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Social Justice Week

Exploring the idea that every person has a spark of genius (sometimes called the life purpose or pass) that is linked to the world’s needs. Understanding this enables us to lives of deep fulfillment and makes our greatest contributions in these deeply hopeful and challenging times. Interactive workshop offers practices to support you in exploring where your unique spark of genius meets the great needs of our times.

Monday, March 21st

Social Justice Week Kick-Off Tabling / 11 AM - 1 PM / Seawolf Plaza

Social Justice Week is a weeklong event that is filled with various activities, workshops, presentations, panels, and speakers about issues in today's world that affect people locally and globally.

To kick-off the event, come check out some of the organizations and on-campus clubs that will be tabling in front of the Student Center! Don't miss out and come support your fellow students!

The Police Brutality Coalition Street Theater/11 AM - 1 PM / Seawolf Plaza

The Police Brutality Coalition is a group that morphed from the Justice Coalition for Andy Lopez. During Social Justice Week's tabling, the group will perform their street theater where they will be re-enacting the Sonoma County jail beatings of 20 men that occurred on May 2015. The incident was made public after a complaint alleging human and civil rights violations was filed in U.S. District Court by Attorney Izaak Schwaiger on October 5, 2015.

This street theater will be connected to a later presentation by the group at 2:30 pm in Ballroom B. Come check it out!

North Bay Jobs with Justice/ 1 PM - 2 PM / Ballroom B

North Bay Jobs with Justice will be presenting a workshop that focuses on the higher wages movement, and particularly the $15 an hour minimum wage ballot initiative that voters will consider in November.

With SSU students living in the North Bay/Sonoma County area, a majority of us will be working here (either temporarily or permanently). Because of this, having a minimum wage that will reasonably meet the price of living is important. Come check this out and hear about an issue that could connect to you!

Police Brutality Coalition: Presentation/ 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM/ Ballroom B

In continuation of their street theater, the Police Brutality Coalition will be having a presentation on Law Enforcement brutality in Sonoma County. They will discuss brutality in the jail, efforts to get oversight in the county, where the various lawsuits stand, as well as other issues.

Don't miss out on this chance to see how a national issue is closer to home than you may think!

Fight for Five: Presentation by California Faculty Association/ 4PM - 5 PM/ Ballroom B

With the recent talk about the faculty strike, it is important to bring awareness to what is happening and what it means for us, the college students. Please join us and listen to the California Faculty Association as they discuss the Importance of Faculty Unions for Academic Freedom and Fair Wages. Don't miss out!

David Talbot: Keynote Speaker/ 7 PM - 9 PM/ Ballroom A

Please come and help the Sociology Club welcome David Talbot to Sonoma State in Ballroom A tonight at 7, where he will be introduced by Project Censored Director: Professor Mickey Huff.

David Talbot is the author of The Devil’s Chessboard, Allen Dulles. The CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government, 2015. Talbot is the founder and former editor of Salon, and was a senior editor at Mother Jones, and the features editor at the San Francisco Examiner. He is the author of the NT Times bestseller Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years.

Tuesday, March 22nd

Your Spark of Genius and Our Challenging Times Workshop/ 10 AM - 12 PM / Ballroom D

Exploring the idea that every person has a spark of genius (sometimes called the life purpose or pass) that is linked to the world’s needs. Understanding this enables us to lives of deep fulfillment and makes our greatest contributions in these deeply hopeful and challenging times. Interactive workshop offers practices to support you in exploring where your unique spark of genius meets the great needs of our times.

Dianne Monroe is a Life Mentor and Experiential Educator with over 20 years experience creating and offering experiential and transformational programs and workshops. Visit her at or contact her at

SSU Student: Bobby Ramirez Hip-Hop Performance/ 12 PM - 1 PM/ Seawolf Plaza

Come listen to Bobby use his music to connect to social issues. Don't miss out on this chance to support your fellow classmate and his own label, Aztlan Industries!

Guided to Safety presents “The Hunting Ground” Documentary/ 1 PM - 3 PM/ Ballroom D

This CNN documentary follows the victims of sexual assault on college campuses in the U.S., and exposes the shortcomings of administration and the justice system in these cases. With the recent changes in Title IX and new required training, it is a timely and thought provoking film to watch on college campuses.

Please join us in bringing awareness to these victims and countless others, as well as come together and unite to help put a stop to this.

