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Past Events

We at the Social Justice Institute strive to be forward thinking in our inquiries as well as our actions. We wholeheartedly believe that to get an idea of where to go next, we must keep in mind where we have been. With that in mind, here are some of the events that SJI has sponsored and that continue to influence our thinking and guide our work.

To view photos and videos from past events, please visit our media page. 

To see what is in store for the coming weeks and months, head to the upcoming events page.









Visit the SJI YouTube Channel to see recorded conference lectures, plenary sessions and oral histories.

Selected event photos courtesy of Eric Benson Photography

National Lawyers Guild Training Sessions

Legal Observers + Jail Support

Monday, June 20 - 6-7:30 pm - Legal Observer Training

Monday, June 27 - 6-7:30 pm - Jail Support Training

Crawford Hall, 10900 Euclid Avenue, Room A13 (Ground Floor)

The Ohio Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild will be holding free training sessions for people interested in volunteering during the Republican National Convention (July 18-21). 

Although Legal Observers are typically law students, legal workers, and lawyers, trainings are open to everyone (except those working for or with government or law enforcement agencies).  Legal Observers watch and document law enforcement/government conduct in order to protect the constitutional rights of demonstrators, protesters, and others exercising their free speech rights. For more information about the National Lawyers Guild's Legal Observer program, visit®-program.

Jail Support is a show of solidarity with fellow activists. It is instrumental in ensuring the representation of arrested activists and the mental and physical health of released detainees.  Supporters may be asked to provide emotional support, provide food or water, or assist in other ways with protesters who are detained.

The trainings are free and open to the community.  Light refreshments will be served.

The CWRU School of Medicine is offering training for Street Medics - learn more here.