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Congratulations FREE LA High School Graduating Class of 2014 who walked the stage on Saturday, June 21st. This slide show has three parts that graduates' families and friends saw at the ceremony - 1. The history of suppression and incarceration in LA that the students are working to change; 2. The young people who should have been at graduation who have been killed due to street or police violence; and 3. Photos of the graduates!!!
In 2007, the YJC established FREE LA High School for youth ages 16 to 24 who have been pushed out of school, have disappeared from school districts, and/or who are returning home from juvenile halls, Probation camps, county jail or prison. (System-involved youth are often blocked from returning to school or even to entire school districts because of extreme school discipline policies or court convictions. This discrimination is often carried out illegally, and the YJC is also working to change laws and policies that prevent youth from attending school.)
FREE LA stands for Fight for the Revolution to Educate and Empower Los Angeles. The school supports youth to earn their high school diploma and also trains students in youth and community organizing, social change strategies, movement building and transformative justice.