CCSS 2022 Speakers
Ethnic Studies is U.S. History
Saturday Morning Keynote
Saturday, February 25
Co-Author, Wherever There’s a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California
Since before it became a U.S. state in 1850, California has been home to a stunning array of ethnic groups who have resisted oppression to make theoretical rights a reality. Join us for an inspiring session exploring how diverse Californians during different eras and in various geographic areas and circumstances fought for racial justice, citizenship, equal protection, religious freedom, and other rights. Though some are well-known, many of their stories have long been marginalized or even silenced. Yet their victories benefited not only themselves and their communities, but had regional and national impact, and strengthened democracy for us all.
Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi are coauthors of "Wherever There’s a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California," winner of a 2010 Gold Medal in the California Book Awards and named a ForeWord Book of the Year in History. In 2017, City Lights Books included the book in its “Pedagogy of Resistance,” bibliography, and in 2019, Heyday published a Tenth Anniversary edition. They were named San Francisco Library Laureates in 2010.
Elinson, the former communications director of the ACLU of Northern California, conducts research for the National Park Service on civil rights history. Her work has appeared in the "Los Angeles Review of Books," the "San Francisco Chronicle," "California History," "The Nation," and other publications. Her earlier book, "Development Debacle: The World Bank in the Philippines," was banned by the (first) Marcos regime.