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California Budget Action Alert!

June 4, 2020

California is deciding on our budget soon! The California State Legislature will be voting on our state’s budget in the next two weeks. Because of COVID-19, we’re facing some large budget cuts when it comes to education, BUT there’s an opportunity to win some key pieces in the budget and actually leave many school districts…

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George Floyd & Black Liberation #BlackLivesMatter

June 2, 2020

Statement From CFJ Leadership & Staff: Black Lives Matter. George Floyd’s life mattered. Breonna Taylor’s life mattered. Tony McDade, Nina Pop and Ahmaud Arbery’s lives all mattered. Not just because they were stolen at the hands of police and white supremacists, but because they were human beings, pieces of our communities and valuable voices we…

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SF Chronicle Letter to the Editor: An Economic Crisis Is The Worst Time To Cut Education Funding by Saa’un Bell

May 28, 2020

An economic crisis during COVID-19 is the worst time to cut education funding.

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It will take all of us to secure school funding victories in November

March 6, 2020

The results from California’s primary are in and we have no more time to lose. Proposition 13, the only statewide school funding initiative on the primary ballot, looks unlikely to pass. The bond measure would raise $15 billion for much-needed school facilities upgrades and repairs at campuses across California. But where this one failed to…

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100+ Powerful Black Leaders for Schools & Communities First

February 21, 2020

Californians for Justice is proud to have our Strategy Director Saa’un P. Bell included on this list of 100 powerful Black Leaders in support of the Schools and Communities First initiative!  We know that to have a truly prosperous future for California, we must deeply invest in Black students and families. The Schools &Communities First…

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What does it take to celebrate Black Futures?

February 11, 2020

Above: Oakland youth leaders with CFJ stand before a mural of Oscar Grant — the young black man murdered by BART police in 2009. We’re halfway through Black History/Black Futures Month and felt it’s time for this conversation. For decades February has been marked in the U.S. calendar as Black History Month — a time…

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The Magic of 2019: Top 4 CFJ Highlights

December 19, 2019

Public schools are the heart of our communities. That’s the core belief that led us through the good, the bad and the everyday moments of 2019. From lessons learned to shared victories, we couldn’t have done it without our students, staff and community leading together to build a brighter future for California. To celebrate that…

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Text Thread W/ Deshae Lee: Featuring the Students of CFJ

December 5, 2019

This week, we spoke with Deshae Lee, a student activist in Fresno, CA. Deshae joined Californians For Justice 1 year ago as an incoming high school senior, and is already a central leader within our organization. Every week Deshae is in our Fresno office, setting up meetings with school officials, preparing to speak on behalf…

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