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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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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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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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Youth Are Ready For A Radically New Future

November 7, 2019

Above: CFJ’s Angel Palencia and Nhada Ahmed kick off the State of the Youth event in San Jose last month.  Young people are leading and taking action on a national and global scale, challenging systems of power that endanger their ability to thrive and live with dignity. In California, we have the 5th largest economy…

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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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Why we need Integration for Liberation

September 9, 2019

Last month student leaders, elected officials, researchers, educators and community organizers from California and beyond gathered in San Jose to discuss “Integration for Liberation.” While our conversation was rooted in our schools, we quickly saw that transformation and liberation must also ripple out to our communities.  Schools today in New York and California are more…

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