Collective Action for Power and Social Change
In 2018–2019, the YO! California network has two goals focused on collective action to elevate and connect place-based campaigns for greater impact:
- Win the public release of a model resolution on Welcoming and Safe Schools for All by the State Superintendent of Public Instructions and California Department of Education and provide toolkits and training resources for grassroots organizations to take advantage of the model resolution to advance local systems change campaigns.
- Work with YVote to jointly develop and release a Young People’s Agenda that can frame and influence key issues, and support local, regional, and statewide youth education and engagement efforts in the 2018 elections and beyond.
These goals advance issues identified with input of hundreds of youth from across the state, including through the #FreeOurDreams Youth Vision and Issue Platform in late 2016 and the CaliForAll Agenda that was central to the May 2017 #FreeOurDreams Day of Action and Fall 2017 Youth Organizing Summit. These issues also fit within the framework of the Shared Platform for Racial and Gender Justice coming out of the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color and provide ongoing opportunities for coordination with YVote’s campaigns to engage millennial voters in 2018.
2018 Young People’s Agenda
The YVote (www.yvoteca.org) and Youth Organize! California networks are launching a new kind of agenda: a Young People’s Agenda that frames and influences key issues from a young people’s perspective in the 2018 elections and beyond.
From all across the state young people are organizing to build political power and move our communities towards full equity, inclusion, justice and dignity for all. The Young People’s Agenda creates a Youth-Centered Platform to amplify local organizing campaigns, articulate a shared vision for our communities and state, and advance toward the long-term horizon of building youth power by expanding the franchise and youth vote across California. The mission is to radically align local and state officials and policies to reflect the Young People’s Agenda and build youth power. The framework draws from issues highlighted in YVote polling, the #FreeOurDreams Youth Vision and Platform, the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color Policy Platform, and the Until We Are All Free Declaration of Unity.
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The Young People’s Agenda is a collaborative project led by the YO! Cali and YVote networks.
Welcoming and Safe Schools for All model resolution
The Welcoming and Safe Schools for All model resolution emerged from a successful delegation meeting of youth leaders from organizations affiliated with Youth Organize! California network with State Superintendent Tom Torlakson’s office, organized by the Advancement Project and Movement Strategy Center in May 2017.
Since last May, an ad hoc committee of youth organizations including Genders and Sexualities Alliance Network, Californians for Justice, RYSE Center, Khmer Girls in Action, Del Norte and Tribal Lands Building Healthy Communities, Resilience Orange County, Dolores Huerta Foundation, and InnerCity Struggle have worked with the Advancement Project and Movement Strategy Center to draft a model resolution on Welcoming and Safe Schools for All. The resolution provides a holistic model that school districts and other local education agencies can use to develop their own resolutions and policies.
The resolution focuses on expanding “safe haven” schools to include all students impacted by the current climate of fear and hate in the wake of the 2016 elections, particularly indigenous, African American, Latinx, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander students, undocumented, immigrant, and refugee students, transgender and LGBTQ students, Muslim and Sikh students, homeless students, English Learner students, foster youth, low-income students, students with special needs, and students impacted by the juvenile and criminal justice systems.