A Call for All California Schools to be Sanctuaries

Californians for Justice signed an open letter with 120 organizations urging California education officials to ensure that no school concedes to cooperating with the new Trump administration in raids, deportation and the profiling of immigrants. With 20 years of fighting for Racial and Educational Justice, we have been here countless times. We encourage you to join…

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It’s our duty to fight, it is our duty to win

As many of us struggle to make sense of the 2016 election results and it’s implications for our communities we wanted to offer up some positive news of the victories for racial and educational justice in California that were possible because young people organized and turned out to vote. These victories are a reminder that we…

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Making It Work: Student Leaders Speak Up at EdSource Symposium

EdSource held its annual symposium on education policy at the Oakland Convention Center. This year’s symposium, “Making It Work: Implementing California’s New Vision for School Success”, brought together dedicated educators & leaders in education to discuss the implications of the new systems our State of Board of Education adopted. Amongst those in attendance were CFJ…

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Victory for School Climate: Making the Invisible VISIBLE

Last month, California adopted a new way of grading schools, also known as the LCFF Evaluation Rubric. This marked an end to an over-reliance on test scores as part of the No Child Left Behind era, and a new opportunity to #RedefineSchoolSuccess. Throughout 18 months of deliberations on the LCFF Rubric, Californians for Justice student…

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A Single Vote

by Yaritza Garcia Even though I am not allowed to vote in elections because of my age, getting out the vote is the most important thing I can do to raise my voice as a young person of color. Getting out the vote is bigger than anyone can imagine. The more we get out the vote,…

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6 Things You Should Know About The State of Education

“Old ways will not open new doors. Education is changing. How can we reimagine what schools should look like?” – Erica Hasenbeck, Restorative Practices Manager, Fresno Unified School District In May, Californians for Justice and Teacher Associations in Oakland, San Jose, and Fresno came together to discuss the State of Education for low-income students of…

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20th Anniversary Youth Power Story Series: Karionne

The Youth Power Story Series highlights the accomplishments of CFJ and leaders of color from all over California. Join us in celebrating youth power in honor of Californians for Justice’s 20th Anniversary! Good leaders don’t set out to lead, they set out to make a difference. Karionne Stokes is a junior in Long Beach, CA and…

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Celebrating Our Mothers For Their Love And Resilience

Our mothers have brought so much joy and love to our lives. Their light and strength has kept our families together and has helped carried us through our hardest struggles. A mother’s love and resilience goes beyond race, gender, sexual orientation, income and immigration status. Mamahood is not one-size fits all. Our family structures are as…