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CFJ Youth Leaders Win Restorative Restart & More in Oakland & San Jose!

May 24, 2021

We’re celebrating some major news! Our youth leaders fought for and won commitments for a restorative restart in Oakland Unified and the East Side Union High School District in San Jose!  Oakland Youth Win Mental Health, Relationships Supports & More In Oakland, the district has committed $9 million to a mental health resolution prioritizing supports…

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CFJ Fulfilling the Promise of Brown vs. Board of Ed

May 17, 2021

It’s been 67 years since 13 Black families won their lawsuit to desegregate schools and secured the right to equal education for students of color. All these years later and we still know that for any real and lasting progress to be made, we must center the voices and leadership of Black students and families. …

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State Ed Budget: Crucial Investments in Young People’s Health & Wellness

January 13, 2021

On January 8th, Governor Newsom released his proposed 2021-2022 budget. After a year when students and families have struggled through a pandemic, natural disasters, a historic election, and the different manifestations of white supremacy, we commend Governor Newsom’s commitment to addressing racial equity by investing in public education, and also recognize we still have a…

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Some Good News While We Wait for Results

November 4, 2020

Today, like many of you, Californians for Justice (CFJ) staff and students are feeling a wide range of emotions. We have all poured so much of ourselves into this election, amidst the pandemic, the uprisings, and so much uncertainty. And with the presidential and statewide races being too close to call, millions of votes still…

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3 Things to Keep in Mind These Final Weeks of Election 2020

October 22, 2020

Original Art by Orion Camero for Californians for Justice. Title: Learning Liberation, Artist’s Description: “What do you see when you see this painting? Inspired by relationship-centered schools, this piece speaks to the power we have as young people to nurture future generations and build the skills necessary to manifest our wildest dreams.” We have just…

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Newsom Vetoed Ethnic Studies AB 331, But We Won’t Give Up

October 2, 2020

Above: Aniyah Story, a Junior at Oakland High, studies her U.S. History textbook while distance learning at home.  We are deeply disappointed to hear that Governor Newsom vetoed Assembly Bill 331 on Wednesday, which would have made Ethnic Studies a high school graduation requirement. In a year where students are facing historical challenges learning in…

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CA Youth Power Levels Up — Young People’s Task Force is Now Official!

September 25, 2020

We are excited to see the formation of the Young People’s Task Force in partnership with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond and State Board of Education President Linda Darling-Hammond. On June 8th of this year, over 20 racial justice and youth organizing groups sent a letter to Governor Newsom in the wake of…

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Dear Governor Newsom, Support Investment in Black Youth & Youth of Color

September 3, 2020

Sign the petition to support Aniyah and other youth leaders!    Dear Governor Newsom, My name is Aniyah Story, I’m a junior at Oakland High School and a youth leader at an organization called Californians for Justice. I’m writing this letter to ask for your continued support in investing in Black youth and other youth…

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Back To School Checklist: Student Voice & Racial Equity Data–Webinar Recording & Resources

September 2, 2020

Student Voice and Racial Equity Data are the name of the game this school year. As students and staff navigate the realities of online and distance learning, we know that centering student voice and the need to collect racial equity data are critical to success.  CFJ recently launched our Equity in Action services to support…

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