Since 1963, the California Conference for Equality and Justice has been opening eyes, hearts and minds in Southern California. We believe that everyone has the power to contribute to an inclusive and equitable world.
This past year, CCEJ trained 2,050 educators to build community and promote peace and justice in schools, empowered more than 1,400 youth to break down barriers and speak out against prejudice and discrimination, and through our Restorative Justice programs, helped 100 young people make amends for harms they caused.
We can’t do this powerful work without you. Below, you’ll find stories of this fall’s accomplishments and our upcoming plans. We’re excited to share that CCEJ will be moving to a larger office in Long Beach in March 2020, enabling us to expand our work for justice, healing and transformation.
This December, our goal is to raise $10,000 to deepen our impact and promote meaningful change and growth for our communities during the next year. We invite you to be a part of our vision by making a donation in an amount that is meaningful for you through:
- giving online at cacej.org/donate
- making your contribution by phone at 562-435-8184 or mailing a check to 3711 Long Beach Blvd, Suite 1017, Long Beach CA 90807
- designating CCEJ as a recipient for your IRA Qualified Charitable Distribution or Required Minimum Distribution
- donating stocks or bonds (call us to discuss at 562-435-8184)
Every day, CCEJ is creating real change in big and small ways. We often turn to the inspiring words of writer Octavia E. Butler to remind us of the power that comes from crossing over boundaries and borders into new versions of ourselves.
“All that you touch
All that you Change
The only lasting truth
– Octavia E. Butler
From all of us at CCEJ, thank you for supporting transformation in our communities in 2020!
Hosting Groundbreaking Dialogues
This fall, in collaboration with partners PFLAG and Estuary Space, CCEJ hosted more than 50 people at Walking in Love: A Conversation on LGBTQI+ Inclusion in Christian Communities. We offered a safe and brave space for Christian faith leaders, LGBTQI+ people of faith and allies to engage in honest dialogue, learning and reflection. Our second cohort of Heart 2 Heart Racial Justice Dialogue Facilitators will begin their training in spring. This project, co-planned with Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation – Los Angeles, is funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and supports the development of a regional network of community-based facilitators who will convene dialogues to build understanding and solidarity for racial justice between communities.
$200 supports books and supplies for 10 dialogue participants
$750 covers the cost of training space for 50 people
Building Youth Leadership
In November, we hosted 100 youth at our first Building Bridges Camp of the season, which focused on Gender Justice and trained students to make their schools and communities more inclusive and respectful of people of all genders and sexual orientations.
For $100, CCEJ can provide a full year of training for 1 youth leader to advocate for equality and inclusion in their schools.
A $350 donation supports 1 student’s food, lodging, and transportation to Building Bridges Camp
Expanding our Services
In response to growing needs in schools, workplaces and communities for more effective and humane ways to address conflict, we’ve reorganized our Restorative Justice programs into two new departments:
- Healing Harms: providing direct Restorative Justice interventions to youth, families, workplaces and communities experiencing conflict; and
- Iluminar: Training & Coaching for Justice: providing schools, workplaces, and communities with skills and tools to build cultures where no one is disposable and conflict is healed in equitable ways.
Since September, the Iluminar team has trained more than 350 people at schools, universities and community organizations on topics such as Restorative Justice Principles, Restorative Dialogue, and Harm and Conflict Circles. Nearly 190 parents and caregivers have participated in our Raising FUTUREs workshops on using Restorative Practices in the home, healthy coping mechanisms, and understanding and navigating schools and other systems. Our Healing Harms staff have responded to 60 referrals from our community and law enforcement partners for Restorative Justice youth diversion and conflict response services.
$50 trains 1 parent or caregiver on using restorative parenting in their homes
$500 supports 1 month of case management for a youth in our diversion program