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Join Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi, authors of Wherever There’s a Fight – How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California, (winner of the 2010 Gold Medal in Californiana from the California Book Awards). You will see historic and contemporary images of places you may have walked by every day, without realizing the civil liberties battles that were fought there: the site where vigilantes hanged their opponents from makeshift gallows, the murals that Richard Nixon tried to censor, the building occupied by disability rights activists who changed federal law. Learn about a bold African American woman who refused to give up her seat on a streetcar, almost a century before Rosa Parks, the Chinese laundry owner who fought discriminatory laws up to the U.S. Supreme Court, and the man who defied President Roosevelt’s incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. Wherever There’ s a Fight captures the sweeping story of how freedom and equality have grown in California, from the gold rush right up to the precarious post-9/11 era. The book tells the stories of the brave individuals who have stood up for their rights to protect the rights we have today.