The complaint was filed in November by the Labor/Community Strategy Center, the parent organization of the Bus Riders Union, and it alleges that in each year from 2012 to 2015, black riders—who make up about 19 percent of bus and rail riders—were handed more than 50 percent of all fare evasion citations.
By Jenna Chandler | Curbed-LA
Jan 18, 2017
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The report details how the U.S.’s misguided criminal justice policies wasted $3.4 trillion over the last three decades that could have instead been used to more effectively address the root causes of crime and meet critical community needs. The report by Hazen grantees, Communities United, Make the Road New York, and Padres & Jóvenes Unidos, provides a national and state-by-state analysis of the country’s investments in police, prisons, jails, prosecutors, and immigration enforcement. It shows that, from 1982 to 2012, the U.S. increased its spending on the justice system from $90 billion annually to nearly $297 billion, a 229% increase. Cumulatively, over that 30-year period, the U.S. spent $3.4 trillion more on the justice system than it would have if spending had remained steady since 1982.
Charter Schools, Civil Rights and School Discipline: A Comprehensive Review
UCLA Civil Rights Project
This report, along with the companion spreadsheet, provides the first comprehensive description ever compiled of charter school discipline. In 2011-12, every one of the nation’s 95,000 public schools was required to report its school discipline data, including charter schools. This analysis, which includes more than 5,250 charter schools, focuses on out-of-school suspension rates at the elementary and secondary levels. The report describes the extent to which suspensions meted out by charter schools for each major racial group and for students with disabilities are excessive or disparate.
Monique W. Morris, the co-founder of the National Black Women’s Justice Institute, offers tactics to work against damaging stigmas. (more…)
$25,000 / 2015
2135 Clarke Avenue
East Palo Alto, CA 94303
Tameeka Bennett, Executive Director
This one-year $25,000 renewal grant will assist Youth United in Community Action (YUCA) in providing a safe space to develop and support a core of young people to organize on affordable housing, education reform and immigrant rights issues for Brown, Black and Pacific Islander communities in East Palo Alto, CA. Over the next year, YUCA will develop and support a core of young people in East Palo Alto (EPA) to organize on social and environmental justice issues centering on affordable housing policy and education and to engage parents around student support and curriculum reform. YUCA sits on the community advisory committee for the EPA General Plan process in East Palo Alto. YUCA members have also knocked on all 1800 west side East Palo Alto apartment units in an effort to inform and educate tenants of the General Plan process that is currently happening in the city. YUCA continues to lead and participate in the Empower, Transform and Build EPA Coalition (ETB-EPA) and has expanded this coalition to include new organizations and individuals committed to preserving affordable housing in East Palo Alto. YUCA is also reaching out to community organizations in EPA and the Bay Area who have a specific focus on Education to work together through the “EPA Education Network.”
$30,000 / 2010, 2011
2135 Clarke Avenue
East Palo Alto, California 94303
Annie Loya, Director
Founded in1994, Youth United for Community Action (YUCA) is a grassroots community organization created, led and run by young people of color from low-income communities. YUCA primarily focuses on issues of social and environmental justice. A central focus of its work is enabling its members to expand their personal and community goals, taking greater control of their lives and working with other young people to take control of their community. YUCA also partners with its local continuation high school to provide a six-week series of political education workshops to high school aged youth most at risk of dropping out. Hazen’s $30,000 core grants in 2010 and 2011 will support YUCA’s base-building and campaigns for environmental and social justice.
$30,000 / 2011
East 43rd Street
Chicago, IL 60653
Jhatayn Travis, Executive Director
The Kenwood Oakland Community Organization has been an instrument for grassroots social change in the Kenwood and Oakland communities of Chicago for nearly forty years. Founded by religious and community leaders in the 1960’s, KOCO facilitated organizing campaigns that increased the resources and services available to families and residents. For the past 7 years, the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO) has been leading the struggle against corporate style school closings in gentrifying neighborhoods in Mid-South Chicago. These closing have disproportionately displaced African American and Latino students, which has had devastating effects on their academic performance, but also imposed a top down district approach which left families and students most-impacted by these decisions out of the process. This $30,000 core grant in 2011 will enable KOCO to organize youth and adults in low-income predominantly Black Mid-South neighborhoods of Chicago to improve the quality of neighborhood schools and increase high school graduation rates.
$15,000 / 2010
175 South 3d Suite 250
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Bill Faith, Executive Director
With a mission of ending homelessness and promoting affordable housing, the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO) is involved in a range of housing assistance services in Ohio, including homeless prevention, emergency shelters, transitional housing and permanent affordable housing with linkages to supportive services. COHHIO assists hundreds of housing organizations and homeless service providers in Ohio through public policy advocacy, training and technical assistance, research and public education. Hazen’s $15,000 grant in 2010 will support the Youth Empowerment Project in its efforts to develop and sustain youth councils in Columbus, Akron, Cincinnati and Dayton. It will also support COHHIO prevent homelessness and improve services while expanding and improving education opportunities for homeless youth through leadership programs, empowerment and service.