Calling on our schools to VALUE all students

Californians for Justice launched the Student Voice Campaign in 2014 with one goal – for student voices to be heard, valued, and reflected in their schools. Our recent wins– from equitable school funding to more fair discipline policies have created an opportunity for great change in our schools. But before we can close the opportunity…

Blast From the Past — Student Voice & the CA High School Exit Exam

Former San Jose CFJ Student Leader Alumni and Lead Organizer Rosa De Leon San Jose Mercury News Op-ed: Exit exams unfairly limit students’ potential More than a decade ago– in 2001, hundreds of English Learners, low-income students, and students of color rallied against the California State Board of Education demanding the state end the CA…

Five Challenges To Centering Race in Education

Five Challenges To Centering Race in Education We envision a public education system that uplifts all students regardless of their zip code, income, or race. If we are to close the opportunity, learning, and achievement gaps of the present, we must be bold; we must have courageous conversations about race and it’s impact in our…

Californians for Justice Wins Student Advisory Committees

Student leaders have achieved an incredible feat in the last year. In four districts across the state, students have fought for, and won the creation of student led budget decision-making bodies within their districts. In some regions, students are breaking ground in the state, piloting projects California schools have never tried. In Long Beach, Oakland,…

Youth Control $50,000 of School Budget in First-of-its-Kind Process

Angel Fernandez was one of many CFJ student leaders who led an effort in San Jose to move their district to implement an innovative democratic process that would allow students to allocate a portion of their school’s budget to where they felt it was most needed. In early 2014, students began meeting with school and…

Youth Leaders Convene for a Weekend of Learning

Just a few weeks ago, 50 students gathered in the Santa Cruz mountains for a weekend of learning, bonding, and growing – the first of many steps ramping up toward the launch of a new campaign this fall. Students learned from each other, built new relationships with students from across the state, and weighed in on…

United Voices for Change

When students and adults are empowered to lead, our schools thrive. On May 16th, almost 100 students and adults representing 17 grassroots organizations, education associations, and unions filled the room for Cal Justice Talks: United Voices for Change to launch a movement where students and adults continue to flip the frame by working together to…

Flipping the Frame

by Mary McGinney, featured in Fresno Alliance As a Fresno City College student and recent graduate from Edison High School, I realized that I’ve learned so much in my four years with Californians for Justice (CFJ). CFJ approaches some of the issues we as teenagers and of color face nearly every day of our lives,…

Congratulations 2015 Racial Justice Organizers of Today!

In February 2015, Californians for Justice piloted an innovative addition to our Leadership Development Program – an intensive Leadership Bootcamp intended to enhance the skills of our advanced leaders. The 24 students who participated from Oakland & San Jose were the first cohort of advanced and empowered youth leaders who will lead their peers in…

What’s Working in Education?

With over 90 people in attendance from all over California, the “What’s working in Education” convening was highlighted by powerful community building, deep & valuable conversations among students, parents, community organizers and 16 presenters who are doing amazing work in Public Education. Attendees discussed a range of educatio n topics: from health, school climate, Common Core,…