored and developmentally appropriate. Without limits on the length of youth probation, California youth stay on probation for almost two years.

Assembly Bill 503 (Stone) will improve outcomes for youth by minimizing the time they spend on probation and tailoring probation conditions to meet their needs.

TAKE ACTION NOW: Join our movement and stand up for youth – urge Governor Newsom to sign into law!

Help us get to 1,000 emails sent.
bit.ly/AB503-Action

WATCH: Our Samantha Mellerson sits down with Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle to discuss the false notions of progressive...
09/16/2022

WATCH: Our Samantha Mellerson sits down with Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle to discuss the false notions of progressive and conservative criminal justice reform.

Samantha Mellerson is with the W. Haywood Burns Institute, a national Black led organization that works to dismantle structural racism. We discuss the mainstream criminal justice reform movement and its successes and challenges.

Youth have the right to redeem themselves, to break the cycle of abuse and violence. We have the right to heal, to own a...
09/08/2022

Youth have the right to redeem themselves, to break the cycle of abuse and violence. We have the right to heal, to own and make amends for our mistakes, and the right to resources and support to seek transformation on our own terms. We claim the right to be free from discrimination based on our own or intergenerational histories of arrest and incarceration.
We urge Governor to sign into law.

 —July 1st marked another important milestone in Los Angeles County’s effort to mitigate generations of systemic racial ...
07/08/2022

—July 1st marked another important milestone in Los Angeles County’s effort to mitigate generations of systemic racial and ethnic discrimination that has resulted in appalling disparities in youth incarceration and perpetuated a cycle of crime, poverty, family separation and trauma.

Now, the care, supervision and support of young people that come in contact with justice system in Los Angeles will begin to transition from the county’s Department of Probation to the Department of Youth Development.

Read more about this recent transition in our latest release:
https://burnsinstitute.org/w-haywood-burns-institute-issues-statement-on-los-angeles-countys-new-department-of-youth-development/

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