$15,000 / Fall 2017
Jitu Brown, National Director
The intergenerational Journey For Justice Alliance (J4J) is a diverse network of 35 community based organizations in 22 cities formed in 2013 to win sustainable, equitable school improvement. Its membership reflects those most affected by the corporate market reforms of education in the United States: Black and Latinx families who rely on public education. These leaders recognize the disturbing inequities between Black and White students in curriculum, wrap-around supports, access to postsecondary institutions for, school discipline, teacher diversity and after-school programs. In response, J4J has been organizing to build Black and Brown led, multi-racial coalitions that will win local and national victories that move the country urgently towards equity in public education. Through local and national coordinated community organizing, it advocates for policies and resources to achieve evidence-based, community-driven school improvement. Calling attention to the failures of market driven reforms, it works to strengthen local communities and help them manage – and, in the case of several majority Black cities, first win back – control of their own schools. Hazen’s renewal grant will support J4J’s work to recruit organizations from additional cities to strengthen the education justice movement while cultivating the capacity of local organizations to win local campaigns. J4J will also continue to implement strategies that win community schools in cities throughout the country.