As Donald Trump officially begins his presidency, EJS remains committed to transforming the nation’s consciousness on race and will double down on our efforts to fight the rightward drift of the courts and beat back concerted efforts to weaken civil rights law. We will continue to collaborate with allies to strengthen an effective progressive movement to combat inequality.
Since Election Day, the Equal Justice Society launched two important resources and joined forces with leading organizations on critical issues:
- EJS Report on Implicit Bias, Mind Science, Anti-Immigrant Racism and Xenophobia (http://bit.ly/2hbcWRY)
- EJS Launches Guide on How to Talk with Kids about Hate Speech (http://bit.ly/2jAX0Zh)
- Opposing Nomination of Sessions as Attorney General (http://bit.ly/2jEbL0A)
- Urging Sanctuary Designation for All California K-12 Schools and Colleges (http://bit.ly/2fIX4DE)
- Participated in the ‘Good Ally’ Strategic Engagement Conference (http://bit.ly/2jE0UUs)
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THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION DIGITAL TRANSITION: MOVING FORWARD
As Obama Administration draws to a close, you can continue to follow and engage with President Obama, the First Lady, and other Obama White House officials. http://bit.ly/2jE1qSf
Below we share some demonstrations/protests and recent news that you might be interested in.
DEMONSTRATIONS AND PROTESTS
Oakland Inauguration Day Strike
Friday, January 20 – 1:00 p.m.
San Francisco Inauguration Day Trump Protest
Friday, January 20 – 5:00 p.m.
Women’s March Oakland
Saturday, January 21 – 10:00 a.m.
9th and Madison St, Oakland CA
Women’s March San Francisco
Saturday, January 21 – 3:00 p.m.
NEWS OF INTEREST
LA Times: Police officers could face more restrictions at schools under two new bills
Assembly Bill 163 from Assemblywoman Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) would prohibit school officials from calling law enforcement to handle violations of school rules or low-level misconduct and require the consent of a principal and parent before interviewing students. http://lat.ms/2jE5rX5
SF Weekly: Top 10 Protest Songs – to get you through these dark times
Need a soundtrack to help buttress you while you’re fighting the good fight? The list starts with “Changes,” Tupac; “Drone Bomb Me,” ANONHI; and “Don’t Touch My Hair,” Solange. (Thanks to Lois Corrin for sharing!) http://bit.ly/2jE3RnW
NY Daily News: Arizona lawmaker proposes new bill banning classes or events discussing social justice on college campuses
(Shaun King) A conservative Arizona lawmaker, Rep. Bob Thorpe, is proposing a far-reaching law in Arizona, House Bill 2120, banning virtually every college event, activity or course which discusses social justice, skin privilege, or racial equality. Violating the law would allow the state of Arizona to levy multimillion-dollar fines and penalties against universities — removing at least 10% of their state aid. This is no joke. Arizona already passed a law targeting ethnic studies in the state. They are fully willing and able to pass this bill as well. http://nydn.us/2jDWAnW
New Missouri Law Will Make Schoolyard Fighting a Felony
In Missouri, a law set to take effect with the new year will allow felony charges to be brought against children who get into fistfights on school buses or on school property. Under the statute, students caught fighting could face third-degree assault charges and up to four years in prison, regardless of their age or grade level. Critics say Missouri’s new law will worsen the state’s school-to-prison pipeline and will disproportionately affect African Americans. http://bit.ly/2jDWFIn
In a follow-up story, a local TV news station reported officials are downplaying the new law. http://bit.ly/2jDZGZj
Participating in the Women’s March on Washington? Share your stories!
On January 21, 2017, the Women’s March on Washington will unite us in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families, recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.
We would like to share the stories of EJS supporters and allies participating in the March!
If you are planing to attend the March in DC, or any of the sister marches taking place throughout the country, please share with us your stories, photos, writings, or video. We will reshare those with our network so that together we can amplify the voices of the Marchers.
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EJS is proud to support the Marches and your participation in this incredible grassroots effort!