The Algebra Project uses mathematics as an organizing tool to make sure that urban students are given a quality public school education and has fought against what they call Baltimore’s “School To Prison Pipeline.”
The Nation reports:
More than two dozen groups formed a coalition against the jail, and last October the Algebra Project’s ranks swelled as hundreds of Occupy Baltimore members joined their actions. ‘We have to stop young people from going to prison, and we have to stop building prisons,” Shaw says. “There have to be alternatives, more money put into schools, into recreational centers, programs that lend themselves to youth needs, instead of predicting their failures.” Shaw says the new prison is being pushed by developers and those that profit from a prison-industrial complex. “They are gonna make sure they fill those empty beds,” she says.
On January 16th the coalition started a week-long occupation of the prison site, but were dispersed by police and several arrests. Daily civil disobedience and teach-ins continued, and last week the State released its budget for next year and it did not include funding for the prison.