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Social Justice Week events held March 19-28

BOONE—Social Justice Week will be held at Appalachian State University March 19 – 28 featuring events addressing contemporary global issues such as human trafficking, drone use, LGBT rights, education, poverty and genocide.

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Events are free and open to the public.

Social Justice Week is a student-driven initiative designed to unite student groups and campus offices on social justice issues.

The University Bookstore will also feature a book display dedicated to the issues addressed during the series.

Events in the series are:

Tuesday, March 19
“Concert for Justice,” 8 p.m., Parkway Ballroom, Plemmons Student Union – The kick-off concert features performances by acapella groups, dance groups and solo performers. Sponsored by Student Government Association.

Wednesday, March 20
“Humans: Not for Sale,” 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Watauga River Room, Plemmons Student Union – Featuring an interactive walkthrough, this event addresses the issue of human trafficking. Sponsored by International Justice Mission.

“Race to Nowhere,” 7 p.m., Reich College of Education Room 124 – This film challenges current thinking about how children are prepared for success. It brings communities together to spark dialogue and galvanize change in America’s schools. Sponsored by Appalachian Educators for Social Justice.

Thursday, March 21
“Drone Warfare: Murder by Remote,” 6 p.m., Room 18 Anne Belk Hall – This panel discussion will address the international and domestic use of drones. Sponsored by Amnesty International, American Correctional Association, Young Americans for Liberty, and Students for Local Change.

Friday, March 22
“Waiting for Water,” 1-3 p.m., Sanford Mall – This is an awareness walk about the world water crisis. Sponsored by ASU Wine To Water.

Monday, March 25
“Capital Punishment in the USA and Around the World,” 6 p.m., Room 114 Belk Library and Information Commons – Richard Dieter, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, will lead a discussion of capital punishment in the U.S. and discuss how American death penalty practice fits into the larger context of capital punishment around the world. Sponsored by Amnesty International, American Correctional Association, and the Department of Government and Justice Studies.

Tuesday, March 26
“Voices of Inspiration,” noon-4 p.m., Lobby of Reich College of Education – In this public performance-art event, students, staff and faculty “embody” the people and voices of those who have inspired them to work for equity, peace and justice.

“The LGBT Center presents ‘8’ by Dustin Lance Black,” 7 p.m., Parkway Ball Room, Plemmons Student Union – Dustin Black, Academy Award winner for “Milk”, brings the trial of California’s Proposition 8 to life in his documentary play based on the actual transcripts of the Federal District Court trial which challenged the voter approved proposition that sought to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Sponsored by the LBGT Center.

Wednesday, March 27
“Social Justice Coffee Hour: A Look at Social Business with Bald Guy Brew,” 7 p.m., ACT Outreach Center, Plemmons Student Union – Bald Guy will share his story about starting his fair-trade coffee company and what it means to be a socially conscious business. Sponsored by ACT, Bald Guy Brew, New Economy Summit, and BANGS Shoes.

“Rape as an Instrument of War and Genocide: Liberia and Burma,” 7 p.m, Three-Top Mountain Room, Plemmons Student Union – This event features a presentation about the genocide in Burma and screening of the documentary “Pray the Devil Back to Hell,” which shares the story of Nobel Peace Prize Winner Leymah Gbowee and her experience of bringing peace to war-torn Liberia. Sponsored by Muslim Student Association, PeaceJam, Student Association of Social Work, and LIPS.

Thursday, March 28
“Social Justice Week Round Table Discussion: What Do We Do Now?,” 6 p.m., Rough Ridge Room – Professors, students, and community organizers will discuss ways to get involved and become an advocate for change.

Social Justice “Week” is supported by the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies; the Appalachian and Community Together (ACT) Office; Multicultural Student Development; and various student organizations.

For more information, visit or contact Amanda Moore at 252-229-2922 or