Join me at the Oakland Museum of California for the public unveiling of Reflections of Healing, a large-scale art installation created by artist and educator Brett Cook with participation from the community. The installation, which will be visible from across Lake Merritt, features portraits of notable Oakland healers, who through practice or legacy demonstrate healing in their work. I am honored to be one of the people selected whose teen portrait will be included in this project. Join the celebration on 12th Street/Lake Merritt Boulevard in the parklet between the Museum and the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, and enjoy food trucks, music, wellness activities, art making, and more during Friday Nights @ OMCA. The celebration is Free to the public.
"To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.
What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.
And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory."-Howard Zinn
The first ever Howard Zinn Bookfair will be held at San Francisco’s Mission High School on November 15th 2014. It is a celebration of the books that make us rethink our roles in the world and connect people with hidden histories.
Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to:
Marcus Bookstore is the nation’s oldest black-owned bookstore located in the historic Fillmore District. Over the past year, community members have rallied in an ongoing campaign to save the store from eviction.
Elizabeth “Betita” Martínez (born 1925) is a Chicana feminist, community organizer and author. She has written numerous books and articles on different topics relating to social movements in the Americas. Her best-known work is the bilingual 500 years of Chicano History in Pictures which later formed the basis for the educational video ¡Viva la Causa! 500 Years of Chicano History.
Jesus and I participated in an exhibit in Bordeaux, France this summer called "Chicano Dream". Today we are happy to share an article from the International edition of the New York Times that covers the exhibit. I talked with the reporter about a bunch of thoughts and feelings. My main point being that though the Chicano Movement doesn't look like it did in the 1960s or 1970s that the struggle continues to protect the gains it made as well as for the liberation we still need. Political graphics and culture work have a role in that ongoing struggle. Read it here: http://nyti.ms/1qLEtYY
Mike Brown, a recent high school graduate, was on his way to visit his grandmother in Ferguson, Missouri when he was shot to death police. He was unarmed.
We live in societies that increasingly ramp up their militarized police forces for the purpose of keeping people in a particular social order that benefits a very narrow section of society.
Modern day policing is rooted in slave patrols who in the eighteenth century were used to police plantations and to hunt down runaway slaves. Slave patrols didn't need a jury trial or indictment to maim or kill runaway slaves. ( Some good reads on this topic include Our Enemies in Blue by Kristian Williams).
Enough is enough. We should be tired of this shit. It's been hundreds of years of the same impunity.
Over 1,200 Palestinians have been killed since the State of Israel has started it's incursion in Gaza. This is a massacre. This massacre is being supported by U.S. aid in the amount of $8.5 million dollars a day. In addtion, on July 29th both Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Congress have "vowed urgent support for a $225 million missile defense package for Israel, boosting the likelihood that legislation will clear Congress before lawmakers begin a monthlong vacation at week's end." The administration speaks out of both sides of its mouth when it "pressed for a cease-fire, it also has backed Israel's desire to replenish its missile defense stockpiles. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel extended Israel's request to Congress last week."
This is horrible. As children learning about atrocities... like lynchings and the Jewish holocaust (that was the extent of history we learned) we wondered how people supported these affronts to humanity. Now, as adults, we have to watch as a reign of terror and genocide is brought upon people in Gaza by the Israeli settler state. We feel so diminished by these horrors.
Thinking about what is happening in Palestine makes us feel so powerless, making art somehow gives us a sense that we can contribute to this struggle that is so far away. Knowing that what is happening in Palestine is not unlike what happens to Indigenous people on Turtle Island we have to stand up and make my voice heard how we know best. W esee images of what is happening in Palestine and we think of all the Indigenous people here who have been through the same process of violence and removal from their lands, of all the people who stood up to fight settler colonial governments in hopes of saving a shred of their existence and history to pass onto the next generation. We hope that as an artists we can make a small contribution to the resistance movement that is working to end the blood shed by the Israeli government and to take back the ancestral lands that have been colonized by invaders. Long Live Free Palestine You can download the PDF files and print them on your printer or take them your local copy shop and print them on their color laser printers.
If you need Adobe Acrobat to open the files you can download it here.
Solidarity With Palestine
Letter (8.5 x 11)
Tabloid (11 x 17)
Large (17 x 22)