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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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    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.

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    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.

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    Sep 21 2014

    The Los Angeles School Police Department (LASPD) has issued sweeping policy reforms to reduce citations and arrests of students in Los Angeles Unified School District as the new school year begins. The policy and protocols require minor law violations that previously resulted in citations and arrests to be addressed through interventions by school site officials and restorative practices or through diversion to a YouthSource or FamilySource Center.

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    Sep 16 2014

    It has come to our attention, in information released this past week that several California school police departments, including Los Angeles Unified School Police, have received highly specialized military equipment from the U.S. Department of Defense 1033 program. Make no mistake, the equipment doled out to these school police departments are the same ‘weapons of war' we have witnessed utilized by police in response to social activism in the Black community in Ferguson, Mo.

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    Aug 25 2014

    After more than two years, Community Rights Campaign and allies Public Counsel have secured a comprehensive school police policy reform to decriminalize student discipline, currently in effect in the new school year.

More from the Organizer's Corner ...

  • 1/24

    The movement is broadening.  National coalitions and juvenile court judges are weighing in with concerns and opposition, with national and local media responding.  The CRC is publishing OpEds and being interviewed in HuffPo, Colorlines and national Spanish-language public radio.

  • 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.

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?

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