CPE Programming History


People Get Ready: Building Resistance in the Trump Era
A one-day conference on analysis, strategy, and resistance after the 2016 election.

Political Education Workshop with Underground Scholars Initiative
In support of the Underground Scholars Initiative at UC Berkeley, CPE facilitated a session on movements and movement strategy with members of the group.

Who’s Got the Power?
A workshop for organizers on analyzing the balance of forces facilitated by Rebecca Gordon.

Watch the Watchers
A workshop on protecting activists against police surveillance. Co-hosted with the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition.

Reading Black Reconstruction Study Group
A six-part study group dedicated to reading WEB DuBois groundbreaking book and considering its lessons for today’s political climate.

Visualizing Revolution
A presentation by Melanie Cervantes of Dignidad Rebelde about the role of graphics and visual language in making revolution beautiful, irresistible, and achievable.

Without Walls: Abolition and Rethinking Education
A panel discussion with K-12 educators and prison industrial complex abolition organizers. Featuring Chrissy Anderson-Zavala, UC Santa Cruz; Farima Pour-Khorshid, Teachers 4 Social Justice; Sagnicthe Salazar, Xicana Moratorium Coalition; Sharif Zakout, Arab Resource and Organizing Center; moderated by Isaac Ontiveros, Center for Political Education.

Co-organized and sponsored by Critical Resistance- Oakland, People’s Education Movement (Bay Area), Education for Liberation, Teachers 4 Social Justice, Underground Scholars Initiative, and Ethnic Studies Summit

Facing the Right: A Conversation with Tarso Ramos
A conversation with Tarso Ramos, executive director of Political Research Associates on the contemporary constellation of right wing forces within government and on the ground in the United States.

Tratamiento Para Tod@s/Treatment for All
A screening of the film Tratamiento Para Tod@s/Treatment for All, which traces the mobilization to defend and strengthen Spain’s free, high quality, universal public health system, and to fight against the neoliberal restructuring of healthcare. Featuring a discussion with the filmmaker, Enrique González.

Co-sponsored by Public Health Justice Collective, California Nurses Association/ National Nurses United, Rad Med & the Berkeley Center for Social Medicine

In the Dark Times Will There Also Be Singing?
A block of programming curated for the 2017 San Francisco International Arts Festival.  The program included three panels of culture workers and organizers exploring issues including gentrification and displacement, borders and organizing in diaspora, and the relationship between culture work and movements for change. Featuring: Fernando Martí, Charmaine Davis, Nihar Bhatt, Eden Silva Jequinto, Ziad Abbas, Wael Buhaissy, Dohee Lee, Cat Brooks, and Armael Malinis.

Degrees of Visibility
A photo exhibition and opening program featuring photographs by Ashley Hunt interrogating the role of imprisonment in our physical and social environments.

Freedom and Dignity across Walls: Understanding Prisoner Organizing from Palestine to Pelican Bay
A panel discussion discussing prisoner-led hunger strikes in Palestine and California and prospects for solidarity outside of prisons.  Featuring: Claude Marks, Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, Marie Levin, and Lara Kiswani.

CPE Summer Film Series
A presentation of films in unlikely genres, whose stories have something to say about the struggle to survive in an alienating world. Featuring: The Brother from Another Planet (John Sayles, 1984) and Songs My Brothers Taught Me (Chloe Zhao, 2016).

Occupation and Intervention: US Militarism in the Current Moment
A panel discussion on the current state of US militarism, with analysis on the war and anti-war activism in Iraq and the Philippines. Part of CPE’s WAR & LIBERATION series taking on critical issues of war, militarism, resistance and liberation from across the world. Featuring: Rhonda Ramiro, Max Elbaum, Yousef K. Baker, and Clare Bayard.

Marxism 101
A six-part introductory course on Marxist history, theory, economics, and political practice for grassroots organizers.

A Healthy Dose of Struggle: Women and trans people on the front lines of the fight for healthcare
A discussion about the work on the impacts health inequity, the erosion of Medicaid, and restrictions on reproductive health access on working class women and transgender people. Featuring: Sari Bilick, Liz Derias-Tyehimba, Layidua Salazar, and Diana Wu.

Averting U.S. War on North Korea: What Progressives Must Know and Do
A discussion with leading Korea peace activists and experts on the historical roots of conflict and crisis on the Korean Peninsula. Part of CPE’s WAR & LIBERATION series taking on critical issues of war, militarism, resistance and liberation from across the world. Featuring: Christine Ahn , Ellen Choy, Kevin Gray, and Miriam Ching Yoon Louie.

Co-sponsored by HOBAK – Hella Organized Bay Area Koreans Women Cross DMZ and Catalyst Project

Education for Liberation: The Role of Political Education in the PAIGC’s Struggle for Independence and the Lessons for Today
A conversation with scholar and activist Sónia Vaz Borges on the education programs at the core of Amílcar Cabral’s national liberation struggle in Cape Verde and Guinea Bissau during the 1960s and 70s, the concept of militant education, and its lessons for movement building today. Featuring: Sónia Vaz Borges, Steve Williams, and Rachel Herzing.

Co-organized by LeftRoots.

Black Reconstruction in Our Times
A five-session track of panels at the 2017 Howard Zinn Book Fair engaging contemporary authors, researchers, and activist on the themes of themes of land, education, labor, political power, and resistance explored by WEB DuBois’ in his monumental book, Black Reconstruction in America.


Repression and Resistance: Looking Back, Bracing for the Future—an Anti-Prison Industrial Complex Roundtable
An organizer’s roundtable with discussants: Manuel LaFontaine, All of Us Or None; Tony Platt; Christina Heatherton, Trinity College, Jordan T. Camp, Brown University


Spirit of Bandung: Series on the History and Future of Third World Internationalism
3 part series

Two Years after Chavez’s Sowing
with Carlos Martinez and Carolina Morales

Cuba and Africa: Unbroken Solidarity–27th Anniversary of the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale
film showing: Cuba: An African Odyssey with discussion by Walter Turner, host of Africa Today (KPFA radio) and Phil Hutchings, Black Alliance for Just Immigration

Colonialism, Imperialism, and Resistance: Third World Struggles Then and Now
5 part class facilitated by Rabab Abdulhadi, 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 and Jaime Veve, long-time activist and former member of the Young Lords Party

Compañeras: Zapatista Women’s Stories San Francisco Book Launch
with author, Hilary Klein; Tere Almaguer, PODER; and Caleb Duarte, The Zapantera Negra Project; and Erika Vivianna Céspedes

 Free West Paupa!
with Benny Wenda, West Papau independence leader, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, political exile

My Heroes Have Always Killed Colonizers

Defending Revolution, Defending Culture: An Evening on Cultural Politics and Education in Cuba
with Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt and Cathering Murphy, and Jack Hirshman
co-sponsored by PM Press, The Literacy Project, Ediciones Aurelia, and the Turquino Project

Okinawan Speaking Tour
27 leaders from Okinawa in opposition to the new US military base in Henoko share stories.


