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Dare to Lean on Love, Power & Strength in Spite of Fear

August 9, 2019

Starting the Conversation   Why this work matters Violence has long been a fundamental part of the American experience…

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This Tax Day It’s Time for Big Corporate to Pay Their Fair Share!

April 15, 2019

This tax day we urge you to take a moment and think about where your money is going. Like most taxpayers in our communities, your money goes to help our schools — but big corporations like Shell and Chevron, benefit from property tax loopholes that allow them to skip their part. The effect is our…

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Movement Builders: Faces of CFJ

March 22, 2019

Californians for Justice is proud to have worked with thousands of youth leaders across California over the last two decades. We’ve helped students organize and step into their power, using their voice to fight for their schools and communities. But did you know many of our staff started their social justice work with us as…

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CFJ Fresno Open House Celebrates Community, Art, and Relationship Building in Schools!

March 12, 2019

Earlier this month, Californians for Justice celebrated community, art, and student voice as part of Art Hop in Downtown Fresno. The event doubled as an open house for our new offices within Common Space and allowed our youth leaders the chance to engage community members in relationship building and conversations about the importance of racial…

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Students and Parents Speak: OUSD strike should be red flag for all school districts in CA

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…

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Time for Radical Revision of what Public Education Can Look Like for Black Students & Families

February 27, 2019

Black History Month offers an important time to examine issues of racial justice in communities and our education system. When public education was dreamed up by its founders, Horace Mann and Thomas Jefferson, neither person envisioned Black students attending integrated schools. That much is evident when we look at the history of schooling in America…

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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 ‘90s organizing students and community to confront racial bias in our education system, to today’s campaigns calling for full funding of our public schools. We’ve never stopped organizing and evolving, listening to our communities and lifting…

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CFJ mobilizing Oakland Unified students and parents

February 13, 2019

Last week, Californians for Justice staff and student leaders in Oakland organized our community to lift up their voice and call for district and education leaders to protect students and protect our schools! We hosted a joint press conference with Oakland Community Organizations and Public Advocates to show that our students and families are clear:…

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Working to Build Relationships Not Walls in Fresno Unified

January 23, 2019

Over the last few years student leaders from Californians for Justice have had the privilege of working closely with Fresno Unified Superintendent Bob Nelson and the school board to develop Relationship Centered Schools within the district. This work is a reflection of our school leaders and elected officials recognizing the value of student voice, relationship…

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The #UTLAStrike and The Soul of Public Education

January 15, 2019

This week’s strike by United Teachers Los Angeles has been described by organizers as a “fight for the soul of public education,” and we agree. The stakes are high in 2019 as teachers in Los Angeles and Oakland Unified amplify calls for reduced class sizes, decreased dependence on standardized testing, and higher wages for staff.…

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