SJC’s Executive Director Resigns

March 8, 2017

Dear Friends of the Albany Social Justice Center (SJC),

The Social Justice Center Board of Directors announces with regret the resignation of the Center’s Executive Director, Angelica Clarke, due to personal and family commitments. Angelica became our Director during an exciting time for the SJC and has helped to maintain and build our role in creating social justice in the Capital Region and beyond. When she began, Angelica received a warm welcome by our community of supporters. During her time as ED, Angelica received the prestigious Edna Award for Social Justice. We are proud of her accomplishments and look forward to following what is sure to be her exciting career path. Please join us in wishing her all the best on her journey now.

While we prepare to search for a new ED, all calendar events of our member groups will continue as scheduled. However, there will be no scheduled open drop-in hours. Meeting with the Board will be by appointment only.  If you have any questions, comments, or inquiries about using our space, please feel free to contact the Board at Thank you for your continued support of the Albany Social Justice Center.


The Board of the Albany Social Justice Center

Annual Reportback 2016

The Social Justice Center had a wonderful year. This time of year, we always reflect back on our year and want to make sure you know what we have been up to! Our member groups keep the SJC thriving, as does your continued support.

Visit to support today.

Blessing for the new year!


Historic Poster Raffle – Drawing at Winter Potluck!

FIRST PRIZE:”Vietnam Shall Win,” Rene Maderos, Cuba 1971. Full size,
high quality mounted reproduction of iconic Vietnam era poster, from
the private collection of Naomi Jaffe.

SECOND AND THIRD PRIZES: “Free Mumia,” 2007, mounted original
silkscreen print by famed movement artist Josh McPhee, custom designed and
screened for the Free Mumia Committee of Albany.

Raffle tickets $3 each, 2 for $5, 10 for $20. Buy online at (click “donate,” put “raffle” in “special instructions
to seller”) or at the Social Justice Center potluck and community
discussion on January 7th, 12-3, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 10 N.
Main, Albany. Drawing will be at the potluck. You do not have to be
present to win.


Winter Potluck, Panel & Discussion: Survival, Community & Resistance in a Time of Trouble

This year, the Social Justice Center is doing things differently to respond to these troubling times. Our usual Winter Potluck has been expanded into a panel & community discussion around Survival, Community and Resistance in a time of trouble.

Our community is responding to the dangers of a Trump presidency using the experience and resources developed through years of community-building, organization-building, and action against white and male supremacy, homo- and transphobia, gender-based violence, economic injustice, mass incarceration, police violence, war, and other forms of injustice and oppression.

Bring a Friend! Bring a Dish! Bring ideas to share with your community. There will be a small silent auction.

We have a great panel lined up of folks across generations!

Who Are Our Panelists?
Anzala Alozie is a Social Change Agent and Advocate in the Capital District.

Taína Asili is a Puerto Rican activist, singer, songwriter and bandleader based in Albany, NY.

Xavier Cruz is a Bethlehem High School student and member of Capital Area Against Mass Incarceration.

Carmen Rau is the Executive Director of Holding Our Own, Inc. the women’s foundation of New York’s Capital Region.

Barbara Smith is an author, activist, and independent scholar who is a pioneer of Black Feminism.

Jaya Sundaresh is a writer and community activist based in Schenectady, NY.

Moderator: To Be Announced

Sign On to Make SUNY Albany a Sanctuary Campus

From the text of the petition:

Recent political events have placed the mission of the University at Albany – to enhance diversity and inclusion while maintaining safety of our campus community – under threat. We, the undersigned members of the UAlbany community, ask you to take action toward developing and maintaining an environment that is safe and supportive for students, faculty, staff, alumni and their families of different races, religious backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, disabilities, and immigration statuses. Across the country, over 100 colleges and universities are committing to the security and safety of their communities, particularly for students benefiting from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), by becoming Sanctuary Campuses. We believe that joining this national movement would reaffirm our university’s stated mission. In what follows, we outline concrete steps that need to be taken in order for the University at Albany to become a Sanctuary Campus.

The incoming administration has promised to deport undocumented immigrants within its first 100 days with unprecedented urgency. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials are subject to certain restrictions when they enter college campuses and churches without a warrant ( By demanding that ICE obey existing laws, the University at Albany is in a unique position to protect undocumented students who comprise nearly 6% of our student population.

Steps need to be taken to protect the members of our community who are facing discrimination and hate crimes. Now more than ever, the university must heavily invest in generating a diverse community that promotes inclusion in order to create a safe and productive learning environment. Furthermore, our commitment to the safety of our students must extend beyond our campus and reach into the broader Capital District. We urge the University at Albany to support the efforts of organizations led by groups whose rights and missions will be adversely targeted by the incoming administration’s policies.

Sign on here.

Reading for Revolution

There’s so much work to be done in the wake of the election of Donald Trump. One thing that we find heartening is that folks are fortifying themselves with knowledge of past movements, ongoing work and the systems of oppression that helped create our current conditions. We have found this reading list to be pretty good, and know that our community could add so much to it.

Tweet or comment with your additions!

NBLCA Street Blitz on World AIDS Day – Dec 1.

