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Black Lives Matter Long Beach Statement on Violence in Long Beach Unified School District

October 1, 2021

The following statement was released this week by Black Lives Matter Long Beach  in response to the shooting of 18-year-old Manuela (Mona) Rodriquez by an armed LBUSD School Safety Officer on 9/27/21. Californians for Justice is proud to co-sign this statement and will continue working towards police-free schools in our districts in solidarity with community…

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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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Students Need A Return to Community, Not Just Classrooms

August 23, 2021

Back to school season is upon us and the stakes are high for students and families across California. Many are starting at new campuses, meeting new teachers and navigating social settings they haven’t been exposed to since before the pandemic began. And if that isn’t already overwhelming enough, young people are also carrying the trauma…

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CFJ Fulfilling the Promise of Brown vs. Board of Ed

May 17, 2021

It’s been 67 years since 13 Black families won their lawsuit to desegregate schools and secured the right to equal education for students of color. All these years later and we still know that for any real and lasting progress to be made, we must center the voices and leadership of Black students and families. …

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Strike 4 Black Lives and Fight for Economic Justice

July 20, 2020

Today, July 20, service workers across the country are walking off the job as part of the Strike 4 Black Lives. Organized by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the Movement for Black Lives, and dozens of grassroots labor rights and racial justice groups, the strike is a protest of the systemic racism and anti-worker…

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Prop 15 is Essential to California’s Economic Recovery

July 20, 2020

This year has shown us flat out that only our community can save our community, and the flight for our peoples continues on Election Day this November. California voters have a historic opportunity to right a past injustice that has pushed equity decades back in our state and defunded our communities and schools. Proposition 15,…

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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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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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4 Things That Will Change Education in 2020

January 16, 2020

Update: this post was updated on 1/17 with the first official poll for Schools & Communities First.  Three years deep into a Trump presidency, we are ready for change. Without a doubt, November 2020 will be our most significant election in two decades. It will be a Democracy lesson we will never forget. It’s up…

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