January 18, 2017
5:00pm to 7:30pm

Poised between Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the inauguration of Donald Trump as president of the United States, Janurary 18th (#J18) is a day to Teach, Organize, Resist with a multitude of events, actions, and classroom discussions being planned at UCLA and at universities and colleges around the country and even in different parts of the world.

On the evening of #J18, we will gather at UCLA to celebrate ongoing struggles for social justice and to affirm their urgent relevance in the face of this current national and global moment. Let it be known that, as a place of teaching and learning, we did not bear silent witness to the politics of hate and fear, that we stood up to proclaim the power of knowledge on the frontlines of justice. 

To inspire and guide us will be the following speakers and artists:

Patrisse Cullors, Co-Founder of #BLACKLIVESMATTER, Founder & Board Member of Dignity and Power Now, UCLA Alumna

Jeff Chang, author of We Gon' Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregationand Executive Director, the Institute for Diversity in the Arts, Stanford University

Erika L. Sánchez, author of poetry collection Lessons on Expulsion and the novel I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

Peter Sellars, Distinguished professor in World Arts and Cultures/Dance, UCLA; opera, theater and festival director

Ilse Escobar, migrant, muxer, and activist born in Mexico and organizer in Los Angeles

Bryonn Bain, artist/activist, prison abolitionist professor developing UCLA's prison education program, creator of Lyrics From Lockdown

Maya Jupiter, hip-hop artist, songwriter, co-founder of Artivist Entertainment

We hope to see you at Ackerman Ballroom on the evening of January 18. We also invite you to attend other #J18 events and classrooms throughout the day or to organize one that day or on another date. If you do, please register your program here so that we may create a record of our collective efforts.