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October 1, 2016
Approximately 200 youth from Los Angeles and Long Beach participated in a discussion about the most critical issues facing boys and men of color. The Oct. 6 townhall event, entitled “Youth-led Solutions to Improve Our Schools and Neighborhoods,” was organized by California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and the Brothers, Sons, Selves Coalition.
The townhall was broken into three sections: education and school climate; decriminalization of youth; and youth empowerment and engagement. CDF-CA Executive Director Alex Johnson, one of the panelists, spoke about the importance of redefining what safety means in communities of colors. Safety is not increasing police presence in schools and neighborhoods, he said. Safety is having access to quality health care, mental health professionals and other resources that support the development of our youth.
CDF-CA Action Scholar CDF-CA Action Scholar Todd Bailey also participated in the program - welcoming attendees and posing questions to the audience.