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Feb
16
Sun
Feed the Hood 14 @ EOYDC
Feb 16 @ 7:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Feed the Hood 14: Bag Lunch and Hygiene Kit Preparation and Distribution

Join us for another opportunity to Feed the Hood– giving back to our unhoused brothers and sisters across Oakland by preparing and distributing bag lunches and hygiene kits. This Feed the Hood is in partnership with Black Joy Parade and sponsored by Abbott.

**Event is family friendly (kids of all ages welcome to attend with their parent(s) or guardian).
**Coffee/tea and continental breakfast will be served for volunteers.
**Venue is wheelchair accessible.

For more info, including itinerary, visit eastoaklandcollective.com/feedthehood.

For questions, large donations and group volunteer opportunities (10+ people) contact us at feedthehood@eastoaklandcollective.com.

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Sunflower Alliance Meeting @ Bobby Bowens Progressive Center
Feb 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

NEW TIME!!!!

Join us for our regular Sunday meeting of the Sunflower Alliance. We welcome newcomers, old friends and regulars to hear updates on current campaigns and discuss future plans. We need your participation and your voice!

And weigh in on the decision about our future meeting time and place! Should we continue to meet at the Bobby Bowens Center at the new time, 10:30 AM — 12:30 PM? Or change the time and/or place?

 

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Film Screening: The Feeling of Being Watched. @ New Parkway
Feb 16 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Join a pilot screening presented by Minema, your pass to the most relevant media events in the city.

A Tribeca, Hot Docs, and POV documentary, The Feeling of Being Watched is a groundbreaking film on government surveillance. In the Chicago suburb where journalist Assia Boundaoui grew up, most residents in her Muslim immigrant neighborhood believe they are under surveillance. Assia investigates and uncovers FBI documents about “Operation Vulgar Betrayal,” one of the largest pre-9/11 counterterrorism probes conducted on domestic soil, right in Assia’s hometown.

Guided post-screening conversation to follow.

Find out more about the film: http://www.feelingofbeingwatched.com/
More on Minema: https://www.minema.space/

This event is supported by Stanford University.

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Screening Of “Fukushima Speaks” By Journalist and Videographer Toshikuni Doi‘ @ Downtown Bereley Public Library
Feb 16 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

FUKUSHIMA SPEAKS’ EXPLORES LIVES OF SURVIVORS

On Sunday, February 16, No Nukes Action will host the Bay Area premiere of “Fukushima Speaks,” a compelling feature-length documentary by award-winning director and independent journalist Toshikuni Doi.

“It is not enough for a journalist to report facts and news of what is happening, but rather it is the journalist’s duty to expose the ‘human’ underneath it all,” Doi stated. “If we fail to shed light on [universal themes]and just succeed in reporting on facts and news, to the audience, it will come across as just a matter that is happening somewhere far away, unrelated to them.”

Four years in the making, Doi has created a heart-wrenching look into the lives of Japanese residents whose lives were devastated by the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Haunting images and video footage of the aftermath are reinforced by 14 personal stories of despair, guilt, and outrage.

“I lost the cornerstone of my life,” Yoko Watanabe, a self-evacuee, said in her interview. “I was determined to bury myself in Katsurao village. That was taken away from me. The reason to live, volunteering, everything was taken away from me in a flash. Now I don’t know anymore what I live for. I wonder if I am really needed in this life, and I don’t know anymore.”

The suffering of Fukushima survivors continues to this day. While the mourning of lost life is obvious, the film also explores the dire realities that are often overlooked: the loss of livelihoods due to the contamination of land and ocean, the life-threatening risks caused by radiation exposure, the emotional turmoil of families being torn apart by the decision to stay or evacuate, and the discrimination that residents now face because they are from Fukushima.

Another self-evacuee, Hikaru Hoshi, expressed indignation: “They want to blame it on us and say it was our responsibility. Whether to leave or stay…. I do not allow them to shift the burden of the accident of enormous scale to individual choices/individual responsibilities…. We lived in an area that needed to be evacuated right away. That fact was concealed from us, and some of us left on our own, or like me, some did not have time to think it through but left anyway. I felt outraged that this country was putting us against each other. The root of the matter lies somewhere else.”

Doi pointed out the urgency of releasing this documentary in 2018: “Eight years since the accident, ‘Fukushima’ is being made into the thing of the past,” he said. “As more people focus on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the victims are silenced and their suffering is hidden away behind the news of ‘revitalization.’ However, the wounds of the victims whose lives have been destroyed by the accident are still raw.”

English subtitles for the documentary were translated and edited by event organizer Tsukuru Lauritzen with the help of fellow activists in Los Angeles.

