Stop OFCY From De-Funding Youth Organizing!
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Oakland youth organized for the creation of the Oakland Fund for Children & Youth (OFCY) in 1996. Over the past decade, however, OFCY has decreased funding for youth leadership development and organizing for social change.
Tell the Oakland City Council and Mayor Libby Schaaf to reject the 2016-19 OFCY recommendations that leave out youth organizing groups who have trained thousands of student leaders to speak up and improve Oakland and our public schools!
These de-funded organizations include Youth Together, BAY-Peace, and AYPAL, which all empower young people in Oakland's most disenfranchised and marginalized neighborhoods to speak up against inequity and transform institutions.
These are small organizations focused on Oakland, and without this significant funding, these programs may have to close their doors.
Without young people equipped with the skills to critically analyze the issues that impact their lives and to advocate to the school district and local government, Oakland cannot live up to its full potential.
OFCY will be re-considering its final funding package on April 20th, and it will go to a City Council vote in May and June, where we are asking our representatives to reject the package without funding youth organizing.
To add insult to injury, OFCY Director Sandy Taylor has threatened youth advocates with legal retaliation for questioning the funding process and organizing, and this kind of intimidation and silencing cannot be tolerated.
Particularly at a time when our public schools are hurting, families and youth are getting pushed out of Oakland, and youth of color are targeted by unjust systems everyday, youth organizing for systemic change is more important than ever.
Please help us spread the word before it's too late & our youth's voices are shut down!
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