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Raising Our Voices

An intimate discussion with Erwin Chemerinsky (dean of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law)
and Jeffrey Edleson (dean and professor at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Social Welfare)

TUE, OCT 23, 7 PM
Cost - Member: $12 /General: $15
JCC East Bay, Berkeley Branch 

We live in challenging times. National politics are polarizing communities across the country. Civil rights are at risk for many groups and individuals. During this historic moment, the JCC East Bay believes it our moral obligation to take a stand and act for the democratic ideals that inspired past generations to come to this country.

Join us as the foremost authority of the first amendment and free speech (Chemerinsky) and a leading expert on domestic abuse (Edleson) discuss the rights and privileges of our voices—how both our government and even the people we trust most can try to silence us and take away our most fundamental rights as human beings. Their guided discussion will focus on the paradox of power that’s responsible with both protecting and restricting our voices, and how we each play in enabling (and limiting) other people’s freedoms and liberties.

Followed by a dessert reception. 

Moderated by community organizer Erika Katske. 

Raising Our Voices is the JCC's first event in our new WE THE PEOPLE program, a new multi-part series aimed at exploring the current status of American democracy and what actions we can take to sustain it. 


WED, FEB 6, 6:30 PM
Criminal Justice with Steve Raphael and Jack Glaser

moderated by Abbie Van Sickle from the Marshall Project

TUE, APR 30, 6:30 PM
Economic Justice with Saru Jayaraman

The JCC East Bay's civic programming is made possible by generous support of the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund.