M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives

ARCHIVES OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND POLICY

Finding Aid for the
SOCIAL JUSTICE CENTER
RECORDS, 1981-2001
(APAP-177)

Social Justice Center flyer, undated
A flyer produced by the Social Justice Center, Series 1: Administrative Files
For reference queries contact Grenander Department Reference staff

Finding Aid Compiled by
Joshua Hauck-Whealton
June 2006

The arrangement and description of this collection was made possible through a New York State Archives Documentary Heritage Program Arrangement and Description Grant.



 
 
 
 
 
 

M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives 
University Libraries / University at Albany / State University of New York
1400 Washington Avenue / Albany, New York 12222 / (518) 437-3935


VOLUME: 4.3 cubic feet, 19 VHS tapes, approximately 600 KB of electronic records (size before being reformatted to PDF files)

ACQUISITION: All items in this manuscript group were donated to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, by the Social Justice Center in May 2004.

ACCESS: Access to this record group is unrestricted.

COPYRIGHT: The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will provide information about copyright owners and other restrictions, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the researcher. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Head of Special Collections and Archives.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Administrative History

Scope and Content Note

Series Descriptions

Box and Folder List:


Social Justice Center
Administrative History

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The Social Justice Center (SJC) was formed in 1981 by an alliance of non-profit activist organizations in order to provide a central location, office space, and basic services for activist groups in Albany, New York. The SJC was originally known as the Social Action Center, but the name was changed sometime in the late 1980s. Both names were used interchangeably for a period of time. The first product of the alliance was the Unity Statement, which laid out the goals and philosophy of the SJC. Groups in agreement with the Unity Statement were able to join the SJC and receive inexpensive office space and services. Membership varies, but currently there are around twenty member groups.

The functioning of the Center was originally overseen by the Coordinating Committee, which was composed of one representative from each member group. The Coordinating Committee was responsible for accepting or denying groups, setting policy, hiring staff and creating sub-committees for handling finances or performing certain projects. It was later decided that a more formal board was needed, and in 1996 a Board of Directors was formed from progressive members of the community. The Center currently employs a director, Victorio Reyes.

The center initially leased property and was eventually able to purchase and renovate a building in downtown Albany at 33 Central Avenue. The grand opening of this building was in April 1987. The storefront of the building is occupied by Peace Offerings, a gift shop and project of the Social Justice Center. Billed as “The Store with a Social Conscience,” Peace Offerings buys products from artisan collectives in developing countries and its sales directly fund the SJC. The store first opened in 1984 as a fundraiser during the Christmas holiday season. It was successful enough that in 1989 it became a permanent, year-round store. Peace Offerings is staffed by two part-time employees, a manager and a bookkeeper. The Social Justice Center and Peace Offerings combined operate with over sixty volunteers.

Other projects of the Center include the Dismantling Racism project, which sponsors workshops to address the roots of racial prejudice, the PCB/Environmental Health project, which works to educate the community about potential toxins, and the Infoshop, a lending library that stocks progressive periodicals and books.

The founding groups of the SJC include the Albany Peace and Energy Council, the Committee for a New Korea Policy, the New York State Citizen’s Party, Rights for American Indians Now, and the Knolls Action Project. Since its founding, the center has housed a number of organizations, including Campus Action, the National Lawyers Guild, Citizens’ Environmental Coalition, New York Bicycling Coalition, the Homeless Action Committee, and the Institute for Farmworker Justice.


Social Justice Center
Scope & Content Note

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The records of the Social Justice Center contain materials generated and collected by its staff, including financial records, meeting minutes, publications, fliers, grant proposals, photographs, and correspondence. There are also materials generated by the operation of the store Peace Offerings, including log books, inventories, and time sheets as well as promotional materials, such as signs, educational hand outs, and videos.

The history, goals, and operations of the SJC is well represented in the Administrative Files series, particularly in the meeting minutes of the Coordinating Committee. Histories of the center can be found in the 1991 board retreat material. The Peace Offering series primarily contains promotional materials such as signs and displays. There is a small amount of administrative material for the gift store, primarily found in the minutes of the Steering Committee. There is also a small amount of electronic records in the Peace Offerings series, split between administrative material and material for a Developing Multi-Culturalism conference. These files are available for viewing in Printable Document Format (PDF) files and can be viewed with Adobe Acrobat Reader.

There is little material in this collection from the member groups of the SJC. There is a small amount of administrative materials from the Centro de Progresso group and a folder of materials from the creation of the Institute for Farmworker Justice, but all other materials consist of general publications that can be found in the Subject File series. Lists of the member groups can be drawn from the items in the brochures folder or from the financial records in the group billing folders.

Several collections in the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives provide further information about the issues of concern to the Social Justice Center. For a complete list of related collections see the subject guides for Conservation and the Environment, African American and Civil Rights Organizations, Human Sexuality and Gender Identity, Social Activists and Public Advocates, and Women. Of particular note are the collections of organizations and individuals which were members of the Social Justice Center or worked with the SJC on projects. These collections include the records of Citizens’ Environmental Coalition (APAP-197), Campus Action (APAP-164), Knolls Action Project (APAP-105), Capital District Coalition Against Apartheid and Racism (APAP-011), Save The Pine Bush (APAP-125), New York Coalition For Alternatives to Pesticides (APAP-151), ACT UP Albany (APAP-106), the Capital District Committee For Palestinian Rights (APAP-163), Tom Nattell (APAP-191) who was a founding member of the Albany Peace and Energy Council, and Lawrence Wittner (APAP-100) of the Democratic Socialists of America and other organizations.


Social Justice Center
Series Descriptions

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Series 1: Administrative Files, 1981-2001, undated, .1 cubic ft., approximately 200 KB of Electronic Records, Arranged alphabetically.

This series contains records generated by the Social Justice Center in the process of its ongoing mission to provide space and services to social justice organizations. The records include financial reports, correspondence, and meeting minutes from the Coordinating Committee and later the center’s board. Also included are documents related to fundraising, including dance and walk-a-thons, grant proposals, and related materials. The records of the Centro de Progresso, the only member group of the SJC with material in this collection, can be found in this series. Finally, there is a small amount of material in Electronic File format from the planning of a workshop of the Dismantling Racism project. These files are available for viewing in Printable Document Format (PDF) files and can be viewed with Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Series 2: Peace Offerings, 1984, 1986, 1988-1995, undated, 1 cubic ft., 19 VHS tapes, approximately 400 KB of Electronic Records, Arranged alphabetically.

This series is comprised of records generated by the store Peace Offerings in its day-to-day operations as a gift shop. This includes log sheets, inventories, time sheets, and meeting minutes of the steering committee. In addition, this series contains promotional materials from the store and from vendors, such as signs, press releases, fliers, and educational videos. This series also contains materials from the Cultural Marketplace Tour, where artisans from Mexico, Bolivia, and Ecuador visited the store. There is also a small amount of electronic records in this series, split between administrative material and conference material for the Dismantling Racism Project. These files are available for viewing in Printable Document Format (PDF) files and can be viewed with Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Series 3: Subject Files, 1987-1997, undated, 2.3 cubic ft., Arranged alphabetically.

The Subject Files series contains mostly publications collected by the Social Justice Center and Peace Offerings from other organizations, such as newsletters and educational materials. Much of the material originates from the SELFHELP Crafts organization, which later became Ten Thousand Villages. Also included are research materials on the issues related to PCBs, environmental clean-up, and environmental justice.


