Expanding on the Miné Okubo Collection, history and the arts, and social justice in the Inland Empire…

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Click the following link to sign-up for the Center for Social Justice Newsletter:  http://eepurl.com/20FWv


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First Trailblazers Program Event -Michelle Obama

On February 18th, the Center for Social Justice & Civil Liberties held its inaugural Trailblazer Program event that focused on former First Lady Michelle Obama’s work on food education. Kids learned about Michelle Obama’s “MyPlate” campaign which emphasizes the importance of a balanced diet including all 5 food groups- fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, and dairy. Our favorite part of the day was when kids were able to plant their own vegetable seeds to take home and watch grow. You can view pictures from the event below.

Our next Trailblazers Program event will take place on March 18th, from 1-3pm, and will focus on the life and legacy of comedian, actress, producer and television legend Lucille Ball. We hope to see you then!

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Edna Horiuchi Visit to the CSJCL

” In 1979, I wrote a paper about Mine when I was a student at UC Riverside. Afterward I sent her a letter. She wrote back and we ended up exchanging yearly Christmas cards. She always created her own cards. One day I received a package from her. Inside was a small painting of a girl and a cat!”

-Edna Horiuchi

Reconnected After all of These Years

With the help of a recent visitor survey, the Center discovered Ms. Edna Horiuchi’s connection to well-known Japanese American artist Mine Okubo. Edna recently toured the Center to view the Okubo exhibit and archives. She also shared her prized original Okubo art piece with us; a gift from Mine Okubo after their friendship blossomed through years of written communication. Edna expressed her admiration for Mine Okubo; an internment survivor, talented artist and cultural historian who despite everything she had experienced lived a life filled with a sense of humor and a positive outlook. Visit the Center to see Mine’s work first-hand and learn more about her life and internment period through her beautiful art.

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Trailblazers Program

The CSJCL is very excited to announce that next month, we will be launching our TRAILBLAZERS PROGRAM! Our featured trailblazer on Thursday, February 18th, 1 – 3pm, will be Michelle Obama and the target audience is children grades 1-3. Please join us to learn about the First Lady’s determination to change the way parents and children think about nutrition by playing games and even planting your own seeds!


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APCA Lunar Festival

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Celebrate Asian Pacific Culture with the CSJCL at the 2017 Lunar Festival in downtown Riverside on Saturday, January 28, 2017! We will have a booth at the festival with fun, family activities that include prizes. In addition, our doors at the CSJCL will be open from 10am-4pm. Come learn about Asian Pacific community members who have helped shape Riverside!

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Yuri Kochiyama: Passion for Justice

“Remember that consciousness is power. Tomorrow’s world is yours to build.”

-Yuri Kochiyama

As a lifelong champion of civil rights causes in the black, Latino, Native American and Asian-American communities, Yuri Kochiyama continues to inspire younger generations of activists.

The Center for Social Justice and Civil Liberties is proud to present our upcoming film showing of Yuri Kochiyama: Passion for Justice. The film chronicles the life of Yuri, a Japanese-American activist who was involved in the Black Liberation Movement, the Puerto-Rican Independence Movement, and the Japanese-American Redress Movement.  With the divisiveness and racial conflict that exists today, this film that documents  Kochiyama’s experiences offers an outstanding example of an equitable and compassionate multiculturalist vision.

Our showing of Yuri Kochiyama: Passion for Justice will take place on January 5th, 2017 at the Center for Social Justice and Civil Liberties (3855 Market Street, Riverside, CA 92506). There will be two showtimes of the film: 6:15 & 7:45 pm. Admission is FREE and seating is limited.


Yuri Kochiyama speaks at an anti-war demonstration in New York City’s Central Park around 1968. (Courtesy of the Kochiyama family/UCLA Asian American Studies Center)