The Social Justice Center, Holding Our Own, and the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Violence are pleased to announce the conference, Weaving a World Without Violence: Transformative Possibilities, that will be held from September 14-16, 2017 at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, NY. We invite community members; rape crisis programs; and leaders, organizers, and professionals from the advocacy, health care, mental health, community organizing, criminal justice, campus, law enforcement, and human services fields to attend our 2017 sexual assault prevention and intervention conference.
Weaving a World Without Violence: Transformative Possibilities will be a place for attendees to think critically about approaches to ending sexual violence; to re-imagine current mainstream responses, programs, and policies from a transformative justice lens; and to explore grassroots community alternatives to sexual violence intervention and prevention.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your continued support of the Albany Social Justice Center.
The Board of the Albany Social Justice Center
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 www.tinyurl.com/DonateSJC to support today.
Blessing for the new year!
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
albanysjc.org (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.
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
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 (https://www.ice.gov/doclib/ero-outreach/pdf/10029.2-policy.pdf). 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.
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!
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)
Partners include The Albany Social Justice Center and The Alliance For Positive Health.