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Exploring the meaning of social justice

How The Collective for Social Change is striving for change

Students for social justice stand near a banner featuring social justice themes near Tivoli Student Union

DENVER - When individuals with similar goals get together 'things' can happen. That's exactly how The Collective for Social Change has been evolving on the Auraria Campus.
The group organized a three-day event "The Art of Social Justice" featuring speakers and lively discussions. The program began yesterday and continues through Thursday in various venues on the Auraria Campus.
This self-identified 'idealogically disparate' group of activists includes:
--Rachel Boice, CU Denver Humanities and Social Science graduate student
--Dustin Breitling, CU Denver Communications student
--Candace Johnson, Metropolitan State College Economics and Sociology major
--Stephen Polk, community organizer
--Dustin Lewis, Metropolitan State College history major
--Daniel Salcido, Metropolitan State College political Science and Chicana/o Studies major
--Anthony Cortez, CU Denver studying international relations and social justice
Their stated goal -- "We want a radical shift in how people experience 'social justice.' Social justice isn't a book, it isn't a non-profit, it isn't even a protest. Social justice is a cultural shift of awareness it includes all of thes things and more."

The overall nature of this three-day event embodies the group's philosophy that "everyone can 'do' social justic. It is a way of being."
Planned activities continue this evening with a film screening of "Searching for Angela Shelton," in the Tivoli Multi-Cultural Lounge at 6 p.m.
Thursday's schedule begins at 11:30 a.m. with three simultaneous events:
--"The Fight for Fair Food: Tomatoes, Farmworkers and Human Rights" with Robert McGoey and Patrick Kresnall  -- Plaza Building 114
--"Thrive" film screening with Michael Anderson -- Tivoli Multi-Cultural Lounge
--"Power and Public Transportation; A political deconstruction of urban mass transit." with Adam Uddin -- Tivoli 440
Conference attendees can pick up a full schedule of all events for tomorrow in the Tivoli.
The final event tomorrow evening at 7 p.m. is a keynote by Cornel West in the Tivoli Turnhalle. West is the author of Race Matters, Democracy Matters and his new memoir Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud.
Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the CU Denver Food Pantry which serves students on campus, no questions asked.