Stand up for Students Civil Rights This Wednesday!
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School Discipline Day of Action Wed 8/14 

WHAT: Civil Rights Rally for Fair School Discipline  

WHERE: Sacramento State Capitol Building, North Steps

WHEN: Wednesday, August 14, Noon-1:30 PM

WHO: California students, parents, community organizers, civil rights activists, educators and community members

Last May, we shared with you the great news that AB 420 was passed by the California Assembly. The legislation restricts the use of “willful defiance” (a vague category under the education code that is the main reason given in more than 40% of student suspensions) and helps promote proven alternatives to harsh discipline.  

Tomorrow, young people and advocates from all over California will gather in Sacramento to call on Governor Jerry Brown to listen to the voices of youth, community members, and educators united to fix inequitable school discipline laws and sign legislation  – including AB 420 – that will help ensure the civil rights of all students in California.  

Click here to read more about willful defiance, AB 420, and tomorrow's rally. 

Coleman goes to L.A. to learn from School Climate Bill of Rights Campaign Organizers

Last week Coleman staff and youth leaders travelled to Los Angeles to participate in a dynamic learning exchange with some of the most effective education and economic justice community-based organizations in the country. We were afforded this rare educational opportunity through a generous scholarship awarded to Coleman by the Just and Fair Schools Fund and Communities for Public Education Reform.
We met with Los Angeles-based groups Community Coalition, Labor Community Strategy Center, and Cadre – all core members of the Brothers, Sons, Selves Initiative that introduced and organized to win support for the landmark School Climate Bill of Rights Resolution that was passed in May of this year.  

Click here to learn more about Coleman's amazing time in Los Angeles! 

Community College Transfer Reform Legislation Makes Progress in CA Assembly!

SB 440 
 which aims to strengthen transfer in California, and significant increase the number of college students that earn an associate degree and transfer to the four-year state university system  was unanimously passed out of the Assembly Higher Education Committee last Tuesday. 

This success would not have been possible without the broad base of support from the nearly 50 organizations – including Coleman – that testified and wrote letters in support of the legislation. Special props to our SMAC* student leaders that travelled to Sacramento to meet with legislators and testify in a hearing about the legislation on the day of the vote. We would also like to express our sincere thanks to Senator Alex Padilla, who has been unwavering in his commitment to create a clear and strong transfer pathway for California's community college students. Additionally, we want to express our gratitude to the Campaign for College Opportunity for its leadership in mobilizing diverse community support for the bill. 

Click here to read more about the specifics of SB 440 and next steps for the legislation

*SMAC – Students Making a Change – is Coleman’s community college student organizing program

Children’s Fund Coalition Meeting Friday August 23rd

What: Children’s Fund Community Coalition (50 agencies strong and growing!) Special Meeting on Administration of the Fund

When: Friday August 23rd 9:30 to 11:30am

Where: Everett Middle School  - 450 Church St - in the Beacon Center

The Children’s Fund Community Coalition was developed to ensure community Community-driven reauthorization of – and improvements to – the Children’s Fund and the Public Education and Enrichment Fund.   August 23rd will be the second of three special meetings of the Coalition. At this meeting, we will dig into fund administration questions such as whether or not there should be a sunset date and if and how the Fund should grow?  

For more information, contact Chelsea at

Coleman staff and youth leaders building with and learning from LCSC staff in Los Angeles 

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