The Mapso Youth Coalition is a group that formed after the murder of George Floyd and the national resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement. The coalition consists of local high school students and graduates who share a passion for racial justice, education, and action.
Since its founding in early June, the MYC has worked toward holding the South Orange and Maplewood Townships, the MAPSO Police Forces, and the South Orange Maplewood School District accountable for turning a blind eye to racial inequities within our communities. Members have done so by attending meetings and by brainstorming effective initiatives, such as a “Student Bill of Rights”, and mutual aid programs.
In collaboration with SOMA Justice, we also co-hosted two events on June 19th, where residents of all ages could celebrate Juneteenth with music, dancing, crafts, and more. These events were an opportunity to discuss the real history of this country and how intrinsically tied it is to so many injustices in discussion today. The coalition continues to work on ways they can embed anti-racism within both towns, Essex County, and New Jersey as a whole.