“Take This Hammer”: 50th Anniversary Screening and Community Talkback
with Anthony Julius Williams; The Iruke Project; and Alicia Garza, POWER

A Un Año de la Siembra de Chavez /A Year after Chavez’s Sowing
with Carolina Morales; Holrich Jaques, Parque Cultural Tiuna El Fuerte; POOR Magazine

Taking a Stand for SF
artists respond to the violence of policing

Rekindling the Socialist Imagination: Left Organizing in Times of Crisis
with Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin, authors of The Making of Global Capitalism: The Political Economy of Global Empire

Claim No Easy Victories: The Legacy of Amilcar Cabral
book talk with co-author, Bill Fletcher, Jr.

To March for Others: The Black Freedom Struggle and the United Farm Workers
book talk with author, Lauren Ariaza

Conversation on Autonomies: Echoes from the Zapatista Escuelitas
co-sponsored by Yo Soy 132 Bay Area

When We Win: Spotlight on Jobs with Justice, SF
with Kung Feng and Gordon Mar, Jobs with Justice, SF; Pilar Schiavo, California Nurses Association, James Tracy, Community Housing Partnership

All Eyez on Me: Race, Muslims, and the Surveillance State
with Arun Kundani, Sohail Daulatzai, Nina Farnia, and Hamid Khan co-sponsored with Arab Resource and Organizing Center

My Heroes Have Always Killed Colonizers

War is Trauma: Poster Exhibit
exhibit of pieces made by Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative in collaboration with Iraq Veterans against the War

Occupation of Alcatraz 45th Anniversary
with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author An Indigenous People’s History of the United States

Voices of the People: Rethinking the Asia-Pacific Pivot: International Roundtable
with Rhonda Ramiro, BAYAN-USA; Raymond Palatino, Global Voices; Ko You Kyoung, SAFE-Korea


My CPE Valentine
CPE Fundraiser

Migration NOW!  Designs for a Migrant Spring
Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative exhibit West Coast opening
co-sponsored by Justseeds, and Culture Strike

Unmasking the Many Faces of Empire: Collective Anti-Militarism for the Long Haul
with Arab Resource and Organizing Center, Iraq Veterans against the War, and Critical Resistance

Venezuela: Elections & US Intervention
with Benjamin Mast and Carolina Morales, activists from Venezuela

Public Education and Our Right to the City
with Karen Zapata and Pauline Lipman, Teachers for Social Justice
co-sponsored by Teachers for Social Justice, Vampire Slayers, and Rethinking Schools

Mayday Celebration at 518 Valencia

Game Over : How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down
with author, Dave Zirin, in Conversation with Rose Aguilar, KALW

Librotraficante:  A Banned Book Bash
with Tony Diaz, Lips Mendez, Naomi Quiñonez, and Roberto Lovato

Revolutionary Medicine: Garifuna Autonomous Healthcare
with Jesse Freeston

Letter from Taksim Square: Understanding the Recent Popular Uprising in Turkey

My Heroes Have Always Killed Colonizers

The Road to Victory: The 2014 Presidential Election in El Salvador
with Francisca Iraheta Romero, ANDES 21 de Junio

The Shutdown, Racism, the Rise of the Tea Party Right  
with Max Elbaum

Eric Quezada Presente!
CPE’s 15th Anniversary Celebration


Somos el 99%: Latino Artists Respond to the Call of the Occupy Movement
with Melanie Cervantes, Silencio Muteado, Xago Juarez, and Yosimar Reyes
co-sponsored with Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts

Breaking the Chains of Violence in Mexico
with Juan Fraire Escobedo and John Lindsay-Poland

The History of Housing Co-ops and Labor/Worker Solidarity
with Jamie Spector, SF Community Land Trust and Myrna Meigar, affordable housing and housing co-op expert

Popular Education 101: Theory & Practice
2 sessions faciltiated by Levana Saxon, Practicing Freedom and Green for All

Radio Venceremos
with Carlos Henriquez Conalvi (aka Santiago)

Cuando Una Mujer Avanza: San Francisco film premiere
with producer Simón Sedillo; Mare (the film’s subject); Luta Candelaria; Wanda; and Mariposa Villaluna

Participatory Action Research 101
2 sessions facilitated by Levana Saxon, Practicing Freedom and Green for All

Si Se Puede! Encuentro de Mujeres en Lucha
with Amarilis Guamuch, Associacion Femenin para el Desarrollo de Sacatepequez, Guatemala; Leidy Fernandez, Arizmendy Bakery Coop; Guillermina Castellanos, La Colectiva de Mujeres; Danza Azteca Mixcoatl Anahuac

A Farm Bill for the 99%
with SF Supervisors Eric Mar (D1) and David Campos (D9); Susan Kuehn and Adam Show, Food and Water Watch; Christopher Cook , author
co-sponsored by Food and Water Watch

Whose Justice? Demands, Questions, and Contradictions in Confronting Police Violence
with Rachel Herzing, Critical Resistance; Sanyika Bryant, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement; and Sagnicthe Salazar, Xicana Moratorium Coalition
co-sponsored by Critical Resistance

Darker Shades of Green: California’s Carbon Market and Landgrabs in Mexico and Beyond
with Jeff Conant, director, “A Darker Shade of Green”; Brian Nowicki, Center for Biological Diversity; Alberto Saldamando, Indigenous Environmental Network; moderator: Mari Rose Taruc, Asian Pacific Environmental Network
co-sponsored by Friends of the Earth, Indigenous Environmental Network, Global Justice Ecology Project, Stop Clearcutting California, and Center for Indigenous Rights

Theater of the Oppressed 101
2 sessions with Levana Saxon, Practicing Freedom and Green for All

My Heroes Have Always Killed Colonizers

La Muerte y La Lucha : Honoring Our People Killed by Police & State Violence
with Cephus “Uncle Bobby” Johnson; Mesha Iziarry; Denika Chatman

The Marikana Mineworkers Massacre And the Crisis of Change in Post-Apartheid South Africa
with Mazibuko Jara, South African Communist Party

World Social Forum Free Palestine Bay Area Report-Back
report back from Bay Area delegates to the World Social Forum Free Palestine


Where is the Left at?
with Cindy Weisner, Sendolo Diaminah, and Carl Bloice

Raising Reds: Children & Families in Left Organizations
with Diana Block, Tony Marks-Block, Miriam Ching Louie, Lung San Louie, Giuliana Milanese, Giulio Sorro, moderated by Mei-ying Williams

Dancing with Dynamite: Social Movements and States in Latin America
with author, Ben Dangl; Leila Salazar-Lopez, Amazon Watch; Gustavo Oliveira, Bay Area Friends of the MST

Marxism 101 Class
A four-part workshop and study group led by the collective of the Center offering a beginning/intermediate study of Marxist principles, theory, and relevance to today’s movement building.

