In Fall 2020, faculty affiliated with Sacramento State’s new Center on Race, Immigration and Social Justice (CRISJ, pronounced Chris--J) joined with municipal leaders, community activists, non-profit organizations, regional artists, Sacramento State students, administrators and staff to generate collective power for social justice, and to amplify the voices of activists across the Sacramento Region. The Center also aimed to bring communities together to offer responses to problems that cannot be avoided indefinitely, and to present visions of a better future.
On May 13, 2021, the Center launched an online art exhibition titled, Un/Equal Freedoms: Expressions for Social Justice. The exhibition is free to the public. It contains 32 works created by professional and emerging artists, 25 from the Sacramento Region, 7 from Sacramento State. Various artistic mediums are represented, including digital and mixed media, sculpture, painting, poetry, dance, spoken word, oral history, and print.
The online exhibition also contains 31 written reflections by scholars, artists and social justice activists. Twenty-one faculty from various academic departments at Sacramento State, and 10 activists from the Sacramento Region wrote these reflections, expressing their commitment to social justice. The reflections disseminate critical knowledge about the various themes found in the artworks. Almost all reflections were composed in collaboration with the artists, reinforcing the Center’s effort to build solidarity between people situated differently across the university and the community.
After recognizing the need for local nonprofits to have their voices heard at the state legislative level, NextGen Policy and the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits) formed a partnership to hold advocacy workshops across the state.
NextGen Policy and Student Debt Crisis partner together to empower student debt borrowers to share their stories, advocate to change the broken student loan system and provide direct service to help borrowers figure out their student debt situation.
Community Water Center joined a broad coalition of water advocates to push for the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. The fund is a vital part of the Safe and Affordable Funding for Equity and Resilience (SAFER) program and promises $1.4 billion over 10 years for safe drinking water solutions for disadvantaged California communities.
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