An alliance of campus organizations is organizing a Know Your Rights Fair, an informational and training fair for vulnerable populations who may be feeling targeted in the new political climate in the country since the presidential election.
When: Tuesday, February 28th from 12noon to 5:00pm
Where: Jack Adams Hall – Terrace Level of the César Chávez Student Center, San Francisco State University.
There will be a wide range of non-profit human rights and social action groups as well as student groups. Together, we will attempt to inform our students, faculty, staff and the public about potential threats to their rights given the new political reality.
Many people on campus are very concerned about the political and social impact of rhetoric and laws that target women, LGBTQI/gender non-conforming persons, undocumented immigrants and their families, Arabs and Muslims, and communities of color in general.
Our goal is to inform the public about our rights and how we can defend ourselves and become involved in the resistance movement.
12:00 - 5:00 PM Information Fair
12:00 - 1:00 PM Speakers - Ashley Morris/ACLU and Kent Wong/UCLA Labor Center
1:00 - 2:00 PM Legal Resource Workshop
1:00 - 2:00 PM Self-Defense Workshop I *
3:00 - 4:00 PM Policing and Immigrant Rights
3:00 - 4:00 PM Self-Defense Workshop II *
Ashley Morris - American Civil Liberties Union
Ashley Morris is the Senior Organizer/Grassroots Advocacy Manager at the ACLU of Northern California. She focuses on issue-specific grassroots advocacy, legislative advocacy coordination, and volunteer leadership development. Ashley is responsible for designing and implementing grassroots and policy advocacy campaigns that advance the ACLU’s desired reproductive justice policy outcomes. Ashley is also responsible for the ACLU’s Northern and Central California in-district legislative advocacy program, including developing strategies to engage grassroots and grasstops activists in legislative advocacy.
Kent Wong - UCLA Labor Center
Kent Wong is the director of the UCLA Labor Center, where he teaches courses in labor studies and Asian American studies. He previously served as staff attorney for the Service Employees International Union. He was the founding president of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, the founding president of the United Association for Labor Education, and currently is vice president of the California Federation of Teachers. Dr. Wong is the author of:
- Dreams Deported: Immigrant Youth and Families Resist Deportation
- Underground Undergrads: UCLA Undocumented Immigrant Students Speak Out
- Undocumented and Unafraid: Tam Tran, Cinthya Felix, and the Immigrant Youth Movement
* Self-Defense Workshops description
We are still working with the University on the best space and required insurance, but this is our plan to date (check back as we confirm):
Two workshops, offered by Girl Army, are a basic self-defense training. The Self Defense portions would involve students standing up, working on stances, and eye contact. There is only one stance that will include contact by the wrist, which can be removed if student contact is prohibited - see below. Protective measures will include only letting students with closed-toed shoes participate in the activity.
Girl Army is the name of the self-defense collective. They are affiliated with Suigetsukan dojo in Oakland. There are 4 instructors planning to attend this workshop: 2 teachers, 2 ukes (assistants). Teachers names are: Tekla and Heidi. Assistant’s names are: Charlotte and Evelyn. Participants will be students who sign up ahead of time on the website and/or at the event.
The workshop emphasizes much of what leads to a self-defense situation, which includes tone of voice, stance, breath, and asserting boundaries. The ONLY physical contact will occur in pairs, AFTER students have obtained consent from one another. That contact will be a gentle wrist grab (students are instructed to do techniques slowly and with minimal pressure). We are planning to ask that students sign a liability waiver as a protective measure for the university. Often when people think of self-defense, they think of throwing people on the ground. That is not what Girl Army will do in this workshop. The instructors have been put on notice to ONLY discuss boundaries, eye contact, tone of voice (all of which can happen without physical contact) and the wrist grab, potentially.