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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.

Virtual Events

GLIDE Center for Social Justice is hosting monthly virtual events where we discuss our community’s role in advancing social justice with activist and community leaders whose work defies all odds.

Virtual Justice Event “War on Drugs: 51 Years of Failed Drug Policy”

Like Event Register Join us this month as we discuss the cruel legacy of the War on Drugs. Do we feel safer in our neighborhoods? Did the government achieve what it set out to do? Will marginalized communities ever get restorative justice from the trauma this war inflicted? Find out by joining us on April

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GLIDE Justice Movie Night: 13th Screening and Discussion on Prison Reform

GLIDE’s Center for Social Justice, in partnership with the GLIDE Legacy Committee, is excited to announce the launch of Justice Movie Nights. Join us a PianoFight for an in-person screening of the critically acclaimed 2016 documentary “13th”, followed by a panel discussion with Prison Rights Activists on ways to fight the prison industrial complex.

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Women’s History Month: The Future is Woman

Join us for this month’s Virtual Justice Event as we celebrate Women’s History Month. The event format is a panel discussion with leaders in business, government, and spirituality to re-imagine the world run by women.

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Black History Month: Celebrating Blackness and Afrofuturism

Wednesday, February 23, 6:00 – 7:30 pm Join GLIDE’s Center for Social Justice as we celebrate Blackness and explore the concept of Afrofuturism for our Black History Month Virtual Event on February 23. The event features a panel discussion with artists and community leaders, who will reflect on the past and future of the Black

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Supervised Consumption Sites – Benefits and Addressing Misconceptions

GLIDE’s Center for Social Justice and the Safer Inside Coalition present “Supervised Consumption Sites: Addressing Benefits and Misconceptions,” a free virtual event to engage the community in a conversation about supervised consumption sites/services (SCS).

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GLIDE’s CSJ Celebrates American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month

This November GLIDE’s Center for Social Justice is celebrating American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month. Hosted by Miguel Bustos, Senior Director of GLIDE’s Center for Social Justice

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GLIDE’s CSJ Celebrates Filipino American History Month

This October, GLIDE’s Center for Social Justice is honoring the culture and contributions of the Filipino American community.

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Latino/Latinx Heritage Month: Cultura, Understanding its Strength and Passion

Celebrate Latino/Latinx Heritage Month, with Latinx activist and community leaders whose work defies all odds. Join us for an intimate and passionate talk to discuss the Latinx community’s role in advancing social justice and how culture plays a strong part. Hosted by Miguel Bustos, Sr. Director, Center for Social Justice, GLIDE

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Harm Reduction as Justice: Policy, Courage, and Survival

Thursday, August 26, 2021 | 6:00 – 7:30 pm | Free, Virtual Event Harm reduction is comprised of a range of public health strategies designed to lessen the negative social and/or physical consequences associated with various human behaviors, both legal and illegal. Come learn more about what Harm reduction is and is not. Hear the

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Pride Month: Diverse and Proud #Pride2021

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 | 6:00 – 7:30 pm | Free, Virtual Event Join the Center for Social Justice in collaboration with GLIDE’s Congregational Life’s Racial Justice Group and Pride Team to celebrate the LGBTQ’s diverse community. Meet activist and community leaders to discuss the rich history, struggles, and contributions that have been part of

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Virtual Event: Healing Through Culture and Unity – #AANHPI Month

Thursday, May 13, 2021  |  6:00–7:30 PM  |  Free Virtual Event Join us during Asian American & Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander Heritage Month.  Through culture and unity, we find solace and strength. Hear from community leaders, elders and youth, as they share their stories and invite us to unite. Experience art and music with-in the

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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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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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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 practical skills in our leading-edge service programs and intensive training in GLIDE’s understanding and practice of radical inclusion and leadership. The summer internship usually runs from late June to late August.

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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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GLIDE Advocacy Events

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