Peace & Justice

Peace and Justice Days: Elections – Day of Dialogue Sessions

 A complete list of Day of Dialogue sessions is included below. Students should consult their Day of Dialogue schedule in PowerSchool (available on Wednesday, October 5) to see the sessions in which they will be participating.

 Ability and Disability in Politics

A local community activist for differently-abled communities will reflect on ways in which issues of chief importance to members of their group may impact the upcoming election.

 Black Power to Black Lives Matter: The Black Experience in Politics    

A brief overview of how the African-American community has attempted to gain political access over the past fifty years.  What were these movements, what did they achieve, and how is the present day struggle different?  Also, where is the African-American electorate in the upcoming presidential election.

Cognitive Scientists Look at What it Means to be Republican and Democratic

Can’t understand why Trump is so successful, and why so many people dislike Clinton, come to this session and see how cognitive science helps explain how our thinking shapes the presidential election.  We think we’re being rational when exploring the candidates and the issues, but something more mysterious might be happening.

 Election Speak: Understanding the November Elections

What do you need to know to understand the November elections? We’ll talk about red and blue states, the electoral college, swing voters, Super PACS, battleground states, and more.

Elections and the Music Industry

How do major music artists influence young voters? What are the differences in support and message between the major music genres:  R&B, Country, Rock? How are radio stations leveraged, based on who owns the station, to influence voter perspective and from where is the direction of the station derived? What is the significance of music played at conventions? How is it chosen?

Environmental Issues and the Election

Environmental Science students will be sharing information about ballot initiatives relating to environment and candidates’ positions on environmental issues including Clinton’s positions on environment; Trump’s positions on environment; Prop 51 cigarette tax and public health and Prop 65 and 67 plastic bag initiatives.

From the Outside Looking In

This session will explore the international perspective of this specific election cycle. We will examine how people in other countries are viewing the American political process.

Guess the Candidate!        

This session will encourage students to identify their own positions on issues like gun control, immigration, trade, energy, and the environment in an interactive way. Students will also play “guess the candidate” and vote on a number of issues.

How might the Affordable Health Care Act, and health care in general in America, be affected by a Democratic or Republican victory in November?

This session will be a discussion of the current state of health care in America, under the Affordable Health Care Act (how many people now covered, estimated number still without care, effect on insurance premiums, etc.), the two major party candidates’ proposals for health care if elected, and how these proposals might affect, change, or improve our current health care.

ISIS, Syria, and the Impact on the United States Election

How did ISIS form? Why did Syria fall into war, and who is fighting who? Where have the 4.8 million refugees from Syria gone? What is the role of the United States in Syria? What is the US strategy to defeat ISIS? Come and learn about the biggest global crises in decades, and how it is impacting the US election.

It’s Not Just About the President — Why You Should Vote in All Elections

This session focuses on why yearly elections have a larger impact on our daily lives as American citizens than presidential ones, and how, if we don’t exercise our voting power, we limit the power of change with in our country.

Poetry as Political Dialogue

The revolution may not be televised, but poets might well have started it.  Come consider the role of poetry and spoken word in the dialogue of social change by reading, listening, writing and sharing.

Politicians or Pop Stars?

This session will explore the phenomenon of political candidates turning into pop culture celebrities. We will examine elections throughout history as well as the current presidential race.

Rhetoric of Politics and Media

This session will focus on language used as a tool for persuasion.  After watching various candidate speeches, clips from major televisions shows (such as The Daily Show), and news reports, we will discuss how language is purposefully molded for a specific and desired effect.  Why does the speaker choose particular words?  What effect do these words have?  How do dramatic pauses and tone play a role in persuasion?  Who is the target audience and how do we know?

Sexism in the Presidential Election

This session will explore the implicit and explicit sexism that Hillary Clinton has faced during this presidential election. We will discuss the gender stereotypes that contribute to common criticisms of her as a leader, as well as examine the  decisions she has made to combat this discrimination.

Single Issue Voting

Will explore why, for some people, a single issue (gun control, abortion, regulation, taxes, etc.) is so important as to compel a voter to vote for a specific candidate regardless of other positions he/she may hold.

Systems at Large: a Look at Recent Voting Restriction Legislation and How Black and Brown Americans are Affected    

How do the elections affect everyday realities? This session will explore the effects of voter restrictions on black and brown women and men. We will also look at the intersection of politics, economics, and agency.

The Asian Perspective in Politics

The Asian community is usually forgotten when it comes to politics. Whether it is within the political arena or the impact of laws passed, Asians are affected in an adverse way. Our goal is to educate students on another perspective that is often overlooked.

The Candidates and Foreign Policy

This session will explore the candidates’ foreign policy positions regarding foreign aid & immigration/refugee relief.

The Hispanic Vote

Join us to discuss issues of concern to Hispanic voters designed around recent news articles.

The Intersection of Technology and Politics

This session will discuss how technology plays a role in the election — everything from online voter registration to civic technology engagement to legislative and regulatory pitfalls.

Trade Policy and The Presidency

This election cycle has brought about many topics, and one of the most important is trade deals. Do you know what trade deals are? Or what free trade is? Or why it matters in your life? Come and learn all about them.

Voter ID Laws and Access

Why in 2016 do we try to limit American citizens’ access to the ballot? This session will look at historical barriers and the lingering effects of voter restriction in today’s elections.

Walls: A Dance and Theater Arts Collaboration

Students will host interactive explorations of the emotional, physical, and psychological effects of political, ideological, and social boundaries and barriers within America today.

What Drives People Into The Arms of Donald Trump?

This session will explore the appeal that Donald Trump has for many Americans.

What would Junior and Rowdy have to say about this USA news headline? “Native Americans: A Forgotten Minority in the US Presidential Campaign”

This workshop will focus on Native American issues such as poverty, alcoholism and environmental degradation and past voter turn out.  Saint Mary’s Theater Arts classes will perform skits portraying perspectives from characters from The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

Who Has the Big Guns?

This session will talk about gun control from a local perspective, Catholic perspective, California law, and the candidates’ viewpoints.

Who Would Jesus Vote For?        

This session will examine candidates’ positions on issues that relate to Church teachings. Scripture students will lead the discussion around who Jesus might vote for based on the candidates’ positions.

Why Should I Vote?

Yes, your vote matters.  Let us prove it to you. This will be a discussion-based session about the power of the vote and the power that this generation holds to change the America we live in.

Women in Politics: U.S. and the World

How many women are in positions of political leadership? Where does the United States stand in comparison to other countries in terms of gender representation? Is gender parity good for governance? What strategies should we use to cultivate more equal representation? Join us for a comparative reflection on the numbers, names, and experiences of women in politics in the United States and arou