The Pushback: Speech Writing Toolkit
Our rally will seek to raise awareness about 3 main youth justice issues:
- Classroom-To-Prison Pipeline – the harsher discipline that Black youth experience in schools.
- Youth Prisons/Solitary Confinement- the need to end solitary confinement & to close youth prisons
- The Youth Poverty Trap of Winston-Salem- Winston-Salem is amongst the worst cities in the U.S. for childhood poverty.
Each of you need to pick one of these three areas & write a 2 to 4 minute speech. (260-500 words) Below you’ll find a section of links for each topic that you can use for research.
2018-19 Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Racial Equity Card & 2019-2020 (local stats on suspensions, arrests, etc)
Black Girls Break Silence On School Pushout (video /stories)
Youth Prisons/ Solitary Confinement
CDF on Youth Prisons & Solitary Confinement (see paragraph 4)
Impact of Solitary Confinement (article)
Youth Poverty in Winston-Salem, NC
How did We Get HEre? (article)
HOW TO STRUCTURE YOUR SPEECH
PART 1: STORY
Tell a story that shows how the issue is impacting Black youth. It can be personal, something you witnessed locally, or a nationally known story.
PART 2: STATISTICS
Share some statistics and data that show that this problem is VERY real and can be backed up by hard facts.
PART 3: Solution
Share how we can overcome this issue. What does change look like?
PART 4: Call-to-Action/Demand
Call your audience to action. Encourage them to join the pushback for change. In this section it may be good to close with a quote from Black freedom fighter of the past or present.