In The Spirit of Bandung

In the Spirit of Bandung

Series on the History & Future of Third World Internationalism

Revolutionary internationalism has been central to building ties of solidarity and joint struggle among Third World peoples, from the 1955 Bandung conference to the recent #3rdWorld4BlackPower actions in the Bay Area.  This spring, the CPE will host a series of events in honor of the 60th anniversary of the Asian-African Conference, popularly known as the Bandung Conference, which united movements and countries across the Third World under the banner of decolonization.  From Venezuela to Angola to Chiapas to the Bay, the CPE will convene a variety of discussions on ongoing struggles for self-determination, watershed moments in revolutionary internationalism, and what forms this can take in the heart of the empire.

See details below for these upcoming events and stay tuned for more:

March 12th:  A Dos Años de la Siembra de Chavez / Two Years after Chavez’s Sowing
March 25th: Cuba & Africa: Unbroken Solidarity
April 6th-May 4th:  Colonialism, Imperialism and Resistance: 5 week class
April 23rdCompañeras: Zapatista Women’s Stories SF Book Launch

EVENTO BILINGUE :: BILINGUAL EVENT  (English version below)
A Dos Años de la Siembra de Chavez /
Two Years after Chavez’s Sowing

Jueves, 12 de marzo 2015
Puertas 6:00 PM, programa a las 6:30 PM
Centro Eric Quezada de Cultura y Política
518 Valencia Street, SF
***Accesible por silla de ruedas***

A dos año de la dolorosa siembra del Comandante de la Revolución Bolivariana en Venezuela, Hugo Chávez Frías, escuchamos las voces de lxs venezolanxs en lucha.  Desde del fallecimiento de Chávez, la Revolución Bolivariana ha estado bajo un ataque intensificado por la oposición y el imperialismo. En el último año, los venezolanos han sufrido un aumento de sanciones de parte de los Estados Unidos, una guerra económica, asesinatos selectivos, y otro intento de golpe de estado.

Vengan y participen en una llamada de video en vivo con venezolanxs en pie de lucha. Hablaremos sobre las amenazas en contra del movimiento bolivariano, los avances de la revolución, y el future del proceso.

Este foro será moderado por Carolina Morales, una venezolana que reside en SF y organizadora comunitaria en comunidades sexo-genero diversas en San Francisco, y Carlos Martínez, miembro del colectivo CPE y co-autor de ¡Venezuela habla! Voces desde las bases.

Vente y apoya la soberanía de la Revolución Bolivariana y de Venezuela como nación!Pedimos una donación de $5-10 en la entrada. Nadie será rechazada por falta de fondos.
Confirma su asistencia y recibe actualizaciones en la página del evento en Facebook

(In English)

Thursday, March 12, 2015
Doors 6:00 PM, Program at 6:30 PM
The Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics
518 Valencia Street, SF

Two years after the leader of Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution, Hugo Chávez Frías, passed away and was -as popularly stated in Venezuela- “sown into the soil”, we listen to the voices of Venezuelans in struggle.  Since Chavez’s death, the Bolivarian Revolution has come under intensified attack from the right-wing opposition and US imperialism.  Over the last year, Venezuelans have endured increased US sanctions, economic war, targeted assassinations, and another thwarted coup attempt.

Please join us for a live video call with Venezuelans in the frontlines of the struggle.  We will discuss the ongoing threats to the Bolivarian movement, the advances made by the revolution, and what lies ahead.
The discussion will be moderated by Carolina Morales, a Venezuelan community organizer in San Francisco’s queer & trans communities, and Carlos Martinez, a member of the CPE collective and co-author of Venezuela Speaks! Voices from the Grassroots.

Come and support the sovereignty of the Bolivarian Revolution and the Venezuela people!

