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Fantastic Fall at the Center for Social Justice!

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The Center for Social Justice and Civil Liberties has many exciting events on the calendar for fall. The First Thursday Artswalk film series, begun in July, has been a great success and continues into fall with both new and award-winning documentaries. The film Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin, an inspiring portrait of the “lost prophet” of the Civil Rights Movement, will be screened on October 2nd. On November 6th, the Center is proud to announce the Inland Empire premiere of Hidden Legacy: Japanese Traditional Performing Arts in the WWII Internment Camps. The film will be accompanied by a Q&A and koto performance by its Creative Director, Shirley Muramoto-Wong. Finally, on December 4th, the Center will show We Were Here: The AIDS Years in San Francisco in honor of World AIDS Day. Screenings are at 6pm and again at 7:45pm. Admission is free, but seating is limited; please contact the Center at 951-222-8846 or socialjustice@rccd.edu to reserve your spot!

The Center will also be participating in First Sundays again this fall, along with the other downtown museums and cultural organizations. A family-friendly event emphasizing arts and crafts, First Sundays is a wonderful opportunity to encourage kids’ creativity. On October 5th, the Center will be hosting a “Mural Party!” There will be readings from children’s books on Diego Rivera (who painted alongside our own Miné Okubo) and his wife Frieda Kahlo, a Diego-inspired wall mural for painting, and self-portraits of Frieda for kids to color and take home. In November we’ll be making Day of the Dead masks, and for December we’ll have Christmas cards for decorating, complete with a sweet holiday print by Miné!

In addition to these special events, the Center is open to the public every Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Current exhibits include: “Riverside Stories,” an exploration of seven local families and individuals who sought to make the American Dream more just and inclusive; “Miné Okubo: An Introduction,” a retrospective of nearly sixty years of paintings by the famed RCC alumna and author of Citizen 13660; and the documentary Ain’t Gonna Be Treated This Way. If you are interested in joining our mailing list, volunteering, or scheduling a weekday tour or event, please contact the Center at 951-222-8846 or socialjustice@rccd.edu, or check out our website at http://socialjustice.rccd.edu. You can also follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/CSJCLRiverside and on Twitter and Instagram @CSJCLRiverside.


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