Community Rights Campaign
To protect students heading back to school from ticketing, CRC rallies: media & LAUSD respond
Rally in front of school district headquarters
We had a great rally to set the tone for the new school year. We urged LAUSD to adopt a more comprehensive plan to protect youth from discriminatory ticketing and overpolicing.
There had been some solid progress earlier in the summer in our meetings with LASPD and LAUSD. But with students coming back to school, we need the District to take more concrete steps forward.
At the rally, we had Drum and Chant kicking up the energy, while our Summer Youth Organizing Academy students unfurled a huge banner, put up life-size street art figures, and performed teatro about their experiences with school police and tickets.
LA Times coverage: ticketing data, student art theater
In a great piece, "Rally calls for fewer police citations of LAUSD students," reporter Teresa Watanbe registered the data we presented on student harms, noted the art exhibit and street theater performed by our youth, and documented our request that LAUSD to follow through on the commitment it made early in the summer to put a plan on paper to protect students in the new school year.
LAUSD responds, with KPCC public radio coverage
The next day, the district issued a direct response with its own public statement, trying to keep the focus on the progress it has been making to cut back truancy ticketing while reaffirming its commitment to "continuing its partnership with all stakeholders to ensure a safe, secure school environment and equal educational opportunities."
And then earlier this week, we heard from Superintendent Deasy's office, following up to schedule a meeting with us. This is the response we wanted.
Thanks to everyone who came out and made it happen!
|press release LAUSD stop citations 2012.08.09.pdf||148.54 KB|
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