Holy Names University to Host Third Annual Bay Area Social Justice Forum

On Saturday, February 2, 2013, Holy Names University will host its Third Annual Bay Area Social Justice Forum: People of Hope, Agents of Change. This year’s keynote speakers are David Batstone, co-founder and president of the anti-human trafficking organization Not For Sale, and Reverend Deborah Lee, director of the Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights.

Batstone is currently a professor in the School of Management at the University of San Francisco. He is the former chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities for his work in technology and ethics. He is also the author of Saving the Corporate Soul & (Who Knows?) Maybe Your Own, which won the 2004 Nautilus Award for Best Business Book. Batstone will be leading the forum’s morning plenary session.

Lee, who will be leading the afternoon plenary session, has worked for more than 20 years as an educator and organizer on race, gender, anti-militarism, immigration, and other issues. The Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights has advocated for the full societal participation and dignity of immigrants since 1994.

Workshop sessions at this year’s forum will focus on youth homelessness, poverty, immigration, Islamophobia, fracking in California, the drug war in Mexico, talking back to hate, community organizing for social change, restorative justice and prison reform, among others. The day begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Online registration is taking place now at www.hnu.edu/SocialJustice. Registration on the day of the event, if space is available, will take place at 8:30 a.m.

The forum is co-sponsored with Holy Names University by: JustFaith, United Religions Initiative (URI) and URI North America, Mercy Sisters, Sisters of St. Francis Redwood City, Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, Stop Slavery – Northern California Coalition of Catholic Sisters, Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, St. Anne Parish Byron, Calif., Sisters of the Holy Family, and St. Mary’s College Leadership Program.

For more info contact Javier De Paz at 510.692.6745 or Sister Susan Wells at 509.840.4627

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