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Wherever There's A Fight




How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California 
An Exhibit Curated by Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi

August 21 - October 16, 2016

Wherever There’s A Fight captures the sweeping story of how freedom and equality have grown in California, from the gold rush right up to the precarious post-9/11 era. Elinson and Yogi tell the stories of the brave individuals who have stood up for their rights in the face of social hostility, physical violence, economic hardship, and political stonewalling.

Along with the exhibit there will be a community read of the book Wherever There’s A Fight and related activities taking place from August to October. If you have ever wondered what it would be like if you could not vote, practice your religion, protest, own property, be fairly treated by the law, marry the person you love or get a good education join us in a community exploration of the struggles to develop and protect civil rights in California! See below for a full listing of related events.



With the exception of the Angel Island Field Trip, all events are free and no prior registration is required.

Click here for event listing pdf.


Unfinished Business Documentary at the Museum
Saturday, August 6 • 11:30am and again at 2:00pm
(320 W. Estudillo Avenue)
The Academy Award nominated documentary Unfinished Business is the story of Japanese-American resisters- Gordon Hirabayashi, Fred Korematsu, and Minoru Yasui- who courageously defied the government order and refused to go to the internment camp, resulting in their conviction and imprisonment. (1986, 58 min., NR) 

   Wherever There's A Fight Exhibit Opening at the Main Library
Saturday, August 27, 3:00pm to 5:00pm
(300 Estudillo Avenue)
Join the conversation with Wherever There's A Fight authors and exhibit curators Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi. The authors will discuss this first-ever account of the struggles to develop and protect civil rights in California, showing slides from political and social movements that occurred right here in the Bay Area.
Exhibit Opening PDF Flyer


Civil Rights Film Festival at the Museum
Saturday, September 3 • 11:30am to 4:00pm
(320 W. Estudillo Avenue)
11:30am: Into Forgetfulness, produced by the Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Park, tells the story of the 1944 explosion at the Concord Naval Weapons Depot that killed hundreds of Navy personel. Most of dead and injured were enlisted African American sailors. A ranger from the park will speak on the topic and introduce the film.
12:45pm: Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria documents the transgender women and drag queens who fought police harassment at Compton's Cafeteria in San Francisco's Tenderloin in 1966. (2005, 57 min., NR)
2:00pm: The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers' Movement The Chinese, Japanese, Philiphino, Mexican and Black workers who built an agrabusiness empire with their back breaking labor. (2015, 1:56, NR)
Civil Rights Film Festival PDF Flyer

   Panel Discussion at the Main Library: Voting Rights
Thursday, September 8 • 6:30pm to 9:00pm
(300 Estudillo Avenue)
Jay Petersen, local attorney, will moderate a panel of civil rights activists. The discussion will revolve around issues presented in the book Wherever There's A Fight in the context of voting rights. A question and answer period will follow. The League of Women Voters will be in attendance to register voters. 

Author Talk at the Library: Enduring Convictions by Lorraine Bannai
Saturday, September 17 • 2:00pm to 4:00pm
(300 Estudillo Avenue)
Author of Enduring Convictions, attorney, law professor and member of Fred T. Korematsu's legal team, Lorraine Bannai tells the story of the 22-year-old who refused to obey the Executive Order that culminated in the incarceration of over 110,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. Bannai will describe the challenges leading to overturning Korematsu's conviction. A book signing will follow the discussion.
Enduring Conviction PDF Flyer

   Saturday Documentary Films at the Library
Saturday, September 24 • 2:00pm to 5:00pm
(300 Estudillo Avenue)
2:00pm: The Case Against 8 is a riveting, indepth look at the historic fedearl lawsuit filed in an effort to overturn Prop 8, California's discriminatory ban on same-sex marriage. (2014, 1:49, NR)
4:00pm: Of Civil Wrongs and Rights recounts the events that led Fred T. Korematsu to defy the United States government during the Japanese internment and wait almost 40 years to prove his innocence. (2000, 1:00, NR)
   Documentaries at the Museum: Union Rights
Saturday, October 1 • 11:30am and again at 2:00pm
(320 W. Estudillo Avenue)
Harry Bridges: A Man and His Union chronicles the life of one of America's most important and controversial left wing labor leaders. Bridges headed the International Longshoremen and Warehouseman Union from the 1930s to the 1970s. (1992, 58 min., NR)
   Field Trip to Angel Island
Saturday, October 8 • 8:30am to 5:00pm
(Meeet at Main Library - 300 Estudillo Avenue)
We will take a bus, the Tiburon ferry and a park shuttle to explore the island and go on a guided tour of the U.S. Immigration Station. From 1910 to 1940, the U.S. Immigration Station processed hundreds of thousands of immigrants, mostly Chinese. Park staff will provide a guided tour. Please note: walking is involved and the terrain is challenging. Bring your own lunch. $35 per person - includes all transportation and tour fees. Ticket sales begin Saturday, August 27 at the exhibit opening.
   Angel Island Poetry at the Museum
Thursday, October 13 • 7:00pm to 8:00pm
(320 W. Estudillo Avenue)
Jeff Leong of San Leandro will share original and translated versions of the wall poems at the Angel Island Immigration Station. He will talk about his family's immigration story and the experience of translating the poems.