High School Organizing

One Step Closer Toward Ending Tardy/Truancy Tickets

The Community Rights Campaign, Youth Justice Coalition, and the LA Chapter of Dignity in Schools, secures verbal directive by Interim Chief Mike Bowman on ending the practice of giving out Tardy/Truancy tickets in and around LAUSD schools, under Los Angeles Municipal Code 45.04: Day Time Curfew code.


SYOA Notebook: It is our Duty to Fight for Freedom | August 30, 2010

Lissett Lazo, SYOA Alumni '07 and Community Rights Organizer, reflects on the highlights and breakthroughs of this year's Summer Youth Organizing Academy class. She looks back to her own experience as a SYOA student as a pivotal point in her own growth and transformation as an organizer and young Salvadoreña, Hondureña, Nucaraguense womyn.

Direct Action: Tool for Transforming Society -- SYOA Alumni 2010 Mike Breazell

In our forth annual Summer Youth Organizing Academy, Mike Breazell performs a spoken word piece that takes it back to our "Billons for Buses" Campaign and reaffirms that our fight is not over and nor will we give up what is rightfully ours!

Direct Action: Tool for Transforming Society -- SYOA Alumni 2010 Cinthia Gonzalez

Cithnia Gonzalez performs a spoken word piece, connecting our fight to end the "truancy sweeps" and pre-prisoning of our Black and Latino students at Roosevelt High School with the Chicano Student Walk Outs in 1968 and other oppressed nationality struggles for self-determination and liberation.

Mapping LAMC 45.04 "Truancy Tickets" by Geograhical Area, Race and Gender

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....

SYOA Notebook: It's Organizing Season Again!! | July 24th, 2010

Summer Youth Organizing Academy participant, Damien Romero, shares his lessons and experiences of organizing with the Community Rights Campaign for the first time. "Organizing for the first time was a very moving experience. Even though I was a bit nervous to be placed into conversation with strangers, the fact that I was able to carry them out was very reassuring as the day went on...."

SYOA Notebook: The Next Generation of Civil & Human Rights Organizers in Training | July 24th, 2010

Summer Youth Organizing Academy, participant Desirae Monique Duncan, writes about her first day of organizing in buses. "People that are heavily impacted by the prison system need to be organized because if they share their experiences it will open our eyes to the conditions we're all exposed to and how unjust they really are...."

Organizing to End the School-to-Prison Pipeline Resolution | US Social Forum 2010

Publication Date: 
Jul 6 2010
The Advancement Project, Community Rights Campaign, Padres & Jovenes Unidos, Youth Justice Coalition, Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana, Power U Center and Youth United for Change

US Social Forum Spoken Word Piece: Para Los Jovenes In the Struggle

Lissett Lazo, Community Rights Organizer, performs a spoken word piece at the US Social Forum 2010, during our "Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline" workshop with our national allies (Advancement Project, Padres y Jovenes Unidos, Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana, Youth United for Change, and Power U Center).