Social Movements for a Just Society

Necessary Trouble: Thinking with the Legacy of John R. Lewis

“A democracy cannot thrive where power remains unchecked and justice is reserved for a select few. Ignoring these cries and failing to respond to this movement is simply not an option — for peace cannot exist where justice is not served.” — John Lewis said of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

Ready for some Necessary Trouble? In anticipation and in honor of the dedication of John R. Lewis College at the University of California, Santa Cruz, the Division of Social Sciences, Colleges Nine and Ten, the Institute for Social Transformation, and the Center for Racial Justice are organizing five events centered on topics exemplified by the life of Representative John Lewis.

At UC Santa Cruz, we believe that the real change is us. This series will highlight the efforts of faculty, students, staff, community leaders, and alumni in their commitments to social and racial justice, civic engagement and democracy. It is an opportunity for us all to reflect on how we can help carry John R. Lewis’ legacy forward in the future.

Featured Speakers:

Secratary of State Shirley Webber PhD

Katharyne Mitchell

Hiroshi Fukurai

Elizabeth Beaumont

Rekia Gina Jibrin

Join us in-person or virtually!

This is a hybrid event, presented both in-person and virtually. Seating is limited, so please register early if you want to attend in-person. Event starts promptly at 4 p.m. in the University Center, College Nine Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 (above the College Nine/Ten Dining Hall).

*Please note that UC Santa Cruz has COVID-19 guidelines for in-person events and masks are still required. If attending in-person, you will be asked to provide proof of vaccination OR a recent negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of the start of the event (must be a lab PCR test; home tests/antigen tests are not valid).

More detailed information at: 


April 6, 2022: Pathways to Thriving Communities
April 13, 2022: Students as Agents of Transformative Change

Wednesday, March 30, 2022 at 4:00pm

University Center
University Center , Santa Cruz, California 95064

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