Khmer Girls in Action (KGA) is an organization of young Cambodian-American
women living in Long Beach, California, where teenagers live
in fear of racial profiling and police brutality. Police in
this city routinely harass Cambodian-American kids, treating
them like troublemakers even if they’re not doing anything
wrong. KGA teaches young people about the rights they have when
they’re dealing with the police so that they can protect
themselves from police harassment and brutality.
The youth of Oakland Kids First (OKF) are angry that their
schools are filthy and aren’t preparing students for college.
Last year OKF surveyed over 1,000 of their classmates about
what was going on in the schools. Then they brought the results
to the school board, who agreed to support a
resolution giving students more of a voice and increasing Student
Councils’ power to improve schools. The kids of OKF are
definitely making sure that students’ voices get heard
loud and clear.