In the spring of 2013, hundreds of youth, community leaders and elected officials convened to launch a city-wide effort to pass the School Climate Bill of Rights – a school board resolution that enacts common sense approaches to school discipline and expands programs that support all students in becoming healthy, thriving adults.

On May 14, 2013, the LAUSD school board passed the School Climate Bill of Rights on a 5-2 vote. Now, Liberty Hill and the campaign will turn attention to implementing the resolution.

Once the plan is implemented, LAUSD will no longer suspend students for minor offenses like “willful defiance.” Instead, LAUSD will prioritize use of disciplinary alternatives that support positive behavior.

Low income and young men of color have the lowest expectancy rates, highest unemployment rates, fewest high school and college graduates and the highest murder victimization rate of any demographic group in Los Angeles. The Brothers, Sons, Selves initiative, managed by Liberty Hill, is a coalition of L.A. community organizations working towards a common agenda to improve the lives of these young men.

The current crisis experienced by boys and young men of color is not an intractable, never-changing reality. It’s the result of a “perfect storm” caused by changeable conditions. Liberty Hill believes that there is a new reality ready to be built, a reality that recognizes the potential of this large percentage of our future adult population. These young men are our brothers, sons and selves. They deserve the opportunity to thrive.

Through community-based participatory research and community organizing, we are identifying the policy changes to fight for, what new practices to support and how to be heard by elected officials, government agencies and voters. Follow Brothers, Sons, Selves on Facebook and Twitter, and sign up for our newsletter to receive timely updates.

Brothers, Sons, Selves is a coalition of L.A. community organizations working towards a common agenda to improve the lives of young men and was created in partnership with The California Endowment. Our coalition partners are Brotherhood Crusade, Californians for Justice, Centro CHA, Children's Defense Fund California, Community Coalition, East L.A. YMCA, Gay Straight Alliance Network, InnerCity Struggle,  Khmer Girls and Guys in Action, Labor/Community Strategy Center, The Social Justice Learning Institute and Youth Justice Coalition.

Why end harsh school discipline? Because
every student matters.


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