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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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  • 7/30

    The Community Rights Campaign has created a new map to track the geographical areas and the break down of the race and gender composition of students that have received Daytime Curfew "Truancy" Tickets under the Los Angeles Municipal Code 45.04. This map is an important tool in making the legal case that "truancy" tickets violate the civil and educational rights of the 90% Black and Latino students that attend LAUSD schools....

  • 7/26

    The Community Rights Campaign recently provided a "Know Your Rights" training where students, parents and organizers came out from around the city. We focused on the daytime curfew restrictions (informally known as "truancy tickets") the court process and we covered legal rights on police and school searches. As a group, we analyzed the ways in which the police, the schools and the courts interact with students and communities.

  • 4/13

    Jeanette Charles, Strategy Center member and co-coordinator of the 2010 Spring Break Take Action, blogs about the most impactful lessons the group experienced and the inspiration she gained witnessing the youth take leaps and bounds in their own organizing skills and expanding their understanding of our histories in this country as...

  • 3/26

    Jorge Lopez, social activist in East Los Angeles and world history teacher at Roosevelt High School, recently got involved with our "No to Pre-Prisons" Campaign. After feeling frustrated and angry at the increased ticketing of his students he began referring his students to us for legal services and support. Questioning the real intentions about the "truancy" sweeps at his school he writes in his blog: "I believe that if the Mayor had no interest in ticketing our students, there would not be one of his point persons overseeing the operation, and LAPD...."

  • 3/11

    The San Fernando Valley Sun has been raising a public debate between us, the principal of Cleveland High, and LA School Police Dept Interim Chief Bowman. They've already written 3 pieces in a series. We need you to send letters to the editors because...

  • 3/3

    Jazmin Martinez, a senior at Manual Arts High School, blogs about being searched in a round-up with an auditorium full of students for being tardy. She writes about the need to end the racialization of the "war on drugs" by creating forms of prevention, intervention and ultimately decriminalizing drug usage in her blog, Prevention Beyond Just "Say No".

  • 3/1

    After weeks of nervous speculation, a victory against a court system that fails time and time again to convict and sentence police officers for murder. For Black people in particular, this perpetual lack of legal re-dress for one of the oldest problems impacting our community has created deeply entrenched pain, fear and anger. No matter the social status, economic class or skin tone, almost every Black person in America has experienced a nervous moment whenever a cop came near. This is not because we are a community of cowards. rather it is because...

  • 2/24
    Contrary to idea of America in the age of colorblindness, civil rights advocate and law professor Michelle Alexander argues, "we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it."  Her new book is The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Please join Community Rights in a booksigning and discussion with her this week.
  • 2/19

    Just yesterday, CNN ran a top story in their legal news section that features our Community Rights work against truancy tickets and pre-prison conditions in schools: "But one thing is sure: Alexa's case isn't the first. At schools across the country, police are being asked to step in..."

  • 2/7

    The first pre-trial hearing for Johannes Mehserle - the Ex-BART officer who shot and killed Oscar Grant on New Years Day 2009 - brought out a tapestry of emotion and activity. The Foltz Criminal Justice Center was abuzz with scores of brave protestors, media representatives, and agents of the legal system all taking part in the early morning rush.
    It was an amazing scene considering that the hearing itself was rather basic and bland. The biggest developments of the day included...

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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