Community Farms & Permaculture in Cuba
with Roberto Perez Rivero

From Budget Cuts to the People’s Budget: Participatory
Josh Lerner and Chicago Alderman Joe Moore
co-sponsored by PODER, JASEcon, SF Community Land Trust, Chinese Progressive Association, Bay Area Community Exchange

Paulo Freire 101: Popular Education in Theory and Practice
3 sessions facilitated by Levana Saxon and Rosa Gonzalez

We are Fed up to Here!: Pietro Ameglio: Nonviolence Organizer from Mexico
with Pietro Ameglio, John Lindsay-Poland

Guardian Forum Series: Creating a Progressive Agenda for the Next Mayor of San Francisco
5 sessions with Calvin Welch, Lenny Goldberg, Shaw San Liu, Nick Pagoulatos, Ted Gullicksen

Voices of Egypt with Shadi Rhimi and War Times
with Shadi Rahimi and Max Elbaum

Environmental Justice vs. California Cap-and-Trade
with Alegría De La Cruz, Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment; Nile Malloy, Communities for a Better Environment; and Michelle Mascarenhas-Swan, Movement Generation Justice and Ecology Project

Why Is Carlos Montes Being Targeted by the FBI?
with Carlos Montes, Cinthya Munoz Ramos, Causta Justa::Just Cause; Nancy Hernandez, lawyer

Mexico vs. Monsanto: Sin Maíz no hay País
with M.Sc. Adelita San Vicente, Dr. Alejandro Espinoza Calderon, and Dr. Antonio Turrent
co-sponsored by PODER

International League of People’s Struggle: 4th International Assembly and International Festival for People’s Rights and Struggles: Community Report Back
co-sponsored by BAYAN-USA, Chinese Progressive Association, and POWER

Occupy the Workplace: A Film Series on Worker-Owned Cooperatives
films: “Beyond the Bottom Line”, Democracy in the Workplace”, “November 15th: Cooperativism after Crisis”, “The Take” “The Mondragon Experiment”

Occupy, Resist, Produce: with the MST and Movement Generation
Elias Araujo, MST Coordinator, and Janaina Stronzake, MST Activist and Scholar

Hobos to Street People: Artists’ Responses to Homelessness from the New Deal to the Present
with Art Hazlewood, Paul Boden, Francisco Dominguez, and Bob Offer-Westort
co-sponsored by Western Regional Advocacy Project, Coalition on Homelessness, BOSS-Building Opportunities for Self Sufficiency, Street Spirit, and St. Mary’s Center

Durban Climate Summit Report-Back
with Katherine Zavala, Jeff Conant, and Rosa Gonzalez


Venezuela Speaks! Voices from the Grassroots
with co-authors, Carlos Martinez and Michael Fox

Voice of Roma: Benefit for the Voice of Roma Education Center in Kosovo
with Sani Rifati, founder Voice of Roma and Marko Muir, educator at Voice of Roma

Community Gathering and Benefit for Haiti
film showing: Haiti: We Must Kill the BANDITS
co-sponsored by Haiti Action Committee, SOUL, Chinese Progressive Association, PODER, POWER, and Teachers for Social Justice

What’s Going On: Resisting Racism on California Campuses
with Tiffany Dena Loftin, UC Santa Cruz student organizer

US Social Forum 2010 Info Sessions: Get on the Road to Detroit
information sessions to help  people prepare to attend the USSF.

Building a Movement for Progressive Taxation
open forum

What’s the Matter with California? Taking Back the State Budget
with Lenny Goldberg, California Tax Reform Association; Marty Martinez, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network; Ari Wohlfeiler, Californians United for a Responsible Budget

“Planet or Death!  We Shall Overcome”: Cochabamba People’s Conference on Climate Change Report Back & Discussion
with Alberto Saldamando, International Indian Treaty Council; Colin Rajah, National Network on Immigrant and Refugee Rights; jason Negron-Gonzalez, Movement Generation; and Evelyn Rangel-Medina, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

The Obama Administration: Perspectives from the African-American Left
with Linda Burnham, organizational consultant; Malkia Amala Cyril, Center for Media Justice: Gerald Lenoir, Black Alliance for Just Immigration: Carl Bloice, Committees of Correspondence

Maria’s Story: From 1990 to 2010: Bay Area Premiere of Special 20th Anniversary DVD Release
with the film’s producer/director, Pamela Cohen, and Salvador Cordon, FMLN-Norcal

Problema #1070: Reflections on an Arizona State of Mind
with Yosimar Reyes, poet; headRush Productions: Mamacoatl; Social Irruption: Somos (BRWN BFLO); Jack Hirschman; Adrian “Ariazona”

Worker-Ownership & The City: A Panel Discussion on Cooperativism in Communities of Color
with Omar Freilla, Green Worker Cooperatives: Guillermina Castellanos, La Colectiva: and Poonam Whabi, Design Action Collective

Permaculture for the People! A Community Report Back
a report back from participants in Movement Generation and Occidental Arts and Ecology Center’s Liberation Permaculture Design Course

STOP Oppression in Australia & Everywhere: Building Cross-Continental Resistance with Creative Interventions
with members of the StoryTelling & Organizing Project and Intervention Rollback Action Group (from Australia, via live video feed)

Toward a Progressive Agenda for San Francisco: A Progressive Vision for the November Elections and Beyond
with Chelsea Boilard, San Francisco Rising; Gordon Mar, Jobs with Justice, SF; Debbi Lerman and Calvin Welch, SF Community Congress; and Shaw San Liu, SF Progressive Worker Alliance

Theater for Justice: An Introductory Workshop in Theater of the Oppressed
two sessions facilitated by Aryeh Shell

Stop the Suits: El Salvador’s Fight for Self-Determination
with Orlando Velasco, Association of Friends of San Isidro in Cabañas

The Right to Place and Home: from South Africa to the Bay
with S’bu Zikode, Shack Dwellers movement; Paul Boden, Western Regional Advocacy Project; Sara Shortt Housing Rights Committee
co-sponsored by Priority Africa Network, International Development Exchange, UC Berkeley Center for African Studies, SF Coalition on Homelessness, Western Regional Advocacy Project, Housing Rights Committee, SF Community Land Trust

1000 Cancuns for Climate Justice: Teach-In and International Day of Action
co-sponsored by: Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Communities for a Better Environment, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, Mobilization for Climate Justice West, Movement Generation Justice and Ecology Project, Mujeres Unidas y Activas, POWER, PODER, Richmond Progressive Alliance, Urban Tilth, and West County Toxics Coalition


The Victory of Resistance in El Salvador: the 2009 Elections and Beyond
with Felix Salvador Kury, Cuba Educational Project and Franchesca Austin-Ochoa, CISPES

Mexico Unconquered: Chronicles of Power and Revolt
with author, John Gibler

From the Civil Rights Movement to the Immigrant Rights Movement: Lessons Learned
with Elizabeth “Betita” Martinez, activist and author; Phil Hutchings, Black Alliance for Just Immigration; and Renee Saucedo, organizer, advocate, and lawyer.

