Senate Approves ACA 5 – Repeal of Prop. 209 is on the Ballot!

With Successful Senate Vote, ACA 5 Clears California Legislature and Goes to November Ballot The Opportunity For All Coalition today celebrated the full, historic passage of ACA 5 -- allowing California voters to reinstate affirmative action -- through the State Legislature. For the first time in a generation, Californians will have the opportunity to vote … Continue reading Senate Approves ACA 5 – Repeal of Prop. 209 is on the Ballot!

Defunding the Police: Brief Overview of History, Models and the Demands of the Movement

The deep structural racism inherent in policing is becoming more visible to and less tolerated by a broader portion of our society. The Movement for Black Lives has popularized the work of abolitionists and galvanized social attention around the demand to defund the police and invest in education, affordable housing, healthcare, and community solutions to preventing … Continue reading Defunding the Police: Brief Overview of History, Models and the Demands of the Movement

ACA 5 Passes Assembly Floor Vote; Bill Moves to State Senate

The Opportunity For All Coalition today celebrated the bipartisan passage of ACA 5 off the State Assembly Floor. The bill, introduced by Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber (D – San Diego), would allow California voters to have their say on equal opportunity programs like affirmative action, for the first time in a generation — as they were banned … Continue reading ACA 5 Passes Assembly Floor Vote; Bill Moves to State Senate

EJS 20th Anniversary Celebration on September 17 at Herbst Theatre

2020 is the 20th anniversary of the Equal Justice Society and we’re set to hold our celebration on Thursday, September 17, 2020, in San Francisco. We just confirmed Herbst Theatre as our venue! We are still working on the program for this special evening, but it will include Marcus Shelby performing a work inspired by … Continue reading EJS 20th Anniversary Celebration on September 17 at Herbst Theatre

EJS 20th Anniversary – Reflecting on 2011: Victory in Associated General Contractors v. Caltrans Case

In 2011, EJS commissioned Joanna Haigood and the Zaccho Dance Theatre, and Marcus Shelby to create “Dying While Black and Brown,” which fused Marcus’s music with the unique movements by Zaccho. Performed at EJS’s annual gala that year at Yoshi’s SF, it marked the first collaboration between Joanna and Marcus. Photo by Bob Hsiang. 2020 … Continue reading EJS 20th Anniversary – Reflecting on 2011: Victory in Associated General Contractors v. Caltrans Case

This Week in White Supremacy #132: The Fullest Look Yet at the Racial Inequity of Coronavirus

The New York Times : 'The Fullest Look Yet at the Racial Inequity of Coronavirus' - Early numbers had shown that Black and Latino people were being harmed by the virus at higher rates. But the new federal data — made available after The New York Times sued the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention … Continue reading This Week in White Supremacy #132: The Fullest Look Yet at the Racial Inequity of Coronavirus

EJS 20th Anniversary – Reflecting on 2010 and Our 10th Anniversary

Seven of the Equal Justice Society's co-founders gathered on stage in 2010 at Yoshi's San Francisco celebrating our 10th anniversary: (from left to right) Shauna Marshall, Margaret Russell, Margalynne Armstrong, Joan Graff, Stephanie Wildman, Cheryl Stevens, and EJS President Eva Paterson. 2020 is the 20th anniversary of the Equal Justice Society. Every week leading up … Continue reading EJS 20th Anniversary – Reflecting on 2010 and Our 10th Anniversary

This Week in White Supremacy #131: Quadriplegic Black Man with COVID-19 Killed by Hospital after Doctors Decided He Had ‘No Quality of Life’

Steven Spohn on Twitter: On June 11th, Michael Hickson, a quadriplegic black man with COVID-19 was killed by a hospital in Austin Texas. Doctors decided he had "no quality of life" and was not worth spending the resources to save. The conversation between his doctor and his wife was caught on audio https://bit.ly/3dYSP4Z THE GOOD … Continue reading This Week in White Supremacy #131: Quadriplegic Black Man with COVID-19 Killed by Hospital after Doctors Decided He Had ‘No Quality of Life’

EJS 20th Anniversary – Reflecting on 2009: EJS Goes to Hollywood with Unconscious Bias Panel with Writers Guild

EJS brought many of the leading thinkers of unconscious bias together in Hollywood in 2009. 2020 is the 20th anniversary of the Equal Justice Society. Every week leading up to our 20th anniversary celebration on September 17, we will highlight one year in our history. This week we remember 2009 and going to Hollywood with a … Continue reading EJS 20th Anniversary – Reflecting on 2009: EJS Goes to Hollywood with Unconscious Bias Panel with Writers Guild

This Week in White Supremacy #130: ACA 5, Ballot Question on Affirmative Action, Passes Calif. Legislature

Eva Paterson, President of the Equal Justice Society and Co-Chair of the Opportunity For All Coalition behind ACA 5, said, “I am thrilled by this historic vote. For the past generation, many of us have dreamed of the day when we could reinstate affirmative action in California by overturning Proposition 209. Strangely enough the twin disasters … Continue reading This Week in White Supremacy #130: ACA 5, Ballot Question on Affirmative Action, Passes Calif. Legislature

This Week in White Supremacy #129: ‘An Insatiable Rage’ – It is an everyday struggle to neither fall into despair nor explode in anger

Charles M. Blow, The New York Times - People are marching as a way of screaming, a way of exhaling pain, as an enormous group catharsis. This isn’t only about the pain of police brutality, it’s about all the pain. This is about all the injustice and disrespect and oppression. This is about ancestry and … Continue reading This Week in White Supremacy #129: ‘An Insatiable Rage’ – It is an everyday struggle to neither fall into despair nor explode in anger