Upcoming Coalition for Justice Events in SB

The Santa Barbara Coalition for Justice will be hosting a series of Teach-In Events on Thursdays to educate and spread awareness of injustices that people of color (POC) face. I’ll be at the event tomorrow (Thursday) where I’ll be happy to hand back quizzes, and would love it if any you are free and could also attend. Please spread the word!

The workshops will focus on (but are not limited to) blackness, anti-hate, prejudices, structural racism, stereotypical clothing, etc. The first one is tomorrow:

  • Trayvon Martin Teach-In: Beginning Thursday July 25th, 2013  from 11:30 am – 2:00 pm At the Arbor. This is a safe space for people to voice their opinion and learn more about the Trayvon Martin case and tragedies similar to this case.https://www.facebook.com/events/406497212792933/



Additional events that are coming up this week include the following:

  • Candle Light Vigil & Silent March – Justice for Trayvon: Friday July 26th, 2013 from 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm Starting at the Theater and Dance Courtyard at UCSB and leading in Isla Vista  https://www.facebook.com/events/541565452557520/
  • March and Rally in Downtown Santa Barbara – Justice for Trayvon: Saturday August 17th, 2013 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Starting at the Santa Barbara Courthouse and leading to Stearn’s Wharf.

For more information please contact the Coalition for Justice SB at coalitionforjustice.sb@gmail.com


My intention is not to be inflammatory about the court case decision that has left many deeply disturbed, upset, angered, and uniting in protest across the nation… but I came across this news clip that reverberates with the Zhou and Lee article we recently read. In particular, it speaks to the characterization of youths by those in power (law makers, researchers, media makers, etc.) through the language of criminality. It seems like the Chicago School is not dead after all… especially as it pertains to racialized groups.

The following words by Bashir struck me:

“They insist on imposing on his slight young frame an identity that implies criminality, juvenile delinquency, and the all-around characteristics of a troublemaker…this is a gross form of character assassination on a child, a dead child.”