Manuel Criollo on Community-Centered Policy Reform
On February 15th, public policy students sat down with the Institute on Inequality and Democracy's activist-in-residence, Manuel Criollo. The goal of this conversation was to learn more about policy implementation from a community activist's perspective and discuss how MPP students can work to close the gaps between activists and policy makers.
We discussed his work with the Bus Riders Union in Los Angeles and his current work organizing against the police in schools, which exasperates the school-to-prison pipeline in communities of color, and the difficulties or successes coalition building and swaying policy makers. We also discussed activist strategies to engage a broader audiences, difficulties in accessing information, and how to be real partners with community groups.