Flow: For the Love of Water
Film showing and discussion with Jeff Conant, Food and Water Watch
co-sponsored by Movement Generation

What’s Going On: Obama’s Decisions in Iraq and Afghanistan
with Jan Adams, War Times/Tiempos de Guerros

From Armed Struggle to Electoral Victory: Reflections on the Salvadoran Presidential Election
with journalist Roberto Lovato

What’s Going On:  Oakland Police Department, Police Accountability and the Left
with Malachi Garza, Community Justice Network for Youth

Neo-liberalism in Retreat: El Salvador and the Latin American Left
with Felix Kury, Cuba Educational Project and Yeni Solis, CISPES
co-sponsored with SOUL, and CISPES

Beyond Marriage: Queer Liberation from Stonewall to the 21st Century
with Morgan Bassichis, CUAV; Molly Goldberg, Pride at Work; Bobbi Lopez, SF Immigrant Rights Defense Committee

CISPES Victory Tour
with Ricardo Bladimir González from the FMLN

Jobs for Artists!  A New Deal for the Arts in the 21st Century
with Jeff Chang, author, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation; Gray Brechin, research fellow for the Living New Deal Project of the Dept. of Geography, UC Berkeley; and Arlene Goldbard, speaker and consultant.

District Elections in SF: How Do “We the People” Become the Driving Force?
with NTanya Lee, Coleman Advocates for Youth; Calvin Welch, Housing Justice: Chito Cuellar, UNITE HERE Local 2; and Sasha Magee, activist

What’s Going On: Iran’s Green Wave: Reform or Revolution?
with Malihe Razazan and Shahram Aghamir, producers, “Voices of the Middle East and North Africa” on KPFA radio.

Abolition Now! Artists and Activists against the Prison Industrial Complex
with Rachel Herzing, Critical Resistance; Melanie Cervantes and Jesus Barraza, Justseeds Artists Cooperative

Palestine Solidarity and Boycott, Sanctions, and Divestment: Lessons Learned from South Africa’s Anti-Apartheid Movement
with  Jackie Husary, General Union of Palestinian Students (GUPS); Gerald Lenoir, Black Alliance for Just Immigration; and Ayla Jay Schoenwald, Break the Siege
co-sponsored with Arab Resource and Organizing Center and Break the Siege

The Road to Copenhagen and Beyond: A Briefing on the UNFCCC and Social Movements
with  Amanda Lee Tan, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives and Gopal Dayaneni, Movement Generation Justice and Ecology Projec

Report Back from Social Movements in Honduras
with Porfirio Quintano

What’s Going on with: Healthcare?
with Roma Guy, San Francisco activist

Creating Radical Graphics for Our Liberation: An Anti-Imperialist, Anti-Capitalist Forum
with Melanie Cervantes, Taller Tupac Amaru; Greg Morozumi, Eastside Arts Alliance; Eric Triantafillou, San Francisco Print Collective

Constitutions from Below: from Honduras to Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia
with live video-feed from Honduras featuring representatives of the National Resistance Front against the Coup


Black-Brown Alliances from Mexico to California
with Ron Wilkins, Southern California activist, photographer and teacher: Maria Elena Ramirez, Bay Area activist and counselor at Ohlone College; and Sandra Mitchell, Bay Area teach and co-founder, San Francisco Freedom School
Co-sponsored by the Black Alliance for Just Immigration and the Institute on MultiRacial Justice

Dismantle: Policing, Displacement, and the Criminalization of Poverty
with Tiny Gray-Garcia, POOR Magazine; Elder Freeman, All of Us or None, Homies Organizing the Mission to Empower Youth (HOMEY)

The Electoral Arena: Challenges and Opportunities for the 2008 Presidential Election and Beyond
with Linda Burnham, activist, and author of Obama and Clinton: The Tightrope and the Needle”; James Tracy, Bay Area housing organizing and co-author”The Left and Elections”

CHANGE: Environmental Justice and the Fight against the Prison Industrial Complex
with  Susana DeAnda, Community Water Center; Patrice Douglass, Critical Resistance; and Mari Rose Taruc, Asian Pacific Environmental Network

July 26 Celebration
Screening of ¡Salud!, a feature-length documentary about Cuba’s dedication to just health systems around the world.
with discussant Felix Kury, Professor of Raza Studies at SFSU.

Climate Justice vs. California Cap-and-Trade
with Alegria De La Cruz, Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment;  Nile Malloy, Communities for a Better Environment; and Michelle Mascarenhas-Swan, Movement Generation Justice and Ecology Project.

You Got to Move: Film Showing and Bay Area Celebration of 75 Years of the Highlander Research Center
with Lucie Phenix, director; Anasa Troutman and Pam McMichael, Highlander Research Center; Elizabeth “Betita” Martinez; and Clayborne Carson

Third Thursdays: The War in Georgia
with Carl Bloice, writer with the Black Commentator

Art and Resistance: A San Francisco Print Collective Art Show
with Favianna Rodriguez
co-sponsored by the San Francisco Print Collective

The National Institute of Corrections and the Prison Industrial Complex
with Bobby Dellelo, American Friends Service Committee

Class on the Economic Crisis with CPE and La Raza Centro Legal
with Karl Beitel, American Federation of Teachers and Nedula Baguio, Bay Area activist and writer

Forum to Defeat Propositions 6 & 9: Targeting Youth of Color, Immigrants and Those Currently Incarcerated
with Shawna Sanchagrin and Nia Sykes from California Coalition for Women Prisoners and Alicia Criado from Books Not Bars

CPE 10th Anniversary

Food Crisis: From the Global Food System to Local Food Justice
with Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System and Brahm Ahmadi, Oakland People’s Grocery

What’s Going On: Roundtable Discussion on Prop 8
with Malachi Larrabee-Garza, Community Justice Network for Youth; Betty Jeanne Reuters-Ward, Interfaith Organizer for the No on 8 Campaign and Catalyst Project; Eric See, No on 8 volunteer and Freedom Road Socialist Organization; and Ayoka Turner

Everything Has Changed and All Our Work Remains: Post Election Politics, Opportunities, and Challenges
Linda Burnham, Women of Color Resource Center; Mike Parker, Labor Notes Policy Committee; and moderated by Maria Poblet, St. Peter’s Housing Committee

What’s Going On: Workers in Chicago Take Over and Win
with David Bacon, labor activist and photographer


From San Salvador to San Francisco: Workers Strike Back
Film showing and discussion with workers from El Salvador and the Bay Area, sharing stories of factory take overs and campus shut downs.

As Long As I Live: Comfort Women from Korea
Film showing a number of the surviving women live in the House of Sharing and travel to the Japanese embassy for a weekly demonstration demanding an apology from the Japanese government and testimony from a surviving comfort woman, Koon-ja Kim, who was forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese military during World War II.

Marxism 101 Class
A four-part workshop and study group led by the collective of the Center offering a beginning/intermediate study of Marxist principles, theory, and relevance to today’s movement building.

World Social Forum 2007 Report Back
Co-sponsored with the Catalyst Project, Bay Area activists and organizers shared stories and lessons from their participation in the 2007 World Social Forum held in Nairobi, Kenya.

Black History, Experience and Struggle in San Francisco
A multi-generational discussion about the historical factors shaping struggles within Black communities in San Francisco today.

