Nov 15 2016

STF Applauds Human Rights Defenders

November 15, 2016: Students exchanged their backpacks and sneakers for dresses and ties at the 2016 Human Rights Watch Voices for Justice Dinner. STF leaders, teachers and supporters kicked off the night with a special reception with Yonous Muhammad, recipient of the 2016 Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism, and HRW Greece Researcher, Eva Cossé. STFers were empowered by the human rights defenders’ insight into how younger generations can make a difference in the world through awareness and resilience…

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Nov 15 2016

Ask President-Elect Trump to Support the CRC!

This Sunday, November 20, is the 27th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The United States remains the only country in the world to not ratify the CRC.

Now that we have a new president-elect, help us collect as many signatures as possible ahead of his inauguration on January 20, 2017, and ask Mr. Trump to send the CRC to the Senate for review during his first 100 days in office.

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Nov 09 2016

Congrats on Prop 57 Success!

We just received this message from HRW Senior Advocate Elizabeth Calvin to STF:
“A huge congrats on this win for Proposition 57. It was great to work with all of you! Thank you for every piece of it, including getting members to gather signatures and blowing past our goal, as well as the army of STF youth standing up in city council meetings, churches, and school and neighborhood gatherings, visiting college campuses and more. A tremendous, beautiful team effort…

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Nov 03 2016

New Prop 57 Video from Valencia STF!

Check out this video Valencia High School’s STF chapter created to advocate for Prop 57. Please share on your social media accounts!

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You can also use these additional social media resources to spread the word about Prop 57.

Thank you Valencia STF for creating this video!

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Nov 02 2016

The Value of Prop 57

November 1-2, 2016: In the final week before the election, guest speakers, Herminia Galvez and Manuel Barrios, helped Carson and Palisades Charter High Schools STF chapters drive home the value of rehabilitation and education programs like those offered in Prop 57…

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Oct 25 2016

Giving Voice to Justice for Juveniles

October 24-25, 2016: STF leaders from Santa Clarita Valley, Palisades Charter and El Camino Real High Schools participated in events to educate their communities about Prop 57 and over incarceration in California…

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Oct 12 2016

California Needs Prop 57!

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As part of the Fair Sentencing for Youth campaign, we are advocating for Proposition 57. Here are some reasons why California needs Prop 57:

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  • In the U.S., every year as many as 200,000 youth are put into the adult criminal justice system, most of them for nonviolent offenses.
  • Over the last several decades, California has built 22 prisons and only 4 universities, passed more than 1,000 crime bills, and increased incarceration rates by more than 5 times.
  • Youth who are prosecuted in the adult system are 34% more likely to recidivate and with more violent offenses than those handled by the juvenile system. Over 6,500 peoplecurrently in California prisons were under the age of 18 at the time of their crime.
  • There are approximately 7,000 inmates in state custody who would be eligible for parole consideration under Prop 57…

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Oct 05 2016

Californians Want…

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Proposition 57 accomplishes this by:

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  • Providing Incentives for Inmates to Complete Rehabilitation.
  • Permitting Parole for Rehabilitated Inmates with Nonviolent Convictions.
  • Preventing Prosecutors from Transferring Youth to Adult Court.

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Sep 27 2016

Today is National Voter’s Registration Day!

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September 27, 2016: This year, National Voter Registration Day is September 27, 2016 and hundreds of events are being planned across the nation. Get started registering your friends, family, teachers and others who are eligible to vote today!

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Sep 23 2016

California Chooses…

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Our Fair Sentencing for Youth campaign asks the State of California to protect the human rights of all youth by revising the state’s justice system to focus on rehabilitation and provide more opportunities for youth offenders to have a second chance. Did you know:…

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Sep 18 2016

See the Justice System at Work: “The Return”

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Sunday, September 25, 2016
5:00 pm | Doors open
5:30 pm | Film Screening, followed by panel discussion
7:30 pm | Reception with drinks and food

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Sep 10 2016

STF Calls for Fair Sentencing for Youth

September 10, 2016: The U.S. has the highest rate of juvenile incarceration in the industrialized world. And California has the highest prison budget in the world, with more than 100,000 people in prison and thousands more in juvenile halls, jails, and youth prisons. California went from #1 nationally in education spending to #1 in prison spending, and as low as #47 in K-12 spending and #51 in funding for higher education.

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Aug 16 2016

Save the Date: STF Fall Leadership Workshop!

Please join us for the STF Fall Leadership Workshop to learn about our new fall advocacy campaign! The event is generously hosted at an exciting new high tech venue by Fullscreen, a creative media company.

Important Information:
When: Saturday, September 10, 12:00–4:30pm
Where: Fullscreen, 12180 Millennium Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90094

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Aug 05 2016

Palisades Charter HS HRE Summer Institute

Building on last summer’s successful Human Rights Education (HRE) Institute at Palisades Charter High School, HRE consultant, Nancy Flowers, returned to join more than 50 faculty and students to further expand HRE on campus. In the morning, participants focused on how to implement and disseminate the newly drafted Student Bill of Rights and Responsibilities (SBRR), which we believe is the first SBRR rooted in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the United States…

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