Holding up the Sky! Celebrating California Women and their Fight for Civil Rights

Wednesday Mar 20 2019   7:00 PM
Bernal Heights Branch Library  500 Cortland Ave, San Francisco, CA  map

Since the early days of statehood, women in California have been at the forefront of the fight for civil rights. Elaine Elinson, local Bernal library patron and coauthor of Wherever There’s a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California and winner of a Gold Medal in the California Book Awards, will lead a special presentation for Women’s History Month.

We will look at the lives of Charlotte Brown, who fought the color bar on San Francisco street cars in 1863; Selina Solomons, who organized shop girls and laundresses to win women’s suffrage; Alice Piper, a 15-year-old Paiute who challenged the segregation of Native American children in Big Pine public schools, and other courageous women. Join us as we find out what motivated these bold women—and the rights they won for us all.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. sharp in the downstairs meeting room at the Bernal branch library (500 Cortland at Anderson); turn left at the bottom of the stairs. Free and open to the public; click here for more info.

Elaine ElinsonElaine Elinson was the communications director of the ACLU of Northern California and editor of the ACLU News for more than two decades. She is a coauthor of Development Debacle: The World Bank in the Philippines, which was banned by the Marcos regime. Her articles have been published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Nation, Poets and Writers, and numerous other periodicals. She is married to journalist Rene CiriaCruz and they have one son.

Photo by Matthew Elinson