On the Eve of El Primero de Mayo: The Struggle for Immigrant Rights
Organizers discuss the political moment facing the immigrant rights movement, and challenges, opportunities and visions for advancing immigration reform based on justice and humanity.

State of Siege: Part One of the 2007 History of Resistance Film Series
Made in 1973 in Chile, just prior to the U.S. backed overthrow of Salvador Allende, Costa Gavras’ classic film, captures a period of political upsurge and tension between left movements in Latin America and increasingly brutal state repression. Set in Uruguay in the early 1970’s the film is loosely based off the story of the kidnapping of a U.S. operative for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Sugar Slaves with Maisa Mendoca
Presentation by Brazilian activist, journalist and filmmaker Maisa Mendoca on the impacts of monoculture agribusiness on sugar cane workers their communities and land in Brazil. The sugar cane they harvest is converted into ethanol for Global North energy consumption, raising questions about our role in the continued exploitation of the people and land of the Global South.

The Center for Political Education, Building Towards and At the US Social Forum (USSF)
CPE worked with Bay Area organizations PODER, POWER, SOUL, Just Cause Oakland and St. Peter’s Housing Committee to mobilize people to attend the USSF, to provide financial and other support to Bay Area base-building organizations to attend and to provide information for organizations and individuals to effectively participate in the USSF. We raised over $20,000 for members of various Bay Area organizations to attend the gathering in Atlanta in June 2007.

Networking Session for Strengthening and Building Movement Building Centers: With the Brecht Forum, Encuentro Cinco and other organizations we held two workshops which highlighted efforts of various centers for movement building around the country to share lessons, challenges and strategies for building cross-movement, cross-sectoral spaces for left and progressive social movements.

Hammer to Shape Reality: Art and Social Movement: Artists and organizers came together to discuss production of visual art in the context of social movements.

Good or Bad Alchemy?: Social Movements and Electoral Strategies: Panel and interactive (lively!) discussion on the merits, challenges and barriers in electoral politics and differing approaches to building power for social movements.

USSF Report Back: Members of organizations shared stories from the five-day historic gathering in Atlanta.

638 Ways to Kill Fidel: Film Showing
Co-sponsored with the Venceremos Brigade, this film details the persistent but unsuccessful attempt to murder Fidel Castro, isolate and destabilize Cuba.

Introduction to Political Economy and Radical Economics
A four-part series with radical economist Suresh Naidu for activists and organizers on economics, political economy, international finance and trade, economic reform fights and alternatives to capitalism. click here to view slides from this class…

Jesus Camp: Film Showing
Film showing of award-winning film about the Christian Right’s tactical approach to winning new hearts and minds. CPE Collective member Palak Shah led a discussion about the Right, understanding the various tendencies and why the Left should care to understand.

The Cost of Privilege: Discussion on the Fight Against White Supremacy
Panel and discussion with author of the recent book, Cost of Privilege: Taking on White Supremacy and Racism, Chip Smith and Bay Area activists about the importance of history, theory and lessons from past and current struggles in today’s fight against racism.

Revolutionary Art: New work from the San Francisco Print Collective with Presentation by Artist Emory Douglas
An exhibition of work from the SF Print Collective’s political poster-making class, slideshow and Q&A with former minister of culture for the Black Panther Party Emory Douglas and special guest appearances by five of the SF Eight, former Black Panthers and community leaders arrested in January on 36-year old charges, based on confessions extracted by torture.

The Circle: Film Showing
The Circle, released in 2000 by director Jafar Panahi, more directly attempts to paint a picture of the cultural, social, and economic experiences of women living in Iran. Banned by the Islamic regime, yet also criticized by Iranian feminists, the film highlights complicated questions of women’s rights and economic independence. Following the film, activist and journalist Malihe Razazan led a discussion about the film and the current picture of women’s organizing and social movements in Iran.

Appalachians Resist Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining
Presentation and Q&A with two residents of the Appalachia coal fields who are fighting displacement and environmental devastation caused by Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining.

When They Come for You in the Morning: Creating a Left Response to Local Attacks on Homeless People
In the context of the San Francisco Chronicle’s CW Nevius’ unrelenting attack on homeless people and Mayor Gavin Newsom’s anti-homeless agenda of criminalization and dehumanization, this panel and discussion examined the current local political reality of homelessness.

Iraq and US Politics: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead
Event and interactive discussion with War Times members, discussing the current situation in Iraq, the broader region and how the left and progressive movements can push for an end to the war and occupation in Iraq and beyond.
Co-Sponsored Events:
Deportation and the Assault on the First Amendment-Could it Happen to You? A Panel Discussion on the impact of the LA 8 Supreme Court Decision on Immigrants’ Free Speech Rights
with Michel Shehadeh, LA 8 Member; and Gloria La Riva. activist, International Action Center co-sponsored with the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, San Francisco

The Golf War: A Story of Land, Golf, and Revolution in the Philippines
A film screening with a performance by the Pearl Ubungen Dancers
co-sponsored with the Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines and the League of Filipino Students

Artists for Iraq, A Fundraiser for the people living under US Sanctions in Iraq
with Egyptian Feminist/author Nawal El Saadawi
co-sponsored with the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, San Franicsco

People and the Struggle for Land: What does the Palestinian Struggle Mean for People of color in Struggle in the U.S.
with Phil Hutchings, co-founder, Institute for Multi-Racial Justice; Rhonda Ramiro, Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines; Angelique Gonzales, Coalition on Homelessness; and Maad Abu-Ghazalah, American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
co-sponsored with the Institute for Multi-Racial Justice

After the Last Sky: A Solidarity Event and Educational Forum on Palestine
with Hatem Bazian, Al Qalam Institute; Lamis Andoni, Prominent Palestinian Journalist; Elias Rashmawi, Palestinian Activist, and Maad Abu-Ghazalah, American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. Co-sponsored with the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, San Francisco

U.S. Immigration Policy and the Intensifying Police State
with Kali Akuno, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement; Ruthie Gilmore, California Prison Moratorium Project and Critical Resistance; Jay Mendoza, Philip Vera Cruz Justice Project; and Heba Nimr, INS Watch. Co-sponsored with the California Prison Moratorium Project and Critical Resistance

Anti-war Activist Dialogues
with Zulfiqar Ahmad, Pakistani scholar and activist; Eyad Kishawi, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee; Richard Becker, International ANSWER Coalition; Maria Poblet, St. Peter’s Housing Committee. Co-sponsored with American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, San Francisco, School of Unity and Liberation, and War Times

Bolivarian Revolution Return to Power Celebration
Co-sponsored by the Venezuela Solidarity Group

Palestine: The Women’s Experience
With Maha Abu-Dayeh Shammas from the Women’s Legal Aid and Counseling Center in Ramallah. Co-sponsored by American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, San Francisco and others


Freedom Fighters 101: Che & the Women of the Black Panther Party
A two-part workshop for young people to look more deeply at individual revolutionary icons, the struggles they were a part of, their continuing legacy, and what it means that a figure like Che appears on handbags and advertisements today.

World Social Forum/Venezuela Report Back
An event with Bay Area grassroots activists who attended the World Social Forum in Caracas, Venezuela, in January 2006.

