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

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Women of Steel

The character of “Rosie the Riveter” as a feminist symbol and World War II icon is irrevocably ingrained in the American psyche. “Rosie” represented the revolutionary influx of female workers into traditionally male factory jobs at the onset of World War II. One of the most prominent jobs women took on during the war was that of a steelworker.

The Center for Social Justice & Civil Liberties is proud to present our upcoming film showing of Women of Steel. The film examines the women who entered the nation’s steel mills in the 1970s, believing it was a ticket out of traditionally low-paying “women’s jobs” and an opportunity for economic independence. Regrettably, any gains for women were short-lived. Women of Steel evaluates the disastrous effects of wide-sweeping layoffs and plant closings had on women and families, affirmative action plans, and the union movement. This important historical documentary has an eerie relevance to women’s place in the American economy today.

The showing of Women of Steel will take place on December 1st at the Center for Social Justice & Civil Liberties. There will be two showtimes of the film: 6:15 & 7:45pm. It is free admission and seating is limited. We hope to see you there!


Bernice Daunora, 31, a member of a steel mill’s “top gang” who must wear a “one hour, lightweight breathing apparatus” as protection against gas escaping from blast furnaces, Gary, Ind., 1943.


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Thursday, June 2, 2016 – Riverside ArtsWalk Film Admission is FREE! Seating is limited.

The Loving Story (2012) – In Honor of Loving day

This film examines the breakthrough 1968 Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court decision
invalidating anti-miscegenation laws.

In honor of Loving Day the Center will be screening the story of Mildred Jeter and Richard
Loving and their courageous fight for the recognition of their marriage, all the way to the
Supreme Court. The couple changed history when they returned home to Virginia where
interracial marriage was prohibited under the Integrity Act of 1924. The couple relocated to
Washington, DC when they were mandated to leave to their home in Virginia or face a prison sentence. This powerful story follows the family and their pursuit through state and federal courts to strike down the Virginia law. In 1967 the US Supreme Court heard the case making the landmark ruling that led to the overturning of miscegenation laws in fifteen states.

Film series is sponsored by the law firm of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore.

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Doors Open Riverside Event


Thursday, May 12, 2016 from 6pm to 9pm


The first annual Doors Open Riverside event is an amazing opportunity to explore historic buildings in Downtown Riverside including several private buildings that are not normally open to the public!

Riverside is following models of Doors Open events that take place in cities across North America, Europe, Australia and elsewhere. The Center for Social Justice and Civil Liberties will be open for tours, and your enjoyment.

Tours will be 15 minutes in length and start at 6pm and then every 20 minutes with the last one at 8:40pm. Attendees can start at any location.

Each tour will have a docent guide and volunteers, and will be limited to 15 people. The docent guide will explain the history of the building and its architectural features as well as exhibits on display.

For more information on Doors Open Riverside or other sites included in the tour information is available at www.DoorsOpenRiverside.com

For more information regarding Center for Social Justice and Civil Liberties contact MJ Abraham

at 951-222-8846.

3855 Market Riverside, Ca 92501



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First Sundays-May 1st Springtime Colors!

First Sundays is a seasonal series of FREE activities for families offered at seven different downtown Riverside locations.  CSJCL partners with UCR’s Gluck Fellows Program to bring our visitors hands on activities filled with artistic fun.  This First Sunday we are recognizing Asian Pacific American Heritage and springtime by offering Springtime Colors;  an easy activity where you use markers and water to turn an ordinary coffee filter into an animal, flower and more!   Kelley Filreis from UCR GLuck Fellows Program will guide and help you tap into your imagination!  See you at the Justice Center! Open 1-4pm.

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Riverside Artswalk Thursday May 5th

The Liebert Cassidy Whitmore Film Series on “The Role of Law in American Society” continues at the Center on Thursday, May 5th with showings of Of Civil Rights and Wrongs: The Fred Korematsu Story at 6pm and 7:45
pm.  Admission is free.  Seating is limited.


In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month the Center will be screening the untold history of the 40-year legal fight to vindicate Korematsu — one that finally turned a civil injustice into a civil rights victory.

Fred Korematsu was the son of Japanese immigrants who lived a typical American life until December 7th 1941. On February 19, 1942, President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, which ordered the internment of all Japanese Americans. With his family interned, Korematsu refused to relinquish his freedom and tried to remain unnoticed, to no avail. He was arrested and sent to an internment camp. Persuaded by Ernest Besig, then Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern California, Korematsu filed a case on June 12, 1942. Korematsu resisted, and then challenged in court the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.

The Riverside Community College District would like to thank the law firm of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore for their generous sponsorship of this series.

This post was written by RCC student Center assistant Cynthia Mosley.





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Riverside ARTSWALK, APRIL 7, 6-9 PM

The Center for Social Justice and Civil Liberties and The Cal Poly Justice Food Club invites you to indulge yourself in “FOOD: the Lexicon of Sustainability.”

Dan Yuhasz, Professor from the Center for Regenerative Studies at Cal Poly Pomona will hold a Teach-in on the nationwide food movement and the Lexicon of Sustainability starting at 7 PM. Come and explore the relationship between the good food movement and social justice, the future of agriculture in America, and achieving social, economic and environmental sustainability through food.

Join us and share your thoughts and ideas! See you Thursday night at the Center for Social Justice and Civil Liberties, 3855 Market Street. (Downtown Riverside next to White Park)


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Food: Lexicon of Sustainability Exhibit

Still time to see this thought-provoking exhibit about food culture!

The Center’s FOOD: Lexicon of Sustainability exhibit examines social justice in relation to the production and consumption of food in the United States. Developed by media innovators Douglas Gayeton and Laura Howard-Gayeton, the LEXICON OF SUSTAINABILITY™ is based on a simple premise: people will live more sustainabily if they understand the most basic terms and principles that will define the next economy.


By illuminating the vocabulary of sustainable agriculture, and with it the conversation about America’s rapidly evolving food culture, the insights presented in this exhibit educate and engage people to pay closer attention to how they eat, what they buy, and where their responsibility begins for creating a healthier, safer food system. For more information on the project check out their website, www.thelexicon.org, which provides people around the world with tools to create communities and conversation around transformative ideas.

The Center would like to thank the Cal Poly Pomona Food Justice Club, Professor Daniel F. Yuhasz, and Tim Macias for making this exhibit possible.