Task Forces

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Education Justice Task Force

Our Education Justice Task Force is acting to change high school expulsion policies, and end the school- to-prison pipeline.

We researched restorative justice practices, formed alliances and conducted a power analysis of Sonoma County school districts with high expulsion and suspension rates.

In 2014, with strong Task Force advocacy, Santa Rosa City Schools funded full staffing for restorative school discipline at all ten Middle and High School campuses.

With a crash course from our friends at Public Counsel in Oakland, we became  grass roots experts in California’s new Local Control Funding Formula (“LCFF”). LCFF funds are earmarked for Education Equity purposes. We learned how to use the state’s now Local Control Acountability Plan (“LCAP”)  process to make sure school districts use these earmarked funds in ways that really benefit educationally disadvantaged students.  We powered through pages and pages of planning documents and proposed LCAP language to Santa Rosa, Petaluma and Windsor school officials.

During the coming year we’ll be sharing what we learned more parents and impacted students.  We plan to deliver grass roots parent-advocate training tin Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Windsor, Healdsburg and the Sonoma Valley.

North Bay Organizing Project

Jobs, Income and Regional Equity

North Bay Organizing ProjectRegional equity stresses the region as the fundamental category for understanding and addressing the economic, social, and environmental problems facing working class and communities of color in urban America today. Regional equity emphasizes the economic, spatial, and political dynamics that are the root causes for:

  • The dramatic polarization of wealth and incomes;
  • The decay of inner city and older inner ring suburban infrastructure; Entrenched racial and residential segregation;
  • Sprawl and white flight to ‘opportunity rich’ outer ring suburbs; and
  •  The fragmentation of local governance across metropolitan regions.  

The regional equity movement asserts that it is government policy and not the market that is primarily responsible for the urban crisis. The fate of cities and suburbs are intertwined and interdependent. Issues like transit, air pollution, labor markets and working poverty, and the jobs-housing mismatch do not stop at municipal boundaries. They require regional solutions. Inclusive and equitable regions is important for economic and social justice, and for economic competitiveness. By building regional coalitions that transcend racial, ethnic, and spatial divides, with a broad vision for social, economic, and racial justice, progressive ‘metropolitan majorities’ move power regionally, and implement regional policy promoting smart, equitable and sustainable growth. Social movements for regional equity begin at the local and neighborhood level to address the immediate concerns of working families, then ‘scale up’ to impact regional and state policy. At this moment, we should count on Washington D.C. for leadership in regards to urban policy. It is at the local and metropolitan levels that we find a new labor movement, multiracial faith and community based organizing networks, and emerging electoral majorities that are contending for power and developing the capacity to affect state and national Read More

Our Mission

Unite people to build leadership and grassroots power for social, economic, racial and environmental justice.

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North Bay Organizing Project
Box 503 | Graton, CA 95444

Susan Shaw | Director
707.481.2970 | sshaw@northbayop.org

Davin Cardenas | Lead Organizer
707.318.2818 | dcardenas@northbayop.org