Music and Resistance Film Series
Part 2, including showings and discussions of Black Wax (Gil Scott Heron), Letter to the President, Strange Fruit (about the song Billie Holliday made famous) and Space is the Place (Sun Ra).

Discussion on the State of the Movement Against the Prison Industrial Complex
A discussion in partnership with Left Turn Magazine on the state of the movement against the prison industrial complex with activists and organizers from that movement.

From Managua to Baghdad
with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Eric Quezada speaking about U.S. Intervention in Central America in the 80’s, resistance to it and parallels with today’s events in both Latin America and the U.S. War in Iraq.

Vientos de Cambio
A Spanish language event in partnership with People Organized to Demand Environmental and Economic Rights (PODER), Mujeres Unidas y Activas and Saint Peter’s Housing Committee that brought 70 members of these three base organizations together to explore social movements, the shift to the Left in Latin America and the implications for organizing in Latin@ communities in the U.S.

Hurricane Katrina Commemoration Film Festival
Featuring Katrina survivors and updates about current work in support of the right to return & a just reconstruction of New Orleans. Again this was a collaborative event with many organizations involved with the Katrina Solidarity Committee.

Report-Back from Lebanon, Syria & Jordan
With War Times Editors Jan Adams & Rebecca Gordon

The Anti-War Big Push & the New Political Moment
With Max Elbaum, War Times & Claire Tran, Freedom Road Socialist Organization Discussion about the challenges and opportunities for the anti-war movement following the November 2006 elections


Music and Resistance Film Series
Including the films Fela (Fela Kuti), Wattstax (about the 1973 concert), 5 Sides of a Coin (on the 5 elements of hip hop), and Salsa: Latin Pop Music in the Cities.

The Rise and Fall of Mission Housing
With the Committee to Save Mission Housing
A discussion on the history of the struggles at Mission Housing and the Mission District more broadly, in light of economic and political pressures that lead to displacement of working class communities of color.

Activism and Social Movements in the Arab World
With Rayan El-Amine & Uda Walker
This event, cosponsored with Left Turn Magazine, looked at social movements in Egypt, Lebanon, and Palestine.

30th Anniversary of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee
An event honoring former members of SNCC as well as Bay Area civil rights activists.

Who Was CLR James?
With author and professor John McLendon III
A look at CLR James, his theoretical contributions and how they advanced Marxism.

Marxism 101 Class
A four-part workshop and study group led by the collective of the Center offering a beginning/intermediate study of Marxist principles, theory, and relevance to today’s movement building.

Homelessness and the Market Economy
With Carl Bloice
A look at how can Marxist understandings of land, housing and economics can be applied to the situation of homelessness today.

The Future of Socialism in South Africa
With Vishwas Satgar from the South African Communist Party

Reclaiming Revolution: Evaluating the Experience of Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement (STORM)
With former STORM members Harmony Goldberg, Raquel Lavina
A look at lessons learned from the organization STORM, a revolutionary organization in the Bay Area in the 90s.

Globalize Liberation
With Elizabeth “Betita” Martinez, David Solnit & Chris Carlson
Discussing the movements highlighted in the book Globalize Liberation.

Report-Back from Haiti & Venezuela A discussion about similarities in political developments in Haiti and Venezuela and opportunities for solidarity from the U.S. Left with social movements in both countries.


Battle of Algiers Post-Film Discussion
A discussion led by Rayan El-Amine and Jason Ferreira contextualizing the film in the history of the 50’s and 60’s, highlighting the film’s relevance for activists and organizers today. In conjunction with the showing of the film at the Castro Theater.

Let it Burn: A video interview with Robert F. Williams
An event featuring the life and work of Robert F. Williams, a leading figure of the civil rights movement, with introductory comments and a discussion following the video with Kali Akuno and Claude Marks.

The Future of El Salvador
A discussion with FMLN activist Salvador Cordon on the future of El Salvador and its impending election. A post-election report back followed the elections, also led by Salvador Cordon.

Fascism three-part series:
What’s goin’ on in 2004? What Dangers do we Face?
A discussion led by Lamoin Werlein-Jaen, Roger White, Elder Freemen, and Betita Martinez on the future of our work, attempting to define the era we are in to better understand our strategies and tactics.

Electoral Politics
A panel exploring electoral politics and how they’ve been used in the past to build the movement for progressive social change, and the lessons learned from those campaigns. With Phil Hutchings, Susan Chacin, and Eric Mar

Fascism and Cultural Resistance
A discussion with Alli Star, Thenmozhi Soundarajan, and Tina Bartolome on the role of cultural production and cultural workers in the current historical period.

Understanding Imperialism: The Shi’a Rise Up
Beyond the Rhetoric: Shi’a Resistance in Iraq and South Lebanon
A forum with As’ad Abukhalil on the history of Shi’a resistance against imperialism in South Lebanon and Iraq, focusing on educating solidarity activists about the role of social movements spearheaded by Shi’a struggle.

Memory and Resistance: 9/11 Three Years After
A cultural night in memory of the people’s struggle for self-determination from Chile to Iraq.
A cultural event and fundraiser for CPE showcasing films, local artists and artwork, MC’s and poets, honoring the people’s resistance and making links between the people’s struggles throughout the world. MC Iron Sheik, Kako, and films.

Mumbai Resistance Workshop for World Social Forum participants
A workshop led by Doug Norberg on the intervention made by the Mumbai Resistance Gathering in Mumbai during the World Social Forum ’04. Designed to inform participants and organizers heading to the WSF’05 in Brazil about the critiques of the World Social Forum and ways to best support anti-imperialist efforts at the WSF.

The Children of NAFTA
A discussion on the political economy of the US/Mexico border and the impact cross-border movement has had on US and Mexican politics. With David Bacon.

Ongoing Book Club (ran through 2009)
The Center’s first book club designed to give organizers and activists an informal way to meet once or twice a month and read and discuss together both fiction and non-fiction.


Progressive Majority Series
A four-month, six session series to develop strategic thinking on building a progressive majority in the U.S. and to create a dialogue and build ties between left activists in various communities and labor movements.

Egypt and the Anti-War movement
A discussion of the anti-war movement in Egypt with Atef Shehata of the Institute for Human Rights in Cairo, and Nadine Naber, Arab scholar and activist

World Social Forum 2003 Report Back
with several members of Bay Area youth delegation and local community groups

War at Home: Recession and Repression
with Ruthie Gilmore of Critical Resistance and California Prison Moratorim Project, Jody Sokolower of Education not Incarceration Coalition, and Jenny Friedenbach of the Coalition on Homelessness and No on N Campaign.

Love and Revolution: Three activists/authors discuss lessons from the 1960s-70s
With Signe Waller, author of Love and Revolution: A political memoir/people’s history of the Greensboro Massacre, Max Elbaum, author of Revolution in the Air: Sixties radicals turn to Lenin, Mao, and Che, and Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of Outlaw Woman, A Memoir of the War Years.