Social Justice Center
Box and Folder List

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Series 1: Administrative Files, 1981-2000, undated

Box 1
Folder

1. Activist Newsletter, 1991-1993
2. “Almanac for Social Justice,” 1989
3. April Mobilization Coalition, 1987
4. Awards Dinner Programs, 1991-1992
5. Board, Meeting Minutes, Agendas, 1996-1999
6. Board Invitation, 1997, undated
7. Board Retreat, Background Material, 1983, 1991, undated
8. Board Retreat, Board Member Packet, 1997
9. Brochures, undated
10. Building, Photographs, undated
11. Community Works Social Action Fund, Meeting Minutes, Reports, Correspondence, 1993-1994, undated
12. Coordinating Committee, Meeting Minutes, Reports, Correspondence, 1985, 1988-1993
13. Correspondence, 1982-1997, 2000, undated
14. Creation of Social Justice Center, Correspondence, 1981
15. Evaluation Meeting, Minutes, 1988
16. Financial Reports, 1984-1987
17. Financial Reports, 1994
18. Fliers, 1982, 1987, 1993, undated
19. Fundraising, Dance-a-thon, Corporate Sponsorship, 1996-1997
20. Fundraising, Dance-a-thon, Logistics, 1996-1997
21. Fundraising, Dance-a-thon, Participants, 1996-1997
22. Fundraising, Dance-a-thon, Promotional Material, 1994-1996, undated
23. Fundraising, Raffle, Correspondence, Flier, 1993-1994
24. Fundraising, Walk-a-thon, 1984
25. Grants, A.J. Muste Memorial Institute, 1995
26. Grants, Chase Racial Harmony and Diversity Program, Grant Proposal, 1996-1997
27. Grants, Miscellaneous Grant Proposals, 1989, 1993, 1996
28. Grants, Public Welfare Foundation, Grant Proposal, 1985, 1998
29. Group Billing, 1989
30. Group Billing, 1992
31. Group Billing, 1994
32. Group Billing, 1995-1996
33. History, 1991
34. “Honoring the Leadership of Women of Color for Social Change,” Photographs, Negatives, 1991, undated
35. Mailing List, undated
36. Member Group Applications, Contracts, 1985
37. Member Groups, Centro de Progreso, By-Laws, Fliers, Newspaper Clippings, 1999-2000, undated
38. Member Groups, Centro de Progreso Correspondence, 1998-1999
39. Member Groups, Centro de Progreso, Correspondence, Charity Auto Choice, 1999
40. Member Groups, Centro de Progreso, Fund Raiser Responses, 1998
41. Member Groups, Centro de Progreso, Holding Our Own, Grant Proposal, 1999
42. Member Groups, Centro de Progreso, Meeting Minutes, Notes, 1998-1999
43. Member Groups, Institute for Farmworkers Justice, Notes, undated
44. Member Groups, Latino Journal, 1992-1993
45. Memoranda, Peace Offerings, 1985, 1993, undated
46. Move to 33 Central Ave., History of Property, 1987
47. Move to 33 Central Ave., Renovations, Correspondence, Estimate, Notes, 1987
48. Notes, 1988, 1992, undated
49. Outlets for Advertising, 1995
50. Peace and Justice Awards, Press Releases, 1987, 1992
51. Promotional Table at Events, Correspondence, Conference Materials, 1991-1993
52. Promotional Table at Events, Correspondence, 1994
53. Promotional Table at Events, Correspondence, Festival Materials, 1995
54. Promotions, Correspondence, Publications, Notes, 1994-1995
55. Readings Against The End Of The World, Correspondence, 1986
56. Toxics In Your Community Coalition, 1990
57. Unity Statement, undated

