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Calling all Allies! CFJ Needs Your Support

April 29, 2024

What’s going down? Black and brown youth are the leaders we need to create schools rooted in racial justice and liberation. This vision guides our work and relationships at Californians for Justice. But right now, those values and vision for CA public schools are under attack.  For the last few months we have been the…

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A Bold and Powerful Student Panel in LBUSD

September 14, 2023

Above: Above: From left to right, Californians for Justice leaders Sydney, Sarai, Mel and Didi.    By Sicola Elliot, Capacity Building Manager   Education Reimagined in LBUSD was the theme for the LBUSD Managers meeting held on Friday August 25, 2023, at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach. Californians For Justice…

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Student Leaders Back in Action at our Capital

September 14, 2023

On the last week of August, Californians For Justice made an appearance at the Capitol! What were we doing in Sacramento? We spent a day there to let our state representatives know what Black and Brown youth need to feel safe and supported at school. At CFJ, we believe in the Power of Relationships, so…

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Celebrating 3 Years of School Transformation in Long Beach

June 27, 2023

Eighty-plus attendees showed up on May 20th, 2023, to celebrate Year 3 of our Professional Learning Network (PLN), where five high schools have committed to transforming their Long Beach Unified school communities into racially just Relationship Centered Schools. Team members reflected over the past year’s progress and looked to the future for another year of…

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Student Voice: The Heart of Radical Transformation

March 7, 2023

By Asher Ki Decades ago, student voice was a concept very few had the luxury of understanding. The idea that youth are illustrators of change and contributors to the education systems’ transformation was dismissed and purposely overlooked by adults who thought power rested solely in their hands.  Organizations like Californians For Justice firmly believe transformation…

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Time to Celebrate AND Build Power for 2024

November 9, 2022

Election Day 2022 has come and gone but our work doesn’t stop here! In fact, these next few days, weeks and months are crucial to the fights our communities will face in 2024 and beyond. Already, we have so much to celebrate in our communities and across the state. From empowering Black and Brown youth…

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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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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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