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We Want To See Joy, Celebration & Liberation in CA Public Schools

September 8, 2022

Students walking back into classrooms this fall deserve to feel safe, seen and celebrated. We want CA’s public school students to see teachers and staff who look like them, come from their local community and understand the hurdles they face. We want Black, Brown, Indigenous, Asian and Pacific Islander students and families to be centered…

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68 Years Later: Let’s Fight to Fulfill the Promise of Brown v Board

May 17, 2022

We Have A Historic Opportunity to Create Racially Just, Relationship Centered Schools  It’s been 68 years since 13 Black families won their lawsuit to desegregate America’s public schools and secured the right to equal education for students of color. And yet, we know the fight against structural racism in our schools and communities is far…

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26 Moments From 26 Years of CFJ

April 27, 2022

Since our founding in 1996, generations of young leaders have been making countless memories while being on the forefront of change in our communities and in the future of California schools! To celebrate 26 years of movement building, leadership development, and youth empowerment, we’ve compiled a list of 26 of our favorite CFJ moments to…

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3 Powerful Moments from CFJ’s Statewide Leadership Retreat

April 18, 2022

What inspires you to invest in your future? This past weekend, we were inspired by the more than 30 youth who joined us for our annual Statewide Leadership Retreat (SLR). For two days, we got to build with our newest members and youth organizers from across the state! Together we learned  about the fight for…

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Meet A Few of the Phenomenal Women At CFJ!

March 31, 2022

Above Image: From womenshistorymonth.gov For the month of March, we hope you’ve been celebrating all the wonderful women who impact your daily lives. We honor our mothers, mentors, innovators, teachers, activists, leaders, healers, trailblazers, liberators–and many more women who have paved the way for us to be where we are today. Let us introduce you…

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Honoring Native American History Month

November 24, 2021

While the United States has tried to eradicate Indigenous people and cultures across Turtle Island, this Native American History Month and National Day of Mourning, we are proclaiming from the top of our lungs, Indigenous People Are Still Here! Indigenous people, languages, and traditions have existed and thrived on these lands for millennia. Not only…

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20 Years of Summer Youth Leadership Academy!

September 14, 2021

Cue the air horns! Sound the drums! From the humble roots of backyard BBQs, neighborhood canvassing, and word of mouth recruitment in our Bay Area regions, the CFJ Summer Youth Leadership Academy is now in four cities across California. On this 20th anniversary year, we celebrated with our largest SYLA class ever with 69 students!!…

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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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Dear Governor Newsom, Support Investment in Black Youth & Youth of Color

September 3, 2020

Sign the petition to support Aniyah and other youth leaders!    Dear Governor Newsom, My name is Aniyah Story, I’m a junior at Oakland High School and a youth leader at an organization called Californians for Justice. I’m writing this letter to ask for your continued support in investing in Black youth and other youth…

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