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The Community Rights Campaign is organizing in L.A. high schools and among L.A.'s 500,000 low-income bus riders to build campaigns to push back the growing police and prison state and push forward an expanded social welfare state. We reject the dominant U.S. approach to organizing society that priorities competition, deregulation, and punishment for the powerless, while the lion's share of public resources funds police, prisons, and the military. Our approach prioritizes shared resources, reparations, and redistribution of both wealth and political power...Read more here.

The Organizer's Corner Blog

From the block, from the bus, from the frontlines and the desk.
The spark, the news, the questions, the debate.
  • by
    Manuel Criollo
    ,
    May 18 2015

    We urge you to reject the DOD 1033 program and support our movement to end the program all together. Like the rounding up of immigrants, shooting of unarmed civilians, police brutality, and mass incarceration, the DOD 1033 program is indefensible. The LAUSD must get out of, and condemn, the DOD 1033 program now.

  • by
    Anonymous
    ,
    Feb 9 2015

    Every February activists and teachers attempt to roll back the curtain and highlight Black men and women. Part of our mission to reclaim our own history. It's the last week of Black History month, let's finish strong.

  • Congressmember Karen Bass
    by
    Ashley Franklin
    ,
    Jan 28 2015

    A delegation of the South Los Angeles students and alumni of Manual Arts attended Congress woman's Karen Bass Congressional Hearing on 21st Century Policing. The conversation elevated theories of investing in services such as our schools, housing, public transportation not maintaining and expanding the policing forces in the city.

  • by
    Manuel Criollo
    ,
    Nov 26 2014

    The Strategy Center's Fight for the Soul of the Cities and Community Rights Campaign is organizing a Rally and Resist-In at Los Angeles Unified School District on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 4:00 pm. The growing outcry and struggle to bring an end to state sanction violence against the Black community is on the rise. We stand in solidarity with the national day of action under the slogan #StoptheWaronYouth coordinated by the Alliance for Educational Justice, Journey for Justice and other youth national alliances.

  • by
    Ashley Franklin
    ,
    Nov 18 2014

    After many months of work in schools in South Los Angeles and Boyle Heights the Strategy Center's Community Rights Campaign has been organizing our classrooms and neighborhoods to push for the approval of an Ethnic Studies graduation requirement at LAUSD.

More from the Organizer's Corner ...

  • 4/6

    My name is John Salinas, I am a 9th grader at North Hollywood High School. I have been a member of the BRU for 3 months. What I really liked about my first day in Spring Break Take Action is how easily I spoke out because normally I am a shy person. I usually do not engage in a conversation, I just step back and let other people speak. I'm usually shy because I'm afraid of responding wrong or saying something that I think may not be suitable for the discussion.

  • 4/2
    Members of Westchester High School's Taking Action rally for 1000 more buses, 1000 less tickets! See the Poem Who am I? performed by student/author Cathia Barrow "Am I really the future as everyone says or just another court case Below the federal poverty line is where the majority is based So how can one afford a $250 truancy ticket for being 30 minutes late Especially since unemployment among minorities is highest in the state Not to mention that LAUSD has a 50% high school drop out rate"
  • 3/19

    Did you ever come late to school? Of course, we all did. You'd get a look from the teacher, a warning about your grades, or even detention. Well, times have changed. Being 15 minutes late can now get you handcuffed by school police and issued a ticket for $250 with a mandatory day in court. Black and Latino students have been telling us about their experiences with these "zero tolerance" policies.

  • 2/15

    So let's look at how the police/prison growth industry has been affected by the economic downturn.

    At a time when the California government can't pay its bills or cut welfare checks to the neediest, a time when it is sending IOUs for tax returns, it is driving forward (guns a blazin') with the largest prison construction project in the world. We're talking about AB 900 and its evil twin ABX1-10.

What is the Community Rights Campaign?

Community Rights Campaign vs LAMC 45.04 The story of our Community Rights Campaign to end truancy ticketing and to roll back school policing and the criminalization of entire Black and Latino communities.

What is the Community Rights Campaign?

A short film introducing the Community Rights Campaign

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