This documentary is sponsored by Guided to Safety

Linda Sartor “Turning Fear into Power: One Woman’s Journey Confronting the War on Terror”/ 4 PM - 5PM/ Ballroom D

Come listen to the story of one woman's worldwide journey for peace. Take this chance to be inspired and see how one person can make all the difference!

Wednesday March 23rd

Move to Amend Presentation / 10 AM - 11:30 AM/ Ballroom D

On January 21, 2010, with Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are persons, entitled by the U.S. Constitution to buy elections and run our government.. Move to Amend rejects the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United and other related cases, and moves to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.

Veterans for Peace: Veteran Suicide Display/ 12 PM - 1:30 PM/ Ballroom D

Everyday, more than 20 veterans commit suicide. Come join the Sociology club and Veterans for peace to learn more about this issue and what you can do to help.

Veteran suicide has turned into a nationwide epidemic. The Veterans for Peace will be displaying crosses that symbolize the amount of suicides committed by veterans everyday in hopes to bring attention to this current crises.

North Coast Coalition for Peace: Justice in Palestine/ 2 PM - 3 PM/ Ballroom D

Come listen in to this group's members and their first-hand accounts of what is going on in Palestine and why peace amongst the people is important. Don't miss out!        

The North Coast Coalition for Palestine is a diverse coalition of community members working toward justice and peace in Palestine-Israel.Their work focuses on the rights of Palestinians living both in historic Palestine and those that have been displaced. They believe Palestinians, like all human beings, are entitled to the protections guaranteed by The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and we work in solidarity to make it so.

They work to end US Military Aid for Israel and also support non-violent resistance to the Israeli occupation including Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) until all Palestinians achieve their basic rights and the occupation of Palestine has ended.

Peace and Justice Center of Sonoma County/ 3:30 PM - 5 PM/ Ballroom D

Come join us and check out the mission of the Peace and Justice Center of Sonoma County; check out the ways you could get involved!

The mission of the Peace & Justice Center is to inform, support and energize the Sonoma County community to create peace and social justice through active nonviolence. They sponsor educational events, publish informative articles on current issues and promote peace and justice related efforts in the community. They support local activist groups by providing meeting space and organizational resources.

Speaker: Davey D on Black Lives Matter and Activism/ 7 PM - 9 PM/ Ballroom A

Come and join the Sociology Club in welcoming Davey D to Sonoma State, where he will be talking about community activism and Black Lives Matter.

Davey D is a nationally recognized journalist, adjunct professor, Hip Hop historian, syndicated talk show host, radio programmer, producer, deejay, media and community activist. Originally from the Bronx, NY, Davey D’s been down with Hip Hop since since 1977 where he started out as an emcee for two crews TDK [Total Def Krew] out of Co-op City and the Avengers out of the Marble Hill Section of the Bronx. He moved to California and graduated from UC Berkeley.

Davey D is the co-founder and host of several of the most cited Hip Hop radio and online news journalism projects of all time. Hard Knock Radio (HKR) is an award-winning daily syndicated prime time afternoon show focusing on Hip Hop culture and politics. One of the first of its kind, the show originated in 1999 on KPFA 94.1 FM in the San Francisco Bay Area, and now can be heard in Seattle, Atlanta, Portland, Fresno and is streamed live on, reaching close to a million listeners daily and host of several of the most cited Hip Hop radio and online news journalism projects of all time.

Thursday March 24th

Coloring Activity: Draw Your Perfect World/ 10 AM -11:30 AM/ Ballroom D

What would you include in your perfect world? Come join us as we draw out our perfect world on paper, and perhaps get one step closer to making it reality!

Project Censored: Global Media Literacy and Censorship/ 12 PM-2 PM/ Ballroom D

Come find out the importance of critical media analysis in relation to social justice and democracy, and the importance of recognizing propaganda and censorship!

Documentary Showing: “Nuclear Savage”/ 2:30 PM-3:30 PM/ Ballroom D

The Sociology club will be showing the documentary "Nuclear Savage" to shed light on the United States history of radiation experiments. The documentary is both entertaining and educational. Many people do not know the history of radiation experiments or what came from those experiments. Come to Ballroom D, Friday at 2:30 pm to join us for the viewing of "Nuclear Savage" and learn more about the United States radiation experiments.

Fukushima Response Campaign: Presentation and Q&A/ 4 PM-5 PM/ Ballroom D

Come listen in and find how there is radiation from Fukushima here in Sonoma County. Listen to this group and develop an understanding as to why it's here and the actions needed for family and community protection from the radiation.

