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Center for Social Justice

Building a movement based on unconditional love towards a more just and equitable world.

Be the Change

GLIDE’s Center for Social Justice works to influence public policy and change public perceptions around poverty, discrimination, and civil and human rights. We do this through grassroots organizing, education, thought leadership, policy development and legal action. We convene policymakers and peers to amplify the voices of our community, while mobilizing congregants, clients, volunteers, donors and neighbors to become agents of social change.

We need you with us! Join with GLIDE to advance economic and social justice for all. There are many ways to be involved, make a difference, and advance a better world: Volunteer to serve a meal, join us in demonstrations and organizing for justice, help us expand voter registration and turnout. Sign up for regular communications from our advocacy team and stay up-to-date on all the ways that together we can create a more just and equitable world.

Programs & Initiatives

Learn about some of the ways we’re organizing to bring equity, justice and opportunity to GLIDE’s community.

Virtual Event: Justice Poetry Jam: Power and Justice in Words

Thursday, April 15, 2021  |  6:00–7:30 PM  |  Free Virtual Event The Center for Social Justice is offering a unique opportunity to listen to words that move and inform justice. You will also meet those who create them. Listen to the creative justice advocates and explore the motivations and life experiences that shape their words

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Virtual Event: Listening With Love: Building Alliances Across Genders

Thursday, March 18, 2021  |  6:00–7:30 PM  |  Free Virtual Event A unique opportunity during Women’s History Month for cis women, transwomen and female-identified individuals and allies to take one step forward toward liberation. Everyone, of all genders, is hurt by sexism. This no-blame, no-shame workshop recognizes this universal hurt and suggests a healing response.

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Virtual Event: Five Things You Can Do Right Now to Cure Anti-Blackness

Friday, February 19, 2021 A 90-minute workshop where we’ll explore 5 ways to hold ourselves accountable with love; and reimagine our collective desire for black love to replace anti-black sentiment. Restream of event is now available.

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Virtual Event: How Am I Martin? Celebrating the Man (MLK Day)

Monday, January 18, 2021 Join us as we are guided through a collaborative journey to celebrate the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and uncover the qualities that he and others had to propel the movement. Restream of event now available.

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2020 Ballot Guide

Recommendations on local and state measures on the Nov. 3 ballot that have a direct bearing on the communities GLIDE serves. These are not political positions. They are values-driven stances on the issues that affect the people who walk through our doors every day.

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Justice Pilgrimage to Alabama

Rabbi Michael Lezak of GLIDE’s Center for Social Justice leads an annual pilgrimage to Montgomery, Alabama to visit the Equal Justice Initiative’s Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice. A journey focused on Truth and Reconciliation.

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An Officer and a Mensch

An Officer and a Mensch is a non-traditional leadership program providing district attorneys and police officers with the opportunity to build understanding and empathy with historically oppressed communities like the Tenderloin.

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Unconditional Legal Clinic

The drop-in Unconditional Legal Clinic provides free services and information for any type of legal question. Attorneys at the Clinic can provide legal advice and limited help, as well as referrals to other legal centers and organizations for more specialized help.

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Emerging Leaders Internship

Every summer, university students from across the country come to San Francisco for the GLIDE Emerging Leaders Internship. Over 10 weeks, students gain both practical skills in our leading-edge service programs as well as intensive training in GLIDE’s understanding and practice of inclusion, spirituality and leadership.

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Leadership Academy

GLIDE’s Leadership Academy, a collaboration with Skywatchers, graduated its second cohort of activist-leaders in July of this year. Each cohort completes a 16-week arts-based empowerment curriculum, and several performances focused on the social change. Group participants create the performances and projects to address the change they want to see in the community.

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Our City Our Home

GLIDE believes all people have an inherent right to decent, affordable housing. GLIDE is a founding member of the “Our City Our Home” movement, a broad-based coalition that put Proposition C, a bold plan to tackle San Francisco’s homelessness crisis, on the November 2018 ballot. This historic measure, passed by voters by a resounding 62%, mandates funding to help end chronic, family and youth homelessness.

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GLIDE Advocacy Events

Join us in taking action to create a more just world.