Happy Holidays from National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS (NBLCA) Albany!


Please join us on for our 2nd Annual Street Blitz on World AIDS Day, Thursday, December 1st 11am – 4pm at the Albany Social Justice Center, 33 Central Avenue, Albany, NY 12210.  Program offerings include:

  • On-site FREE HIV screenings
  • FREE oral hygiene & preventative care gift bags (while supplies last)
  • Refreshments

Partners include The Albany Social Justice Center and The Alliance For Positive Health.worldaidsday

Curated in Cuba: Amani O+ Poem & Tell


In sixty minutes (2 back to back shows) share an experience of a lifetime with me! Join us on Tuesday, August 30th.

This February, I was supported by our local activist community and nominated to join a People-to-People delegation of 518 locals organizing against the U.S. embargo against and pro the Cuban people.

Naturally much poetry was written, hundreds of photos taken and countless new ideas formed. Come learn through original art about international solidarity, Black Lives Matter’s connected to the liberation of the Cuban nation and, the ripples of colonialism beyond the borders of our country and the beauty of posibility and social change in the name of The People.

PROCEEDS GO TOWARDS my 2nd and 3rd Poetry Books of the REBELUTIONARY series “Soldier and With Nothing To Lose” AND “Curated by Cuba” a collecton of works started in or influenced by the journey.

Show A: 6:00PM-7:00PM

Show B: 7:30PM-8:30PM

Sliding Scale: $10-$20

19 Everyday Acts of Revolution

What does revolution look like to?

Perhaps our idea of revolution was developed by movies, music and pop culture, but let’ be real it’s overwhelming to think about it.

Like a scene from The Warriors; angry youth in denim jackets and black skinny jeans slamming trash cans into windows whilst Jay-Z’s “Takeover” plays enthusiastically in the background.

Revolution doesn’t have to be so complicated, violent or devastating.

Practicing everyday acts of revolution is how we manage to exists, otherwise, we spend our lives waiting for that big ‘scene’ to happen.

In lieu of a big undertaking, take everyday acts of revolution and trust that ideologies and behaviors will spread.

They say the revolution won’t be televised, and that’s because it won’t. We don’t event recognize the revolution because it’s happening right before our eyes.

Here’s 19 Everyday acts of revolution, add some other great ones in the comments.

1.Eat fruit. Especially ones with seeds. Share fruit too, that’s always great.

2. Be a snob when it comes to your coins. “Oh, this wasn’t made sustainably? I don’t want it.” “Oh you don’t know if people were paid fairly when they made this? I’ll put it back.” “Oh, this isn’t a small family biz? Thanks, but no thanks.” Be a conscious shopper.

3. Use your imagination. Make something out of nothing. Make a dollar out of 15 cents.

4. Pack a bug out bag and be ret for anything. I’m building out my everyday bookbag to also be a bug out bag, but it gets difficult when you’re walking around with a blade. Be ready for anything.

5. Set up a rain catchment system, and start to use water that is alternative to city water. Even if it’s only enough to water you garden, or flush the toilet, just do it.

6. Hang dry your clothes instead of using a dryer, it happens to be a very therapeutic experience, but you also save energy that would have been burned by coal, a non-renewable fossil fuel that is extracted underneath the ground in dangerous conditions.

7. Cook meals for other people, build community through meals.

8. Learn how to build a fire. Fire is a very controlled element. Energy, fuel, oxygen are the three requirements to build a fire. Watch some Youtube videos and practice in various scenarios. You just never know.

6. Go without AC. Duke it out, buy a fan, sit on your porch and meet people.

7. Stop buying stuff, especially stuff you are only going to use occasionally. Borrow from friends and family, and return it.

8. Stop buying stuff with currency, barter bih!

9. Grow food, nothing says fuck the system, like growing you own food. The one human need is food (clothes and shelter are optional depending on the climate where you live.) Take sometime to place down crops, and subsidize your own dependency on super markets. Easy things to grow? Squash in the summer, collard greens in the winter.

10. Buy from local businesses. Buy from black businesses. Buy from women-run businesses. Buy from environmentally friendly businesses. Buy from businesses, where you can identify with and respect the owners.

11. Fucking read, be engulfed in facts and literary fiction. Read to the youth too!

12. Condense the amount of things you own. That extra furniture set in storage will NEVER come to good use.

13. Walk or ride a bike, to lessen your dependency on crude oil, which is a non-renewable resource that causes wars and casualties of beautiful people around the world.

14. Eat intentionally. That’s includes for yourself, the planet and other people. Is what you eat medicnal for your body? Do you contribute to an industry that requires living beings to suffer? Are the farms paid fair wages and provided bathroom facilities?

15. Put your friends to work. Hire you friends for projects, keep the money in the loop.

16. Go camping it’s an easy practice for the day you may need that bug out bag. See #4.

17. Teach an old dog new tricks. Show your grand mom how to make some healthy meals. Get your mom a bike, and bike with her.

18. Do a physical activity to show gratitude for your body; touch your toes while brushing your teach, neck rolls while cooking dinner.

19. Hug and love on people, because hate doesn’t exist in our vocabulary or our ancestral pedagogy.

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