Recent Classes and Events

2017

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.

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.

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.

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.

WITHOUT WALLS: ABOLITION AND RETHINKING EDUCATION
A panel discussion with K-12 educators and abolitionist organizers exploring the intersections between prison industrial complex abolitionist politics and K-12 education. Featuring: Chrissy Anderson-Zavala, University of California, 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-sponsored with Critical Resistance, Education for Liberation Network, and Teachers 4 Social Justice.

VISUALIZING REVOLUTION: CREATING VISUAL CULTURE IN A TIME OF DESTRUCTION
A presentation by Melanie Cervantes of Dignidad Rebelde, about the role of graphics and visual language in making revolution beautiful, irresistible, and achievable.

A six-part study group dedicated to reading WEB DuBois groundbreaking book and considering its lessons for today’s political climate. Facilitators: Paula Austin, Sacramento State University; Phil Hutchings, Black Alliance for Just Immigration; Robin D.G. Kelley, University of California, Los Angeles; Sanyika Bryant, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement; Linda Burnham, National Domestic Workers Alliance.
a workshop to help activists identify and monitor surveillance tactics used by law enforcement during large-scale mobilizations, facilitated by members of the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition.  Held as part of the Bay Resistance Mass Meeting and Training.

a workshop offering a methodology for analyzing the relationship between forces of repression—social, economic, political—and those in resistance to them.  Facilitated by Rebecca Gordon of University of San Francisco Department of Philosophy, and co-founder of the War Times/Tiempo de Guerras collective.

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

2016

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

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