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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 ...

  • 8/30

    In Los Angeles County, during the years of 2005 to 2009, there were over 47,000 youth cited under the "Daytime Curfew Law" Municipal Code 45.04. 88% of the youth cited were Black and Latino students yet they only made up 74% of the school age population. For the first time, Community Rights brought together students, their families and administrators to hear the private impact of the ongoing criminalization of tardiness and truancy.

  • 6/3

    I was pumped and rejuvenated to see the next generation of warriors stand and fight back for a transformative and revolutionary educational system.

  • 4/20

    "The Los Angeles Police Department has agreed to avoid ticketing tardy students who are on their way to school, lawyers and advocates for students announced Thursday."

  • 4/19

    As news of our "truancy" ticket victory rolled through local and national media. the Community Rights Campaign carried the momentum of our coalition into City Hall on Monday, where Councilmember Cardenas presided over an unprecedented meeting where community voices were heard, and councilmembers were moved.

  • 4/4

    "Criminalize kids early and often? What’s next? Truancy – the new
    gateway crime? While this effort may generate short term statistical
    ‘success’, it is a jaw droppingly wrong headed, counter-productive way
    to treat kids," writes Home Education Magazine.

  • 3/31

    Saturday, April 2nd 2011: Join us for an interactive and participatory citywide meeting to pave the way toward ending school push out and transforming our schools into healthy, enriching, and sustainable learning communities!

  • 3/9

    "Clearly, I’ve missed an important lesson in logic as it totally
    blew my mind that students could be fined for coming to school," writes Rachel Ferreira, a student at Daniel Pearl Magnet High School in Van Nuys, sharing her own experience receiving a truancy ticket.

  • 2/15

    Let me share with you a story of a courageous and fierce Black mother. Her persistence to have her children do more than merely "survive" or "make it" and commitment to justice took her on a truly transformative journey that has inspired us all.

  • 11/15

    The Community Rights Campaign sent their statement letter to LAUSD Superintendent Cortines and the Board Members on November 12th, 2010 in response to Mr. Cortines announcement of the selection of the newly appointed LASPD Chief, Steven Zipperman, which involved virtually no community participation in the selection process.  

  • 11/3

    On October 2nd 2010 the Labor Community Strategy's Center's Community Rights Campaign erected a "School to Prison" pipeline Walking Maze & Resistance Art Exhibit. This innovative art piece displayed a day in the life of a high school student at a LAUSD school. The exhibit was not only a viewing of art, but also a theater piece that encapsulated the experiences that a student faces when attempting to get to school on a poor y run and expensive bus system and the police harassment they encounter when they finally arrive to campus.

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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