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Text Thread W/ Deshae Lee: Featuring the Students of CFJ

December 5, 2019

This week, we spoke with Deshae Lee, a student activist in Fresno, CA. Deshae joined Californians For Justice 1 year ago as an incoming high school senior, and is already a central leader within our organization. Every week Deshae is in our Fresno office, setting up meetings with school officials, preparing to speak on behalf…

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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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From the Archives: Lupe Navarro & How Students Can “Reach New Heights”

September 20, 2019

Above: Lupe Navarro (back row, third from left) with her fellow statewide student leaders in Californians for Justice. Last year, Lupe Navarro stood before the East Side Union High School District Board of Trustees and called on decision-makers to continue their commitment to East San Jose’s students and families. Her public comments came at a…

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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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Next Step in Diversity Training: Teachers Learn to Face Their Unconscious Biases

May 16, 2019

(As published in EdWeek, by Sarah Schwartz on May 14, 2019) Diversity training asks teachers to understand students’ different backgrounds. Implicit-bias training goes further, and asks teachers to look at themselves Teachers—and their implicit biases—can directly impact the opportunities afforded to students of color. Teachers make the first decisions about behavioral consequences that lead to referrals…

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CFJ Youth Leading Together with LBUSD to Interrupt Bias in the Classroom

April 17, 2019

This weekend CFJ youth leaders and staff led a powerful bias training for Long Beach Unified School District teachers and administrators. The session was a unique twist to traditional trainings that center conversations on adults rather than students. CFJ youth leaders led the space and trained LBUSD staff participants on the ways implicit biases show…

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This Tax Day It’s Time for Big Corporate to Pay Their Fair Share!

April 15, 2019

This tax day we urge you to take a moment and think about where your money is going. Like most taxpayers in our communities, your money goes to help our schools — but big corporations like Shell and Chevron, benefit from property tax loopholes that allow them to skip their part. The effect is our…

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Movement Builders: Faces of CFJ

March 22, 2019

Californians for Justice is proud to have worked with thousands of youth leaders across California over the last two decades. We’ve helped students organize and step into their power, using their voice to fight for their schools and communities. But did you know many of our staff started their social justice work with us as…

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