Silence is NOT an option – 9/10/20 (9/10/2020)

1) Public Hearing on Hate Violence in California

Hate violence is violence or threats of violence motivated by someone’s disability, gender identity, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, where they are originally from, or other personal characteristic. Hate violence is an especially potent form of violence that persists in California despite being unlawful under criminal and civil laws. The California Fair Employment and Housing Council invites the public to a free, virtual hearing about hate violence in California. The Council will receive expert testimony and public comment. The Council has statutory authority to promulgate regulations and to hold hearings and issue reports to advance civil rights in California.

Click here for more information.  Click here to register.

2) The Long, Bloody Strike For Ethnic Studies

Ethnic studies might not even exist if it weren’t for some students at a small commuter college in San Francisco. Fifty years ago, they went on strike — and while their bloody, bitter standoff has been largely forgotten, it forever changed higher education in the United States.  Listen to the podcast here.

3) The Black Led “Defund the Police” Movement Wins Great Breakthrough in Los Angeles

The Los Angeles School Board voted to cut $70 million a year budget of the Los Angeles School Police Department (LASPD) by $25 million—35%—and move those funds to programs focused on the needs of Black students. Read more from this organizer’s perspective.


4) Labor Day Message of Solidarity from the Worker Institute

Four hundred and one years ago, in 1619, the first Africans were brought to the colony of Virginia against their will. One hundred and two years ago, in 1918, the influenza pandemic hit the U.S. Today, the twin pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racism remain virulent in our society and our workplaces, and both are intertwined in many ways. For more information, see their blog posts on “Inequality and the Pandemic” and “Labor Solidarity and Racial Injustice.”

5) Resources for Coping with Race Related Trauma: