The Community Rights Campaign of the Labor/Community Strategy Center releases Black, Brown and Over-Policed in LA Schools:Structural Proposals to End the School-to-Prison Pipeline in the Los Angeles Unified School District and to Build a National Movement to Stop the Mass Incarceration of Black and Latino Communities that analyzes the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and the Los Angeles School Police Department's (LASPD) citation and arrest patterns for the school years of 2011-2013 through the lens of race, gender, age and neighborhood impacts.
The Labor/Community Strategy Center and The Fight for the Soul of the Cities is taking to the streets of South Los Angeles. We are demanding that President Obama and Attorney General Holder, investigate and indict George Zimmerman and the Sanford, FL police department for violating the Civil Rights of Trayvon Martin.
On July 16th, in the wake of the verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial, BRU Organizer Ronald Collins wrote an essay. He wanted to express how the Zimmerman trial had affected him on a personal and professional level, as a grassroots organizer, and as a young, black man.
Calling it a "landmark policy", the media takes note as LAUSD votes 5-2 to end "willful defiance" suspensions and redefine the role of police in school discipline. The San Francisco Chronicle heralded as part of a nationwide educational trend to end the reliance on "zero tolerance" policys that swept the nation in the wake of the Columbine school shootings.
The Drug Policy Alliance is the nation's leading organization promoting alternatives to current drug policy that are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights. The DPA works to ensure that drug policies no longer arrest, incarcerate, disenfranchise and otherwise harm millions of people - particularly young people and people of color who are disproportionately affected by the war on drugs.
On February 26th, the Community Rights Campaign brought out over 200 people to attend our third People's Poetry Fundraiser Night with a special theme this year -- Stand Up Fight Back, Justice for Jeremy Marks!
The Advancement Project's presentation at the US Social Forum during our "Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline" workshop. The workshop was hosted by the Advancement Project (Washington, D.C.), Padres y Jovenes Unidos (Denver, Colorado), and the Community Rights Campaign "No to Pre-Prison" Campagin (Los Angeles).