“I contacted the director and heard that the English subtitles won’t be ready ’til 2020,” Lauritzen recalled. “I asked him if there is any way that I could take over the translation. Looking back on it, it was an insane idea, but I was compelled to take it on, because these 14 voices begged to be heard.”

About the Filmmaker

Toshikuni Doi, born in 1953, is a Japanese independent journalist. He has published numerous articles in many first-class journals and has made scores of documentary films for news programs. He also has many books published in Japan.

Since 1985, he has visited the occupied territories many times and almost lived there for months, extensively reporting from Palestinian villages and refugee camps. He also has covered Asia, notably atomic bomb victims in Korea who were in Hiroshima or Nagasaki in 1945, Korean women who were forced to become sex workers/slaves by the Japanese army, and street children in Thailand and Vietnam.

Since April 2003, he has visited Iraq under occupation four times, focusing on civilian victims of war, women’s rights and prisoners’ mistreatment, or torture.

This event is free but donations for the filmmaker are accepted

Sponsored by No Nukes Action
http://nonukesaction.wordpress.com/

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Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Feb 16 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets every Sunday at 3 PM at Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater at 14th Street & Broadway near the steps of City Hall.  If for some reason the amphitheater is being used otherwise and/or OGP itself is inaccessible, we will meet at Kaiser Park, right next to the statues, on 19th St. between San Pablo and Telegraph.  If it is raining (as in RAINING, not just misting) at 3:00 PM we meet in the basement of the Omni Collective, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland.  (Note: we meet at 3:00 PM during the cooler months,  once Daylight Savings Time springs forward we tend to assemble at 4 PM).

On every ‘last Sunday’ we meet a little earlier at 2 PM to have a community potluck to which all are welcome.

ooGAOO General Assembly has met on a continuous basis for over five years! Our General Assembly is a participatory gathering of Oakland community members and beyond, where everyone who shows up is treated equally. Our Assembly and the process we have collectively cultivated strives to reach agreement while building community.

At the GA committees, caucuses, and loosely associated groups whose representatives come voluntarily report on past and future actions, with discussion. We encourage everyone participating in the Occupy Oakland GA to be part of at least one associated group, but it is by no means a requirement. If you like, just come and hear all the organizing being done! Occupy Oakland encourages political activity that is decentralized and welcomes diverse voices and actions into the movement.

General Assembly Standard Agenda

  1. Welcome & Introductions
  2. Reports from Committees, Caucuses, & Independent Organizations
  3. Announcements
  4. (Optional) Discussion Topic

Occupy Oakland activities and contact info for some Bay Area Groups with past or present Occupy Oakland members.

Occupy Oakland Web Committee: (web@occupyoakland.org)
Strike Debt Bay Area : strikedebtbayarea.tumblr.com
Berkeley Post Office Defenders:http://berkeleypostofficedefenders.wordpress.com/
Alan Blueford Center 4 Justice:https://www.facebook.com/ABC4JUSTICE
Oakland Privacy Working Group:https://oaklandprivacy.wordpress.com
Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity: prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/
Bay Area AntiRepression: antirepression@occupyoakland.org
Biblioteca Popular: http://tinyurl.com/mdlzshy
Interfaith Tent: www.facebook.com/InterfaithTent
Port Truckers Solidarity: oaklandporttruckers.wordpress.com
Bay Area Intifada: bayareaintifada.wordpress.com
Transport Workers Solidarity: www.transportworkers.org
Fresh Juice Party (aka Chalkupy) freshjuiceparty.com/chalkupy-gallery
Sudo Room: https://sudoroom.org
Omni Collective: https://omnicommons.org/
First They Came for the Homeless: https://www.facebook.com/pages/First-they-came-for-the-homeless/253882908111999
Sunflower Alliance: http://www.sunflower-alliance.org/
Bay Area Public School: http://thepublicschool.org/bay-area

San Francisco based groups:
Occupy Bay Area United: www.obau.org
Occupy Forum: (see OBAU above)
San Francisco Projection Department: http://tinyurl.com/kpvb3rv

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Stop The Money Pipeline @Chase Action Planning Meeting @ Chocmat HaLev
Feb 16 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
sm_85180969_644071999681767_5306450352113975296_o.jpg Come hear about the plans for the next Stop The Money Pipeline @Chase action coming up later this month, and see how you can join in! Anyone interested in climate action is welcome, and we will have breakout sessions including QA for you or your affinity groups to decide how you’d like to plug in to this campaign.
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UC Santa Cruz Wildcat Strike: A Presentation @ Tamarack
Feb 16 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

