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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.
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    Jun 9 2014

    Guest blogger Eve Ensler

    On February 14, 2013, ONE BILLION RISING saw women and men from all over the world dance and rise in protest to highlight violence against women. Issues focused on gender-based violence. This year, ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE escalated the demand to end violence against women and girls by focusing on ending impunity and connecting social justice issues with violence against women.

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    May 16 2014

    In the fall, the Community Rights Campaign released our report with explicit recommendations for LAUSD to put in place concrete and lasting policies to decriminalize student behavior on campus and to ensure that criteria are in place to properly define and limit the role of police at school.

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    May 3 2014

    On April 23, Dignity in Schools-LA responded to the LCAP proposal put forth by LAUSD Superintendent Deasy.

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    May 15 2014

    Community Rights Campaign of the Labor/Community Strategy Center is very proud of our community alliance with the Brothers, Sons, Selves Coalition and Dignity in Schools Campaign - Los Angeles as we celebrated the one-year anniversary of the passing of the School Climate Bill of Rights (SCBR) on May 14th. The School Climate Bill of Rights is a landmark package of changes that reverses "zero tolerance" policies which have led to the systematic punishment of Black youth in particular.

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    May 12 2014

    We need innovation not incarceration. LAUSD let's end the cycle criminalizing Black and Brown students. The new funds from Prop 30 and the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) is supposed to help schools with the highest rates of poverty, foster care, and English-Language Learner students to reach an even playing filed for educational justice. Join us for the LAUSD LCAP Public Hearing Tuesday, June 17th. 4pm @ 333 S Beaudry.

More from the Organizer's Corner ...

  • 1/24

    Tras el tiroteo de Newtown lo que necesitamos es menos, no más, presencia policial en las escuelas de Los Ángeles. La premisa de que con cada crisis se necesita más presencia policial, más vigilancia, más supresión sirve para aquellos que ya tienen una idea pre-existente, no para los estudiantes, padres y docentes afro-americanos y latinos del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Los Ángeles (LAUSD). Debería escandalizarnos al ver que seguimos el mismo camino destructivo que tomó el país tomó después del tiroteo ocurrido en la escuela de Columbine.

  • 1/22

    The nation's largest Spanish-language daily, La Opinion, has published our OpEd calling for less, not more, police in schools after Newtown. We must not let Newtown be another Columbine for LA's school-to-jail-track.

  • 1/7

    By sending 600 armed LAPD patrols into our children’s schools, let us be clear that we are responding to violence with violence. Before we fall headlong down this path, we hope that LAUSD will reconsider and reflect deeply on the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: 'The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy…. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.'

  • 1/7

    CRC is calling for non-violent schools, holding candlelight vigils and organizing to stop the expansion of police in our schools. Today Los Angeles grade-school students returned from the holidays to be greeted by 600 armed patrols at LA Unified School District (LAUSD).  Just yesterday, Sheriff Arpaio unveiled armed volunteer posses at schools in Maricopa County, Arizona. Last month, Senator Barbara Boxer introduced a federal bill to send the National Guard into schools.

  • 12/28

    In the fight for educational justice, the struggle to keep public schools public has become as critical as ending the school-to-jail track. In Los Angeles, two historic Black high schools, Crenshaw HS and Dorsey HS, face daunting "reconstitution" that will undermine community leadership and roots. On Jan 12, we will gather with grassroots organizers from Chicago, New Orleans and Philadelphia to explore what forces are driving school privatization and how they intersect with forces behind the school-to-jail track.

  • 9/6

    It's September and back-to-school stories--and the CRC!--are in the news.
    Our work rolling back the daytime curfew (truancy/tardy ticketing) in LA is capturing attention and shaping the national debate with stories in Atlantic Magazine, Time Magazine, LA Times, and Our Weekly.

  • 8/15

    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.

  • 8/11

    Delona Washington, an intern with the Summer Youth Organizing Academy, writes about her experience as a young black woman newly graduated from high school.

  • 8/10

    Community Rights member Ezinne Nwankwo writes about her trip to Ohio for the Children's Defense Fund Conference.

  • 8/2

    SYOA intern Khushboo Gulati wrote this essay on the importance of Art as Resistance. "Resistance art is the product of stories unheard, resilience ignored, and ideas suppressed. It is a vessel through which people unite, histories are documented and through which one can learn. Recording our work, our struggle, our losses and our victories is the only way we can keep our unheard histories and herstories alive as US hegemony controls our textbooks and classes."

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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