Suggested Donation of $5-$10 at the door. No one turned away for lack of funds.
RSVP and receive updates on the Facebook event page  

Cuba & Africa: Unbroken Solidarity
27th Anniversary of the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale  
Film screening & discussion with Walter Turner & Phil Hutchings

Wednesday, March 25, 6:30 PM
1714 Telegraph Ave, Oakland
Near 19th St. Oakland BART Station

On the 27th Anniversary of the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale, the CPE, SoleSpace, and SF State’s Race & Resistance Studies program invite you for a discussion and film exploring the history and current nature of Cuba’s internationalist solidarity with Africa.  On March 23rd 1988, the People’s Armed Forces for the Liberation of Angola (FAPLA)—with the support of 1,500 Cuban solders and reinforcements— dealt a major blow to South African troops at the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale, forcing the army of apartheid South Africa to withdraw from Angola after 13 years of intervention in that country’s civil war.  Nelson Mandela described the victory as “the turning point for the liberation of Africa from the scourge of apartheid.” Cuba’s solidarity with Africa has not ended.  Last year, Cuba provided the largest medical team of any single foreign nation to fight against the Ebola epidemic in Africa.

We will explore Cuba’s ongoing relationship to Africa and its impacts on internationalist thought and practice through a panel discussion with Walter Turner and Phil Hutchings and a screening of the second portion of Cuba, an African Odyssey, a documentary film on Cuba’s role in Angola.

  • Walter is a longtime activist in struggle and solidarity with Africa-based struggles for social and economic justice. He is the host of “Africa Today” on KPFA (89.3 fm).
  • Phil Hutchings is a veteran community organizer and educator, early member of the Venceremos Brigade, and co-founder of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration.

Suggested Donation of $5-$10 at the door. No one turned away for lack of funds.
RSVP and receive updates on the Facebook event page  

Colonialism, Imperialism and Resistance
Third World Struggles, Then and Now

5 consecutive Mondays:
April 6, April 13, April 20, April 27 and May 4, 2015
6:30 – 9:00/9:30 PM (end time will vary)
The Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics
518 Valencia Street, SF
16th Street BART Station

Please register by Sunday, March 22nd at 11:59 PM.

The Center for Political Education and the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative (AMED) will hold a five week class comparatively examining Third World liberation movements in Africa, Latin America, and the Arab World and reviewing debates about postcolonial studies and the relevance of such intellectual projects to the postcolonial world.  The class will be team-taught by Rabab Abdulhadi and Jaime Veve.  Guest speakers, occasional films, and pedagogy of the oppressed will be utilized to teach, learn and engage each other to chart alternative paths of transformation toward another world.

The course will cover:  (1) introduction and framing of settler colonialism, colonialism, occupation, neo-colonialism, neoliberalism, and Zionism; focusing on (2) Indigenous struggles in the Western Hemisphere and beyond; (3) African liberation, Black Power, and Black Radicalism; (4) Palestine and Arab anti-colonial resistance; and (5) Puerto Rico and Latin America’s liberation.

Jaime Veve is a long-time third-world liberation, labor and Palestine solidarity activist and former member of the Young Lords Party.  Rabab Abdulhadi is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies/Race and Resistance Studies and the Senior Scholar of the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative, at the College of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University.

Suggested Donation of $5-$20 for each session. No one turned away for lack of funds.

To register, please fill out the registration form. Participants are strongly encouraged to commit to attending all five classes.  Receive updates on the Facebook event page

EVENTO BILINGUE :: BILINGUAL EVENT  (Abajo sigue el anuncio en español)

Compañeras SF Book Launch
Lanzamiento de Libro

Women’s Leadership from Chiapas to the Bay

Thursday, April 23, 2015
Doors 6:00 PM, Program at 7:00 PM
The Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics
518 Valencia Street, SF

Join The Center for Political Education for the Bay Area book launch of “Compañeras: Zapatista Women’s Stories” and an exhibit of tapestries from the Zapantera Negra art project. Author Hilary Klein will read from her book and participate in a panel discussion with Tere Almaguer, an organizer with PODER (SF) for 14 years, and Caleb Duarte, curator of the Zapantera Negra project. The event will open with cultural offerings from Erika Vivianna Céspedes and others to be announced.

