From the Frontlines of Justice

On the evening of #J18, we gathered 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.

Below are the clips of the speakers from that evening.


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 Resegregation and 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.