CRC student leaders are featured in the current issue of Rethinking Schools magazine, a special issue titled, "Stop the School to Prison Pipeline." The article, titled, "Arresting Development- Zero Tolerance and the criminalization of children," is by Annette Fuentes, who wrote a guest blog with the CRC in August.
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' 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 - 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.
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.
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.
by Eric Mann
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.
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.
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.
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.