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Wherever There's A Fight: A History of Civil Liberties in California

AUDIENCE: General, Spanish-speaking audiences

RENTAL FEE: $350 + shipping for an 8-week booking

SIZE: 45' total linear feet; 14 freestanding banners @ 3' w x 6.75' h each

SECURITY: Limited

Spanning the period from the Gold Rush to the post-9/11 era, the exhibition tells the hidden stories of unsung heroes and heroines throughout California who stood up for their rights in the face of social hostility, physical violence, economic hardship, and political stonewalling.

The exhibition educates audiences about the evolution of civil liberties and civil rights in California and how they are central to democracy. Stories of personal struggle demonstrate the ongoing fight and provide a framework through which current controversies can be debated.

The central themes of the exhibition are:

  • Civil liberties are essential for democracy.
  • Civil liberties struggles repeat over time while targeted groups change.
  • Civil liberties are perpetually in flux. Each generation must fight to preserve them.
  • Although our constitution enumerates rights, it is the people who must fight for equality and justice to make them meaningful.

This exhibit is based on the book Wherever There’s a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California by Elaine Elinson & Stan Yogi (Heyday Books, 2009).

A resource guide is also available: WTAF-ResourceGuide.pdf

Wherever There's A Fight exhibition is part of Cal Humanities Searching for Democracy, a thematic program designed to examine the meaning of democracy today.


TOP: Mural by Anton Refregier. ABOVE LEFT: Roy Takeno reading paper in front of office at the Manzanar War Relocation Center. Photo by Ansel Adams, 1943. ABOVE RIGHT: Biddy Mason courtesy of Security Pacific Collection, Los Angeles Public Library.

SCHEDULE & AVAILABILITY:

October 9 – December 4, 2011 #1 - California History Center, DeAnza College, Cupertino
December 18, 2011 – February 12, 2012 #1 - CSU Bakersfield, Bakersfield
February 26 – April 22, 2012 #1 - Cerro Coso Community College, Ridgecrest
#2 - Long Beach Public Library, Long Beach
May 6 – July 1, 2012 #1 - Flintridge Center Library, Pasadena
#2 - Woodland Public Library, Woodland
July 15 – September 9, 2012 #1 - Museum on Main, Pleasanton
July 23 - September 11, 2012 #2 - San Diego Public Library, San Diego
SPANISH - CA Community College Chancellor's Office, Sacramento
September 23 – November 18, 2012 #1 & SPANISH- Humboldt State University Library, Arcata
#2 - Sacramento Public Library, Sacramento, CA
December 2, 2012 - January 27, 2013 #1 - Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum, Vallejo
February 10, 2013 – April 7, 2013 #1 - San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco
#2 - Lompoc Library, Lompoc
SPANISH - Fresno County Public Library, Fresno 
April 21, 2013 – September 30, 2013 #1 & SPANISH - San Joaquin County Historical Museum, Lodi
April 21, 2013 – June 16, 2013 #2 - Merced County Courthouse, Merced
June 30, 2013 – August 25, 2013 #1 - Mammoth Lakes Library, Mammoth Lakes
September 8, 2013 – November 3, 2013 #2 - Fremont Public Library
SPANISH – AVAILABLE
October 13 - December 1, 2013 African American Museum & Library, Oakland
SPANISH – AVAILABLE
December 15, 2013 - January 12, 2014 #1 - AVAILABLE

#2 & SPANISH - Santa Cruz Public Library
January 26, 2014 – March 23, 2014 #1 - Thousand Oaks Library
#2 & SPANISH - Monterey County Free Libraries
April 6, 2014 – June 1, 2014 #1 - Riverside Community College District, Riverside
#2 - Cesar Chavez Student Center, SFSU
June 15, 2014 - October 15, 2014
#2- JFK University, Berkeley
August 24, 2014 - October 19, 2014
#1 - California History Center, DeAnza College, Cupertino
SPANISH – California History Center, DeAnza College, Cupertino
November 2, 2014 - January 18, 2015
#1 - Evergreen Valley College, San Jose
#2 - California History Center, DeAnza College, Cupertino
SPANISH – California History Center, DeAnza College, Cupertino
February 1, 2015 - March 31, 2015
#1 - AVAILABLE
April 12, 2015 - June 7, 2015
#1 - Booking pending
June 21, 2015 - August 16, 2015
#1 - AVAILABLE
August 30, 2015 - October 25, 2015
#1 - AVAILABLE


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