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Californians for Justice
is a statewide youth-powered organization fighting for racial justice.

We believe that young people are the leaders we need to create the healthy, just and vibrant schools all of our communities deserve.

CAMPAIGNS

Reimagine & Rebuild: A Vision for Racially Just Schools

For most of us, public schools are foundational to getting a good start in life. However, the pandemic has exposed the generational inequities that have and will only continue to harm Black, Indigenous, Asian American and Pacific Islander, and Latinx students if we stick with the status quo.

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CAMPAIGNS

Relationship Centered Schools

In a time when public education is under attack, when we are facing a national teacher shortage, and when young people experience fear and isolation in their schools, we need a solution that works for all of us. That solution is Relationship Centered Schools.

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CAMPAIGNS

Equitable School Funding

LCFF is already working in our schools, but we can continue to build momentum for a more fair and racially just future by defending the LCFF equity provisions and pushing for a well-funded education system, pursuing stronger student and family engagement, and strengthening school climate and social-emotional supports for students and educators alike.

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CAMPAIGNS

Youth Voice in Democracy

Many of our youth leaders are too young to vote, but not too young to care about their communities, schools, and the impact that decision-makers in schools and in government have on their lives.

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WHERE WE ARE

We are a statewide organization working in the State Capitol and with a special focus in these four key regions:

San Jose
Oakland
Long Beach

IMPACT

Californians for Justice is proud of the significant impact we’ve made on education, youth leadership, civic engagement and racial justice for over 20 years.

Impact-1

Youth Leadership

We believe our youth are the future leaders California needs in order to create real and lasting change in schools and communities.

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Public Education

We aim to break the cycle of racial bias in our schools so we may in turn open the door to economic prosperity for all Californians.

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Community Power

We know that strengthening our democracy is critical to reaching our goals of economic prosperity and racial justice.

YOUTH VOICES

"We need Californians for Justice because for some of the young people in Long Beach, it’s our home away from home, it’s OUR safe haven, it's OUR space. CFJ is not called ‘youth lead’ for no reason, students are out here finding their voice that they thought they never had..

– Tajah Morrow

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YOUTH VOICES

"It’s essential that student leadership and voice are reflected in our school and communities because we’re the ones that will be running the world one day...

Zhihao Gou

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YOUTH VOICES

"Being involved in CFJ has changed me to speak up more, get more involved, and to want to be a better leader and make sure everyone can participate because every student’s voice matters.

Carlos Ramirez

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YOUTH VOICES

"CFJ allowed me that space to really tackle the problems with our education system and change policy ...

Jeremy Orozco

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LATEST BLOG BOST

Black Lives Matter Long Beach Statement on Violence in Long Beach Unified School District

October 1, 2021

The following statement was released this week by Black Lives Matter Long Beach  in response to the shooting of 18-year-old Manuela (Mona) Rodriquez by an armed LBUSD School Safety Officer on 9/27/21. Californians for Justice is proud to co-sign this statement and will continue working towards police-free schools in our districts in solidarity with community…

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LATEST NEWS STORY

Executive Director Taryn Ishida Announces Transition Plans

September 30, 2021

After 8 incredible years leading Californians for Justice, Executive Director Taryn Ishida is moving on to the next adventure. Read her letter below and stay tuned for more info about the transition plan as we gear up for the next chapter at CFJ.  I knew about Californians for Justice long before I had ever considered…

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