A Longtime Oakland Educator Speaks to the Vital Role of School for Youth Leaving Lockups

Hattie Tate has been an educator in the Bay Area for the past quarter century and for the last decade, she's connected youth leaving detention to education and other resources.

How One Organization Cultivates Courage to Dream Beyond Bars


How One Organization Cultivates Courage to Dream Beyond Bars

The organization Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice, or CURYJ, has been transforming lives in East Oakland for over a decade.


Stopping Gun Violence, One Youth at a Time

Programs like Ceasefire and Advance Peace are credited with keeping shooting numbers low in Salinas, California, even as violence has increased elsewhere in the state.

Guaranteed income projects put California on the path to economic equity


Guaranteed Income Projects Put California on the Path to Economic Equity

California is on the right track to fundamentally restructure our state economy into one that prioritizes shared prosperity over the hoarding of individual wealth.


After Abolishing School Police, Oakland Creates a Plan for What Comes Next

Nearly six months after a momentous decision to abolish its school police department, the Oakland Unified School District Board of Education agreed at a meeting Wednesday night to endorse a safety plan that relies on “culture and climate ambassadors” instead of cops.


Oakland Schools Chart Course for Police-Free Future

Desiree McSwain-Mims at a Black Organizing Project rally on June 5, 2020. Photo by Ryan Sin
Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Desiree McSwain-Mims got pegged a troublemaker in second grade.


    Defunding School Police: In Oakland, an Emphatic Yes; In L.A., Not So Fast

    Amid ongoing protests against police brutality and racial injustice, two of California’s largest school districts  this week joined other education leaders across the country pressured to rethink their policing of students.


    Restorative Justice Leader sujatha baliga Named a MacArthur Genius

    sujatha baliga, who helped build one of the nation’s most successful restorative juvenile justice programs in Oakland, Calif., is among this year’s MacArthur Fellows, an honor bestowed by the Chicago-based John D.


    Let’s Do Better for California Kids, Families and Communities

    As leaders of organizations that serve children, youth and families who have come to the attention of child welfare, special education, juvenile justice and behavioral health systems, we have seen firsthand the successes and failures of the public agencies responsible for the care of California’s most vulnerable and at-risk children and youth.