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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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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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Some Good News While We Wait for Results

November 4, 2020

Today, like many of you, Californians for Justice (CFJ) staff and students are feeling a wide range of emotions. We have all poured so much of ourselves into this election, amidst the pandemic, the uprisings, and so much uncertainty. And with the presidential and statewide races being too close to call, millions of votes still…

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3 Things to Keep in Mind These Final Weeks of Election 2020

October 22, 2020

Original Art by Orion Camero for Californians for Justice. Title: Learning Liberation, Artist’s Description: “What do you see when you see this painting? Inspired by relationship-centered schools, this piece speaks to the power we have as young people to nurture future generations and build the skills necessary to manifest our wildest dreams.” We have just…

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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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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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Back To School Checklist: Student Voice & Racial Equity Data–Webinar Recording & Resources

September 2, 2020

Student Voice and Racial Equity Data are the name of the game this school year. As students and staff navigate the realities of online and distance learning, we know that centering student voice and the need to collect racial equity data are critical to success.  CFJ recently launched our Equity in Action services to support…

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State Budget Agreement Reached — Wins for Education & Racial Equity

June 25, 2020

As the 2019-2020 school year wraps up, we are seeing students graduating virtually because of COVID-19 and taking to the streets in support of the movement for Black lives. We are seeing Black youth are on the frontlines leading the way and organizing for change. This moment of crisis calls on us to double down…

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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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