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Shining light on the Next Generation of Leaders: Naudika Williams Wins Marguerite Casey Award

October 15, 2015

  “Many say that youth never want to be involved. The truth is, that youth like me do want to be involved. But often times, adults aren’t listening. My superintendent, Oakland Unified School District Superintendent Antwan Wilson said it best in a meeting with students: “Adults are good at deciding what’s best for adults in…

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Calling on our schools to VALUE all students

October 15, 2015

Californians for Justice launched the Student Voice Campaign in 2014 with one goal – for student voices to be heard, valued, and reflected in their schools. Our recent wins– from equitable school funding to more fair discipline policies have created an opportunity for great change in our schools. But before we can close the opportunity…

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Blast From the Past — Student Voice & the CA High School Exit Exam

October 15, 2015

Former San Jose CFJ Student Leader Alumni and Lead Organizer Rosa De Leon San Jose Mercury News Op-ed: Exit exams unfairly limit students’ potential More than a decade ago– in 2001, hundreds of English Learners, low-income students, and students of color rallied against the California State Board of Education demanding the state end the CA…

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Youth Control $50,000 of School Budget in First-of-its-Kind Process

June 23, 2015

Angel Fernandez was one of many CFJ student leaders who led an effort in San Jose to move their district to implement an innovative democratic process that would allow students to allocate a portion of their school’s budget to where they felt it was most needed. In early 2014, students began meeting with school and…

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Youth Leaders Convene for a Weekend of Learning

June 23, 2015

Just a few weeks ago, 50 students gathered in the Santa Cruz mountains for a weekend of learning, bonding, and growing – the first of many steps ramping up toward the launch of a new campaign this fall. Students learned from each other, built new relationships with students from across the state, and weighed in on…

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United Voices for Change

June 23, 2015

When students and adults are empowered to lead, our schools thrive. On May 16th, almost 100 students and adults representing 17 grassroots organizations, education associations, and unions filled the room for Cal Justice Talks: United Voices for Change to launch a movement where students and adults continue to flip the frame by working together to…

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Flipping the Frame

April 16, 2015

by Mary McGinney, featured in Fresno Alliance As a Fresno City College student and recent graduate from Edison High School, I realized that I’ve learned so much in my four years with Californians for Justice (CFJ). CFJ approaches some of the issues we as teenagers and of color face nearly every day of our lives,…

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Congratulations 2015 Racial Justice Organizers of Today!

April 10, 2015

In February 2015, Californians for Justice piloted an innovative addition to our Leadership Development Program – an intensive Leadership Bootcamp intended to enhance the skills of our advanced leaders. The 24 students who participated from Oakland & San Jose were the first cohort of advanced and empowered youth leaders who will lead their peers in…

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Royals Rise Up! Participatory Budgeting Comes to San Jose

March 4, 2015

“This is going to affect Overfelt in a positive way. I think it will inspire students to make more democratic decisions like voting in the future. Most of our youth of color vote at low rates, and this will inspire them to see how it benefits themselves and the nation.” – Brisa Rojas, Overfelt High Student, PB Steering…

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