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Rising Scholars Network Call to Action

“We are part of the California Community College Rising Scholars network, a network of community colleges serving incarcerated and formerly incarcerated students. Our colleges serve more than 10,000 students incarcerated in prisons and jails, and more than 50 of our colleges have support programs, student clubs, and networks for formerly incarcerated students. While the recent events in our nation, including the murder of George Floyd and subsequent public uprisings, may only now be striking outrage in some, many of our Black students, colleagues, friends, and families have been terrorized by systemic racism their entire lives. It is time that we explicitly commit to racial justice and articulate a plan for change.”