Co Sponsored Events

March for Citizenship & Economic Rights

Flyer for March for Citizenship and Economic Rights

When: Saturday, September 18th, 2021
Meet At: 1st St. & Hedding St. @ 10:00 AM
Rally At: San Jose City Hall @ 12:00 PM

Demand Congress Provide:

- Humane pathway to citizenship
- Free community college & Pre-K education
- Medicare for all
- Equal labor rights

Spring Research Colloquium on Human Rights and Social Change: Equity in the Age of COVID-19

The Human Rights Institute and The Institute for the Study of Sport, Society, and Social Change hosted San Jose State's first annual Research Colloquium for Human Rights and Social Change. The purpose of this conference was to engage scholars, students, and community organizations in conversations on research, reporting, and advocacy relating to human rights and social change. The event included a keynote speaker and concurrent thematic student led presentation of research and an awards presentation for students, faculty, and community partners. The theme for this year's symposium was "Equity in the age of COVID-19".

View the individual presentations here

Dr. Bettina Aptheker

Dr. Bettina Aptheker

Celebrating Woman Suffrage (1920-2020) and the Ongoing Campaign for Voting Rights. Come join Dr. Aptheker as she talks about all the history and ways in which woman suffrage has intertwined with struggles against racism, white supremacy, lynching, settler colonialism, and anti-immigrant insularity. 

Ann Lucas Lecture Series: Law & Justice

Hands Up Don’t Shoot by Dr. Jennifer Cobbina

Dr. Jennifer CobbinaJoin the SJSU Department of Justice Studies as they present a webinar followed by a Q&A session with Hands Up, Don't Shoot author Dr. Jennifer Cobbina and discussion panelists Dr. Delores Jones-Brown and Dr. Andres Rengifo. 


How to Safely and Legally Record Police

A timely and important discussion about the First Amendment and your right to record the police. Presented by Halima Kazem-Stojanovic - SJSU School of Journalism and SJSU HRI. Joining her was speakers Stephen Solomon (editor of First Amendment Watch), Sophia Cope (Electronic Frontier Foundation), Robert Salonga (Mercury News Criminal Justice Reporter), and Cpt. Sean Washington (Fremont Police Department).

NAACP SJ/Silicon Valley: Die in Event

NAACP Die-In Event at SJ City Hall

At the end of May 2020, the SJSU HRI was approached by local organizer Jalyn Mitchell (also of Silicon Valley Law Foundation) to organize a public “die-in” to commemorate what would have been the birthday of police murder victim, Brianna Taylor on June 5, 2020. The HRI immediately partnered with the NAACP, BLM San Jose, Silicon Valley DeBug, and others to inform the public on the Taylor case and mobilize the public to participate in what was one of several powerful days of protest and solidarity building in San José.

Protesters participating in NAACP Die-In The day began with a series of gripping speakers from the public and front lines of local protests.  As the crowd grew to fill the entire City Hall Plaza, clear public support grew with it—evident from the constant honking of cars and airhorns from construction workers several stories above.  Following a silent die-in to honor the life of Brianna Taylor and other victims of racist police violence, organizations and community members seized the opportunity to collaborate—evident in a sustained march that followed to the SJPD and County Main Jail.


Mural of a plane dropping colorful candies as bombs.ArtLords is the leading platform for artists and activists across Afghanistan and the team is inspiring artists to work towards a sustainable peace process through messages of tolerance and empathy. Their art installations have been recognized by Afghan and international leaders and prominent media outlets.

Woman in a red dress and green sweater being carried away by colorful balloons.Afghan artists and cofounders of Artlords, Omaid Sharifi and Kabir Mokamel, will talk about the intersection of art, activism and peace building in Afghanistan. Sharifi, Mokemel and their team of artists pain vibrant and thought provoking murals on blast walls along Kabul streets.

Oscar López Rivera: Two Years Later Resistance and Resilience

Oscar Lopez Rivera

Oscar López Rivera's strong conviction that Puerto Rico should be free from U.S. colonial control led him to fight for Puerto Rican independence. He was arrested in 1981, and convicted of seditious conspiracy and related charges, along with ten others who were arrested the previous year. Sentenced to 55 years in prison, he became the longest held Puerto Rican political prisoner in the history of Puerto Rico's struggle for independence, regarded as the "Nelson Mandela of the Americas." In 2017, as the result of broad human rights campaign, and after he served almost 36 years in prison, President Obama commuted his sentence. The Puerto Rican People and their allies celebrated the end of his sentence on May 17, 2017.

oscar lopez rivera, vince montes and chris coxSince then, he has continued to advocate to end U.S. colonialism and resumed his role as an organizer, working to establish a holistic community center in Rio Piedras. His organization will deepen its relationship to the municipalities of Loiza and Comerio, working educational and community-based projects.