The group’s specific legislative priorities include the elimination of zero-tolerance policies and police officers from Florida schools — or, short of that, agreed-upon standards for officers’ conduct.
Agnew say the current, Trayvon Martin-inspired attention to racial inequality’s effect on young people makes this just the time to push for these fixes.
“In the end, I think right now the direction of the conversation around youth and how to create a better environment for youth is leaning toward school-to-prison pipeline,” he said. “There’s the most opportunity there to build a far-reaching agenda that really moves us forward.”
Jenée Desmond-Harris is The Root’s staff writer and White House correspondent. Follow her on Twitter.