Dawn of the Dead Postponed, Anti-Fascism On

Dear Friends,

This evening CPE had originally planned to screen Dawn of the Dead. We have, however, decided to postpone the screening given the intense violence of this weekend. As odd as it may sound, we think this classic horror movie is a salient as ever in its depiction of the violence and monstrosity that emerges in times of acute social and economic crisis. Despite, and perhaps more accurately, because of this salience, we feel the film’s depiction of this violence is just a bit much in this moment.

We share outrage and repulsion about the white supremacist and fascist violence that took place this past weekend

Image by Melanie Cervantes

in Charlottesville, VA. We send condolences to the friends and family of Heather Heyer. We send warmth and strength to the activists and community members injured in Saturday’s egregious attacks, and we send a message of solidarity to the people of Charlottesville and their allies standing strong against white supremacy and fascism.

If you had planned to join us for the screening this evening, we encourage you instead to join our comrades from Movement for Black Lives who are hosting a national call “Confront Hate from Charlottesville to the Whitehouse,” at 6pm PT tonight. Register here: http://bit.ly/charcalldefend While this is just one of many solidarity events happening, whatever you choose to do, we hope that you choose to get connected. We also hope that connection will be a generative container—yes, for rage, anger, and grief, but also for clarity. The president of the United States is clear about where he stands. The fascists and white supremacists who make up his institutional allies and his grassroots base are clear about where they stand. In this moment, during Black August, the words of the great George Jackson resound:

Settle your quarrels, come together, understand the reality of our situation, understand that fascism is already here, that people are dying who could be saved, that generations more will die or live poor butchered half-lives if you fail to act. Do what must be done, discover your humanity and your love of Revolution. Pass on the torch. Join us, give your life for the people.

CPE will do our best to stay connected in the coming days and weeks, to support anti-fascist organizing, to contribute to developing durable strategies toward moving against these forces, and to be grounded in a history that reminds us that as enduring as white supremacist violence is, so has been unrelenting resistance to it.

We hope you will join us this Thursday for our discussion about resistance to US militarism and occupation—topics deeply connected to the authoritarianism of the current administration (https://www.facebook.com/events/325627811212942).

Stay strong,

here are some resources that we hope you find helpful:

An essay by Keeanga Yamahtta-Taylor from Jacobin: https://jacobinmag.com/2017/08/charlottesville-racist-march-heather-heyer

“San Domingo,” an essay from CLR James’ A History of Pan-African Revolt on the Haitian revolution (which started on this day in 1791), and the importance of Black resistance to white supremacist violence: http://www.politicaleducation.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/San-Domingo.pdf

Chart from Political Research Associates on Unite the Right: http://www.politicalresearch.org/2017/08/10/a-guide-to-whos-coming-to-the-largest-white-nationalist-rally-in-a-decade/#sthash.rH7KOaIB.dpbs






Occupation & Intervention



August 17, 7pm
First Congregational Church of Oakland
2501 Harrison St. FYC Room

Rhonda Ramiro (vice-chair, BAYAN USA)
Max Elbaum (long-time anti-war activist and author of Revolution in the Air)
and Yousef K. Baker (professor international relations at Cal State Long Beach)

The “fall” of Mosul?  The “liberation” of Marawi? While the news cycle is dominated by reality television-type depictions of national politics and large segments of the left are focused on the Trump regime’s domestic policies, military intervention and outright war is raging on most continents across the planet. The US maintains the largest and most technologically advanced arsenal of conventional and nuclear weapons in the world, while it deploys hundreds of thousands of troops in at least 175 countries, and disperses tens of billions of dollars annually in military aid to more than 200 governments. The US also trains approximately 200,000 soldiers, police, and other personnel internationally every year. As people struggle against economic,social, and ecological crisis, understanding the United States’ war footing is as urgent as ever.

Join CPE to kick off our new series, War & Liberation, to learn more about current US military interventions in the Philippines, Iraq, and globally and the role US movements can play in resisting war. 




Marxism 101 Coming this Fall!

Do you think work, health, education, and land are vital issues? Do you hate war, exploitation, and displacement? Do you fight to win political power, social change, and freedom? Over 150 years ago philosopher, economist, and activist Karl Marx’s work and thought on these same issues went on to change the course of human history, with his ideas driving some of the most momentous political struggles in the past century.

The Center for Political Education invites you to participate in a six-part class on some fundamentals of Marxist thinking and action. This will be a course for beginners during which participants will learn basics about Marxist theory and practice.

Read more here…

Summer Film Series: The Brother from Another Planet

Join CPE for  the first installment of our summer film series.
Wednesday, July 26, at 7pm
Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics, 518 Valencia St., San Francisco

The Brother from Another Planet

Directed by John Sayles (1984)

A comic meditation on slavery and fugitivity, migration, racism, and life under capitalism, John Sayles’ The Brother from Another Planet follows an alien (played by Joe Morton) who escapes from his planet only to land in 1980s Harlem.  Pursued by two intergalactic immigration agents attempting to return him to captivity, The Brother, evades capture while interacting with neighborhood residents and learning about his new environment.

A classic of Afrofuturism, The Brother from Another Planet is a must see for anyone who is interested in race, class, migration, urbanism and solidarity.  We encourage you to take a break from your daily grind and come watch this funny, smart, and affecting film.

Check out the facebook event HERE.

Standing Strong with Our Community: A Benefit for Melanie Cervantes

Tuesday, July 18, 7pm

Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics
518 Valencia St., San Francisco

Our comrade Melanie Cervantes has been diagnosed with a rare form of lung cancer. As she prepares for surgery, she will need our support and resources to fight cancer and stay healthy. Join Center for Political Education for a night of art, music, and solidarity celebrating and raising funds for Melanie’s treatment and living expenses.

