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Two New Co-EDs Join Executive Trio at CFJ!

Welcome New Co-EDs Jessica & Jessenia! Join us in welcoming our newest Co-Executive Directors Jessenia Reyes and Jessica Black! Together with CFJ’s current Co-Executive Director Mauro Sifuentes, Jessenia and Jessica will lead the organization as we expand our youth leadership model and transform schools across the state.  “As the board of CFJ, we recognize the…

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$4 Billion+ for CA Community Schools

We’ve made it through another budget cycle – whew! Despite this tough budget year, we are energized by the collective advocacy of education justice partners fighting to protect programs that support Black and brown youth and their communities across the state. One of Californians for Justice’s big budget priorities was making sure community schools funding…

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Calling all Allies! CFJ Needs Your Support

What’s going down? Black and brown youth are the leaders we need to create schools rooted in racial justice and liberation. This vision guides our work and relationships at Californians for Justice. But right now, those values and vision for CA public schools are under attack.  For the last few months we have been the…

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Celebrating 3 Years of School Transformation in Long Beach

Eighty-plus attendees showed up on May 20th, 2023, to celebrate Year 3 of our Professional Learning Network (PLN), where five high schools have committed to transforming their Long Beach Unified school communities into racially just Relationship Centered Schools. Team members reflected over the past year’s progress and looked to the future for another year of…

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What’s in the budget for CA schools?

Above Image: Californians for Justice youth leaders and allies gather in a show of support for LCFF during a 2017 rally in Sacramento. In the decade since it’s passing, the Local Control Funding Formula continues to be our path forward to full and equitable funding for CA’s students and families.  Governor Newsom just unveiled his…

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Here’s How We Can Support Teachers Year-Round

What’s the best way to show your teachers they’re appreciated? Investing in them and our schools! It’s no secret teachers deserve to be paid more. Retaining well-qualified, fully prepared and supported educators is one of the most critical solutions for racially just schools.. Our educators deserve  investment in professional development training for career advancement, more…

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Deep Learning As A Declaration of Love For CA Youth

By Asher Ki “Transformative  Community Schools Framework” is THE long-term strategy for whole school and systems transformation. Community schools are an authentic approach designed directly by impacted students, along with their families, community partners and educators, centered on a framework inclusive of partnership, equitable decision making, and learning as a tool for transformation. A strategy…

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Student Voice: The Heart of Radical Transformation

By Asher Ki Decades ago, student voice was a concept very few had the luxury of understanding. The idea that youth are illustrators of change and contributors to the education systems’ transformation was dismissed and purposely overlooked by adults who thought power rested solely in their hands.  Organizations like Californians For Justice firmly believe transformation…

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