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Seeking help after being in a car accident, Renisha McBride,a 19-year-old young Black woman, knocked on the door of a home in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn Heights last Sunday. Instead of assisting her, the White homeowner Ted Wafe (54 years old) opened the door and shot McBride in the face with a single shotgun blast. She had knocked on several doors seeking help after the accident.
No Justice, No Peace | Viva Trayvon Martin, Viva Andy Lopez
Design : Robert Trujillo and Dignidad Rebelde
El Día de los Muertos is usually a time to look back and give thanks to our ancestors whose existence made it possible for us to be alive today. With Future Ancestors: A Ceremony of Memory we look at the present and give thanks and celebrate the individuals whose life work is contributing to a world we will leave behind for future generations while investigating what was handed down by their ancestors and continues to shape who they are today.
Through conversations with five people we reflect on lessons and objects held sacred that haven been passed down to them. We will mediate on how these inheritances shape and inspire these individuals to look at the world around them and concern themselves with the task of building a better world. These future ancestors are building a better world not just for themselves, in their lifetime, but to for the generations to come. We center our approach to this exhibit around Oren Lyons’, Chief of the Onondaga Nation words:
"We are looking ahead, as is one of the first mandates given us as chiefs, to make sure and to make every decision that we make relate to the welfare and well-being of the seventh generation to come. . . . What about the seventh generation? Where are you taking them? What will they have?"
By placing these five people as the center point between the seven generations that have come before us and the seven generations that are yet to come, about 140 years in the future, we contemplate what is it about our actions, in the present, that will contribute to building a just and sustainable world. To further elevate the lives of these individuals we immortalize their likeness by creating portraits of them. Portraiture being a classic format that has traditionally been used to memorialize the rich and powerful. In this form we counter the hegemonic ways art has been historically been used to decide who and what is important through imagery and the construction of master narratives. Instead we offer an alternative worldview that places the importance of every day people as key agents of social change and the architects of a better world for those yet to be born.
PLEASE SHARE. Andy Lopez was shot to death by Santa Rosa police. He was only 13. No Justice No Peace. Viva Andy Lopez, Viva Oscar Grant, Viva Trayvon (Drawing by Bobby Muerte and design by Melanie Cervantes)
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Join Critical Resistance for Dreaming Wildly, Fighting to Win. This event will feature a rare West Coast appearance by acclaimed poet Martín Espada in conversation with Angela Y. Davis and will be moderated by Melanie Cervantes of Dignidad Rebelde. Dreaming Wildly, Fighting to Win will encourage audience members to envision a world free of the prison industrial complex and inspire us to take steps toward making those visions real. Espada and Davis will be joined by other culture workers and movement leaders to lift up the spirit of liberation and self-determination. All proceeds will benefit Critical Resistance.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2013 - 7PM
SCOTTISH RITE CENTER
1547 LAKESIDE DR.
OAKLAND, CA 94612
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About The Speakers
Angela Davis is Distinguished Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Davis came to national attention after being removed from her teaching position at UCLA because of her activism and membership in the Communist Party, USA. In 1970 she was placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List on false charges. During her sixteen-month incarceration, a massive international “Free Angela Davis” campaign was organized, leading to her acquittal in 1972. Today Prof. Davis remains an advocate of prison abolition and has developed a powerful critique of racism in the criminal justice system. She is the author of many books, including her most recent collection, The Meaning of Freedom: And Other Difficult Dialogues (City Lights Open Media).
Called “the Latino poet of his generation,” Martín Espada was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1957. He has published more than fifteen books as a poet, editor, essayist and translator. He has received other recognition such as the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, the Robert Creeley Award, the PEN/Revson Fellowship and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. His work has been widely translated; collections of poems have been published in Spain, Puerto Rico and Chile. His book of essays, Zapata’s Disciple (South End Press, 1998), has been banned in Tucson as part of the Mexican-American Studies Program outlawed by the state of Arizona. A graduate of Northeastern University Law School and a former tenant lawyer, Espada is currently a professor in the Department of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
A member of the Oakland-based arts collaboration, Dignidad Rebelde, Melanie Cervantes is a Xicana activist-artist whose work includes black and white illustrations, paintings, installations and paper stencils. She is best known, however, for her prolific political screen prints and posters which have been used by movements across the globe. Employing vibrant colors and hand-drawn illustrations, her work moves those viewed as marginal to the center — featuring powerful youth, elders, women, and queer and indigenous peoples.