Electronic Records

· Dismantling Racism Project Workshop, Agenda, 2000
· Dismantling Racism Project Workshop, Agenda, Project SANO, 1999
· Dismantling Racism Project Workshop, Birth Plan, 1999
· Dismantling Racism Project Workshop, Community Voices, 1999
· Dismantling Racism Project Workshop, Curriculum Continuity Sheet, 2000
· Dismantling Racism Project Workshop, Curriculum Options, 2000
· Dismantling Racism Project Workshop, Diagram, 1998
· Dismantling Racism Project Workshop, Four Working Assumptions, 1999
· Dismantling Racism Project Workshop, Gender Definitions, 1999
· Dismantling Racism Project Workshop, Logistics Agenda, 1999
· Dismantling Racism Project Workshop, Materials To Do List 1999
· Dismantling Racism Project Workshop, Nasiima, 2000
· Dismantling Racism Project Workshop, Note From Breakout Session, 1999
· Dismantling Racism Project Workshop, Outreach, 1999
· Dismantling Racism Project Workshop, Phone List, 2000
· Dismantling Racism Project Workshop, Revitalization Meeting, 1999
· Dismantling Racism Project Workshop, Stage of Organization, 1999
· Dismantling Racism Project Workshop, Things To Keep In Mind, 1999
· Dismantling Racism Project Workshop, To Do List, 1999
· Dismantling Racism Project Workshop, Wheel of Oppression, 1999
· Dismantling Racism Project Workshop, White Privilege, 1999
· Dismantling Racism Project Workshop, Women’s Bean Project Questions, 2000
· Dismantling Racism Project Workshop, Work Plan, 2000
· Dismantling Racism Project Workshop, Working Assumption, 1998


Social Justice Center
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Series 2: Peace Offerings, 1984, 1986, 1988-1995, undated

Box 1
Folder

1. Activities, Fliers, Press Releases, 1996
2. Artisan Information for Store Display, undated
3. Certificates of Appreciation for Volunteers, undated
4. Cooperative Games, Notes, undated
5. Correspondence, 1986, 1992-1996, undated
6. Cultural Marketplace Tour, Albany Arts Commission Grant, Correspondence, Grant Proposal, Notes, 1995
7. Cultural Marketplace Tour, News Clippings, 1995, undated
8. Cultural Marketplace Tour, Correspondence, Fliers, Notes, Schedules, 1995, undated
9. Financial Records, 1989-1994
10. Fundraising Nights, Mailing, Address List, undated
11. History, 1986, 1988-1991
12. Inventories, 1994
13. Inventories, 1995
14. Inventories, 1995
15. “Listing of Alternative Trade Organizations,” Global Exchange, undated
16. Log Books, Notebooks, undated
17. Log Sheets, March-August 1993
18. Log Sheets, September 1993 - May 1994
19. Press Releases, Media Contact Lists, 1988-1993
20. Project Proposals, 1984, 1986
21. Promotional and Educational Signs, undated
22. Promotional Ideas, News Clippings, Leaflets, Correspondence, 1991-1993, undated
23. Promotions, Fliers, Notes, Correspondence, 1993-1995, undated
24. Shoplifting, Meeting Minutes, Notes, Flier, 1995, undated
25. Sponsorship, WAMC, WMHT, 1994
26. Staff Folder, Correspondence, 1993
27. Steering Committee, Meeting Minutes, Agendas, 1986, 1993-1995
28. Store Layout, Diagrams, undated
29. Vendor Questionnaires, 1998, undated
30. Volunteer Meetings, Fliers, Calendar, Agenda, undated
31. Volunteer Staff Training, undated

Videos

Electronic Records

· Ad Mailing, 1994
· Budget, 1994
· Budgeting For Festivals, 1997
· Cultural Marketplace Mailing, 1995
· Cultural Marketplace Outline, 1995
· Educate The Children (ETC) Profile, 1994
· Fair Trade Federation Members, 1994
· Job Description, Temporary Store Manager, 1994
· Latino Collegiate Conference, 1996
· Learning Contract, Kimberly Manning, 1997
· Learning Contract, Ryan Walsh, 1997
· Loans, 1994
· Meeting Agenda, February 1995
· Meeting Minutes, July 1994
· Meeting Minutes, March 1995
· Meeting Minutes, April 1995
· Meeting Minutes, May 1995
· Meeting Minutes, July 1995
· Meeting Minutes, September 1995
· Meeting Minutes, January 1996
· Nagasaki Press Release, 1995
· Promotion Timeline, 1994
· Proposal For Consignments, 1994
· Staffing Proposal, 1997
· Tax Letter, 1996
· Timeline, 1994
· Timeline, 1995
· Vendor List, 1995
· Vendor Questionnaire, 1995
· Volunteer List, 1996


