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Meet A Few of the Phenomenal Women At CFJ!

March 31, 2022

Above Image: From womenshistorymonth.gov For the month of March, we hope you’ve been celebrating all the wonderful women who impact your daily lives. We honor our mothers, mentors, innovators, teachers, activists, leaders, healers, trailblazers, liberators–and many more women who have paved the way for us to be where we are today. Let us introduce you…

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Why We Organize For Relationship-Centered, Community Schools

March 3, 2022

By Asher Ki, CFJ Organizer, Fresno Dear Community, it’s time for something new. A lot of the problems that we’ve been hearing about schools during Covid – learning disparities between Black students and white peers, the need for mental health resources, students feeling unsafe and needing relationships – existed before Covid, this pandemic has just…

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California Community Schools Framework

March 3, 2022

(Above: Art by Brandie Bowen for the California Partnership for the Future of Learning, Reimagine and Rebuild Arts Showcase) Since the fall, we’ve spent a lot of time discussing community schools and how we believe they are the key to transforming our public education system. California has set aside $3 BILLION in funding for community…

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Public Schools Are the Heart of Our Communities

February 14, 2022

Above Image: CFJ Youth Leaders hanging out pre-pandemic at Fremont High School in Oakland. Love is in the air, and we’re celebrating by taking a moment to appreciate one of the major relationships in our life – the CA public school system! That’s right, decades into our relationship, CFJ remains enamored with public schools and…

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Transformational Community Schools Are Critical to Addressing Long-standing Racial Injustice

February 10, 2022

You’ve probably heard the good news by now, CA has committed $3 BILLION to the creation and support of Community Schools. This is a huge victory made possible by numerous grassroots organizers, youth leaders and adult allies! But now we need to focus on the details of how that funding will be used.  Many folks…

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How to Celebrate Joyful, Loving and Radical Black Futures in our Schools

February 3, 2022

Are you ready to discuss bold Black Futures this month, because we are! We’re ready to imagine and build towards a future where Black students, parents and communities are honored for their power, uplifted and centered in the public school system.  This February and throughout the year, CFJ is examining what joyful, loving and radical…

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Honoring Native American History Month

November 24, 2021

While the United States has tried to eradicate Indigenous people and cultures across Turtle Island, this Native American History Month and National Day of Mourning, we are proclaiming from the top of our lungs, Indigenous People Are Still Here! Indigenous people, languages, and traditions have existed and thrived on these lands for millennia. Not only…

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Executive Director Taryn Ishida Announces Transition Plans

September 30, 2021

After 8 incredible years leading Californians for Justice, Executive Director Taryn Ishida is moving on to the next adventure. Read her letter below and stay tuned for more info about the transition plan as we gear up for the next chapter at CFJ.  I knew about Californians for Justice long before I had ever considered…

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20 Years of Summer Youth Leadership Academy!

September 14, 2021

Cue the air horns! Sound the drums! From the humble roots of backyard BBQs, neighborhood canvassing, and word of mouth recruitment in our Bay Area regions, the CFJ Summer Youth Leadership Academy is now in four cities across California. On this 20th anniversary year, we celebrated with our largest SYLA class ever with 69 students!!…

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