The History of Resistance: Ongoing Film Series
Film series looks at the strategies of resistance and impacts of U.S. imperialism, on both a local and global scale. Speakers contextualize the films through short discussion: The Terrorist, October, Life and Debt, Frontiers of Dreams and Fears, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised…

The Socialist Left of the 70’s and 80’s: What Worked, What Didn’t
A panel of activists involved in socialist groups of the 70’s and 80’s came together for a discussion of some of the lessons of the period. The discussion was moderated by 90’s generation activists. Panelists: Susan Atwood, Guiliana Milanese, Malik Miah, Betita Martinez, Warren Marr and moderated by Steve Williams and Michelle Foy.

Roundtable for Women in the Movement
A multi-racial, multi-generational dinner for women in the movement, discussing important issues, concerns, and problems, and also sharing lessons learned.

Venezuela Report-Back
With local members of the Venezuela Solidarity Group’s delegation to Venezuela and a showing of The Revolution Will not be Televised documentary about the attempted coup.

Korea/Philippines Solidarity Forum
With Christine Ahn and Eunice Chow of the Korea Solidarity Group, and Kawal Ulanday of Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (CHRP) and Filipinos for Affirmative Action. Examined the U.S. administrations intervention in Korea and the Philippines and the resistance of these communities. Co-sponsored by CHRP and Korea Solidarity Group.

Iraq and Beyond: What’s Next?
A panel discussion examining the U.S. role in the Arab world and the ramifications of U.S. policy on the Arab communities both globally and locally. With Hatem Bazian of the Al-Qalam Institute, Munaf Al-safi, and Robert Chlala of the National Lawyer’s Guild.

Non-Profits and the Movement
Speakers Jan Adams and Christine Ahn looked at the structure of the non-profit system and the impacts on left movement building, and alternatives, with an eye towards the future of non-profits.

Marxism 101 Class
A three-part study group led by the collective of the Center offering a beginning/intermediate study of Marxist principles, theory, and relevance to today’s movement building.

Left Strategies Study Group
A study group led by Max Elbaum focusing on strategy formation for organizers on the left, looking at historical models from the 60’s and thinking about how are work can be informed by lessons learned from the past.


U.S. Immigration Policy and the Intensifying Police State
with Kali Akuno, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement; Ruthie Gilmore, California Prison Moratorium Project and Critical Resistance; Jay Mendoza, Philip Vera Cruz Justice Project; and Heba Nimr, INS Watch. Co-sponsored with the California Prison Moratorium Project and Critical Resistance

Revolution in the Air: Book Reading and Discussion
with activist Max Elbaum, author of Revolution in the Air: Sixties Radicals Turn to Lenin, Mao, and Che.

Middle East Study Group
a three-part series examining the historical roots of the conflict in Palestine. With Hatem Bazian, Al Qalam Institute and UC Berkeley lecturer

General Strike Shuts Down Italian Economy
a talk with Piero Cipollone, visiting scholar from Italy

The Anti-War Movement and Its Links to the Anti-Imperialist Movement
with Sandra Alvarez, Global Exchange; Michael Eisenscher, Labor Committee for Peace and Justice; Rhonda Ramiro, Center for Political Education and Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines; and Steve Williams, POWER

Pan y trabajo: The People’s Movement of Argentina
a teach-in with Maria Poblet and Marianna Viturro

In the Shadow of the Liberator: A teach-in on Venezuela
presented by the Venezuela Solidarity Group

The Military Industrial Complex
with Zulma Olivares, Comité ’98; and Eric See, California Peace Action

The War Years from a Woman’s Perspective
a book reading with activist Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz, author of Outlaw Woman, A Memoir of the War Years

Marxist Study Group: Organization Building and Lenin’s What Is to Be Done?

Anti-war Activist Dialogues with Zulfiqar Ahmad, Pakistani scholar and activist; Eyad Kishawi, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee; Richard Becker, International ANSWER Coalition; Maria Poblet, St. Peter’s Housing Committee. Co-sponsored with American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, School of Unity and Liberation, and War Times


How New Is the “New Economy”? An Analysis of the Current State of the Economy
with Dick Walker, professor at UC Berkeley and Chair of the California Studies Center

People Power Round II:
A forum and discussion on the movement to oust Philippine President Joseph Estrada with Jay Mendoza, Filipino Studies Institute; Judith Mirkinson, GABRIELA Network; and Kawal Ulanday, Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines

Fighting the Union Busting Machine: Rank and file workers discuss the contemporary class warfare
with Susana Aguilar, SEIU Local 1877; David Bacon, Labor activist and journalist; Victor Saldana, DeBug youth organizer; and Jim Steele, Enloe Hospital and California Nurses Association

Leftists as Union Staffers: A Dialogue
With Bill Fletcher

In the Shadow of the Liberator: A discussion on Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
with Eric Quezada, Center for Political Education

May Day: The Salt of the Earth, A Film Showing and Discussion
with Elizabeth “Betita” Martinez, Institute for Multi-Racial Justice

Imperial San Francisco: A slide show and talk on how “The City” rose to power
with Gray Brechin, professor in geography at the University of California at Berkeley and author of Imperial San Francisco

Marxist Study Group: Four week intensive on Wage-Labour and Capital and Imperialism
with Carl Bloice and Warren Mar

Biotechnology 2 Series: Biotechnology Heads Up for Environmental Justice Activists and Human Genes and Racial Memes
with José Morales, Public Interest Biotechnology

The Zapatistas, Imperialist Globalization, and the Fox Question
with Nancy Chárraga, San Francisco Zapatista Committee and Renée Saucedo, San Francisco Day Labor Program

Radical Youth and Gay Leaders in the Movement for National Democracy in the Philippines
with Eleanor “Lengua” deGuzman, Anakbayan (“Patriotic Youth”) and Edgar “Oskar” Atadero, Progressive Organization of Gays in the Philippines

The Daily Worker and the Integration of Baseball
with Lester Rodney (former writer for the Daily Worker) and Jules Tygiel, author of Baseball’s Great Experiment: Jackie Robinson and His Legacy

Activist Intensive #1: Pakistan
with Zulfiqar Ahmad, Professor, Stanford University

Activist Intensive #2: Oil and Geopolitics of West and Central Asia
with Ashok Bardhan, Professor, University of California at Berkeley

Activist Intensive #3: Afghanistan, the Taliban and the Northern Alliance
with Carl Bloice, Left/Labor Journalist, Editor of Dialogue and Initiative, and Correspondent-Eastern Europe (1970-91)

Lessons from the 1960s-70s Anti-War Movement
with Max Elbaum, author of Revolution in the Air: Sixties Radicals Turn to Lenin, Mao and Che

Activist Intensive #4: Immigrant Rights and the Attack on Civil Liberties
with Michel Shehadeh, Western Regional Director of American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, San Francisco and Member of the “L.A. 8” and Arnoldo Garcia, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

Activist Intensive #5: The impact of the “War on Terrorism” on National Liberation Struggles and National Sovereignty
with Monadel Herzallah, long-time activist with the Palestine Solidarity Committee and various Arab organizations; Malik Miah, Editorial Board of Indonesia Alert! and expert in Indonesian politics; Eric Quezada, Center for Political Education and Latinos Contra la Guerra; Rhonda Ramiro: Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines and Center for Political Education

