Racial Justice

Extend constitutionally guaranteed rights to those who have historically been denied them

Racial bias and inequalities are obstacles to a just society

The authors of the Declaration of Independence outlined a bold vision for America: a nation in which all people would be free and equal.

They then, and we now, remain flawed, but still aspire to that broad, not yet achieved goal.

Though generations of civil rights activism have led to important gains in legal, political, social, employment, educational, and other spheres, the forced removal of indigenous peoples and the enslavement of those of African descent marked the beginnings of a system of racial injustice from which our country has yet to break free.

From our public schools where students of color are too often confined to racially isolated, underfunded, and inferior programs to our criminal justice system that disproportionately targets and incarcerates people of color and criminalizes poverty, to the starkly segregated world of housing, the dream of equality remains elusive.

Through the courts, legislatures, and community activism, we strive to educate and empower the public on issues of race as it relates to criminal justice, economic justice, and inequality in education, and on affirmative action.

Legislative

Eliminating Copays in Prison (AB 45)

Right now, California requires that incarcerated people pay a $5 copay when they seek medical or dental care. A $5 copay is unaffordable for many incarcerated people. As a result, some people wait to seek care until it... Read More

Racial Justice

College Student Right to Access Act (SB 24)

At a time when abortion rights are under attack, California can and must be a leader on abortion access. Right now, most university health centers provide quality health care at low or no cost to students. But campus... Read More

Legislative

Keep Kids in School Act (SB 607)

All students have the right to a quality education regardless of who they are or what they look like. But a 2017 study by UCLA found that California students lost over 250,000 days of instruction because of... Read More

Press Releases

Advocates Denounce Shelving of Bill that Would Have Reduced the Number of Police Shootings in California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 30, 2018 Contact: Daisy Vieyra, 916-824-3266 (Sacramento) Emilio Lacques 323-616-8016 (Los Angeles) Advocates Denounce Shelving of Bill that Would Have Reduced the Number of Police... Read More

Education Equity

Time to end ‘willful defiance’ expulsions, suspensions in K-12 education

Imagine this scenario: A student speaks out of turn in class and is immediately referred to the principal’s office then suspended from school for three days. This is the harsh reality of a catch-all school... Read More