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Wed, Jan 18, 2017, 12:00 am

January 18, 2017, is a day of 'Teach In' sessions to affirm the role of critical thinking and academic knowledge in challenging Trumpism.

Poised between Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the presidential inauguration, J18 is a day, we intend to teach about the agendas and policies of the new administration, be it the proposed dismantling of economic and environmental regulations or the threatened rollback of the hard-won rights that form the fragile scaffolding of American democracy. On that day, we intend to organize against the proposed expansion of state violence targeting people of color, undocumented people, queer communities, women, Muslims, and many others. On that day, we intend to resist the institutionalization of ideologies of separation and subordination, including white supremacy, misogyny, homophobia, Islamophobia, and virulent nationalism.

J18 is a call issued by departments, centers, and collectives at UCLA, including The Institute on Inequality and Democracy, RAVE or Resistance Against Violence through Education, African-American Studies, Chicana/o Studies, Institute of American Cultures, Justice Work Group, LGBTQ Studies, UCLA Labor Center, and The Undercommons.

Let it be known that on #J18 and beyond, universities, colleges, and high schools refused to bear silent witness to the politics of hate and fear; that in these times, these places of teaching and learning not only served as a sanctuary for its students and workers but also stood up to proclaim the power of knowledge on the frontlines of social justice.

Share your #J18 activity here: #J18 Event Registration
Twitter: @J18UCSC and @SciJust using #TorUCSC #J18 #J18UCSC #UCSCvalues

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (as of Jan. 4, 2017)

Time: 10:30AM-11:30AM Session #1
GSA Commons
Climate Change: Scientists Speak Out
Presenters: John Pearse, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department
Lindsey Dillon, Sociology Department
Gary Griggs, Earth and Planetary Sciences

Time: 10:30AM-11:30AM Session #2
Humanities 2, Room 259
Islamophobia: Racializing Religious Identities
Presenters: Mayanthi Fernando, Anthropology Department
Jennifer Derr, History Department

Time: 11:45-12:45PM Session #1
GSA Commons
Participatory Budgeting and Democratizing the UC
Presenter: Jessica Taft, Latin American and Latino Studies Dept.

Time: 11:45-12:45PM Session #2
Humanities 2, Room 259
What to do at a Protest?
Presenter: Chris Gray, Crown College

Time: 1:20PM-2:20PM Session #1
GSA Commons
Economic Inequality is About All of Us
Presenters: Lisa Rofel, Anthropology Dept
Gopal Balakrishnan, History of Consciousness

Time: 1:20PM-2:20PM Session #2
Humanities 2, Room 259
Building Power: the role of students, immigrants, and workers in reclaiming democracy
Presenters: Veronica Terriquez, Sociology Department
Shaila Ramos from Californians for Justice (youth organizing group)
Erica Leyva from SIREN (immigrant rights group)

TIME: 2:30PM-3:30PM Session #1
GSA Commons
"Know Your Rights: Everyone's Basic Rights” with CARECEN SF
Presenters: Monica Oca Howell: Staff Attorney
Gladys Rodriguez: Paralegal
Kati Barahona-Lopez: Senior Case Manager

TIME: 2:30PM-3:30PM Session #2
Humanities 2, Room 259
Queer Margins: LGBTQ Resistance in the Trump Era
Presenters: Aisha Charves, Americorp Volunteer Coordinator, Santa Cruz Diversity Center
Angel Cruz, Veteran’s Group Facilitator, Santa Cruz Diversity Center
Adam Spickler, GLBT Alliance Santa Cruz

T.O.R.C.H. Townhall Event (Teach. Organize. Resist. Change. Hope)
Music Recital Hall, #J18UCSC Closing Event

The day ends with our 4PM-6PM evening event which will include public reading of UCSC solidarity statements ( and speeches by community activists. We will come together as a community in solidarity and in resistance.