August 15, 2020: Interrupting the Cradle to Prison Pipeline (part 2)

The CA-NV Conference United Methodist Women invite you to a Zoom presentation with Pastor Holly Hillman, Burlingame UMC, and Carl Pinkston, Black Parallel School Board.

Saturday, August 15, 2020
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Additional event and registration information is below

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About our presenters

Pastor Holly Hillman

Pastor Holly Hillman, Kairos Prison Ministry

Pastor Holly Hillman currently serves Burlingame United Methodist Church. She’s traveled to 56 countries, loved working for Congressman Ron Dellums and as a docent in Oakland’s Natural History Museum. For 34 years she’s relished the adventure of serving as a U.M. Pastor and as a retreat leader. For 14 years, she has ministered to women in prison through the United Methodist endorsed Kairos Prison Ministry

About Pastor Holly Hillman’s presentation: As an active participant in Kairos Prison Ministries, Pastor Holly Hillman has visited women in federal and state prisons over three-day weekends.  Pastor Holly will share her experiences, review the biblical characters who endured prison, expose the need for prison reform, and provide ways participants can make a difference.

Carl Pinkston

Carl Pinkston, Sacramento Parallel School Board

Carl Pinkston calls himself an organizer, not an educator.  He was the Education Chairperson of the Sacramento Area Black Caucus when it was recognized that black students were not doing well in the Sacramento City Unified School District.  Carl pulled together a committee of local educators, administrators, and young people and together they produced a report,  ‘Status of Black Students in Education’.  The response to this report led to the formation of the Sacramento Black Parallel School Board.  The Black Parallel School Board is a local organization with similar, but autonomous groups in Merced and Kern counties.  The mission of the Sacramento group is to close the opportunity gap for students of color in the Sacramento area.

About Carl Pinkston’s presentation: Carl’s talk will cover the role of education in racial capitalism, the school to prison pipeline in the Sacramento City Unified School District, and education justice movements.

About this topic

From the Prison Policy Initiative report,  ‘Women’s Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2019’, we learn:

  • Women’s incarceration has grown at twice the pace of men’s incarceration in recent decades.
  • Women of color are markedly overrepresented in prisons and jails.
  • A recent study revealed that a third of incarcerated women identify as lesbian or bisexual, compared to less than 10% of men.
  • The same study found that lesbian and bisexual women are likely to receive longer sentences than their heterosexual peers.

United Methodist Women report:

  • 31% of children and youth experiencing school-based arrests and law enforcement referrals are African American though they make up only 15% of total school enrollment.
  • African American boys are three times more likely to be suspended than white boys.
  • African American girls are six times more likely to be suspended than white girls.

From the Children’s Defense Fund report ‘The State of America’s Children 2020 Factsheet’

  • In CA (NV), 90 (85) percent of Black, 81 (78) percent of Hispanic and 55 (61) percent of white 8th grade public school students were not proficient in reading in 2019.
  • In CA (NV), 73 (68) percent of Black, 80 (80) percent of Hispanic and 87 (84) percent of white students graduated from high school on time during 2016-2017.

About the Event

Following each presentation, there will be time for questions.  During breakout groups, participants will have an opportunity to brainstorm ideas for action.

You can participate in the Zoom meeting using your smart phone, your computer or laptop, or tablet.  You can also join simply by calling the designated number – although sometimes the results are unsatisfactory.  If you are able to meet in small groups at your church or in someone’s home, this will provide the opportunity for those without the required technology to participate. 


If you plan to participate, please click here to register and you will be emailed the link to join the zoom meeting.