Community Rights Campaign

Going to DC on a Journey for Justice to fight school privatization

On January 29, 2013, the Community Rights Campaign and the Crenshaw Cougar Coalition headed to Washington D.C. to participate in a national forum held by the U.S. Department of Education at the demand of Journey for Justice, a grassroots coalition made up of students, teachers, parents, and community organizations.

CRC OpEd: Menos policía en escuelas (La Opinion)

Tras el tiroteo de Newtown lo que necesitamos es menos, no más, presencia policial en las escuelas de Los Ángeles. La premisa de que con cada crisis se necesita más presencia policial, más vigilancia, más supresión sirve para aquellos que ya tienen una idea pre-existente, no para los estudiantes, padres y docentes afro-americanos y latinos del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Los Ángeles (LAUSD). Debería escandalizarnos al ver que seguimos el mismo camino destructivo que tomó el país tomó después del tiroteo ocurrido en la escuela de Columbine.

Progress, broadening movement against more police in schools after Newtown

The movement is broadening.  National coalitions and juvenile court judges are weighing in with concerns and opposition, with national and local media responding.  The CRC is publishing OpEds and being interviewed in HuffPo, Colorlines and national Spanish-language public radio.

CRC OpEd: Less police in schools after Newtown (published in La Opinion)

The nation's largest Spanish-language daily, La Opinion, has published our OpEd calling for less, not more, police in schools after Newtown. We must not let Newtown be another Columbine for LA's school-to-jail-track.

No to the national surge of police, posses, soldiers in our schools after Connecticut shooting

CRC is calling for non-violent schools, holding candlelight vigils and organizing to stop the expansion of police in our schools. Today Los Angeles grade-school students returned from the holidays to be greeted by 600 armed patrols at LA Unified School District (LAUSD).  Just yesterday, Sheriff Arpaio unveiled armed volunteer posses at schools in Maricopa County, Arizona. Last month, Senator Barbara Boxer introduced a federal bill to send the National Guard into schools.

CRC hosts community forum on school privatization and the school-to-jail track, national connections

In the fight for educational justice, the struggle to keep public schools public has become as critical as ending the school-to-jail track. In Los Angeles, two historic Black high schools, Crenshaw HS and Dorsey HS, face daunting "reconstitution" that will undermine community leadership and roots. On Jan 12, we will gather with grassroots organizers from Chicago, New Orleans and Philadelphia to explore what forces are driving school privatization and how they intersect with forces behind the school-to-jail track.

CRC Statement: New armed patrols in LA elementary schools erode students' civil rights and emotional well-being

By sending 600 armed LAPD patrols into our children’s schools, let us be clear that we are responding to violence with violence. Before we fall headlong down this path, we hope that LAUSD will reconsider and reflect deeply on the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: 'The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy…. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.'

Crenshaw High School: Policy Attacks Continue on LA's Historical Black and Brown Public High Schools

Community Coalition fights efforts by LA School District to "Reconstitute" Crenshaw High School, which would start by firing all the current teachers there...

School Tickets & Policing Campaign Timeline

2007-2012 | Formation of CRC and Truancy Ticket Campaign (see detailed timeline here)

Sharonne Hapuarachy and Taylor Broom: Fighting "Reconstitution" at Dorsey High School

Sharonne Hapuarachyand Taylor Broom help us understand how LAUSD is threatening to destroy another historic South Los Angeles High School with "Reconstitution"--a radical and racist restructuring program.