This powerful episode explores the intensity and power of youth organizing with Pomona based organizer and executive director, Jesus Sanchez. We discuss the liberatory work of his organization, Gente Organizada and what it took for them to accomplish their own #defundthepolice campaign in Pomona last year. Critical for our time, listen to this episode to understand the importance of training and resourcing young people as they fight for change.
Jesus Sanchez is an educator, organizer and community activist. He is founder of the Pomona based organization, Gente Organizada, a community-led social action non-profit organization based in Pomona whose mission is to bring together generations to access, build, and wield their collective power to achieve educational, economic, and social justice in our communities.
Jesus has worked closely with lawmakers, education officials, higher education leaders and teachers unions to implement critical programs, policies, and reforms to improve conditions for students, parents, and educators. Jesus has extensive knowledge in grassroots organizing, leadership and strategy development, college and career readiness, and youth development.
Find out more about the work of Gente Organizada: https://www.genteorganizada.org/
Learn about their #defundthepolice win last year: https://www.dailybulletin.com/2019/09/12/pomona-unified-reallocates-2-million-to-programs-for-high-need-students/
And how their recent work: https://www.publicadvocates.org/righttoresources/ is fueling new movements: https://www.aclusocal.org/en/press-releases/massive-neglect-black-and-brown-students-alleged-san-bernardino-precedent-setting