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Press Release: High School Students Across CA Talk School Closures, Impact And Needs In The Wake Of The Coronavirus

March 19, 2020

Young people are inheriting a California that is one of the wealthiest states in the United States but only for those who can afford it. Despite our state’s vast material wealth, Coronavirus has illuminated how easily overwhelmed and under-resourced our city and county infrastructures are in a time where crises are becoming commonplace. More importantly it has highlighted how essential public institutions like schools are, and the alarming need to invest in our local community and school infrastructures to provide the most basic of needs to our families and young people across the state.

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100+ Powerful Black Leaders for Schools & Communities First

February 21, 2020

Californians for Justice is proud to have our Strategy Director Saa’un P. Bell included on this list of 100 powerful Black Leaders in support of the Schools and Communities First initiative!  We know that to have a truly prosperous future for California, we must deeply invest in Black students and families. The Schools &Communities First…

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Teen Immigrants Bullied Because of Culture, Language, and More

November 6, 2019

Teen Vogue recently talked to CFJ leaders and other youth activists in California to hear what it’s like to be bullied over your immigration status. Read below to learn more about the struggles of institutionalized bullying, school-to-deportation pipeline and the beauty of reclaiming your voice and identity. BY ANNETTE LIN OCTOBER 30, 2019 For as…

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Reparations, The Crown Act, & Youth Voice: A Summer in The Movement

September 11, 2019

This Summer our communities of youth activists, experts, and community leaders continued to build towards a more equitable and racially just education system. Students rose to podiums, experts used their platforms to speak about racial justice, and race in education made national headlines. Here are just a few of the highlights from this Summer behind…

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Next Step in Diversity Training: Teachers Learn to Face Their Unconscious Biases

May 16, 2019

(As published in EdWeek, by Sarah Schwartz on May 14, 2019) Diversity training asks teachers to understand students’ different backgrounds. Implicit-bias training goes further, and asks teachers to look at themselves Teachers—and their implicit biases—can directly impact the opportunities afforded to students of color. Teachers make the first decisions about behavioral consequences that lead to referrals…

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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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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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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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