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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 ...

  • 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...

  • 2/3

    The report looks at how punitive discipline and testing policies and practices have combined to turn many schools into hostile and alienating environments that drive youth out of school and toward the juvenile and criminal justice systems. 
    We highly encourage our members and supporters to read this important
    document.  

  • 1/28

    In actions at Manual Arts, Westchester, and Cleveland High Schools,  LAUSD students from our Community Rights Campaign weathered the rain to launch a new initiative for greater accountability from the Los Angeles School Police Department. 
    They reached out to students, teachers and community members to support CRC's 5 new policy recommendations for creating new policies and procedures that restrict the use of force and role of police in our schools to protect the civil/human rights of all.

  • 1/22
    The Community Rights Campaign in collaboration with the Los Angeles Chapter of Dignity in Schools Campaign has released a policy paper: Police in LAUSD Schools: The Need for Accountability and Alternatives. The report calls attention to the pervasive problem of police misconduct in the Los Angeles School Police Department (LASPD), and calls for measures to protect the civil and educational rights of the students and families of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).
  • 12/11
    Terezia Orosz, a teacher at West Adams Community Adult School, shares how the involvement of police to address student behavior issues have impacted her students emotionally."Pre-Prison Diaries" is a series from the Community Rights Campaign in which organizers, students, parents and teachers share stories and observations about truancy tickets, police in schools, zero tolerance, and other "pre-prison" conditions and experiences.

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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