This Sunday in Oakland, join members of @DSACommunists and Black Rose Bay Area, who will discuss the historic, ongoing wildcat strike by graduate workers at UC Santa Cruz. #UCSCstrike

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Prison Truth @ Niebyl Proctor Library
Feb 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Revolutionary journalism and Prisoner Human Rights Movement

… freedom of the press … is an embodiment of freedom….Freedom is so much the essence of the human that even its opponents realize it … No human fights freedom; they fight at most the freedom of others. Every kind of freedom has therefore always existed, only at one time as a special privilege, at another time as a universal right. Karl Marx

A new book, Prison Truth, “The Story of the San Quentin News” by William J. Drummond (UC Press, 2020) tells of prisoners’ self-transformation through journalism, even under prison’s censorship. Does Prison Truth itself suffer from this self-censorship? Is there a deeper truth, a new humanism, within prisoners themselves?

The most visible manifestation of such a new humanism emerged in the torturous hell-hole of perpetual solitary confinement in Pelican Bay. Their successful mass hunger strikes (2011-13), based on their Agreement to End Hostilities, undermined gang-based identification of prisoners fomented by the prison authorities. The strikes brought an end to indeterminate solitary confinement and “changed the face of race relations” in prison according to strike representative, Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa (see reverse side). That struggle continues against the ongoing abuse of “confidential information” which creates discord and racial animosity between prisoners.

We’ll explore the contrast between the practice of revolutionary journalism shaped by freedom as human essence and freedom as a “special privilege” in press freedom under censorship.

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The Frontlines of the Chilean Revolution (Film Screening & Discussion) @ La Pena
Feb 16 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Join us for a film screening of On the Frontlines of the Chilean Revolution, followed by a discussion with Vee Bravo and Rodstarz, Chilean activists and media makers documenting the nations social crisis. Featuring a special performance by Rodstarz of Rebel Díaz!

Doors open at 7:30 pm / Event starts at 8pm

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Feb
18
Tue
Socialist Night School: The Socialist Feminist Case for Bernie Sanders @ East Bay Community Space
Feb 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Isn’t Bernie just another old, white man? Shouldn’t feminists instead support one of the smart, competent women on the primary ticket?

These are valid questions, but whether we’re talking about the environment, healthcare and reproductive rights, immigration, or strengthening unions, Bernie’s policies are fundamentally feminist ones. His program addresses not only issues of gender, but tackles all of the intersecting oppressions that exist under capitalism. No other candidate can make that claim.

Join East Bay DSA’s Socialist Night School on Tuesday, Feb. 18 for a panel a discussion featuring reproductive rights organizer and East Bay DSA Steering Committee member Allie Lahey, Kaiser RN Luci Riley, and OEA member and organizer Vilma Serrano for discussion of why “leaning in” is not an effective strategy for winning the 2020 election, and how a President Sanders can help improve the lives of all women. East Bay DSA organizer and SEIU 1021 member Ashley Payne moderates.

This event is the final installment in our four-part series on Bernie 2020, capitalism, and democratic socialism. We will discuss what is absent from some Marxists’ analyses of capitalism: social reproduction and the many ways labor — waged or unwaged — is divided along lines of gender, race, and class.

See the assigned readings here: https://www.eastbaydsa.org/night-school/

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Feb
19
Wed
End Oil Extraction in California @ State Capitol (meet at 1003 L St, Sacramento, CA 95814)
Feb 19 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Can you join us in Sacramento on Wednesday, February 19th for a mass rally and banner drop to let Gavin Newsom know that we’re fed up?

Jp, the date has been set.

On February 19, Governor Newsom will deliver his second State of the State speech in Sacramento. He’ll tackle a lot of important issues – but with the climate crisis unfolding all around us, we need him to prioritize ending California’s oil problem.�

We must show up in force to make it clear that Californians are watching and that any plan that allows fossil fuel production in California to continue is unacceptable. The bigger the crowd, the stronger our message will be!

On his big day, Gavin is going to be looking at the press to gauge the reactions to his speech. When he sees a photo of us outside the Capitol with beautiful art and the full power of this movement on display  – he’ll knoow that we mean business and that inaction on our demands will have political consequences.

As the Governor of a major oil producing state, Governor Newsom has an opportunity to stand up to an oil industry that – for decades – has polluted Californian communities and destroyed our climate future. But he won’t act unless we demand it.

Join 350.org and the Last Chance Alliance outside of the Governor’s State of the State in Sacramento on February 19, as we rally to urge Newsom to phase out oil extraction in California.

