Social Justice Center Opens at Fresno City College

The audience at the opening of the Social Justice Center at Fresno City College listens attentively to Lee Herrick, co-chair of the Center's committee. Photo by Mike Rhodes
The audience at the opening of the Social Justice Center at Fresno City College listens attentively to Lee Herrick, co-chair of the Center's committee. Photo by Mike Rhodes

Students, professors and community activists gathered for the grand opening of the Social Justice Center (SJC) at Fresno City College on March 21.

This new campus group envisions a world in which all people are treated with dignity and justice—a society rooted in equity and one that has eliminated poverty, hunger, homelessness, racism and other forms of persecution.

It envisions a society that values and protects the dignity, freedom and rights of all human beings, especially the most vulnerable.

Lee Herrick, co-chair of the Social Justice Center Committee, was quoted in The Rampage, Fresno City College’s student newspaper, as saying, “We are excited to open the Social Justice Center, which will further the mission and values of Fresno City College. Justice for all is unattainable without opportunities to learn about injustice in all of its forms.”

Monique Reyna, a senior program specialist for the campus CalWORKs Office and an active member of the center, says that “having an SJC shows how important social justice is for us as a campus, and the greater community. This center will provide some folks with a space to continue having the important discussions with one another.

“In addition, this center will provide others with a space to move from discussion into action. I look forward to seeing all the amazing collaboration and programming that will come from having a center here on campus.”

The San Joaquin Valley Media Alliance, the Community Alliance newspaper and the Social Justice Center are part of a coalition that is organizing the United Against Hate forum at Fresno City College on April 6. The event starts at 10 a.m. at Forum Hall 101, and California Attorney General Rob Bonta will be the keynote speaker.

For more information, contact 559-442-8200 ext. 8105 or lee.herrick@fresnocitycollege.edu.

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    The Community Alliance is a monthly newspaper that has been published in Fresno, California, since 1996. The purpose of the newspaper is to help build a progressive movement for social and economic justice.

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