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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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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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  • 12/16

    Read a blog by Community Rights Member Elizabeth Chaidez on the human impact of incarceration.

    Imagine being taken out of society, and forced to live in cell for 5, 10, 15 or maybe 20 years, or forever, for a crime you may or may have not committed. You do not have any human contact except when you are transferred from one place to another. However, when you are transferred you are handcuffed and chained by the waist like an animal.

  • 11/4

    Both High School and College campus newspapers respond to a victory for the community as LASPD adopts new protocols for enforcing daytime curfew and issuing truancy tickets to students.

  • 10/31

    We're really gaining ground in our fight for civil and human rights in our schools and communities. We need to highlight a few reasons why the policy changes on truancy/tardy ticketing that we won two weeks ago from LASPD are important. The media coverage was great but there's a few things they didn't cover.

  • 10/28

    This statement is from parents, students, and community and civil rights groups in response to a report released today about the Los Angeles Unified School District's implementation of the School-Wide Positive Behavior Support policy. The policy was adopted in 2007 with support from Public Counsel and CADRE parents to reduce out of school suspensions, particularly of students of color, and improve graduation rates, student performance and school culture. The report was conducted by the University of Oregon Institute on Violence and Destructive Behavior in consultation with LAUSD leadership. Public Counsel, CADRE, Youth Justice Coalition, Community Rights Campaign and Children's Defense Fund are part of Dignity in Schools Los Angeles.

  • 10/26

    Media trumpeted the news as the Los Angeles School Police Department unveiled protocols intended to reduce the number of daytime curfew tickets written to students. The revised procedures are a result of collaboration and discussions between Public Counsel, the Community Rights Campaign, the ACLU of Southern California, Children's Defense Fund, CADRE, and Youth Justice Coalition - groups that work to keep students in school - and Los Angeles School Police Department (LASPD) leaders.

  • 10/25

    The collective voices of students and parents rang through the cities of Fresno, Sacramento, Oakland and Los Angeles as they demanded an end to the criminalization of their children, increased parental involvement in all school related decisions, and greater funding for schools. The event, which was hosted by the California Endowment, included a rally, a school to prison pipeline art installation and finished with a panel.

  • 10/12

    On Tuesday October 4, 2011, the Strategy Center held a screening of "Precious Knowledge:" The Love Struggle of Learning, a documentary about the battle to save the Ethnic Studies Program in Tuscan Unified School District. The documentary follows four high school seniors in the Mexican American Studies Program and their emotional journey to put an end to HB-2281.

  • 10/11

    So why is it important to know your rights?

    Throughout the week of October 1-8, 2011, thousands of parents, youth, and educators are taking part in student-led actions and events in 27 cities to expose the school pushout crisis in our nation and advocate for the human right of every young person to a quality education and to be treated with dignity. 

  • 10/7

    During the past two years, the Los Angeles City Council in conjunction with the LAPD, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), County courts, other regional government agencies and community groups including: Public Counsel, ACLU of Southern California and the Community Rights Campaign, have been collaborating to revise existing LAPD procedures aimed at reducing the number of daytime curfew tickets issued. Cárdenas' motion seeks to amend Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC) Section 45.04, which imposes a daytime curfew on youth under the age of 18.

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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