“Compañeras” is the untold story of women’s involvement in the Zapatista movement, the indigenous rebellion that has inspired grassroots activists around the world for over two decades. Gathered here are stories of grandmothers, mothers, and daughters who became guerrilla insurgents and political leaders, educators and healers—who worked collectively to construct a new society of dignity and justice. With a foreword by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, “Compañeras” is required reading for anyone interested in women’s rights, social and economic justice, or grassroots resistance to global capitalism.

The Zapantera Negra project is a multimedia exploration of the artistic and political connections between the Black Panther Party and the Zapatista movements. A collection of tapestries made by Zapatista embroidery collectives that merge and exchange Black Panther imagery with that of the Zapatista movement will be on display. The project is based on an artistic residency done by Emory Douglas, the former Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party, in San Cristóbal, Chiapas in 2012.

Suggested Donation of $5-$10 at the door. No one turned away for lack of funds
RSVP and receive updates on the Facebook event page  

(En español)

Jueves, 23 de abril 2015
Puertas 6:00 PM, programa a las 7:00 PM
Centro Eric Quezada de Cultura y Política
518 Valencia Street, SF
***Accesible por silla de ruedas***

Únete con el Centro de Educación Política para el lanzamiento del libro “Compañeras: Historias de mujeres zapatistas” y una exposición de tapices del proyecto de arte Zapantera Negra. Autor Hilary Klein leerá de su libro y participara en una mesa redonda con Tere Almaguer, organizadora comunitaria con PODER (SF) por 14 años, y Caleb Duarte, comisario del proyecto Zapantera Negra. El evento comenzará con actos culturales de poeta Erika Vivianna Céspedes y otrxs que se anunciarán pronto.

“Compañeras” es la historia no contada de la participación de las mujeres en el movimiento zapatista, la rebelión indígena que ha inspirado a activistas de base de todo el mundo durante más de dos décadas. Reunidos aquí son las historias de abuelas, madres e hijas que se convirtieron en guerrilleras insurgentes y las líderes políticos, las educadores y las curanderas — que trabajaron en conjunto para construir una nueva sociedad con dignidad y justicia. Con un prólogo de Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, “Compañeras” es una lectura obligatoria para cualquier persona interesada en los derechos de la mujer, la justicia social y económica, o la resistencia popular contra el capitalismo global.

El proyecto Zapantera Negra es una exploración multimediatica de las conexiones artísticas y políticas entre el Partido Pantera Negra y los movimientos zapatistas. Una colección de tapices realizadas por colectivos de bordados zapatistas que fusionan y intercambian imágenes de las Panteras Negras con las imágenes del movimiento zapatista estarán en exhibición. El proyecto se basa en una residencia artística realizada por Emory Douglas, el ex ministro de Cultura para el Partido Pantera Negra, en San Cristóbal, Chiapas en 2012.

Pedimos una donación de $5-10 en la entrada. Nadie será rechazada por falta de fondos.
Confirma su asistencia y recibe actualizaciones en la página del evento en Facebook

“Claim No Easy Victories: the Legacy of Amilcar Cabral” — Booktalk feat. Bill Fletcher and Contributors

amilcar_cabralbookJoin The Center for Political Education, Causa Justa :: Just Cause, LeftRoots, and SFSU’s Race and Resistance Studies Program for a book talk and forum on the recently released book “Claim No Easy Victories: The Legacy of Amilcar Cabral” with co-author Bill Fletcher, Jr. and contributors Maria Poblet and Walter Turner. LeftRoots co-founder NTanya Lee will moderate.

Last year marked the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Amilcar Cabral, revolutionary, poet, liberation philosopher, and leader of the independence movement of Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde. Cabral had a profound influence on the pan-Africanist movement and the black liberation movement in the US.