Post 9-11 Analysis and Strategy
with Max Elbuam, author of Revolution in the Air: Sixties Radicals Turn to Lenin, Mao and Che; and Cindy Weisner, People Organized to Win Employment Rights and STORM

Building Labor and Community Partnerships: Potential and Pitfalls
with Conny Ford, OPEIU Local 3; Lillian Galedo, Filipinos for Affirmative Action; Lamoin Werlein-Jaen, HERE Local 2; Steve Williams, People Organized to Win Employment Rights; and Joe Wilson, Coleman Advocates for Youth

Militarization of the U.S.-Mexico Border: A Film Showing of New World Border
with filmmaker Jose Palafox


Report Back from Sao Paulo Forum
with Eric Quezada, national co-chair of the Committees of Correspondence

An Introduction to Socialism, A Two Part Class
with Tom Gallagher, member, Democratic Socialist of America

The Cry Was Unity: Communists and African Americans 1930-1936
with Mark Solomon, author of The Cry Was Unity

Lockdown America: Police and Prisons in the Age of Crisis
with Christian Parenti

Where’s the Party? Part Two
with Max Elbaum, editor, Crossroads Magazine

Did We Upset the Set Up? A Forum and Panel Discussion to Evaluate and Analyze the Youth Campaign against Proposition 21
with Anita de Asis, Youth Force; Jinee Kim, Third Eye Movement; Mimi Ho, Californians for Justice; and Rose Braz, Critical Resistance

May Day: The Salt of the Earth, A Film Showing and Discussion
with Betita Martinez, Institute for Multi-Racial Justice; and Jason Feirrera, UC Berkeley Graduate Student, Ethnic Studies

Pele: A Passionate Journey through Art and the Red Press
with Pele DeLappe, graphic artist and political cartoonist

Resisting Militarism 25 Years Later: A Race and Class Analysis
with Leonard McNeil and His Personal Account of Opposition to the Vietnam War.

Marxism 101 Class
A Five Part Series led by the collective of the Center offering a beginning/intermediate study of Marxist principles, theory, and relevance to today’s movement building.

Bio Tech Hedz Up
with Jose Morales, PhD; co-sponsored by Public Interest Biotechnology, Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment, Urban Habitat, and PODER

Cuba Today: Karen Lee Wald Reports
co-sponsored by the Venceremos Brigade

Nader, Gore and Bush: What are the Stakes for People of Color and the Working Class?
with Anamaria Loya, director, La Raza Centro Legal; David Muhammad, Pacific News Service; Kathy Lipscomb, Labor Activist; Carl Bloice, Left/Labor Journalist
facilitated by Emily Katz-Kishawi, Women’s Funding Network

Class Warfare in the Information Age
with Marc Pereleman, author of Class Warfare in the Information Age

The Electile Dysfunction: An analysis of the 2000 presidential election and electoral process
Co-sponsored with the National Lawyers Guild


Report Back from El Salvador Elections: Bay Area Youth Delegation 1999
co-sponsored by Juventud FMLN, La Raza Student Organization, SFSU

Puerto Rico: A History of Colonialism and Resistance
with Ricardo Ortiz

Employer Sanctions: A Crisis for Immigrant Workers
An Educational Forum to Educate Unions and Community Organizers about the Effect of Employer Sanctions
co-sponsored with the Labor Immigrant Organizers Network

Kosovo: The Post Cold War World and the Left
with Carl Bloice, left/labor journalist, Editor: Dialogue and Initiative

Black Liberation Movements in America: A Marxist Analysis
with Carl Pinkston

The International Hotel: The History and the Future
with Estela Habal, Emil de Guzman and Bill Sorro, former I-Hotel Tenants and KDP Activists

Where’s the Party?
An Educational Forum on the history and legacy of Marxist and Leninist Parties with Max Elbaum, editor, Crossroads Magazine

Brown + Brown = Gentrification
with Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Geography Department UC Berkeley; Eric Quezada, Mission Housing Development Corporation; Ron Johnson, South Bay Housing Activist; and Ted Gullickson, San Francisco Tenants Union

Brown + Brown = Gentrification II
a workshop and follow-up community meeting

The Early Marxist View on Housing: How Relevant is it Today?
with Carl Bloice, Left/Labor Organizer

Where are White Activists in the Fight Against Racism?
A Panel Discussion with Harmony Goldberg, SOUL, on the Mumia Abu-Jamal Campaign; Jo Hirschman, Police Watch, on Police Brutality; Adam Gold, C-Beyond on organizing in the suburbs
facilitated by Ilana Burger, POWER

The Rise of Industrial Organizing and the Importance of an Independent Left in Labor during the 1930’s
facilitated by Karega Hart, President of Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1574 and Co-Chair, Black Radical Congress

The Neutralization of US Labor
facilitated by Warren Mar, AFL-CIO; and Michael Eisenscher, lead organizer, Project for Labor Renewal

International Sanctions: The Silent War
An Educational Forum on Cuba, Iraq and north Korea
with Sierra Thai-Binh, Venceremos Brigade; Iman Farajjalah, Arab Women’s Solidarity Association; Sun Lee and Betty Song, Asian Pacific Islanders for Community Empowerment


Black Liberation Movements, A Four Class Series
with Carl Pinkston

Recalling our Resistance, 1848, 1898, 1998: US Imperialism and the Third World
A Six Part Series on Cuba, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and Mexico, with a historical analysis
co-sponsored with the Comité Emiliano Zapata and the Venceremos Brigade

Looking Back at the Asian-Pacific Left Movements of the 60’s and 70’s
with members of the Asian-Pacific Left movement, including I Wor Kuen and Wei Min She

Bi-Lingual Education Workshop: A Workshop on the Ron Unz Initiative

Challenging White Supremacy, A two part series
with Sharon Martinas

Politics and Democratic Movements in Indonesia
with Malik Miah, editor of Indonesia Alert newsletter

From Organizing to Empowerment
with Warren Mar, AFL-CIO organizer.

Revisiting the Communist Manifesto on its 150th Anniversary
with Carl Bloice

International Labor Solidarity vs. International Business Unionism
with David Bacon, labor journalist

Union Democracy
with Jan Gilbrecht, labor activist and union staffer

From Rank-and-File to Leadership: Women of Color and Unions
with Cindy Wiesner, organizer, H.E.R.E. local 2850, and STORM member

The Workplace as a Site of Social Struggle: 1960’s and 1990’s
An Inter-Generational Dialogue with Leo Robinson, ILWU activist; Katie Quan, Vice President of ILGWU; Frank Martin del Campo, 25 year veteran of labor/community/Latino organizing; Margy Wilkinson, activist and officer of AFSCME; Nato Green, organizer, UFCW campaign; Joy Enomoto, temp workers organizer; Steve Williams, co-director of POWER; and Bharati Narumanchi, student organizer at San Francisco City College; moderated by Lillian Galedo, Filipinos for Affirmative Action

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