Community Rights Campaign

Los Angeles City Councilmembers Cardenas and Parks Introduce Motion to End Truancy Tickets for Students on Their Way to School

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.

First-round victory: LAPD agrees to back off on truancy sweeps

The LAPD has agreed to a number of important concessions, but we still have work to do.

Youth Justice Coalition is reaching out for help to move the vote on SB9

Youth Justice Coalition has been fighting hard to reform the law that determines youth sentencing. The YJC feels that it is a basic human right not to sentence a youth to a life sentence. While they feel very disappointed in the difficulty in passing this small reform to the bill, it now stands that they are one vote away! It is a small reform, which allows the right to petition after 15 years served. This matter will come up to another vote at the beginning of September.

Community Rights Campaign guest blog by author Annette Fuentes on the August 23rd Truancy Task Force

On August 23rd, the Community Rights Campaign was featured in the newest California Endowment Foundation article written by Annette Fuentes, a journalist and author of the recently published book about punitive school discipline and security policies, "Lockdown High: When the Schoolhouse Becomes a Jailhouse." Ms. Fuentes recounts the testimony of parents, students and school administrators to the Los Angeles County Educational Coordinating Council's Truancy Task Force at a recent Community Hearing hosted by the Community Rights Campaign and presided by Judge Nash of the Juvenile Informal Court.

Students bring demands to the Truancy Task Force

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.

Student turned organizer: Reflections on People's Poetry

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

In LA Times, HuffPo, Colorlines, LAPD "Truancy" Ticketing Victory Reaches City Hall, Cardenas Responds

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.