Every community has a need for safe homes, schools and neighborhoods. We all deserve nurturing relationships and a sense of belonging. All people have value and dignity, yet not everyone has the same access or opportunity. Stereotyping, prejudice, hate crimes and violence are realities that impact our communities.
At CCEJ, we respond to hate and discrimination by building cultures of connection, respect and accountability.
CCEJ’s programs are focused on raising awareness, facilitating dialogue, healing conflicts and bridging differences. Our Building Bridges for Youth programs give young people a safe place to talk about culture and conflict, a place where they are valued and listened to. CCEJ helps youth build confidence and skills for communication and leadership.
CCEJ intentionally works where differences collide and conflict exists — in schools, businesses and neighborhoods. Using restorative justice practices and tools, CCEJ promotes alternative approaches to school discipline and conflict resolution in neighborhoods, workplaces, and the criminal justice system.
By embracing differences and striving for understanding, CCEJ seeks to build a unified, peaceful and inclusive Southern California, with justice for all.
For 55 years, the California Conference for Equality and Justice (CCEJ) has worked to transform communities and end discrimination, oppression and injustice. CCEJ was originally founded in 1927 as the National Conference for Christians and Jews (later known as the National Conference for Community and Justice). In 1963, NCCJ established an office in Long Beach, which evolved into the CCEJ of today. Our decades of experience in Southern California give us a unique strength in activating change and helping to solve profound systemic problems.