Civil Discourse & Social Change

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New Spring 2021 Course with Reverend James M. Lawson, Jr

Monday, January 25, 2021 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm


Reverend Lawson will be teaching a fully online synchronous course on non-violent social change and the Civil Rights Movement in Spring 2021 for the Communications Department, COMS 400C, Course # 10549, Tuesdays, 4:00-6:30PM (Pacific Time). The course is fully online synchronous and is enrolling now.

Course content will cover the history, philosophy and methods of non-violent social change, systemic and intersectional analysis of justice, as well as concrete strategies for equity and justice in the 21st century. Read more

Southeast Asian American Journeys: 45 Years of Resilience, Advocacy, and Organizing

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

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SEARAC is a national civil rights organization that advocates for justice and equality for Southeast Asian American communities on a local, state, and national level. Its work hopes to inspire and empower future generations to fight for social equity for refugee communities, communities of color, and other social justice movements. Katrina Dizon Mariategue will speak on SEARAC’s work promoting refugee advocacy, developing leadership amongst Southeast Asian American youth, building interracial solidarity, and struggling against migrant detention and deportation. Read more

CDSC 10th Anniversary, 2010-2020: Ten Years of Vision, Struggle, and Movement Building

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 12:30pm to 4:30pm

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This event celebrates CDSC’s tenth anniversary, grounding the initiative’s origins in student activism. CSUN alumni Dr. José Gómez, Jonnae Thompson, and Justin Marks were organizers of the March 4, 2010 student mobilization against tuition/fee hikes during the Great Recession and for undocumented students. The three alumni will speak about the March 4th mobilization, the LAPD crackdown of the protest and arrest of six of the marchers, and the subsequent legal struggle to have charges dropped.

To contextualize this mobilization and CDSC’s tenth anniversary, Reverend James M. Lawson, Jr. will discuss the longer arc of peoples’ mobilizations and his role in CDSC’s formation.Registration for the webinar is required. Please register through the following URL: Read more

"Continuing the Struggle for Justice through Electoral Politics: The 2020 Election"

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

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Please join us for "Continuing the Struggle for Justice through Electoral Politics: The 2020 Election" with guest speakers Margaret Prescod (activist, author, journalist, and radio host) and Annaly Medrano (Assistant Campaign Manager for Grace Yoo for LA City Council CD 10).  Moderated by Dr. Marta Lopez-Garza.  Please register at

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