$50,000 / 2020 – 2021


Salem, OR

Latinos Unidos Siempre (LUS) organizes spaces for decolonized-­‐leadership models, which they define as spaces for challenging intellectual classism (to address different levels of education, personal knowledge, and ability), and to incorporate community healing with traditional practices, art and the exploration of identity.80 percent of LUS members identify as being impacted by suspensions, expulsions, the juvenile justice system and school push out. These experiences inform their strategy to dismantle the school to prison pipeline, to organize legislative campaigns for equity funding to historically under-­‐resourced schools in predominantly black and brown neighborhoods. Last year, LUS was a stakeholder in the hiring committee that appointed the school district’s first Black-­‐Latinx vice-­‐superintendent in the district’s history. They have organized alternatives to suspensions and have been organizing the teacher’s union to support alternatives to suspension and expulsion for behavioral issues in school.