Youth

With Advancement Project, L.A. to Host Regional Action Camp for Activists Against School-to-Prison Pipeline

In February, the Community Rights Campaign and several local and national allies--including Dignity in Schools Campaign, Padres & Jovenes Unidos, Youth United for Change and the Alliance for Educational Justice--will be working with the Advancement Project to host a national training in Los Angeles, one of four regional action camps to train school-to-prison pipeline organizers, activists and advocates from across the country.

Los Angeles Juvenile Courts Will Dismiss Curfew Tickets for Students on Their Way to School

Los Angeles' top judge for juvenile courts has released new guidelines to eliminate fines and unnecessary court time for students receiving truancy / tardy tickets.  The court will also direct students who miss school to school- and community-based resources that are shown to improve academic achievement and get struggling students back on track.  This is a major step toward CRC's goal of rolling back truancy and tardy ticketing that targets low-income students of color.

 

Los Angeles Juvenile Courts Will Dismiss Curfew Tickets for Students on Their Way to School

LOS ANGELES - Students with tickets for being late to school faced hundreds of dollars in fines and were forced to miss more school time to appear in court.

Now Los Angeles' top judge for juvenile courts has released new guidelines to eliminate fines and unnecessary court time for students who were late to school and for other minor offenses. The court will also direct students who miss school to school- and community-based resources that are shown to improve academic achievement and get struggling students back on track.

You Are Just A Number: A Tour of County Jail

Read a blog by Community Rights Member Elizabeth Chaidez on the human impact of incarceration.

Imagine being taken out of society, and forced to live in cell for 5, 10, 15 or maybe 20 years, or forever, for a crime you may or may have not committed. You do not have any human contact except when you are transferred from one place to another. However, when you are transferred you are handcuffed and chained by the waist like an animal.

Education Under Arrest: The Case Against Police in Schools

The increase in the presence of law enforcement in schools, especially
in the form of school resource officers (SROs) has coincided with
increases in referrals to the justice system, especially for minor
offenses like disorderly conduct. This is causing lasting harm to youth,
as arrests and referrals to the juvenile justice system disrupt the
educational process and can lead to suspension, expulsion, or other
alienation from school. All of these negative effects set youth on a
track to drop out of school and put them at greater risk of becoming
involved in the justice system later on, all at tremendous costs for
taxpayers aswell the youth themselves and their communities.

The Occupy Movement and Its Demands

Many in the Occupy movement believe that making specific demands will leave the movement open to cooptation and division. But without demands that ask the president, Congress, and Wall Street to make radical changes in policy, there is the danger that they will still carry out business as usual while the protests grow stronger.

Campus newspapers cite victory as LASPD issues new curfew protocols

Both High School and College campus newspapers respond to a victory for the community as LASPD adopts new protocols for enforcing daytime curfew and issuing truancy tickets to students.

What Are the Advances in New Victory with LASPD by CRC and Dignity In Schools?

We're really gaining ground in our fight for civil and human rights in our schools and communities. We need to highlight a few reasons why the policy changes on truancy/tardy ticketing that we won two weeks ago from LASPD are important. The media coverage was great but there's a few things they didn't cover.

Report Shows Time Is Now for Los Angeles to End Discrimination in School Discipline

This statement is from parents, students, and community and civil rights groups in response to a report released today about the Los Angeles Unified School District's implementation of the School-Wide Positive Behavior Support policy. The policy was adopted in 2007 with support from Public Counsel and CADRE parents to reduce out of school suspensions, particularly of students of color, and improve graduation rates, student performance and school culture. The report was conducted by the University of Oregon Institute on Violence and Destructive Behavior in consultation with LAUSD leadership. Public Counsel, CADRE, Youth Justice Coalition, Community Rights Campaign and Children's Defense Fund are part of Dignity in Schools Los Angeles.

Media buzzes as nation’s largest school district police force joins LAPD in adopting new protocols

Media trumpeted the news as the Los Angeles School Police Department unveiled protocols intended to reduce the number of daytime curfew tickets written to students. The revised procedures are a result of collaboration and discussions between Public Counsel, the Community Rights Campaign, the ACLU of Southern California, Children's Defense Fund, CADRE, and Youth Justice Coalition - groups that work to keep students in school - and Los Angeles School Police Department (LASPD) leaders.