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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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Remember to Vote By September 14

September 9, 2021

Hey Friends, It wasn’t that long ago that we were celebrating the major win of seeing historic funding levels pouring into our schools — but already there’s a threat on the horizon. COVID-19 relief funds are one-time funds, meaning our districts are not guaranteed this level of support in the coming years. This makes the…

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CFJ Featured in National Media Series on Youth Organizing in the U.S.

August 31, 2021

Young people throughout history have come together to radically transform culture, policies, and the faces of politics. Californians for Justice is honored to be featured in an incredibly important issue series. With 25 years of organizing history and experience in California at our backs, long-time CFJ organizers and leaders, Saa’un Bell and Geordee Mae Corpuz…

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Students Need A Return to Community, Not Just Classrooms

August 23, 2021

Back to school season is upon us and the stakes are high for students and families across California. Many are starting at new campuses, meeting new teachers and navigating social settings they haven’t been exposed to since before the pandemic began. And if that isn’t already overwhelming enough, young people are also carrying the trauma…

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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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