PILSA, NLG, SJU Defenders - Decarceration Event​

 This panel, presented by the Public Interest Law Student Association, National Lawyers Guild of St. John's, and SJU Defenders, featured three activists currently on the frontlines of the decarceration movements in New York State: Jose Hamza Saldana, Serena Martin-Liguori, and Jared Trujillo, who will be joining us to discuss the work they are currently engaged in opposing our carceral criminal system. We look forward to seeing you there!

Prison Abolition in Action: The Politics of Decarceration and Decriminalization in New York State

Jose Hamza Saldana - Jose is director of the Release Aging People from Prison Campaign and the People's Campaign for Parole Justice. He leads the campaign to abolish life without parole in NY, advocates for clemency for aging people in prison, and has raised awareness about prison conditions throughout the pandemic. Jose himself spent 38 years in prison. 

Serena Martin-Liguori - Serena is the Executive Director of New Hour for Women and Children--Long island. She is an active campaign organizer and has worked on parole justice, anti-shackling laws, and sentencing reform. She is formerly incarcerated and a survivor of solitary confinement. 

Jared Trujillo - Jared is a policy attorney at NYCLU, former public defender, and former president of Association of Legal Aid Attorneys--the public defender union in NYC. He is an active campaign organizer and works on sentencing reform, parole reform, and decriminalization of sex work. He is a former sex worker and was recently highlighted on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.panel, presented by the Public Interest Law Student Association, National Lawyers Guild of St. John's, and SJU Defenders, featured three activists currently on the frontlines of the decarceration movements in New York State: Jose Hamza Saldana, Serena Martin-Liguori, and Jared Trujillo, who will be joining us to discuss the work they are currently engaged in opposing our carceral criminal system. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Summer of Pride

Members of CSJ's E-Board met up at the NYC Pride Parade to celebrate the progress made for the LGBTQ+ community. However, the fight for full LGBTQ+ acceptance is far from over. We see you, we hear you, and we appreciate you.

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CSJ at the historic Stonewall Inn.

A few weeks ago, sign language interpreter and outgoing Chair of Community Outreach Katie Helde interviewed a Deaf woman in order to bring awareness to cultural Deafness. 

The likelihood that your acts of resistance cannot stop the injustice does not exempt you from acting in what you sincerely and reflectively hold to be the best interests of your community.

-Susan Sontag

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The Coalition for Social Justice seeks to empower the members of the St. John's School of Law community in their commitments to transitioning the institution from an inclusive institution to an actively anti-racist one. 

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CSJ stands in solidarity with the Asian community and vehemently condemns the rise in anti-Asian racism and violence.

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To celebrate Black History Month, CSJ asked members of the St. John's law community to share messages of support for its Black students. They are displayed anonymously and in their original forms. 

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In an effort to (1) hold ourselves accountable to our purported investment in an anti-racist agenda; (2) be transparent in how we evaluate our own actions as well as the actions of our peers, faculty members and the administration; and (3) deliver on our pledge to document and codify, in unequivocal terms, the standard of commitment to the progressive pursuit and promotion of equity and justice to which all student organizations will assent, the Coalition for Social Justice published a Full Report in December 2020. 

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Fall Dialogue Day

 

The Role and Vitality of Fair Elections in a Functioning Democracy

A discussion with New York State Assemblywoman Latrice Walker and Government Affairs and Labor Professional Tara Martin.

October 30, 2020

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