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Welcoming Yasi and Mauro, the New Co-EDs of CFJ!

February 3, 2023

It has been an eventful start to 2023 at Californians For Justice as welcomed our new Co-Executive Directors, Yasmine “Yasi” Safinya-Davies and Mauro Sifuentes, to our staff and leadership team! To those who have been a part of our movement as we grow and go through transitions through the years, we want to share our…

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California’s Budget is Good News for School Transformation!

January 12, 2023

Above: Original art by Eden Meseret (she/her) for the California Partnership for the Future of Learning 2022 Arts Showcase.  Two weeks into the year and we’re already celebrating some good news! On Tuesday, Governor Newsom released the 23-24 State Budget proposal naming key investments for students, and doubling down on commitments to public education. Most…

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Meet the New Co-EDs of CFJ: Yasmine Safinya-Davies & Mauro Sifuentes!

November 17, 2022

After a long and thoughtful search process, we’re proud to announce the new leadership team for Californians for Justice: Co-Executive Directors Yasmine (Yasi) Safinya-Davies (she/her) and Mauro Sifuentes (they/them)! “On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am thrilled to welcome Yasi and Mauro into the leadership of Californians for Justice. Individually and together they…

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Time to Celebrate AND Build Power for 2024

November 9, 2022

Election Day 2022 has come and gone but our work doesn’t stop here! In fact, these next few days, weeks and months are crucial to the fights our communities will face in 2024 and beyond. Already, we have so much to celebrate in our communities and across the state. From empowering Black and Brown youth…

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What Does California’s Education Budget Mean for Us?

June 29, 2022

As our communities continue to process and mobilize around the impacts of the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, we recognize the moment we are in. We recognize that those with the financial means can support by donating to abortionfunds.org. We recognize the need for learning, allyship, and interruption by cis men (here…

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Californians for Justice Part of Statewide Lead for Community Schools

June 28, 2022

The California State Board of Education approved the Lead Technical Assistance Center for the California Community Schools Partnership Program, a team that includes Californians for Justice (CFJ). The $3 Billion program prioritizes racially just, relationship-centered community school models across the state. Californians for Justice is honored to be named part of the team and will…

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CFJ’s Funding Agenda Prioritized in Latest State Budget!

May 17, 2022

This past Friday, Governor Newsom released his plans for the 2022-23 May Budget Revision. This offers a sneak peak of what and how the state is likely to prioritize funding next year. Overall we’re pleased with Governor Newsom and state leaders for increasing investments in schools. This is the second year California has seen historic…

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New Case Study Shows the Power of Student Voice to Transform Our Schools

January 31, 2022

We’re excited to share key findings from a case study released by the UCLA Center for the Transformation of Schools showcasing the lasting impact student voice engagement has in our schools. The new report “Nothing About Us Without Us” examines the last decade of CFJ’s work organizing with student leaders in the East Side Union…

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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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