To have a truly prosperous futurefor California, our Black students and communities must thrive. The Schools& Communities First initiative is a once in a generation opportunity tohelp address structural inequities that have plagued communities throughout thestate for decades.
Black and other communities ofcolor have been hit the hardest by decades of disinvestment from schools andlocal services, all while corporations have exploited property tax loopholes toavoid paying their fair share. These communities in particular stand togain by reclaiming $12 billion every year for our classrooms and neighborhoods.
In honor of Black History and BlackFutures month, the 100+Black Leaders for Schools & Communities First iscomprised of some of the state’s most prominent and important Black figures,including educators, clergy, youth activists, small businessentrepreneurs, non-profit directors, workplace leaders, philanthropists, andelected officials. Black futures depend on reclaiming the resources we allneed to thrive, and to build a future for California that we can all be proudof.
“Right now, our schools and localcommunities face structural roadblocks to delivering on the promise of aworld-class education and safe, healthy neighborhoods – corporations haveavoided paying their fair share for years while school funding has fallenfarther and farther behind. The Schools & Communities First initiativewould reclaim $12 billion every year for our schools and local communities byclosing corporate property tax loopholes.” – Tony Thurmond,California State Superintendent of Public Instruction
“We’ve made a lot of progressin our city, but there’s still much more work to be done. We can’t afford tocontinue allowing corporations to avoid paying their fair share while ourstudents and neighborhoods struggle to get by.” –Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs
“I’ve seenfirsthand the devastating impact 40 years of disinvestment has had oncommunities of color and our schools. Congregations Organized for PropheticEngagement (COPE) was founded for a very specific reason: to leverage thestrength of religious leaders to protect and revitalize our communities that welive, work, and worship in. That’s why our organization supports Schools &Communities First.” – Pastor Samuel Casey, Founder and Executive Director ofCongregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement (COPE)