Pleasant View Becomes Official Partner School Of Street Law Memphis Chapter
Over the summer, Pleasant View School became an official partner school of Street Law. Street Law is a national organization with chapters at law schools all over the country that aims to educate youth about law and the rights of American citizens.
“After everything that happened over the summer, we made the decision to focus on the history of law enforcement in this country and ways we can reform it so that it becomes just. Our relationship with Street Law began last year when the criminal justice advocacy group was first created. Alhamdulillah, it has continued on to now become an official partnership,” said Zahra Chowdhury, student leader of the criminal justice advocacy group.
Zahra came into contact with a law student who helped connect the school with Street Law, a group of people willing to educate youth about the law in October of 2019. This group of law students visited the criminal justice advocacy group twice in the 2019-2020 school year to facilitate conversations around law and the justice system.
Jamaye McKinney, president of the University of Memphis Street Law chapter, reached out to the PVS criminal justice advocacy group with the intention of coming back with a formal partnership. Being an official partner school with Street Law means they are now offering a course consistently to PVS high school students interested in law and justice. The classes are hosted every Thursday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. over Zoom. This is a huge step towards an equality-based future in law enforcement and ensuring that PVS youth are educated on these pressing issues. Dr. Malley, our principal, and Ms. Jennifer, who began the advocacy groups, have shown nothing but support for this advocacy group and its partnership with Street Law.