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Social Justice Week at Sonoma State University
by Lorena Guerrero-Diaz
Wednesday Nov 29th, 2017 12:23 PM
Social Justice has had a negative connotation in the media lately, it is seen as something that goes against traditional beliefs. In reality, social justice is a movement that allows people to stand up for those who don’t have a voice, those who have been structurally and racially disempowered in today’s world. It is important to be able to fight for our rights and against social injustices such as police brutality, socioeconomic status, and health disparities.
A group of students in the Investigative Sociology class at Sonoma State University is conducting a study about social justice issues on campus. Lead by Professor Elaine Wellin and Professor Peter Phillips, we are conducting this study to bring to light what social justice means to faculty as well as students. By doing so, it will help the Sociology: Social Justice and Activism Club plan their third annual Social Justice Week. Social Justice Week is a community-wide event that takes place at Sonoma State University and offers 30+ hours of workshops, lectures and key note speakers. It was started for students and community members to be able to come together and learn about local, and international social justice issues.
§Social Justice and Social Justice Week at Sonoma State University
by Jimena A. Sandoval Wednesday Nov 29th, 2017 2:24 PM
Social justice and why it matter. Attend Social Justice Week at Sonoma State. All are welcome to join in this FREE event March 5-9, 2018.

Social justice matters. It matters because all humans deserve the same rights. Race is an especially pervasive and destructive topic in today's political climate.

The only race that exists is the human race, and everything else is a social construct. Skin tone, hair color and language does not make us different from one another, but yet we choose to separate ourselves from each other based on these insignificant characteristics. In spite of differences, and the uniqueness of our personas we should remain resolute in the fact that we should all have access to shelter, to education, and to protection from our peace officers without being afraid of consequence.

Fear is prevalent in certain communities that have experienced increased persecution because of their differences. This is why social justice is so important.

At Sonoma State University we believe that social justice is so important that there is an entire week dedicated to propagating awareness to some of these specific issues.

Everyone is welcome to attend this free event that commences the first Monday in March the 5th and last through the end of the week until the 9th.

It is important to continue to try and make a difference in the face of violence and ignorance. Hope can prevail as long as everyone does a little a to make a difference and to stand up against injustice. Social justice matters because by supporting it, you are making a difference.