Even as healthcare is on all our minds, many people, like Melanie, who work in service of our movements lack health coverage. Our fights against the decimation of access to meaningful work, empowering educations, comfortable housing, and free and accessible healthcare are directly linked to fights to care for our friends, families, co-workers, neighbors, and comrades—especially those who have committed their lives to peoples’ struggle for dignity and liberation. Melanie’s talent, spirit, and intellect make our struggles more vibrant, militant, and beautiful. From neighborhood projects to internationalist movements, Melanie has worked in solidarity with campaigns including those against displacement and the prison industrial complex, and for migrant justice, indigenous resistance, and economic justice. Now, let’s show her how much we appreciate all she gives us by ensuring that she has what she needs to stay in strong fighting form!

The evening will feature Dignidad Rebelde art for sale, great music, tasty snacks and icy cold drinks. Join us to celebrate our beloved comrade, spend time with friends, and to give what you can!

You can also make a donation to the fund for Melanie here.

Please help us spread the word by sharing our Facebook event and by following us on twitter!


Wednesday, June 21, 7PM
City College of San Francisco – Mission Center, Room 107
1125 Valencia St, SF


Just a couple weeks ago, Palestinian prisoners suspended a 40-day hunger strike, bringing the Israeli state to the negotiating table. At the same time word began to emerge of a prisoner hunger strike against appalling conditions at Folsom State Prison here in California. Although both strikes come amid an intensification of Israeli colonialism in Palestine, and brazen plans for increased policing and imprisonment against Black, Brown, and immigrant communities in the US, they are also born of bold prisoner organizing.

Join us for a discussion drawing connections between struggles by imprisoned organizers in Palestine and California, providing updates on current prisoner-led actions, and lifting up opportunities for more powerful solidarity.

Help us spread the word: www.facebook.com/events/1930149910600506


Opening Reception: Friday, June 9, 7pm

Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics
518 Valencia St., San Francisco

CPE is honored to help bring Degrees of Visibility to the Bay Area.  This photography exhibit lays bear the landscapes in which over 250 prisons, jails and detention centers are situated throughout each of the 50 U.S. states and colonies. As recent challenges to the United States’ scale of imprisonment mount in the wake of the Trump regime, the exhibition offers a unique approach to art and political representation.

Join us to celebrate this important exhibit coming to the Bay. Hear updates on local campaigns and projects against imprisonment, policing, and in defense of political prisoners from organizations including:
All of Us or None
Arab Resource and Organizing Center
California Coalition for Women Prisoners
Critical Resistance Oakland
Freedom Archives
TJI Justice Project
Underground Scholars
…and more!

In describing his work, Hunt situates imprisonment “as one arm of a larger system of racial, class and gendering controls that structure the United States’ hierarchies, segregations, political and economic relations….”  Degrees of Visibility provokes us to contemplate the plans and ideologies that facilitate and justify the disappearance of millions of people while simultaneously normalizing that process. At the same time, and most essentially, Hunt’s work compels us to understand that along with the disappearance of people goes the attempted disappearance of resistance—past, present, and future.

Degrees of Visibility helps put us in a strong position to find history, life, culture, resistance, and connection despite systematic attempts to disappear them. Our shared fate is tied to our abilities to think and work together across barriers including those erected through the prison industrial complex. We need to seize opportunities to connect our understandings and our fights to people living, dying, organizing, learning, and dreaming behind prison walls. These opportunities strengthen our vision and practice to fight for a better, freer, future.

Please help us spread the word by sharing our Facebook event and by following us on twitter!

In the Dark Times Will There Also Be Singing?

Saturday, June 3
Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture
Gallery 308
San Francisco

CPE will be hosting a block of political programming as part of the  San Francisco International Arts Festival.  Inspired by Bertolt Brecht, we’re calling the program “In the Dark Times Will There Also Be Singing?”.  The program will feature three panels of people engaged in culture work and activism in the Bay Area and internationally.

11am-12:00pm  The Struggle over Creative Space and Resources
On the federal level we see proposals for the decimation of public arts funding, while at the same time the strains caused by displacement and gentrification are having a profound effect on where and how people–especially in working class communities of color–can build creative space. This panel will explore how artists, activists, and organizations build creative spaces and struggle for public resources for arts and culture in times of economic instability.

Panelists: Nihar Bhatt, Charmaine Davis, and Fernando Martí

12:30-1:30pm Arts and Culture over and against Borders
Common threads of far-right governments and movements include anti-immigrant sentiment/legislation, intensified border enforcement, and militarism. This panel will explore how artists are resisting the violence of xenophobia and war, and creating common cause (and common art) despite the borders displacing and dividing them.

Panelists: Ziad Abbas and Wael Buhaissy, Dohee Lee, and Eden Silva Jequinto

2-3pm Building Movements
Strong arts and culture have always been parts of strong social movements–creatively illustrating injustice and inequity, but also resilience, courage, and a better world.  This panel will explore the work of movement-based arts and culture and its role in igniting the imaginations and energies of people in Dark Times.

Panelists: Cat Brooks, Armael Malinis, and Maisha Quint


New Video Available!

Facing the Right: A Conversation with Tarso Luís Ramos
May 2, 2017
Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics

CPE hosted an event with Tarso Luís Ramos, of Political Research Associates looking at the current constellation of right wing forces within government and on the ground. This event explored emerging threats and authoritarian trends in the U.S. and globally, identifying some of the top threats facing the left movements today, and how organizers and activists can respond.

See the video from the event here.

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