Social Justice Center
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Series 3: Subject Files, 1987-1997, undated

Box 1
Folder

1. Albany/Schenectady League of Arts, 1992-1993
2. Alternative Trade Organizations, Publications, Leaflets, Correspondence, 1990-1992, undated
3. Alternative Trade Organization Questionnaire, Correspondence, 1997
4. Community Building as a Process for Social Change,” Article, undated
5. Community Organizations, List, undated
6. Co-op America Quarterly, Magazine, 1996-1997
7. Customs and Importing, US Government Publications, 1988-1991
8. Dinner, Photographs, undated
9. Educational Material, 1994, undated
10. Fair Trade Federation, 1993, 1995, 1998
11. Family Planning Advocates, Fliers, Leaflets, Publications, 1997, undated
12. Film and Video Resources, Catalogs, Fliers, Correspondence, 1992, undated
13. Hand in Hand Store, Year End Report, 1991
14. Homeless Action Committee, undated
15. Lesbian and Gay Community Funding Partnership, 1995
16. Magazines, 1994-1995, 1997
17. March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, Photographs, Negatives, 1987
18. Newsletter, Connections, 1996-1997
19. Newsletter, Craft News, 1992-1995
20. Newsletter, Educate the Children (E.T.C.), 1992-1993, 1995
21. Newsletter, Gayzette, 1996-1997
22. Newsletter, Global Link, 1997
23. Newsletter, In The Life, 1996
24. Newsletter, Miscellaneous, 1991-1997
25. Newsletter, Networks, 1993-1995, 1997
26. Newsletter, Partnerships, 1995-1996
27. Newsletter, SERRV Handcrafts Connection, 1990-1994
28. North American Alternative Trade Conference, Conference Materials, 1991-1993
29. North American Alternative Trade Conference, Conference Materials, 1994
30. North American Alternative Trade Conference, Photographs, Negatives, 1994
31. Pamphlets, undated
32. PCBs, 1995-1996, undated
33. PCBs, News Clippings, 1984-1991, 1993-1996
34. “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes,” Newsletters, News Clippings, 1991, 1993-1994, undated
35. SELFHELP Crafts, Educational Materials, 1986, 1990, undated
36. SELFHELP Crafts, Educational Materials, Haiti, Dominican Republic, 1990, undated
37. SELFHELP Crafts, Educational Materials, India, undated
38. SELFHELP Crafts, Educational Materials, Indonesian, 1991
39. SELFHELP Crafts, Educational Materials, Kenya, Botswana, undated
40. SELFHELP Crafts, Educational Materials, Laos, 1991, undated
41. SELFHELP Crafts, Educational Materials, Mexico, Peru, 1993, 1997, undated
42. SELFHELP Crafts, Educational Materials, Nepal, 1991, 1997, undated
43. SELFHELP Crafts, Educational Materials, Pakistan, 1991, undated
44. SELFHELP Crafts, Educational Materials, Philippines, Sri Lanka, 1991, undated
45. SELFHELP Crafts, Educational Materials, South and Central America, 1990, 1992, undated
46. SELFHELP Crafts, Educational Materials, Thailand, West Bank, 1986, 1990, 1994, undated
47. SELFHELP Crafts, Mailings, Fliers, 1992-1995, undated
48. SELFHELP Crafts, Newsletter, 1990-1992
49. SELFHELP Crafts, Newsletter, 1993-1996
50. Unidentified Photographs, 1993
51. Unidentified Photographs, Negative, Slides, undated

Flat File

1. Bowl For Peace, Hanging Signs, undated
2. Bowl For Peace, Hanging Signs, undated
3. Bowl For Peace, Hanging Signs, undated
4. Bowl For Peace, Hanging Signs, undated
5. Korea, Im Su Kyung, Posters, undated
6. Korea, Im Su Kyung, Posters, undated
7. National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League, Poster, undated
8. Rape Crisis Center, Protest Signs, undated
9. Unidentified, Protest Signs, undated


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