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Check Us Out: Faces of CFJ

February 14, 2019

Californians for Justice has grown greatly over the last two decades. From our start in Oakland in the late…

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When schools and districts invest directly in our students, academic outcomes improve

October 16, 2018

Yesterday, dozens of educators, policy makers and advocates heard from the researchers involved with Getting Down to Facts II, California’s most ambitious education research collection in a decade. Co-hosted by Policy Analysis for California Education and EdSource, the event explored current trends in education including how the state’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) has changed…

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When’s the last time you practiced self-care?

October 10, 2018

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” –Audre Lorde As we celebrate World Mental Health Day, it’s important to pause and recognize how important mental health and self-care are in the fight for racial justice. Organizing for change takes an incredible amount of mental strength.…

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Happy Indigenous Peoples' Day!

October 8, 2018

Californians for Justice is celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2018 by highlighting the contributions of Native Americans and drawing attention to the the brutal genocide that was launched by European colonists against Indigenous communities. These practices continue to this day and include recent efforts to build the Dakota Access Pipeline over traditional Native lands and other…

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How do you support students and teachers of color?

September 12, 2018

Most of us kicked off the month of September with the three-day Labor Day weekend celebrating the hard work and organizing efforts of working individuals and families. But looking beyond the holiday, it’s important that we take time to remember that working people — particularly teachers of color — continue to struggle in our communities…

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Don’t be Afraid — Talk about Race with Your Students

August 15, 2018

As students across the state go back to school, 1 in 3 will fail to identify a single caring adult on campus. For Black, Brown, Native American, Pacific Islander and Southeast Asian Students, these relationships are even more scarce, and students of color frequently report feeling unnoticed and uncared for by teachers and staff. When…

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LeBron James: The Real MVP for Public Schools

August 9, 2018

Most of us celebrated the Golden State Warriors victories over LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2017 and 2018 NBA championships. We especially reveled in the 2017 win after James’ Cavaliers broke our hearts in 2016. This summer things changed. We are now celebrating LeBron James. Not only because we beat him, again, but because…

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See How CFJ Spent the Summer Developing the Next Generation of Leaders

August 6, 2018

Over the past 5 weeks, the Californians for Justice offices across that state have been hustling and bustling with energy and excitement of youth leaders as they develop leadership abilities, grow grassroots organizing skills and hone their political education knowledge. Each year, Summer Youth Leadership Academy (SYLA) students in each of our four regions participate…

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Something Powerful Is Happening at CFJ

August 2, 2018

For the last 22 years Californians for Justice has engaged thousands of young people of color to make positive changes in their schools and communities. This work has been possible thanks to the thousands of supporters who have given their time, donations, and more to uplift the voices of young people who are working to…

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What It Will Take To Center Race & Relationships In California Schools

July 31, 2018

Our state’s true success and prosperity depends on our schools’ capacity to prepare every student to become the next generation of leaders and visionaries. Yet Black, Brown, Southeast Asian, Pacific Islander and Native American students continue to find themselves separate and unequal, systematically shut out of opportunities for generational success and prosperity. Instead, generations of…

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