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  • The report looks at how punitive discipline and testing policies and practices have combined to turn many schools into hostile and alienating environments that drive youth out of school and toward the juvenile and criminal justice systems. 
    We highly encourage our members and supporters to read this important
    document.  

  • In actions at Manual Arts, Westchester, and Cleveland High Schools,  LAUSD students from our Community Rights Campaign weathered the rain to launch a new initiative for greater accountability from the Los Angeles School Police Department
    They reached out to students, teachers and community members to support CRC's 5 new policy recommendations for creating new policies and procedures that restrict the use of force and role of police in our schools to protect the civil/human rights of all.

  • January 16th, close to 100 BRU members showed up to the monthly membership meeting with sample ballots in one hand and membership dues in the other, ready to elect their next planning committee. 
  • The Community Rights Campaign in collaboration with the Los Angeles Chapter of Dignity in Schools Campaign has released a policy paper: Police in LAUSD Schools: The Need for Accountability and Alternatives. The report calls attention to the pervasive problem of police misconduct in the Los Angeles School Police Department (LASPD), and calls for measures to protect the civil and educational rights of the students and families of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).
  • 2009 marks an important harvest of our last 5 years of hard work
    organizing bus riders, local businesses, public health and community
    allies and the local elected officials like former councilmember Wendy
    Greuel and Bill Rosendahl, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard. With the full $23.3 million of federal funding secured, the tide has turned to move the Wilshire Bus-Only Lanes Project into reality.

  • As all good organizers do, we begin the year looking back to the lessons and breakthroughs of 2009 that will inform the character of the work of the Bus Riders Union in 2010. The year presented many challenges for the BRU in securing the 20% of Measure R funds that were promised for bus system improvements.  We knew we would have to fight to ensure those funds be used for the much needed expansion of LA's bus system and its primarily working-class, immigrant, Black, Asian and Latina/o riders.

  • It has been both a tough and exciting first year for our civil rights and environmental justice campaign to influence the second largest federal bill: the $500 billion federal surface transportation act. Over the past two weeks, I had the opportunity to step back and reflect on my eventful year as lead coordinator of Transit Riders for Public Transportation.

  • Many of the key lessons of the environmental justice movement from the 80s and 90s fighting market driven policies in local campaigns can illuminate how we can re-shape the discussions around climate solutions in Congress this year.

  • 18 year-old BRU Bryan Mauricio member blogs on his experience in transformative organizing.

  • Fall 2009 issue of Race Poverty and the Environment

    Lead Organizer and National Coordinator of the Transit Riders for Public Transportation (TRPT), Francisca Porchas discusses the battle for climate justice in the re-authorization of the $500 billion Federal Surface Transportation Act in this winter's issue of Race, Poverty, & the Environment themed "Climate Change: Catalyst or Catastrophe?"

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