About Central Valley Movement Building

Welcome to the Central Valley Movement Building, where we join forces to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline in the Central Valley. Our alliance of community-based organizations is committed to advocating for policy and practices that empower those most impacted by this system of oppression. Through our shared vision and collective voice, we are working towards creating a more just and equitable future for all residents in Kern, Kings, Fresno, Madera, Merced, South Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Tulare County. Let’s stand together and make a difference!


Who Are We

In 2015 Tia Martinez presented powerful data on the record-high school push-out of students of color in the Central Valley. The community responded that something needed to be done to disrupt this school-to-prison pipeline. The observations and data reinforced partner organizations’ (Black Parallel School Board, Tower of Youth, and Dolores Huerta Foundation) commitment and dedication to building a movement in the Central Valley, centering on the residents most impacted by the school-to-prison pipeline, to use their collective voice and power, to advocate for policy and practices to upend this system of oppression.

In 2015, without funding to support their effort, the partners officially launched the Central Valley Movement Building (CVMB) because as one partner stated, “we believed in it, CVMB was our goal, our vision, and we wanted to make it happen.”

Central Valley Movement Building (CVMB) is an alliance of community-based organizations in the Central Valley working to expose and dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline in Kern, Kings, Fresno, Madera, Merced, South Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Tulare County.

In December 2015, CVMB adopted the Principles of Engagement developed by the Black Organizing Project, a strategy team member of DSC CA. The Principles of Engagement articulate the movement’s values and how partners will work in relationship with each other. The principles also outline how the partners will take direction from and build power of those most impacted by the school-to-prison pipeline. Then, in January 2016, CVMB developed the Seven Tenets of CVMB, which codifies how the partners will get things done or the steps they will take to build the movement.

What Is Movement Building?

“Movement Building” is a process that supports and sustains movements for social change. The most basic element of building a mass social movement for change is its focus on the long-term dialectical struggle to dismantle an oppressive system and the building of a new vision.

Movement building is an Indigenous approach that supports local communities with (a) basic resources, (b) Indigenous leadership and institutions, and (c) effective tactics and strategies. Lastly, movement building is a process of connecting—through unity building and struggle—the local to statewide and the statewide to local, with a shared vision of change.

Movement builders work through contradictions to transform the struggle and movement builders to a higher level – a struggle for human rights.

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