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See How CFJ Spent the Summer Developing the Next Generation of Leaders

August 6, 2018

Over the past 5 weeks, the Californians for Justice offices across that state have been hustling and bustling with energy and excitement of youth leaders as they develop leadership abilities, grow grassroots organizing skills and hone their political education knowledge. Each year, Summer Youth Leadership Academy (SYLA) students in each of our four regions participate…

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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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Young Voters Have Power to Transform Community

April 2, 2018

By Anais Sandoval Born and raised in Long Beach as a first generation Mexican-American I faced many challenges  while enrolled in public education. There was no support from teachers or staff on campus to guide the students that struggled academically. Unaware of valuable information that could change my life, it was community organizations like Californians…

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Californians for Justice Top 5 Highlights of 2017

January 9, 2018

2017 has been a meaningful year for Californians for Justice. In the wake of a federal government that endorses hate, racism, and growing inequality, it has reaffirmed our commitment and fired us up even more to organize, resist, and lead the way with progressive policy solutions and action to transform public education – for the…

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Students Lead The Way For Relationship Centered Schools

September 22, 2017

Every single student deserves to feel welcomed, cared for, and supported to succeed in school. Unfortunately, every single day a student of color will wake up, go to school, sit in class, walk the halls for an entire school year without being able to identify a single caring adult at school. Student leaders have set…

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Equity That’s About Racial Justice – Hector Castaneda

June 26, 2017

The Institute for Educational Leadership held their National Family and Community Engagement Conference this past weekend. The conference brought 1700 participants from across the country to engage in conversation about family and community on a deeper level. Our Californians for Justice student leader  Hector Castaneda participated as keynote speaker, sharing his indispensable experiences and bold…

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Students Believe The Local Control Funding Formula Is Working – Zhihao Guo

June 26, 2017

The Institute for Educational Leadership held their National Family and Community Engagement Conference this past weekend. The conference brought 1700 participants from across the country to engage in conversation about family and community on a deeper level. Our Californians for Justice student leader Zhihao Guo participated as the only student leader on the Bay Area…

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"CaliforWHO? CaliforALL" Candy Lara Speaks To Legislators For The First Time

June 6, 2017

My name is Candy Lara and I am a sophomore at Lakewood High School and a youth leader with Californians for Justice. A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending Free Our Dreams, a statewide event with the goal of gathering youth across California for a weekend to prepare them for meetings with…

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CFJ’s Young Women of Color Are Bold For Change

March 8, 2017

Today we celebrate powerful Californians for Justice women leaders.    What kind of message does this administration send to women, specifically young women of color? This administration does not represent us. As such, it sends the message to young women of color that we should continue to resist. We must continue to raise our voices and…

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