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Social Justice Week

Sonoma State University will have its first ever Social Justice Week March 23rd through the 27th! We are so excited to have so many orgainzations from Sonoma county participating as well as three amazing keynote speakers: Dr. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz who has played a major role in the development of indigenous and feminist organizations locally and globally; Charlotte O'Neal aka 'Mama C' who, along with her husband, were leaders in the Kansas City Black Panther chapter and now reside in Tanzania after co-founding the United African Alliance Community Center (UAACC); and Peter Dale Scott of UC Berkeley has written on many political issues including the American Deep State and is internationally known.

Our other events include teach-ins on the Vitenam War and current state of endless war, workshops on nonviolence, the move to amend campaign, the US department of peacebuilding campaign, and a presentation on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict among others. Please join us for our week of activism! It is free and open to the pubic. We will accept donations for the orgainizing club (Sociology, Social Justice and Activism Club) at our keynote events.

This week was inspired by the week by the same name at Sierra College in Rocklin, CA and by two of their Sociology professors Megan Seely and Jennifer Kattman. Thank you to them for their influence!

Justice Week Kick Off: Monday, March 23rd
11am to 1pm - Sponsors Tabling Event in Seawolf Plaza
5pm - KEYNOTE Dr. Dunbar-Ortiz presents “Torture, War Crimes, and the Indigenous Peoples’ Perspective on US History”: Ballroom A
7pm - Mickey Huff and Peter Phillips at the Aqus Cafe in Petaluma present “Political Economy: Nexus of Money, Power, and Politics”

Social Justice Day: Tuesday, March 24th
10am to 12pm - Building a Culture of Peace Presentation in Dry Creek Valley Room in the Student Center
12pm to 2pm - Workshop on Nonviolence: Cooperage 3
3pm to 5pm - Nonviolence and Diversity Affinity Group Workshop Cooperage A
6pm - KEYNOTE Charlotte O‘Neal a.k.a. ‘Mama C’ presents “Empowering Students in Social Justice”: Green Music Center

Foreign Affairs Day: Wednesday, March 25th
10am to 11:45am - Waging War: Vietnam and Beyond: Cooperage 3
12pm to 1:30pm - Veterans For Peace Poetry and Story Reading: Cooperage 3
1:45pm to 3:15pm - PTSD/Moral Injury and the Costs of War: Cooperage 3
3pm to 4:30pm - Presentation on the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict: The Commons
3:30pm to 5:15pm - Waging War: Vietnam and Beyond (round two): Cooperage 3
5:30pm - KEYNOTE Veterans For Peace presents panel on Post 9/11 Wars: Cooperage 3

Domestic Issues & Civil Liberties Day: Thursday, March 26th
1pm to 3pm - Police Accountability and Know Your Rights: Ballroom D
3pm to 5pm - Q&A with National Director of Move to Amend: Ballroom A
6pm - KEYNOTE Peter Dale Scott presents “The American Deep State”: Person Theatre

Social Justice Film Festival: Friday, March 27th
12pm - 9:30pm International Hall 104
Film festival is for students signed up for Sociology 495, the class designed for Social Justice Week.

Organized by: Sociology Social Justice and Activism Club
Facebook event page: Click here

There will be a class offered for this week - Sociology 495: Special Studies. The class is $55 through extended education and is worth one unit and counts as Sociology credit.
Professor: Peter Phillips - Office: Stevenson 2084
Information: Call 664-2394.
Register first day of SJW or before.
Course #: 4387
Requirements for credit: attend 13 hours of events at Social Justice Week and journal your
An application for the 1 unit Sociology class is available in Stevenson 2084 at SSU. Open to the public and JC students.

Sponsors:SSU Department of Sociology, SSU School of Social Science, SSU Associated Students, Peace and Justice Center, Veterans For Peace, Move to Amend Sonoma County, North Coast Coalition for Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace Sonoma County, If Americans Knew, US Department of Peacebuilding, Metta Center, American Civil Liberties Union, Police Accountability Clinic and Helpline, Code Pink, 350 Sonoma County, Alternatives to Violence, Petaluma Aqus Community, Project Censored, Media Freedom Foundation, KWTF Radio

Earlier Event: March 11
Housing Open House
Later Event: March 24
Buddy Wakefield