This poster was created in 2002 to support the Ethnic Studies education campaigns of Schools Not Jails. An objective of the Schools Not Jails Network was to lead a statewide fight for educational justice by demanding the implementation of Ethnic Studies and more resources for under-resourced high schools. In July of 2002, Youth Organizing Communities organized a statewide Schools Not Jails Conference in Los Angeles that brought together over 300 youth to launch a struggle for Ethnic Studies in public high schools.
Ethnic Studies is critical to transforming education in California public high schools. Ethnic Studies documents the historical and current experience of struggle and resistance of all oppressed people of color in the United States, and it empowers young people of color to see themselves as agents of change that struggle for justice in their communities. Ethnic Studies also empowers students of color to strive to enter and succeed in higher education.
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