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SF MayDay Convergence kicks of with ARISE HipHop in downtown Oakland 4/26!
by Dan Mattson (handyman [at]
Friday Apr 26th, 2002 10:44 PM
Anarchist and Hip Hop community came together in front of Oakland City Hall with a battery powered sound system Friday 4/26 as various artists performed there stuff. Here is 9 minutes of video.
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Festival of Resistance Urges People to “Arise…” for Just Society

Oakland —- The sounds of spoken-word poets and hip-hop musicians will flood
Frank Ogawa Plaza, the governmental center of Oakland, this Friday evening in a
show of artistic resistance. Artists challenging capitalism and racism, war and
oppression will give their voices and their beats to growing calls for a new
society. The event, Hip Hop and Resistance in the Streets, is a special outdoor
version of arise..., a monthly community showcase of conscious hip hop and
spoken word. It will be hosted by Shamako of the Hip Hop Congress
( and Solidad diCosta of RACE: Revolutionary
Anti-Authoritarians of Color. Hundreds of people are expected to attend this
kickoff event for the week-long May Day anti-capitalist convergence.

What? arise..., Hip Hop and Resistance in the Streets

Where? Frank H. Ogawa Plaza (Broadway and 14th St.) in downtown Oakland

Who? Performers include Company of Prophets, The Eclectic, Shamako, Solidad
diCosta, LPS, Persia, Tyren, Pasha and more, plus open mic

When? Friday, April 26th, 5pm

What is...?
Arise... is a monthly open mic joint for conscious hip hop, spoken word/poetry
in Oakland, created due to the noticeable shortage of venues for conscious,
independent hip hop open mic in the East Bay area. We strive to provide a
friendly, positive space and environment to help build a strong revolutionary
anti-authoritarian culture. We advocate anti-corporate, do-it-yourself
principles and open participation as well as actively opposing sexism,
homophobia, racism and all forms of oppressive behaviors wherever they exist.
For more information about arise... , visit:

RACE, Revolutionary Anti-authoritarians of Color, is a collective of people of
color involved in anti-authoritarian politics. We strive to articulate a vision
of a free, equal, and cooperative society and ways of achieving that vision
which resonate in our diverse communities. As anti-authoritarians with personal
experiences of subordination, we insist on a politics of revolutionary equality
for ourselves and our communities.

May Day: Anti-capitalist Convergence & Autonomous Festivals of Resistance is a
week-long series of direct actions, demonstrations, marches and celebrations to
oppose global capitalism and all forms of oppression. A variety of events will
take place in the San Francisco Bay Area from April 26th to May 1st. The
convergence continues the centuries-old tradition of May Day as a time of
celebration of the Earth and human creativity. May Day has been an anarchist
and pro-worker holiday since the general strikes of 1886. For a schedule of
events, visit

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