“Claim No Easy Victories” is a unique collection of essays featuring contemporary thinkers from across Africa and internationally reflecting on the legacy of this extraordinary individual and his relevance to contemporary struggles for self-determination and emancipation. Cabral’s theoretical ideas and revolutionary practice of building popular movements for liberation are assessed by each of the authors as critically relevant today. His well-known phrase “Claim no easy victories” resonates today no less than it did during his lifetime.

Bill-Fletcher_bigBill Fletcher, Jr. is a longtime labor, racial justice and international activist. He is an editorial board member and columnist for and a senior scholar for the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC. He is the former president of TransAfrica Forum and a founder of the Black Radical Congress.

María Poblet is the Executive Director of Causa Justa :: Just Cause and a founding member of LeftRoots. She has more than a decade of experience in Latino community organizing. In 2009, she helped lead the merger between St. Peter’s Housing and Just Cause Oakland that created Causa Justa :: Just Cause, bringing together the organization’s respective work in the Latino community in San Francisco and the African American community in Oakland into a single, regional organization for racial and economic justice.

Walter Turner is a longtime activist in struggle and solidarity with Africa-based struggles for social and economic justice. He is the host of “Africa Today” on KPFA (89.3 fm). Walter serves on the Boards of Directors of the Freedom Archives and Global Exchange.

NTanya Lee (panel moderator) is a longtime organizer for social and economic justice in working class communities of color. NTanya currently works supporting grassroots organizations including POWER and SF Rising. She serves on the Coordinating Committee of LeftRoots.

Interpretation (English to Spanish) and bilingual childcare will be provided during the program of the event.

Copies of the book will be available at the event and a time will be provided for signing.

Suggested Donation of $5-$10 at the door. No one turned away for lack of funds.

No Cantes Victoria Fácil: El Legado de Amilcar Cabral
Plática con Bill Fletcher, Jr. y Colaboradores

Únete con el Centro de Educación Política, Causa Justa, LeftRoots y el Programa de Estudios de Raza y Resistencia de la Universidad Estatal de San Francisco para un foro sobre el libro recientemente publicado “No Cantes Victoria Fácil: El legado de Amilcar Cabral”, con el co-autor Bill Fletcher Jr. y colaboradoras Maria Poblet y Walter Turner. NTanya Lee facilitara la discusión.

El año pasado marcó el 40º aniversario del asesinato de Amilcar Cabral, revolucionario, poeta, filósofo de la liberación, y líder del movimiento de independencia de su país natal, Guinea Bissau y Cabo Verde. Cabral tuvo una profunda influencia en el movimiento panafricanista y el movimiento de liberación de afrodescendientes en los EE.UU.

“No Cantes Victoria Fácil” es una colección de ensayos que ofrece perspectivas contemporáneas de toda África y a nivel internacional sobre el legado de este extraordinario individuo y su relevancia para las luchas contemporáneas por la autodeterminación y la emancipación. Ideas teóricas de Cabral y la práctica revolucionaria de la construcción de los movimientos populares de liberación son evaluados por cada uno de los autores. Su conocida frase “No cantes victoria fácil” sigue siendo tan importante hoy como lo era durante su vida.

Bill Fletcher, Jr. es un activista de justicia racial y economica internacional. Él es miembro del consejo editorial y columnista de y miembro del Institutio de Estudios Politicos en Washington, DC. Es ex presidente de TransAfrica Forum y uno de los fundadores del Congreso Radical Negro.

María Poblet es Directora Ejecutiva de Causa Justa :: Just Cause y miembra fundadora de LeftRoots. Ella tiene mas que diez años de experiencia organizando a los inquilinos y a la comunidad latina inmigrante de San Francisco. En 2009, ayudó a dirigir la fusión entre La Comite de Vivienda San Pedro y Causa Justa Oakland. Esto culmino en la creacion de Causa Justa :: Just Cause, que úne el labor de la organización en la comunidad latina de San Francisco y de la comunidad afroamericana en Oakland en una sola organización regional por la justicia racial y económica.

Interpretación (del Inglés al Español) y cuidado bilingüe de niños serán proporcionados durante el programa del evento.

