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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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Something Powerful Is Happening at CFJ

August 2, 2018

For the last 22 years Californians for Justice has engaged thousands of young people of color to make positive changes in their schools and communities. This work has been possible thanks to the thousands of supporters who have given their time, donations, and more to uplift the voices of young people who are working to…

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What It Will Take To Center Race & Relationships In California Schools

July 31, 2018

Our state’s true success and prosperity depends on our schools’ capacity to prepare every student to become the next generation of leaders and visionaries. Yet Black, Brown, Southeast Asian, Pacific Islander and Native American students continue to find themselves separate and unequal, systematically shut out of opportunities for generational success and prosperity. Instead, generations of…

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Say Their Names: Nia Wilson, Frederick Taft

July 26, 2018

Our hearts and minds are heavy with the news of the latest series of violent attacks against Black women and men in our communities. On July 21, Frederick Taft was gunned down at a family reunion in Long Beach. The next day, Nia and Latifa Wilson were viciously attacked by a white supremacist in Oakland.…

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Californians for Justice winning victories for Student Voice & Relationships in districts across the state

July 10, 2018

This past school year, CFJ organizers and student leaders made real progress in the campaign to transform California public schools into Relationship Centered Schools. This framework emphasizes student voice, relationship building, and professional development for teachers and staff, making it essential to the success of Black, Brown, Asian, Native American and Pacific Islander students. By…

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On Independence Day, Black and Brown Communities are Still Not Free

July 3, 2018

As we gather with our families to celebrate the July 4th holiday, it’s important to remember there’s still a lot of work to do to ensure all our communities are truly free; free from police violence, racial injustice, forced separation and anti-immigrant policies. At Californians for Justice, we know that institutionalized family separation is not…

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On Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, Students Call on CA Leaders to Address Racial Inequality in Schools

May 17, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA — On May 17th, Californians for Justice (CFJ) brought 100 students and parents from across the state to Sacramento to urge lawmakers to make good on the promise of Brown v. Board of Education, on the 64th anniversary of the landmark 1954 Supreme Court decision that mandated the desegregation of schools. CFJ held…

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The Path Toward Racial Justice In Our Schools: Challenges & Collective Visions

April 3, 2018

Envisioning a Racially Just Education Conversations focused on five issues that are key levers to advancing racial justice: School Funding, School Climate, Teaching & Learning, Intersectional Issues, and Youth & Parent Voice.  Download the full summary. 

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CFJ Launches Racial Justice Education Platform

March 2, 2018

More than three quarters of the six million children and young people who make up California’s public school population are young people of color. This means the present and future success of California rely upon equitable and racially just education for all young people. Over the last decade, we have brilliantly and boldly been the…

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