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

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




Services for Juana Sandoval of the YJC Family

Tomorrow and Friday, join Maritza and Herminia Galvez to honor the life of their mother, Juana Sandoval: Wake/Viewing - Thursday, March 2, 5-9PM Allen-English & Estrada 6435 South Eastern Avenue, Bell Gardens, CA 90201 Service - Friday, March 3, 10-11AM Allen-English & Link




Urgent Support Needed For YJC Family: R.I.P. Juanita Sandoval

  We are saddened to report that last Friday night - February 17, 2017, Juana Sandoval - mother of Youth Justice Coalition Youth Organizers Maritza and Herminia Galvez - was murdered in the parking lot outside her home at Mar Vista Gardens Housing Development. Maritza and Herminia Link




THIS VALENTINE’S DAY – SHOW THE YOUTH SOME LOVE!

THIS VALENTINE’S DAY – SHOW THE YOUTH SOME LOVE! YOUNG PEOPLE CALL ON LOS ANGELES CITY OFFICIALS TO REIMAGINE PUBLIC SAFETY THROUGH AN INVESTMENT IN YOUTH DEVELOPMENT   WHEN: 11AM, Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, February 14, 2017   WHERE: Los Angeles City Hall West Link




Wednesday 2/08/17 Next Coalition Meeting to Make AB2298 and SB458 Real and Challenge Harmful “Gang Suppression” Policies

PLEASE JOIN US WEDNESDAY, 2/08/17 TO CONITNUE TO MAKE AB2298 AND SB458 REAL, TO PUSH FOR ADDITIONAL LEGISLATIVE VICTORIES THIS YEAR, AND TO BUILD A STATEWIDE COALITION TO CHALLENGE GANG DATABASES, GANG INJUNCTIONS, GANG ENHANCEMENTS, AND DEPORTATION/CRIMMIGRATION. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, Link




YJC Priorities For L.A. Sheriffs Department Civilian Oversight

  The Youth Justice Coalition recommends ESTABLISHMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THESE ESSENTIAL POWERS FOR OVERSIGHT OF THE L.A. SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT: 1. POWER TO ESTABLISH POLICY FOR THE DEPARTMENT 2. POWER TO REVIEW AND FINALIZE THE LASD BUDGET THAT IS PRESENTED TO THE BOARD OF Link




Sign On to Letter for Strong Regulations on Racial and Identity Profiling Data Collection

SIGN ON TO LETTER FOR STRONG REGULATIONS TO END RACIAL & IDENTITY PROFILING BY LAW ENFORCEMENT IN CALIFORNIA RESPONSE TO DRAFT REGULATIONS GOVERNING DATA COLLECTION CREATED BY THE STATE RACIAL AND IDENTITY PROFILING ADVISORY BOARD CREATED BY AB 953 Please sign on your Link