Panel of SSU Faculty on a “Borderless World”/ 7 PM-9 PM / Ives 101

Come join the Sociology Club and show your support to a number of our professors and faculty as they talk about and discuss a "Borderless World"!

With all that is happening in Syria and the influx of refugees from the country, as well as a response to the Paris attacks last November and other issues with immigration, it is our belief that this must be discussed.

With all of the talk about opening borders or restricting entrance the Sociology Club has decided to host a panel of SSU faculty from various departments to talk about what it would mean to live in a borderless world, the policy and social ramifications it might have, as well as discuss the pros and the cons of it.

            Chair the Panel: Peter Phillips – Sociology

            Napoleon Reyes - Criminal Justice

            Ron Lopez – CALS

            Tim Wandling – English

            Ellie Galvez-Hard—Education

Friday March 25th

“Plastic Paradise” Documentary/ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM/ Ballroom D

The Sociology club will be airing the documentary 'Plastic Paradise' Friday at 10:30am in Ballroom D. This recent documentary sheds light on what is known as the "great pacific garbage patch"; a primary plastic, floating pile of garbage, about the size of Texas, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The documentary highlights the origins of the garbage, how the garbage is managed, where the garbage comes from, and how the garbage is impacting both humans and animals. 'Plastic Paradise' gives you a first hand look of what is really happening in our oceans.

Black Panther Movie/ 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM/ Ballroom D

The Sociology Club will be airing 'The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution'; it explores the Black Panther Party, its significance to American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails. Stanley Nelson goes straight to the source, using rare archival footage with the diverse group of voices of the people who were there. The Black Panther Party with slogans like "power to the people" and "creating a better world" can connect in a time where there is the "Black Lives Matter" movement and tense relations between African American communities and the police.

Don't miss out on this chance to connect causes through history!

North Bay DREAMers Short Films and Presentation/ 2 PM-3 PM/ Ballroom D

Please come show your support to some of your fellow students who have chosen to make the most of the opportunities given to them, despite facing multiple barriers along the way!


Since 2012, the Deferred Action for Childhood Applicants (DACA), known as the DREAMers law, has allowed certain young immigrants here in the United States without documents to qualify for temporary legal status and work permission. This law has significantly changed the lives of many youth of the our country, allowing them for the first time to work legally, obtain a driver's license, more easily attend university or other advanced education, pursue long-term careers in our society, and otherwise live as their peers born in this country.

The object of their non-profit, all-volunteer project is to tell the stories of the many thousands of young people who have obtained legal status from this law, known colloquially as DREAMers.  The goal is to provide insight to ordinary Americans into the accomplishments of many of these DREAMers and into the lives of families who live with undocumented status here.

For more information, please visit and their Facebook page , where profiles of the DREAMers are posted and a How-to-Apply page helps young people wishing to submit new applications for status under the law.

“Miss Representation” Documentary/ 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM/ Ballroom D

Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Condoleeza Rice, Gloria Steinem and others discuss sexism in American society and the media. The media under-represents women of power and strong influence while using women to increase the appeal of the media or product(a lot of times through sex). The film includes a social action campaign to address change in policy, education and call for socially responsible business.

Sponsored by Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women

Medea Benjamin: Peace and Social justice: Challenging Global Power and Inequality / 7 PM-9 PM/ Ballroom A

Come join the Sociology Club in welcoming Medea Benjamin to Sonoma State, where she will be talking about her experiences and organization!

Medea Benjamin is the co-founder of the women-led peace group CODEPINK and the co-founder of the human rights group Global Exchange. She has been an advocate for social justice for more than 40 years. Described as "one of America's most committed -- and most effective -- fighters for human rights" by New York Newsday, and "one of the high profile leaders of the peace movement" by the Los Angeles Times, she was one of 1,000 exemplary women from 140 countries nominated to receive the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the millions of women who do the essential work of peace worldwide.

Sponsored by: SSU Sociology: Social Justice and Activism Club, SSU Associated Students, Project Censored, Media Freedom Foundation Inc., Police Brutality Coalition, North Bay Jobs with Justice, Fight for Five, Guided to Safety, Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women, Veterans for Peace, Trash the TPP, Peace and Justice Center of Sonoma County, Fukushima Response Campaign, Code Pink, Move to Amend, Sonoma State Faculty, SSU School of Social Sciences, SSU Sociology Department, KBBF Bilingual Radio, North Bay DREAMers, North Coast Coalition for Palestine, Aqus Café, KBBF, KWTF,

Earlier Event: March 21
InMotion Free Week
Later Event: March 23
AS Candidate Meet and Greet