Racial Justice Events in Marin

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Wednesday, August 21, 6pm – 8pm, Seeing White Wednesdays, Aroma Cafe, 1122 4th St., San Rafael

Join us for a guided discussion of the first two episodes of the excellent and eye-opening podcast series Seeing White from SceneOnRadio. Hear the series at Just what is going on with white people? Police shootings of unarmed African Americans. Acts of domestic terrorism by white supremacists. The renewed embrace of raw, undisguised white-identity politics. Unending racial inequity in schools, housing, criminal justice, and hiring. Some of this feels new, but in truth it’s an old story.

Why? Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from? What does it mean? What is whiteness for?

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

Tuesday, August 27, 6pm, Film Viewing and discussionOn the Basis of Sex Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a struggling attorney and new mother who faces adversity and numerous obstacles in her fight for equal rights. When Ruth takes on a groundbreaking tax case with her husband, attorney Martin Ginsburg, she knows it could change the direction of her career and the way the courts view gender discrimination. Location: Marin City Library, 164 Donahue St., Marin City

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.  Location: 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 more information on these discussions here. Location: San Rafael Library,  1100 E St.

Sunday, September 29 •  1 – 3 pm  What the @*&# is SURJ????

We answer your questions and invite you to join the conversation — come join us!  Please register online at

Have you been curious about SURJ Marin? Join us for an afternoon dedicated to learning more about our values, our mission, and what we’ve been up to in Marin, and share how you can get involved in the movement for racial justice. 

SURJ moves white people to act for justice, with passion and accountability, as part of a multi-racial majority.

  • Connect with other Marin  residents interested in racial justice.
  • Practice having courageous conversations about race.
  • Join in a local collective action to support racial equity.

Location: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin  240 Channing Way, San Rafael, CA 94903

Saturday, October 5, 6 – 11 pm, 2nd Annual Community Gala benefitting the Multicultural Center of Marin. An evening of cultural celebration including performances from around the world, multi-ethnic cuisine, community awards, and dancing. Purchase tickets here. Location: Osher Marin JCC, 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael


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