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Use Social Media to Change Culture

July 9, 2019

    For many of us, a significant portion of our lives takes place on social media. We use it for entertainment, community and building our very own businesses. But it can be hard to know how to bring some of our real life values into the online space. How do we share what we…

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Blackface incident is just the latest moment of anti-blackness & racism in Fresno Unified

June 7, 2019

The recent news of a Bullard High School student donning blackface and using the n-word on social media has hurt our community deeply. While the student’s actions are disappointing, the student’s ability to make that choice exists in an America where there is a long and toxic history of systemic racism and anti-blackness. Incidents like…

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CFJ Fresno Open House Celebrates Community, Art, and Relationship Building in Schools!

March 12, 2019

Earlier this month, Californians for Justice celebrated community, art, and student voice as part of Art Hop in Downtown Fresno. The event doubled as an open house for our new offices within Common Space and allowed our youth leaders the chance to engage community members in relationship building and conversations about the importance of racial…

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Time for Radical Revision of what Public Education Can Look Like for Black Students & Families

February 27, 2019

Black History Month offers an important time to examine issues of racial justice in communities and our education system. When public education was dreamed up by its founders, Horace Mann and Thomas Jefferson, neither person envisioned Black students attending integrated schools. That much is evident when we look at the history of schooling in America…

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Working to Build Relationships Not Walls in Fresno Unified

January 23, 2019

Over the last few years student leaders from Californians for Justice have had the privilege of working closely with Fresno Unified Superintendent Bob Nelson and the school board to develop Relationship Centered Schools within the district. This work is a reflection of our school leaders and elected officials recognizing the value of student voice, relationship…

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Californians for Justice winning victories for Student Voice & Relationships in districts across the state

July 10, 2018

This past school year, CFJ organizers and student leaders made real progress in the campaign to transform California public schools into Relationship Centered Schools. This framework emphasizes student voice, relationship building, and professional development for teachers and staff, making it essential to the success of Black, Brown, Asian, Native American and Pacific Islander students. By…

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The Path Toward Racial Justice In Our Schools: Challenges & Collective Visions

April 3, 2018

Envisioning a Racially Just Education Conversations focused on five issues that are key levers to advancing racial justice: School Funding, School Climate, Teaching & Learning, Intersectional Issues, and Youth & Parent Voice.  Download the full summary. 

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LCFF Community Engagement & School Climate Bill Introduced

March 2, 2018

LCFF Mend & Defend Coalition  In July 2017, 15 grassroots organizations representing over 40 districts across the state came came together to “defend and mend” the Local Control Funding Formula. We held an “LCFF is working” press conference centered on the powerful testimonies of students, parents and advocates on the importance of LCFF. Since the “LCFF…

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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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