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.
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more