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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We believe our youth are the future leaders California needs in order to create real and lasting change in schools and communities.
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.
We know that strengthening our democracy is critical to reaching our goals of economic prosperity and racial justice.
"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
"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
"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
LATEST BLOG BOST
This weekend CFJ youth leaders and staff led a powerful bias training for Long Beach Unified School District teachers and administrators. The session was a unique twist to traditional trainings that center conversations on adults rather than students. CFJ youth leaders led the space and trained LBUSD staff participants on the ways implicit biases show…Read More
LATEST NEWS STORY
March 12, 2019
The following piece was originally published as an Open Forum in the San Francisco Chronicle online on March 6, 2019. By Belize Gonden-Cruz and Zaineb Alomari There is a crisis in Oakland Unified School District — educators are leaving our classrooms at an alarming rate. Each year, we lose more than 300 teachers from Oakland schools. At…Read More