Copias del libro estarán disponibles en el evento y habrá un tiempo proporcionado para conseguir una firma del autor.

Donación sugerida de $5-10 en la puerta. Nadie será rechazada por falta de fondos.

When We Win: Spotlight on Jobs with Justice SF

JWJ-photo-fbDeconstructing a Successful Community / Labor Campaign and Coalition

How did Jobs with Justice SF fuse together San Francisco’s most vibrant coalition of organized labor and community-based organizations fighting for social and economic justice? How have workers and everyday San Franciscans benefited from the struggles JWJ-SF and their coalition partners have taken on? And, what challenges lie ahead?

Join the CPE, Jobs with Justice, and healthcare worker organizers for an open discussion to demystify and deconstruct JWJ’s successful campaign to “Rebuild CPMC the Right Way,” which held San Francisco’s largest hospital corporation and second largest employer, accountable to the community and to CPMC’s own workers. JWJ was also victorious in saving St. Luke’s hospital and winning a $80 million community benefits agreement covering healthcare, employment, affordable housing and public transportation.

This unique view into JWJ strategy and tactics will feature:

Feng Kung — lead organizer at Jobs with Justice San Francisco. He was formerly an organizer at UNITE HERE and has been a long-time rank-n-file union activist.

Gordon Mar — is Executive Director of Jobs with Justice San Francisco. Gordon is a longtime Bay Area social justice organizer and activist who has previously served as Director of the Chinese Progressive Association.

Pilar Schiavo (invited) — an organizer for California Nurses Association (CNA) for 5 years where Pilar does political and community organizing. Previously Pilar worked for former SF Supervisor Tom Ammiano, staffing his work to strengthen SFs Sanctuary City policies. She was Political Director for the SF Labor Council during the campaign to pass Healthy San Francisco.

James Tracy — Lead Organizer for Community Housing Partnership. He is also the co-founder of the San Francisco Community Land Trust.

Taking a Stand (SF)

Saturday, April 5, 2014
Doors 4:00 pm,
Eric Quezada Center

518 Valencia St.,
San Francisco, CA 94110

Taking a Stand for SF is an artist and community response to police abuse of SF residents. Join the CPE, 14 Black Poppies, Nina Parks, United Playas and many other groups and individuals  for a day-long event filled with education, empowerment, healing and creative expression. Stemming from the recent incident where SFPD officers brutally beat a young Black cyclist in nearby Valencia Gardens, Taking a Stand for SF represents a gathering of the community to support our own, to reject the wholesale criminalization of black and brown youth in SF, and to demand power and safety for youth in the streets.

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This event is co-sponsored by Nina Parks Edutainment, 14 Black Poppies, United Playaz, CARC, Project Level, Zulu Nation,, Youth Commission, TILT, Creative Change, the Iruke Project, and Unsettlers: Migrants, Homies, and Mamas of the Mission District of San Francisco.

Rekindling the Socialist Imagination: a Discussion w/ Sam Gindin

sam_gindinSunday, March 23,
Doors 5 pm, Program 5:15 pm
518 Valencia Street, SF

How do we make sense of the 2008 economic crash five years later?

What are the possibilities for our movements to mount a challenge to the savagery of today’s global capitalist forms?

Sam Gindin suggests that a key task is to rekindle the socialist imagination of our movements. The CPE teams with LeftRoots and PM Press for a discussion about how to strengthen our movements during this period of economic turmoil.

Sam Gindin was the Research Director of the Canadian Auto Workers Union from 1974 – 2000 and is now an adjunct professor at York University in Toronto. He is co-author – with Leo Panitch – of “The Making of Global Capitalism: The Political Economy of American Empire.”

This event is co-organized by LeftRoots, the Center for Political Education and PM Press.

Childcare and Spanish interpretation provided.
Sunday, March 23 from 5 – 7pm
518 Valencia Street, SF (Eric Quezada Center for Culture & Politics)

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