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CFJ Featured in National Media Series on Youth Organizing in the U.S.

August 31, 2021

Young people throughout history have come together to radically transform culture, policies, and the faces of politics. Californians for Justice is honored to be featured in an incredibly important issue series. With 25 years of organizing history and experience in California at our backs, long-time CFJ organizers and leaders, Saa’un Bell and Geordee Mae Corpuz…

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Californians For Justice Statement on Governor Newsom’s Education Budget

May 12, 2021

Today, Governor Newsom announced key highlights for the State’s May budget revision in a press conference, and the #1 takeaway was the historic and long overdue  investments in public education. The directive is clear. To meet the needs of students of color, we must reimagine and rebuild our schools.  Californians for Justice is excited to…

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Building Youth Power Through Healing

November 6, 2020

This piece was originally published as part of KCET’s City Rising series, and is written by Dr. May Lin, close CFJ ally and researcher, and Geordee Mae Corpuz, Strategy Director with CFJ.  What comes to mind when you think about what youth movements look, sound and feel like? You might envision BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People…

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Newsom Vetoed Ethnic Studies AB 331, But We Won’t Give Up

October 2, 2020

Above: Aniyah Story, a Junior at Oakland High, studies her U.S. History textbook while distance learning at home.  We are deeply disappointed to hear that Governor Newsom vetoed Assembly Bill 331 on Wednesday, which would have made Ethnic Studies a high school graduation requirement. In a year where students are facing historical challenges learning in…

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CA Youth Power Levels Up — Young People’s Task Force is Now Official!

September 25, 2020

We are excited to see the formation of the Young People’s Task Force in partnership with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond and State Board of Education President Linda Darling-Hammond. On June 8th of this year, over 20 racial justice and youth organizing groups sent a letter to Governor Newsom in the wake of…

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Governor Gavin Newsom Backs Schools & Communities First Initiative Prop. 15

September 15, 2020

Californians for Justice is elated with the latest endorsement of Prop. 15, Schools and Communities First initiative from California Governor Gavin Newsom.  On Friday September 11th, Governor Newsom described Prop. 15 as a “fair, phased-in and long-overdue reform” that will “fund essential services such as public schools and public safety.”  Newsom’s endorsement is significant. It’s…

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Letter to Governor Gavin Newsom: Fighting for Black Youth in California #Cali4BlackYouth

June 9, 2020

Dear Honorable Gavin Newsom, we applaud your remarks on Friday acknowledging the historical injustices that have led to this moment, impacts of institutional racism, and harm caused by police, while lifting up the leadership of young people. We appreciate your commitment to taking bold action to address systemic racism including your endorsement of ACA 5…

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George Floyd & Black Liberation #BlackLivesMatter

June 2, 2020

Statement From CFJ Leadership & Staff: Black Lives Matter. George Floyd’s life mattered. Breonna Taylor’s life mattered. Tony McDade, Nina Pop and Ahmaud Arbery’s lives all mattered. Not just because they were stolen at the hands of police and white supremacists, but because they were human beings, pieces of our communities and valuable voices we…

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SF Chronicle Letter to the Editor: An Economic Crisis Is The Worst Time To Cut Education Funding by Saa’un Bell

May 28, 2020

An economic crisis during COVID-19 is the worst time to cut education funding.

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