Archive for February, 2017

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

Friday, February 24th, 2017

 

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 need our help. Please support the Galvez family to honor and care for their mom. Funds are needed for mortuary, funeral and burial costs.

Across L.A. and throughout the nation, people know and love the Galvez sisters for all they have done to fight for youth and community justice.

For twelve years they have been active leaders in the Youth Justice Coalition – working to pass sentencing laws to end Life Without Parole and other extreme sentences for youth (SB 9, SB 260 and SB 261); to dismantle the school to jail track that both of them personally experienced – including Maritza’s leadership as a youth representative on the national Coordinating Committee of the Dignity in Schools Campaign; ending direct file of youth into adult court – including helping to lead the efforts to pass Proposition 57; and providing court support and community defense to help bring home people from jails, prisons

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

Monday, February 13th, 2017
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 Steps (200 N. Spring St. Los Angeles, CA 90012)
 
WHAT: The LA for Youth Campaign, representing young people and organizations across Los Angeles, is calling on the City of Los Angeles to reimagine public safety through the creation of a youth development department. Key components of the department would include youth jobs, youth centers, and community intervention workers. Youth will deliver Valentines, personal stories and a copy of a motion for the creation of the youth development department to the Mayor and City Council members.
 
The LA for Youth Campaign has also developed an extensive report, which addresses youth criminalization in Los Angeles and outlines what youth development is and why it is a critical component of public safety. The report highlights how other major American cities have invested in youth development and the outcomes they had. Finally, the report includes youth and community-driven recommendations for youth in the City of Los Angeles, while also outlining changes that should

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

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

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, 2017, 3-5PM
LOYOLA LAW SCHOOL
919 Albany St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Just north of Olympic Blvd. a few blocks west of the 110 Freeway in the Pico Union community of Los Angeles

IF YOU CAN’T MAKE IT TO THE MEETING, PLEASE CALL IN:
(712) 770-4010 / Access Code – 435-742

Meeting Agenda

1. Continued work on legislation for 2017
A. Finalize language for AB 990 to push for a moratorium on the use of CalGang until concerns raised by the audit are addressed; to push for DOJ oversight of shared gang databases inclusing CalGang; and to strengthen the purge process
B. Push forward on SB 54 to separate CalGangs and other shared gang databases from ICE
C. Updates and action needed on other immigrant protection bills moving through the State Legislature

2. Coalition Action Plan for 2017

3. Finalization of Coalition’s Name and Logo

Please e-mail action@youth4justice.org with any questions, comments or additional agenda requests.

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