Archive for May, 2016

Please Write a Letter and Visit Your Assemblymember to Pass AB 2298 – Gang Databases

Thursday, May 12th, 2016
PASS AB 2298 Banner Gang Database transparency YJC 2016 bill
PASS AB 2298 Gang Database transparency Flyer kid YJC 2016 bill
PLEASE WRITE A LETTER TO THE CALIFORNIA STATE ASSEMBLY TO SUPPORT AB 2298 Bill TO HELP LIMIT GANG DATABASES AND CRIMINALIZATION OF PEOPLE OF COLOR IN C.A.!
 
SAMPLE LETTER
 
Date
 
Honorable Anthony Rendon
Speaker, California State Assembly
State Capitol, Room 219, Sacramento, CA 95814
 
Re: Support for Assembly Bill 2298 – Weber – Gang Databases – Accuracy, Consistency and Transparency
 
Dear Assemblymember Rendon:
 
Name Your Organization is honored to be a supporter of Assembly Bill 2298, which will require local law enforcement departments to notify people when they are added to a shared gang database, including the statewide CalGang Database; enable people to inquire as to their status on a database, to challenge their designation if they are no longer involved or have never belonged to a gang, to have a clear process for removal, and to be notified if they are removed. The bill also requires the State Department of Justice to report on an annual basis how many people are added and removed from gang databases by age, race, gender and geography.
 
In the early 1980s, Los Angeles and quickly the whole state engaged in an aggressive “war on gangs,” including the creation of gang databases. Since then

Sylmar High Campus Fight Reminds Us to Love The Youth

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

A 40-student fight broke out at Sylmar High school yesterday during lunch time. Okay so first, raise your hand if you were ever involved in some kind of fight in school growing up. I know I was. And I’m sure a lot of yall were, too.

Instead of using this incident to pump up 10pm news ratings and twitter followers like the mainstream media, we want to focus on how these young students mainly of color are going to be able to address the harm in a loving way, build understanding, heal, and transform their communities.

The media sensationalizes the incident by posting a ton of videos from different angles and speculating about why the fight broke out and how the students involved are being punished. It’s like TMZ on Justin Biebs, but in LAUSD.

The criminalization of black and brown youth in L.A. County streets and LAUSD schools treats us like we are default trouble-seekers and criminals regardless of school fights, neighborhood affiliation, or criminal-injustice system records. So when something like this pops off, the media and law enforcement advocates jump on this opportunity to pump up the “bad brown and black kids at it again” …

VICTORY! L.A. County Bans Solitary Confinement!

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

YJC FREE LA Victory pose BOS solitary confinement ban downtown steps all

BREAKING: L.A. County Ends the Use of Solitary Confinement in L.A. County Juvenile Camps and Halls! Major victory for the Youth and Families impacted by the injustice system. Shoutout to all the warriors who spoke at the Board of Supervisors today and for holding it down every day, including formerly incarcerated YJC and FREE LA High Youth Leaders, the Children’s Defense Fund-California and Ella Baker Center for Human Rights!

Let’s keep the momentum pushing to FREE all our Families, and End L.A. County Sheriff Terror and Violence against our people in the streets and in lock-ups! 

NOW, it’s time to End Youth Solitary Confinement in ALL of CA as well! PASS #SB1143. Please Visit www.youth4justice.org to Write A Letter of Support Today!