At the event, we’ll hear from climate and environmental justice activists from around the region and rally outside the State of the State demanding climate justice.

Our demands to Newsom are simple:

  1. Stop new fossil fuel projects by issuing no new permits.
  2. Drop existing oil production by announcing a phase-out of existing production.
  3. Roll out setback limits that create a 2,500-foot health-and-safety buffer zone between fossil-fuel infrastructure and homes, schools and other sensitive sites.

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A Public Conversation on Privacy – Panel at Twitter @ Twitter
Feb 19 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

February’s Privacy Lab, hosted by Twitter, will be a panel on the topic of: A Public Conversation on #Privacy. Panelists will discuss why taking a global approach to privacy matters, and what the future of privacy-first product development looks like.

Panelists include:

  • Damien Kieran, Global Data Protection Officer, Twitter
  • Lea Kissner, Chief Privacy Officer, Humu
  • Jules Polonetsky, CEO, Future of Privacy Forum

Please note that Twitter requires an ID for building entry and will receive a list of guests who have RSVPd for the event. Check-in will be open until 6:15 at the latest.

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Beloved Oakland – Homeless Benefit Concert @ Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California
Feb 19 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

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Changing Climates! Lessons Learned from Community Organizing in Puerto Rico @ Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center, UC Berkeley
Feb 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Changing Climates! Lessons Learned from Community Organizing in Puerto Rico

Oscar López Rivera
Foundation OLR-Libertá

Co-sponsored by: Boricuas in Berkeley, Bay Area Boricuas, Alt Breaks P.R. Berkeley, Department of Ethnic Studies, Big Ideas Prison Class, Berkeley Underground Scholars, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Research on Social Change, Chicanx Latinx Student Development, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, Ethnic Studies Library, Hispanic Engineers and Scientists, Latinx Research Center, Multicultural Community Center, Poetry for the People, The American Cultures Center, UCB Graduate Assembly

Oscar López Rivera is a Puerto Rican ex-political prisoner who will discuss how to transform the U.S. prison system and lessons learned from community organizing on the island. The event will be focused on community organizing and the specific projects that are currently being undertaken by Foundation OLR-Libertá to mentor student activists and create more resilient communities in Puerto Rico. This UC Berkeley event is part of a larger national tour throughout U.S. university campuses with the aim of raising funds for the Foundation OLR-Libertá, whose purpose is to raise awareness of and organize community projects in marginalized and disenfranchised communities in Puerto Rico.

This event is free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible.

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Tell East Bay Community Energy: No Nuke! @ Hayward City Council
Feb 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

At its next meeting, the East Bay Community Energy Board of Directors will be considering and perhaps voting on whether to accept nuclear energy from PG&E’s Diablo Canyon nuclear plant.

PG&E has proposed making allocations of carbon-free energy, 70% nuclear from their Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant and 30% from large hydroelectric generators,  to EBCE and other community choice programs.. The proposal is tied to the exit fee that all community choice customers pay to PG&E.

The coalition of community organizations that helped create EBCE is fighting to oppose bringing nuclear energy into its power mix.

The money EBCE might save by accepting nuclear energy  is trivial compared to what could be saved by closing Diablo Canyon early, as proposed in a motion by the Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility currently before the CPUC. A large part of the exit fee that community choice customers pay to PG&E goes to the very high cost of keeping Diablo Canyon open. Acceptingt this nuclear energy could give the California Public Utilities Commission an excuse to turn down the proposal to close Diablo Canyon early.

Diablo Cany0n is an aging facility sitting next to the ocean on several earthquake faults, now known to be more dangerous than was claimed when the reactor was built.

More info

Sign the petition here

East Bay Express article on this controversy here

 

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Gangsta Revolution, Transform, Until, When the Panthers Died @ Freedom and Movement Center
Feb 19 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

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Intro to SURJ Meeting @ Movement Strategy Center
Feb 19 @ 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm

ant to get involved with SURJ Bay Area? Come learn about our current work and activities. SURJ moves white people to act for justice, with passion and accountability, as part of a multi-racial majority.

You will hear about SURJ’s pathways for entering the work, including committee work, upcoming workshops, and events. We’ll answer your questions and share how you can get involved in the movement for racial justice.

LOCATION AND ACCESS
The Movement Strategy Center is located at 436 14th St., Ste 500, (5th floor) at the corner of Broadway (right next to 12th St station).

There will be a greeter in the lobby until 7:15, but please arrive by 6:45 to check-in and get settled so we can begin promptly at 7 pm. If you are driving, please try to carpool and arrive early to leave time to find a spot. Street parking is generally available in a 2-3 block radius.

