October 17, 2017

California Supreme Court Justice Cuéllar: Noon Today in Robinson; Successful PILF Auction, and White Supremacy and a Women’s Right to Vote

Loyola is honored to host a noon-time discussion in the Robinson Courtroom between Dean Waterstone and California Supreme Court Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar. This is an excellent opportunity to see one of California’s top jurists in an informal setting. Lunch will be provided.

Another successful PILF Auction this Saturday. Were you there? This was the 25th Anniversary of this wonderful Loyola tradition. If you would like to get involved with PILF, or with Loyola’s many clinics, or right here with EQ4ALL, give us a shout and we’ll happily help you get involved in Loyola’s many social justice opportunities.

On the national level, Richard Spencer, a prominent leader in the Alt-Right movement, gave an interview with Newsweek’s Michael Edison Haydon, where Spencer pushed his white supremacist agenda. Notably, he reportedly stated that he did not think women should be allowed to vote. In fact, he was generally against “mass democracy” of any kind. Spencer and his tiki-torch followers are set to descend on the University of Florida on Thursday to deliver a speech. Counter-protests are expected.

Editor’s Note: Use your own freedom of speech to counter messages of hate. Feel free to submit a post on our Facebook page. Do also remember to remain peaceful and safe.

October 10, 2017

Social Justice Tuesday, PILF Reminder, and NFL / Charlottesville / Campus Protests

It’s the second Tuesday of the month and that means Social Justice Tuesday at Loyola! This week’s panel includes presentations on how law students can make their concern for social justice a part of their professional work. This can include becoming involved in Loyola’s Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF). Today’s panel will be held in the Burns Lounge at Noon. Cookies will be served.

And speaking of PILF . . .  Do attend the annual PILF auction on Saturday, October 14, which marks the 25th anniversary of this event. As mentioned, the theme this year is James Bond. Click here for more information.

This week saw more protests on both sides of social justice. On Saturday, white nationalists returned to Charlottesville with their tiki-torches, again chanting racially charged epitaphs. In related news, DeAndre Harris, an African-American man who was severely beaten by a mob of white supremacists at the initial Charlottesville riot in August, has himself been charged with assault. Per the news reports, a warrant for Mr. Harris’ arrest was issued after the purported “victim” went to a magistrate’s office to obtain the warrant. Mr. Harris apparently had used a flashlight to defend himself after being bludgeoned by white nationalists, one of which also tried to “spear” him with a pole draped with the Confederate flag.  

By contrast, support for social justice includes increased student activism targeting campus ties to slavery, such as the #silentsam movement at the University of North Carolina. At UNC, the protests have focused on memorials to Julian Carr, who gave a UNC dedication speech in 1913 in which he referenced the “pleasing duty” of publically whipping an African-American woman. Similar concerns have been raised at Duke University, where Carr also has donated land. This conversation has also occurred at numerous other college campuses, with a symposium scheduled this month that is expected to be attended by at least 30 southern universities. And again, many NFL football players silently voiced their concern against systematic racism by taking a knee, raising a fist, or engaging in other symbolic gestures, during the playing of the national anthem at football games.