For the third Friday straight, join Healthy Hoodz, the ONYX Organizing Committee and Young Oakland in Oakland's Town Plaza!
Added to the calendar on Thursday Aug 8th, 2013 1:28 PM
This Friday, we will host:
- opportunities to make art: political pins & buttons
- add your thoughts and images to an expression wall, draw what you think justice and peace look like
- a kids zone with arts activities, childrens books for sale and art made by youth visual artists
- performances by Young Oakland
- Spoken word by GP Walker, Needa Bee and the Po' Poets, and more
- pick up free produce and seedlings at the garden giveaway table
- pick up some free posters by Melanie Cervantes and Jesus Barraza, copies of classic resistance poems, stickers and other art and the art give away table
- visit the @free store to grab something you need, and if you want leave something someone else may need
- check out the creations of @ital pinay and
- plug into the grassroots organizations that are committed to justice in our community everyday
- and participate in our two dialogue sessions:
1. in commemoration of Black August, how do we stop feeding the genocide machine of the prison industrial complex?
2. in remembrance of Oakland's latest victims to homicide - 1year old Andrew Jackson and his 20 year old father Andrew grant who were murdered Wednesday morning, how do we end the fratricide (killing our own)?
Following the speak out and discussion, we will hold a vigil for Baby Drew and his father Andrew who were killed in East Oakland on Wednesday, August 7th, 2013.
at 9pm we take to the streets for a bike ride for @black august (sign making materials will be at the plaza for you to supe your ride with)
We cant just take the streets when THEY kills us. It is up to ALL of us to STOP the violence in our communities - AND the conditions that cause it. This is third week in a row. Let's keep the momentum going. Let's BUILD a NEW Oakland ...By, For and ABOUT the PEOPLE!!!! with cultural resistance in the plaza!
A town plaza is a central meeting place for the people of the community. OG Plaza is our town center, our neutral meeting place for free speech and public dialogue. it was the epicenter of a bay area youth movement in the '90s were hundreds of thousands of youth and their supporters closed down public schools to open freedom schools; halted the construction of new juvenile detention centers; interrupted major corporations profit flow. it was the epicenter of the largest uprising in response to police terrorism in the history of the United States during the days of rage around Oscar grant's murder. it became the epicenter for occupy Oakland.
And we continue to gather there to continue the momentum of resistance that is OAKLAND.
In this spirit, we have committed to being in the Plaza EVERY Friday in the month of Black August and every First Friday of the month there after in the name of culture as a weapn and art as resistance!
THIS IS NOT OCCUPY! THIS IS OAKLAND!
- a city with a long history of cultural resistance - be it the pachunga wars of the 1940s, or the black panther songs and posters, or the philippino political theater troupes over the decades, or the native american cultural gatherings, or the era of political hip hop, or multiethnic cultural worker coalitions, or black and brown muralist collaborations, or graph krus, or political poster makers...the list goes on and on and on. we are a city that has always understood and employed arts and culture in the forefront of justice.
If you are a visual or performance artist and would like to lead an art activity or perform, please reach out to Needa Bee or Mona Goldiño for next months art out.
If you are a GRASS ROOTS organization and would like to table at Art OUT - please hit up She Cat.
If you would like to endorse this event - hit up She Cat
See you in the streets,
the ART OUT! crew