Civil Rights

CRC turns to challenge of LA School Police citations in wake of Truancy Vote

Since L.A.'s major win against truancy ticketing and the daytime curfew in February, we're trying to take the fight bigger and are now in the early stages of opening up a broader challenge to ALL forms of student ticketing and aggressive school policing.


Urge White House to Reverse Federal Transit Administration Decision and Restore One Million Hours of Lost Service to Los Angeles Bus Riders

UPDATED! FTA ruling is out on LA Metro civil rights violations--we're calling on Obama to intervene, reverse MTA service cuts

The Bus Riders Union and civil rights groups on Tuesday held a press conference to sharply denounce the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) failure to find Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro) in violation of federal civil rights laws, and failure to restore 1 million hours of previously cut service. Despite overwhelming evidence showing that the agency knowingly discriminated against bus riders of color when approving the elimination of nearly one million hours of bus service between 2007 and 2011, the FTA issued a ruling with stern words but no remedies. Transit riders are urging President Obama to intervene, calling it a test of his administration's commitment to civil rights.


Urgent Action: Tell FTA not to backpedal on civil rights!

Please click here to send an email today to FTA Chief Peter Rogoff urging his agency not to backpedal on civil rights. The Bus Riders Union learned yesterday that the Federal Transit Administration appears poised to play along with Metro’s effort to whitewash the evidence of racial discrimination in years of bus service cuts. We must send a strong message to FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff that those who stand for civil rights around the country  won’t stand for this.

Truancy ticket fight resonates with local and national black press

Black columnists speak out about the increasingly obvious correlation between racial politics and school discipline. The issue of truancy tickets and harsh school polices has grown into a national educational crisis.

What are they saying about us on NPR’s Morning Edition?

Our Community Rights Campaign victory is stirring the national debate about punitive “zero tolerance” policies and school policing in black and brown communities. Here’s the story: “To get kids to class, LA softens its hard line.”

Making history: CRC's 14-0 victory at City Hall to roll back the truancy ticketing law LAMC 45.04

In a letter from the CRC steering committee, we reflect on the meaning of our victory at City Hall last week, a 14-0 vote to roll back truancy ticketing and school policing under LAMC 45.04, the Daytime Curfew Law.  Civil rights, our generation's fight against separate and unequal education, and the role of organizing...

In-depth investigative reporting on HuffPo: "LA Moves Haltingly Toward Ending Fines for Truancy"

In an in-depth story on the Huffington Post, investigative reporter Susan Ferriss (iWatch News) delves into two students' harsh treatment by police in Nov, raising questions as to whether new guidelines issued last year by LAPD and LASPD to curb truancy and tardy policing are working.

Sign our petition to tell City Hall you support rolling back truancy ticketing!

City Hall will vote next week on whether or not to roll back the infamous truancy law (LAMC 45.04). We are asking everyone to sign a petition to the Mayor, City Hall and city leaders to express our support for ending this assault on our most vulnerable students!

ALERT! City council to vote Wed 2/22 to roll back truancy ticketing--we need your support!

We are looking for support on over-turning the punitive truancy practices for LAUSD. Two vital votes will be held this month. The Public Safety Committee on Feb. 13th and the full LA City Council vote on Feb. 15th. We are collecting signatures on petitions and asking for support from students and their families to let our City leaders know where we stand.