Black People Need Sanctuary Cities, Too
A Strike Against the New Jim Crow
Black Lives Matter is Much More than the Protests
#M4BL: New Policy Agenda Centers Black Demands as Presidential Campaign Hits Full Stride
Which Side Is Michael Jordan On?
The Movement Will Not Be Criminalized
Does the Fourth Amendment Really Protect People of Color?
Socialism Isn’t Perfect, but It’s Better Than What We Have
The Benefits and Challenges of Visitation Practices in Correctional Settings: Will Video Visitation Assist Incarcerated Fathers and their Children?
Just a Dare or Unaware?: Outcomes and Motives of Drugging ("Drink Spiking") Among Students at Three College Campuses
Policy Papers & Technical Reports
Tracked and Targeted: Early Findings on Chicago's Gang Database
Janaé was the lead author of this illuminating report from the University of Illinois at Chicago's Policing in Chicago Research Group. This report is the first comprehensive examination of the Chicago Gang Database and the harms that it causes Black and Latinx communities.
Freedom to Thrive: Reimagining Safety & Security in Our Communities
This report examines the budgets of 12 different cities and counties across the country, detailing the misguided and racially discriminatory choices of local officials, who consistently spend more money on police and jails than on supportive services such as education, employment or health. Janaé was a contributing author on behalf of BYP100 in partnership with Center for Popular Democracy and Law for Black Lives, along with over a dozen base-building organizations.
Agenda to Build Black Futures
The Agenda to Build Black Futures is BYP100's second public policy agenda, a set of economic goals and structural changes that could improve the lives of Black people living in America. BYP100 envisions a more economically just society that values the lives and well-being of ALL Black people, including women, queer and transgender folks, formerly and currently incarcerated people, and those who languish in the bottom 1% of the economic hierarchy. The Agenda to Build Black Futures is a call-to-action for everyone who is committed to Black liberation.
Agenda to Keep Us Safe
The Agenda to Keep Us Safe is BYP100's first public policy agenda. It emerged out of collective stories and served as a cornerstone in the organization's long-term campaigns to end the criminalization of Black youth.
Supporting Families Through Work (Milwaukee, WI)
The Enhanced Transitional Jobs Demonstration (ETJD), funded by the Employment and Training Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor, tested seven transitional jobs programs that targeted people recently released from prison or unemployed parents who had fallen behind in child support payments. The ETJD programs were “enhanced” in various ways relative to programs studied in the past.
Financing Promising Evidence-Based Programs: Early Lessons from the New York City Social Impact Bond
This report describes the first operational Social Impact Bond in the United States and the program financed by it, the Adolescent Behavioral Learning Experience (ABLE). ABLE aims to equip adolescents ages 16 to 18 incarcerated in the New York City jail system with the social and emotional skills to help them make better life choices when they leave jail, yielding financial savings to city government by reducing readmissions to Rikers Island.
Book Chapters & Reviews
Black Queer Feminism as Praxis: Building an Organization and a Movement
This chapter is part of an edited anthology; it provides an organizational case analysis of the theory and practice of Black Queer Feminism in transformative organizing and movement building. From a member perspective, Janaé presents the history and values of BYP100, one of many organizations within a broader Black liberation movement. The chapter then discusses BYP100’s successes and struggles to build practical models for group-centered leadership, transformative justice and community accountability, policy development and advocacy, political education, campaigns and direct action organizing that are reflective of Black Queer Feminist values.
Review of Addicted. Pregnant. Poor by Kelly Ray Knight