Santa Barbara School District Renews Contract with Just Communities

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By Jonathan Abad

As the nation takes a huge step back in women's rights and respect with last week's controversial supreme court nomination, our own community move forward in a big way to make a positive statement when the Santa Barbara Unified School district renewed its contract tonight with the valuable programming provided by Just Communities.

Following over forty public comments supporting Just Communities, the Santa Barbara Unified School District unanimously adopted and renewed its contract to continue empowering our teens into grooming them to become future leaders of America. The board stood out and supported the program despite very harsh criticism and threats of legal actions from far-right groups that claimed the program incited hatred to white people and religion.

The more than 40 people the spoke in support and the more than two dozen that spoke in support during last month's meeting have thoroughly convinced the board that the truth could not be further from the claim. A stark contrast to the US Senate debacle of last week's supreme court judge nomination. In fact, the dialogue in tonight's meeting has exposed blatant falsehoods in the claims against the program garnering it even more support than it started with.

Congratulations to the people from Just Communities and well deserved praises for the Santa Barbara Unified School District Board for bucking the nation's trends in moving backward by listening to their constituents in tonight's decision.


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EastBeach Oct 11, 2018 11:01 PM
Santa Barbara School District Renews Contract with Just Communities

The Independent had an article showing teaching material from Just Communities that had been doctored to make them look prejudiced against whites. If this is what the anonymous group has to stand on, their lawsuit would go nowhere. Unfortunately, the doctored material is making the rounds in far-right forums where it's being accepted as the truth. Sad.

a-1545218945 Oct 11, 2018 06:37 PM
Santa Barbara School District Renews Contract with Just Communities

The district spends $$$ sending teachers to 4 day Just Communities retreats where they learn all about racism. My spouse is a teacher and went to one. Mostly, they talked about historical structures of racism created by white people that have been used to maintain white privilege for decades. They minimized discussion on personal racism, reverse racism, or how people can overcome racial differences and come together. The idea apparently is to help teachers be more sensitive and aware of their own biases in the classroom. According to my spouse, it seems to be working.

UCSB98 Oct 11, 2018 06:00 PM
Santa Barbara School District Renews Contract with Just Communities

A-1539305879 ______Apparently, you did not attend the school board meeting in September and the one held at La Cumbre Jr High on 10/09________According to Key News:.................. "They hired attorney Eric Early to file a lawsuit if Just Communities is awarded another contract. Early said JCC teaches racist views against whites and wants other group to be considered for the work."

SBWoman Oct 11, 2018 05:43 PM
Santa Barbara School District Renews Contract with Just Communities

What exactly does Just Communities teach? I can’t find anything on line. There’s much about other companies that teach implicit bias training. Do other companies teach here also or only Just Communities? Where can I learn more?

a-1545218945 Oct 11, 2018 05:31 PM
Santa Barbara School District Renews Contract with Just Communities

Mr Abad- please identify these groups you refer to “very harsh criticism and threats of legal actions from far-right groups that claimed the program incited hatred to white people and religion.” I attended meeting and heard nothing about this. English ten EdHat readers!

b_reynaldo Oct 11, 2018 04:52 PM
Santa Barbara School District Renews Contract with Just Communities

"THE YEAR WAS 2081, and everybody was finally equal. They weren't only equal before God and the law. They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else. All this equality was due to the 211th, 212th, and 213 th Amendments to the Constitution, and to the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General. "

a-1545218945 Oct 11, 2018 05:38 PM
Santa Barbara School District Renews Contract with Just Communities

Reynaldo - you’re brilliant! When will the masses learn equity of opportunity is different from equality. There’s no such thing as equality. When will schools adopt mission statements and visions to prepare, to instruct, to educate to best serve our NATION and the world? I fear for younger generations who have never experienced freedom to achieve; equal opportunities to develop their protection in all areas- vocational , academic and physical .

UCSB98 Oct 11, 2018 04:42 PM
Santa Barbara School District Renews Contract with Just Communities

a-1539301032 To help answer your question, I’d like to quote an excerpt from my son’s college essay that explained his experience with this program: "This February, I was selected to be the only student facilitator for Talking in Class; a four week program providing students with statistics and stories on local and national injustices, hands-on learning activities to become familiar with different systems of oppression, and discussions on what the schools are lacking for their students. At the end the program, the students form their own presentations on what they need their schools to change to better fit the student’s needs and present solutions to the entire school staff, which then results in the implementations of new resources, lessons taught, and even new programs. I’m also a Youth Organizer for the Change Agent Network for Dismantling Oppression (CANDO). Through CANDO, we speak at school board meetings to give the community our voices as students in targeted communities. We aim to educate the community in order to change the world, as education is the key to fixing the world. At CANDO, we’re currently planning the Youth Organizer Institute summer program which calls all local student run groups to come together and build each other’s activism and advocacy skills through six days of workshops, presentations, and group dialogue." I must add that I’m so glad for all the support as the program literally turned our child’s life from depression and seclusion to an outspoken social advocate that won him so many prestigious accolades in the county during the end of his senior year…it gave him a purpose in life as it did to so many others I’ve heard of in his situation.

a-1545218945 Oct 11, 2018 02:58 PM
Santa Barbara School District Renews Contract with Just Communities

Would someone involved with Just Communities explain what the goal is? I've just learned about this today and would like to know more about it. What are the goals of this program in schools? The article above says "...continue empowering our teens into grooming them to become future leaders of America." Is there more to the story?

a-1545218945 Oct 11, 2018 02:55 PM
Santa Barbara School District Renews Contract with Just Communities

MIDAIR: If you don't like how you are being treated, find your voice, and speak up. If you have an argument or facts that work in your favor, say those whenever you have an opportunity. Don't be silent. Remember Charlton Heston the actor said, "Those wise old dead white guys that invented this country knew what they were talking about".

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