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APTP General Membership Meeting @ EastSide Arts Alliance
Feb 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

We’ll discuss our current efforts to build responses to mental health crisis and Intimate Partner Violence that do not lead with law enforcement intervention.

The East Side Arts Alliance is wheelchair accessible.

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Feb
20
Thu
Plan Colombia: U.S. Ally Atrocities and Community Activism @ Center for Latin American Studies
Feb 20 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
unnamedJohn Lindsay-Poland is a writer, activist, researcher and analyst focused on human rights and demilitarization, especially in the Americas. He has written about, researched and organized action for human rights and demilitarization of US policy in Latin America for 30 years. Currently he coordinates Stop US Arms to Mexico, a project of Global Exchange, and serves as California Healing Justice Associate of the American Friends Service Committee, with a focus on police demilitarization.
His award-winning book Plan Colombia narrates a 2005 massacre in the San José de Apartadó Peace Community and the subsequent investigation, official cover-up, and response from the international community. He examines how the multibillion-dollar U.S. military aid and official indifference contributed to the Colombian military’s atrocities. Drawing on his human rights activism and interviews with military officers, community members, and human rights defenders, Lindsay-Poland describes grassroots initiatives in Colombia and the United States that resisted militarized policy and created alternatives to war.

Organizers:
Alejandro Múnera, Daniel Payares, and Milo Buitrago-Casas
Colombian working group – UC Berkeley
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Screening: The First Rainbow Coalition @ Tenderloin Museum
Feb 20 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

America thinks they know about the Black Panthers. But just wait until they hear about the Rainbow Coalition.

The Rainbow Coalition was a broad coalition of diverse, freedom struggle organizations, from the Black Panthers and Young Lords to working class white groups like the Young Patriots. Standing in solidarity in their class struggle against economic and racial injustice, the group both challenged—and changed—the face of 1960s politics in Chicago, one of the most segregated cities in postwar America. Collectively confronting issues such as police brutality and substandard housing, the Rainbow Coalition is a little-known yet historically significant political group that paved the way for future generations of activists.

Told through rare archival footage and interviews with former Coalition members, filmmaker Ray Santisteban’s The First Rainbow Coalition took more than a decade to complete, and depicts the story of a powerful, multiracial  movement and the enduring legacy it left behind. Although short-lived, it had an outsized impact: breaking down barriers between communities, the movement created a permanent shift in Chicago politics and an organizing model for upcoming activists and politicians across the nation.

On February 20, 2020, the Tenderloin Museum will host a limited screening of veteran filmmaker Ray Santisteban’s documentary film, The First Rainbow Coalition, as well as a director panel with original Rainbow Coalition members.

A donation-based event, attendees will also have the opportunity to contribute funds to the Fred Hampton house in Chicago, which is facing foreclosure.

About the Director:

Director/Producer Ray Santisteban has worked for the past twenty-six years as a documentary filmmaker, teacher, and film curator. His work consistently gravitates toward political subjects and artist profiles, addressing the themes of justice, memory, and political transfor!! so excited for thismation. A graduate of NYU’s film and TV production program, he has explored a variety of subjects including New York Black Panther leader Dhoruba Bin Wahad – Passin’ It On (Co-Producer), the roots of Puerto Rican poetry, Nuyorican Poets Cafe (1994, Director, Producer, Editor), Chicano poetry, Voices From Texas (Directed, Producer) and was Senior Producer of Visiones: Latino Art and Culture in the U.S. a three hour PBS series nationally broadcast in Oct. 2004. Awards garnered include: a 1992 Student Academy Award (information division), a 1996 “Ideas In Action” Award from the National Tele-Media Alliance, a 1996 “Faculty of the Year” Award from the Chicano Studies Program, UW Madison, a 2016 San Antonio Artists Foundation Filmmaker Award, and a 2016 Tobin Award for Artistic Excellence. Since 1998, he has been based in San Antonio, Texas.

About the Panelists:

Amy Sonnie is the co-author of “Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels and Black Power: Community Organizing in Radical Times,” the first book to explore the First Rainbow Coalition in depth. Her young adult anthology, Revolutionary Voices, recently joined hundreds of literary classics, children’s books and young adult favorites on American Library Association’s list of Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books.

Billy X Jennings is a founding member of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense. He is one of the most important independent archivist of Panthers and New Left history and runs the It’s About Time website.

More panelists TBA.

Proudly in partnership with DSA-SF’s AfroSocialists and Socialists of Color Caucus, Left Eye Cinema, and City College of San Francisco’s Labor and Community Studies Department.

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