“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 BlackCommentator.com 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 BlackCommentator.com 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, people.power.media, 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)

Building powerful movements from below and the left through education, analysis, theory, and dialogue