OKF founded Justice For Oakland Students (J4OS) in 2017, and served as the fiscal sponsor for the coalition through December 2020.
Justice for Oakland Students, known as the J4OS Coalition, is a multi-racial, intergenerational collaborative group that was formed to create a movement-building vehicle for educational justice in Oakland. Membership includes students, parents/families, teacher allies, and organizations working to increase equity for low-income students of color in OUSD.
J4OS centers the most impacted and marginalized students and parents, and aggregates the collective power of community-based organizing and labor unions – to hold the district accountable to real equity and justice for all high-need students. J4OS accomplishes this through shared analysis, narrative change, policy campaigns, and new structures to support power building among organizing groups with aligned interests.
Recent J4OS campaigns include:
- Coordinating the Oakland Youth Vote, Measure QQ, steering committee and coalition of organizations supporting the campaign.
- Prioritizing Oakland’s Black students by organizing for and endorsing the Reparations Resolution for Black Students in OUSD.
You can follow along with J4OS’s organizing campaigns and learn more on Facebook. For more information about the coalition, please contact the Director of J4OS: Kim Miyoshi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Justice for Oakland Students Coalition is made up of students, parents/families, teacher allies, and community organizations or groups including – Oakland Kids First (OKF), Bay Area Parent Leadership Action Network (PLAN), Black Organizing Project (BOP), Parents United for Public Schools, Teachers for Social Justice, Oakland Education Association (OEA), Californians for Justice (CFJ), Concerned Families of Oakland (Special Education), Brotherhood of Elders Network, and others – who are fighting for real equity and racial justice in OUSD.