Social issues ranging from human rights to social justice will be among the topics of discussion April 16 during Cal State Fullerton’s seventh annual Social Justice Summit. “If Not Me, Then Who?” is the theme of this year’s free, public event.
Among the speakers are Paul Watson, founder of the marine nonprofit organization Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and featured on Discovery Channel’s “Whale Wars,” who will speak at 9 a.m., and comedian Jamie Kilstein, a political and free-speech activist, animal rights advocate and co-host of “Citizen Radio,” who will speak at 4 p.m.
More than 25 educational workshops will be held on such topics as the health implications of nuclear weapons use and a first-person account of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan from Sgt. Brendan O’Byrne of the Oscar-nominated documentary “Restrepo.” A free vegan lunch and a resource fair featuring regional and international organizations also are available. For a complete list of workshops, visit www.fullerton.edu/socialjusticesummit.
The Social Justice Summit is about being proactive, educating oneself, getting involved and taking a stand, said Amy Mattern, coordinator of Cal State Fullerton’s Volunteer & Service Center, which hosts the event. “The summit is for those who don’t even know what is meant by the term ‘social justice,’ as well as those who have actively been engaging in this type of work already,” Mattern said. “It’s important for the university to present an event such as the Social Justice Summit to provide an avenue for the community to come together and talk about issues affecting our communities, our country and our world — and, most important, to take action.”
Just remember, the people putting on and attending this workshop are having their educations subsidized by the taxpayers of California, presumably so they can go make a good living in the world upon graduation. In other words, they're some of the luckiest, most privileged people in any society on the planet--and they want to tell you what you need to do and what you need to give up in order to help the underprivileged. These privileged 20-somethings, who benefit from your work, want you to feel bad about what you have and what you do. These kids, who benefit the most--oh, they're not willing to give up anything, they're not even willing to pay a little higher tuition, or have their parents pay a little higher tuition, without squealing like stuck pigs and protesting and marching around with signs and chanting. The irony and hypocrisy just amazes.