You Can Build a Movement for Youth Justice!

Check out the YJC's latest action update and move the people around you to get involved. From city block to cell block and everywhere in between, we can fight the murder, mass  incarceration and deportation of youth. This week,...More info >

Knowledge Really Is Power

Don't wait for you, your friends or family to get caught up. Know your legal rights on the street, in school and in the system from arrest through sentencing, incarceration and homecoming. These legal education guides are easy to print. Get them out to everyone you know. More info >

Don't Just Read About History; Make History!

The YJC's FREE L.A. High School – (FREE L.A. = Fight for the Revolution that Will Educate and Empower L.A.) – gives youth a chance to get a high school diploma while also  getting hands-on training in direct action organizing that brings justice to our families and communities. More info >

Know Your Roots

Find out how L.A., California and the U.S. built its addiction to incarceration. The histories of the prison system, public education, youth policies and resistance movements are included. More info >

We've Been to More Funerals than Graduations

Parents shouldn't have to bury their children, and little kids shouldn't have to light memorial candles. But L.A.'s streets have been bleeding for 40 years. Children here have higher PTSD rates than the children in Baghdad or American soldiers returning home from war. Help us build a memorial to youth killed, incarcerated, disappeared, deported. More info >

Youth and Community-Led Research Adds Power and Credibility

The YJC's RealSearch Project trains youth leaders in the history of traditional research and its often devastating impact on poor people and people of color, challenges participants to develop ethical research standards, and supports us to engage in original research intended to bring real progress to our families and communities. More info >

L.A. - Where the Answer to 'Where You From?' Could Get You Killed

We're refugees from the war on drugs and the war on gangs, from a city that thinks our hall of fame comes with locks and chains. We're from the blocks where white picket fences were replaced decades ago by razor wire and security gates. More info >

Chuco's - Building a Resource for Culture, Creativity and Liberation

Chuco's Justice Center serves as a safe and supportive youth and community space, resource center, and gathering place for organizers, artists, educators and organizations contributing to the growing social justice movement in Los Angeles.  More info >

The Latest

Please Send AB 1308 Letter of Support by Today – Fairer Sentencing for Youth Through Age 25

Today (April 20) is the last day to get a letter in for AB 1308 before next Tuesday's Assembly Public Safety Committee hearing. Please send an organizational letter to support fairer sentencing for youth through age 25 across California.   E-mail your letter to Link




Please Send AB 1469 Letter of Support by Tomorrow-Student Transportation

Tomorrow (April 20) is the last day to get a letter in for AB 1469 before next Wednesday's Assembly Education Committee hearing. Please send an organizational letter to support free transportation for low-income students across California and end much of the criminalization, stops and searches Link




AB 90 Letter of Support Due Today – Gang Databases Accuracy and Fairness

Please fax in an organizational letter today to support AB 90. Increase accuracy, fairness and oversight of shared databases. Fax your letter to (916) 319-3745. Please e-mail us a copy of your letters and we can also make sure they are registered for the hearing next week - Link




FREE LEGAL CLINIC Saturday, 4/8/17 10am-12pm

FREE LEGAL CLINIC SATURDAY, APRIL 8th, 2017 10AM-12PM Immigration Petition to Have Your Name Removed from a Gang Database or Injunction Expungements Clearing Juvenile Records SB 9, SB 260 and SB261 Eligibility for Youth Lifers Preparation for Parole Board Prop 47 and Prop 57 Link




Hearings Tuesday and Wednesday at State Capitol for 5 Historic Justice Bills

COME THROUGH TO THE STATE CAPITOL ON TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY TO HELP PASS FOUR HISTORIC JUSTICE BILLS: Tuesday, April 4 Senate Public Safety Committee 9 AM - State Capitol, Room 4203 SB 439 – Mitchell - Ends juvenile court prosecution of children under age 12. Instead these cases Link




URGENT Letters Needed Today for Three Important Youth Justice Bills

Please fax in an organizational letter ASAP today to support these three bills that will be up in their first committee next week. Fax numbers are included in the body of each sample letter. Please e-mail us a copy of your letters and we can also make sure they are delivered next week. Thank Link




Block Jail Expansion in Alhambra, CA Tomorrow, 3/17/17

Two days after former Sheriff Baca is found guilty and the block on the list of the #300Problematic deputies is still in place--the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors is planning an "Industry Day Forum." This Industry Day Forum is planned to provide information to construction related firms Link




Support Letters Due Today for SB 394 – End Youth Life Without Parole

1. Please use the sample letter below to write, SIGN and send a letter of support for SB 394 (Youth Life Without Parole - Compliance with US Supreme Court Ruling) by the end of today – Tuesday, March 14th.  Please e-mail us a copy of your letter at action@youth4justice.org and we can Link




Wednesday – 03/08/17 – Coalition Meeting to Challenge Gang Databases that Prioritize People for Deportation

JOIN US TODAY, WEDNESDAY, 3/08/17: TO CONTINUE TO MAKE AB2298 AND SB458 REAL, TO PUSH FOR ADDITIONAL LEGISLATIVE VICTORIES THIS YEAR, TO BUILD A STATEWIDE COALITION TO CHALLENGE GANG DATABASES, GANG INJUNCTIONS, GANG ENHANCEMENTS, AND DEPORTATION/CRIMMIGRATION AND TO PROTECT AGAINST FEDERAL Link




2017 March 4 Respect: Tuesday, 3/7/17

Join us March 7th as we march for Youth in the City of Los Angeles. We will be marching for the #LAForYouth Campaign, which seeks to create a Youth Development Department in the city of L.A. to create TRUE public safety for youth, NOT more police and prisons.   This includes Link