It might be the holidays, but we’re not slowing down our fight with our children’s futures at stake.
That’s why the week after Thanksgiving, The Oakland REACH joined with other families and the Community Coalition of Los Angeles to file a lawsuit in Superior Court against the State of California. Our powerful parents are now fighting for the lives of Black and brown families—not just in Oakland, but across California.
That’s right, I told you this one was big!
We joined this lawsuit because we know what works—just look at our track record of policy wins and system shifts through grassroots parent organizing. When COVID-19 hit, we listened to what families needed and we built a solution: The City-Wide Virtual Hub. And it’s working! Students from the most underserved neighborhoods have made real academic gains in literacy through the Hub’s virtual learning model.
With this lawsuit, we are demanding that empowered parents and students be at the center of the plan to address education inequities across the state. We’re not just banging at their door demanding they “do something”—we’re telling them, “DO THIS”, and scale our Hub.
And we’re getting the opportunity to spread the word nationally—from the LA Times, USA Today, New York Times and SF Chronicle. This is the power families like ours have always lacked and long-deserved.
Who are the Plaintiffs?
Who are the Defendants?
What are we asking for?
What are we NOT asking for?
Where can I learn more?
And there’s much more to read, watch, and listen to in the news—our lawsuit has been featured everywhere from the LA Times, SF Chronicle, KQED and Education Post— to CNN, the New York Times, and POLITICO!
We’ll continue to update coverage on our site.
Your donation will support the work we do at brightbeam to shine a light on the voices who challenge decision makers to provide the learning opportunities all children need to thrive.