The Dolores Huerta Foundation and Youth Justice Coalition met up in Downtown Bakersfield to encourage Governor Brown to pass Senate Bill 607, which would eliminate disruption and defiance suspensions for California’s kindergarten through twelfth grade students.
Supporters of the bill say those suspensions contribute to racial inequality in schools.
Instead, the bill would call for alternative disciplinary actions.
“A lot of these youths especially in the brown and black community, they look for schools as sanctuaries because we come from communities of poverty,” said Rudy Melindez of Youth Justice Coalition, Los Angeles. “Therefore, it’s simply to keep the students in school and not kick them out and send them home where many times they don’t have the supervision of their parents.”
The event kicked off a four-day caravan from Los Angeles to Sacramento to deliver their message to the state capital.