Working for Education Justice

Central Valley
Movement Building

The Central Valley Movement Building (CVMB) alliance aims to strengthen and broaden grassroots connections to enhance and support movement-building engagement and foster a positive school climate.

Who Are We & What We Do

CVMB is composed of very committed Central Valley activist organizations, including the Dolores Huerta Foundation, Black Parallel School Board, The Collective Liberatory Lawyering, Tower of Youth, Organizing Roots, and Dignity in Schools Campaign California, working together to end the school-to-prison pipeline.

Central Valley Building

Network and build relationships with grassroots and community-led organizations in the Central Valley that are also focusing on school-to-prison pipeline.

Conduct Listening Sessions

Conduct Listening Sessions with communiy groups, parents and students in the Central Valley around removing police from school and replacing them with restorative justice  practices.

Statewide Movement Building

Building a viable statewide movement with Dignity in Schools Campaingn California, with a focus on sharing our knowledge, issue analysis, and political leadership to end the school-to-prison pipeline.

Our CVMB Member Orgs

Our CVMB Partners

Let’s End the School-to-prison Pipeline

The school-to-prison pipeline is a systemic issue that disproportionately affects marginalized students, pushing them out of educational institutions and into the criminal justice system. Addressing this requires a comprehensive, multi-faceted approach that prioritizes restorative justice, supportive resources, and equitable education policies. Here are three key strategies that can help dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline and create a more inclusive and supportive educational environment for all students.

California Students Suspended 2020

California Students Jailed 2020

How to End the School-to-prison pipeline

Implement Restorative Justice Practices

Replace zero-tolerance policies and punitive measures with restorative justice practices that focus on healing, reconciliation, and community building, rather than punishment.

Invest in Supportive Resources

Increase funding for school counselors, mental health services, and extracurricular programs that foster positive student behavior and academic success.

Promote Equitable Education Policies

Advocate for policies that address systemic racial and socioeconomic disparities in education, such as equitable school funding, culturally relevant curriculum, and teacher diversity.

Our CVMB Convening 2024

On April 24, 2024, we convened to provide networking and collaboration opportunities in addressing systemic changes. We focused on increasing awareness and engagement in school discipline reform and redefining a healthy school environment. We critically examined the school-to-prison pipeline, which funnels students from school into the criminal justice system.


Tia Martinez

Our keynote speaker, Tia Marinez, has 25 years of experience in communities of color and is the Executive Director of Organizing Roots, which focuses on racial, economic, and gender justice.


Erika Brooks

Erika Brooks, a field organizer for CVMB, provided an overview of the Central Valley Movement Building’s purpose and work. 


Ruth Cusick

Ruth Cusick, executive director of The Collective for Libratory Lawyering, led a presentation to introduce a much-needed Parent Rights Pocket Guide. 


Carl Pinkston

Carl Pinkston, co-founder of CVMBOI, closed the convening with a powerful call for action to build a movement in the Central Valley to end the school-to-prison pipeline.


Our Attendees

Big thanks to all the amazing attendees who joined us at our CVMB convening! Your participation is instrumental in our collective efforts to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline.


CVMB Organizers

CVMB consists of a cadre and staff dedicated to locating, networking, and building solidarity with like-minded groups and organizations who seek education justice.

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