Racial Justice Events in Marin

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Tuesday, July 16, 12:30pm, Golden Gate Village Resident’s Council rally before the Marin County Board of Supervisors’ meeting at the Marin Civic Center.

Tuesday, July 16, 1:30pm, Marin County Board of Supervisors’ meeting with the Marin County Housing Authority – issues to be addressed related to contract with a developer for Golden Gate Village in Marin City.

Wednesday, July 17, 10am – 1pm, Port Chicago 75th Anniversary The Port Chicago explosion on July 17, 1944, killed 320 people, 202 of whom were young black sailors ordered to load and unload explosives with no training and inadequate equipment. Subsequently, when Navy replacement sailors were asked to return to loading ammunitions a month later, 258 African American enlisted personnel refused to follow the order. They wanted Navy officials to change load procedures to enhance safety. When the Navy refused to amend its procedures, the sailors declared they would not load the ships. Naval officials declared a mutiny and had most of the men arrested. Two hundred eight of these men were court-martialed, sentenced to bad conduct discharges, and the forfeit of three month’s pay for disobeying orders. Fifty of them,, known as Port Chicago 50 were charged with outright mutiny, a crime punishable by death. Most were sentenced to eight to fifteen years of hard labor. In January of 1946, all of the accused were given clemency and were released from prison. These revelations prompted Navy officials to start to work towards full desegregation of their personnel by 1945, three years before President Harry Truman issued Executive Order 9981 which integrated the Armed Forces. The Port Chicago explosion and mutiny proved to be a pivotal point for the decision made within the Navy helped lead the way to desegregation of U.S. armed forces and was also an early step for Thurgood Marshall, then chief counsel for the NAACP, toward becoming one of the most respected Supreme Court Justices in U.S. history.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reception We will plan to have lunch with local elected officials and the Friends of Port Chicago to discuss the personal and historical impact of what took place there. One of the mutineers, while he was still living was granted clemency by President Clinton in 1999. This is a call to action to join the Friends of Port Chicago in getting 49 of the 50 names cleared, exonerated and a call for reparations for their family members.

Carpool – Marin City Gateway Shopping Center
7:00 a.m. Meet at Naval Base Site
8:00 a.m. Concord Bus over to site at 9:15 a.m.




Tuesday, July 23, 6pm -8pm Marshall film viewing and discussion. Director Reginald Hudlin’s Marshall, is based on an early trial in the career of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. It follows the young lawyer (Chadwick Boseman) to conservative Connecticut to defend a black chauffeur (Sterling K. Brown) charged with sexual assault and attempted murder of his white socialite employer (Kate Hudson). Muzzled by a segregationist court, Marshall partners with a courageous young Jewish lawyer, Samuel Friedman (Josh Gad). Together they mount the defense in an environment of racism and Anti-Semitism. The high profile case and the partnership with Friedman served as a template for Marshall’s creation of the NAACP legal defense fund. Starring Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens, Sterling K. Brown, and James Cromwell. Marin City Library, 164 Donahue St., Marin City

Sunday, July 28, 10 am – 12 pm, Reclaim Our Vote phone banking SURJ Marin is joining  Indivisible Sausalito and many other activist organizations throughout the country in supporting the  Reclaim Our Vote campaign. You are invited to be part of our second phone bank event on  Sunday, July 28th, 10 am – 12 pm – sign up here to receive more information, where you can also let us know if you’d like to host a phone bank event!

Sunday, July 28, 3:00pm – 4:30pm, Racial Justice Book Discussion: There There by Tommy Orange is a relentlessly paced multigenerational story about violence and recovery, memory and identity, and the beauty and despair woven into the history of a nation and its people. It tells the story of twelve characters, each of whom have private reasons for traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow.

Corte Madera Library,  707 Meadowsweet Dr. Find more information on these discussions here.

Saturday, August 24, 2:30pm – 4:00pm, Racial Justice Book Discussion: Infamy by Richard Reeves. After Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt signed an executive order that forced more than 120,000 Japanese Americans into primitive camps for the rest of war. Their only crime: looking like the enemy. In Infamy, acclaimed historian Richard Reeves delivers a sweeping narrative of this atrocity. Men we usually consider heroes—FDR, Earl Warren, Edward R. Murrow—were in this case villains. We also learn of internees who joined the military to fight for the country that had imprisoned their families, even as others fought for their rights all the way to the Supreme Court. The heart of the book, however, tells the poignant stories of those who endured years in “war relocation camps,” many of whom suffered this injustice with remarkable grace. 

San Anselmo Library,  110 Tunstead Ave. Find more information on these discussions here.

Saturday, September 14, 11am – 5pm, 2019 Native American Trade Feast Featured at the event will be Native American arts and crafts, performers, Miwok songs and stories, basketry demonstrations, regalia making, shell bead drilling, children activities, book sales and tours of the Museum. Information tables from many groups will also be on-site.  Museum of the American Indian, 2200 Novato Blvd., Novato CA 94947

Sunday, September 22, 3:00pm – 4:30pm, Racial Justice Book Discussion: How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. Publication date is August 13th – preorder your copy now from a local indie bookseller, or from your local library online or by phone. Ibram X. Kendi’s concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America–but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. Instead of working with the policies and system we have in place, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it. In his memoir, Kendi weaves together an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science–including the story of his own awakening to antiracism–bringing it all together in a cogent, accessible form. He begins by helping us rethink our most deeply held, if implicit, beliefs and our most intimate personal relationships (including beliefs about race and IQ and interracial social relations) and reexamines the policies and larger social arrangements we support. How to Be an Antiracist promises to become an essential book for anyone who wants to go beyond an awareness of racism to the next step of contributing to the formation of a truly just and equitable society.


Find news on upcoming events and actions throughout the Bay Area at SURJ Bay Area’s website!