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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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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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On A Star Wars Scale: This Year’s Budget Rates @ The Phantom Menace

July 5, 2023

Another year and another budget season in the books! After some back and forth negotiations between Governor Newsom and the state legislature, California has landed its final budget. And how would we rate it? A very solid “OK.” On a scale of Star Wars movies, this year definitely feels like The Phantom Menace of budget…

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What’s in the budget for CA schools?

May 15, 2023

Above Image: Californians for Justice youth leaders and allies gather in a show of support for LCFF during a 2017 rally in Sacramento. In the decade since it’s passing, the Local Control Funding Formula continues to be our path forward to full and equitable funding for CA’s students and families.  Governor Newsom just unveiled his…

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Here’s How We Can Support Teachers Year-Round

May 11, 2023

What’s the best way to show your teachers they’re appreciated? Investing in them and our schools! It’s no secret teachers deserve to be paid more. Retaining well-qualified, fully prepared and supported educators is one of the most critical solutions for racially just schools.. Our educators deserve  investment in professional development training for career advancement, more…

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Deep Learning As A Declaration of Love For CA Youth

May 9, 2023

By Asher Ki “Transformative  Community Schools Framework” is THE long-term strategy for whole school and systems transformation. Community schools are an authentic approach designed directly by impacted students, along with their families, community partners and educators, centered on a framework inclusive of partnership, equitable decision making, and learning as a tool for transformation. A strategy…

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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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Welcoming Yasi and Mauro, the New Co-EDs of CFJ!

February 3, 2023

It has been an eventful start to 2023 at Californians For Justice as welcomed our new Co-Executive Directors, Yasmine “Yasi” Safinya-Davies and Mauro Sifuentes, to our staff and leadership team! To those who have been a part of our movement as we grow and go through transitions through the years, we want to share our…

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California’s Budget is Good News for School Transformation!

January 12, 2023

Above: Original art by Eden Meseret (she/her) for the California Partnership for the Future of Learning 2022 Arts Showcase.  Two weeks into the year and we’re already celebrating some good news! On Tuesday, Governor Newsom released the 23-24 State Budget proposal naming key investments for students, and doubling down on commitments to public education. Most…

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