EJS ‘Art + Youth’ Gala on Sept. 27!



KP Logo Horizontal 307

The Equal Justice Society celebrates its 17th anniversary with an “Art + Youth” gala uplifting art as a vehicle for social justice and the youth and young adults as our torchbearers in the civil rights movement. The event is on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. in the Robertson Auditorium of the Mission Bay Conference Center, 1675 Owens Street, San Francisco.


Our honorees for this year’s gala:

Chinaka Hodge
Poet, playwright, screenwriter, educator

George Hofstetter
17-year-old tech genius, entrepreneur

Lisa P. Mak
Employee rights attorney, Minami Tamaki LLP

Jacqueline Scott Ramos
Poetess, actress, urban health researcher

Ajani Thomas
Filmmaker, Howard University student


A reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres will precede a program emceed by Dr. Renel Brooks-Moon featuring our 2017 honorees and a performance. Tickets are $150 and sponsorships are available.


For more information, contact info@equaljusticesociety.org or 415-288-8700. We hope you can join us! #EJS17


Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein
Kaiser Permanente
Kelly McCreary
Minami Tamaki LLP
California Teachers Association
Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe
Sharon Bell & Karen Francois
Leftwich Event Specialists Inc
Neyhart, Anderson, Flynn & Grosboll
Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP
Mason Tillman Associates, LTD.
John Crew
Outten and Golden
David Oppenheimer & Marcy Kates
Barry and Sandy Goldstein
Mona Tawatao
Bryan Schwartz
Margalynne Armstrong & Andrew Pierce
Reesa Tansey & Gary Greenfield
Altshuler Berzon
Arlene Mayerson
Hon. Willie L. Brown, Jr.
Gyöngy Laky & Tom Layton
Arthur and Mary Jo Shartsis
Hon. Michael Begert
Michael Harris
William and Jennifer Schwartz
Farella Braun + Martell
American Constitution Society
Alan Oveisi
Beneficial State Bank Foundation
Free Speech for People
Terri Waller & David Salniker
Barbara Phillips
California Bar Foundation
Anna-Marie Booth
Cheryl Mason
Joan Graff
ACLU of Northern California
Dorothy Ehrlich
Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice
William Kennedy
National Center for Lesbian Rights
NARAL-Pro Choice California
Pride Law Fund
Howard and Jane Moore

Learn more about sponsorships


Flying Studios
Children’s Discovery Museum
Planet Granite
de Young/Legion of Honor at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
California Shakespeare Theater
Berkeley Bowl
The Cheese Board Collective
Charles M. Shulz Museum
Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Children’s Fairyland
Oakland Ice Center
Rock Wall Winery
San Francisco Giants
Scandia Golfland
North Coast Brewing Co.
Bimbo’s 365 Club
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
San Francisco 49ers
Oakland Zoo
Pier 39
San Francisco Symphony
Muir Woods Wine and Country
Sonoma Canopy Tours
Aqua Adventure
Oakland Raiders
Oakland Museum of California
Castello di Amorosa
The Mindful Body – Yoga & Massage
PrecisionPoint Pilates
Renui-Day Spa & Skin Center
Winchester Mystery House
Perbacco Ristorante & Bar
Hannah Kellogg
Cheryl Stevens
Preston Gilmore
MoAD Museum of the African Diaspora


Please read this note from Eva, followed by some links that will help you save the date of our gala:

The color of one’s skin still influences much of what happens in one’s life, including:

Where you live

Where you go to school

If you will get stopped by the police

How much money you will make

Your parents’ ability to leave you an inheritance; and

The quality of health care you receive.

Most people in our country think that racial bias is unfair. Some think it is a phenomenon of the past.  The Equal Justice Society is dedicated to “putting race on the table” by clearly stating that racism is alive and thriving in 21st century America.

In our early years, we thought overt racism was on its way out and that exploring mind science concepts such as implicit bias, racial anxiety, and misuse of stereotypes provided non-threatening tools for understanding and undoing racism. The ugly nature of the Trump candidacy and presidency has brought us to the painful conclusion that there are many among us who feel that people of color do not share the humanity that “made America great.”

The Equal Justice Society is part of a national community of lawyers, judges, scholars, teachers, activists, students, and others who are working to  build a better more equitable world while “resisting” attempts to turn back the hands of the clock and “make America white again.”

In our 17th year, we will continue to “transform the nation’s consciousness through law, social science, and the arts.”  In addition to this carrot, we will use the stick and sue the recalcitrant.  We will continue to work with scholars whose intellects illuminate us about the causes and cures for racism.  We will continue to work in coalitions to build the “Beloved Community” that works to create that better world that we are certain can be birthed into existence.

We hope you will join us.


Eva Paterson
President, Equal Justice Society

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: