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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.

CSJ's Programs and Initiatives

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

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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Community Engagement and Volunteering

GLIDE’s Community Engagement and Volunteer team recruit and organize thousands of volunteers a year (an average of 85 volunteers a day) to help run GLIDE programs and to foster contact, empathy and solidarity across San Francisco’s growing wealth divide.

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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 61%, mandates funding to help end chronic, family and youth homelessness in our city.

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GLIDE Advocacy Events

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