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Game Over

How Politics Has Turned
the Sports World Upside Down
Dave Zirin in Conversation with Rose Aguilar

Thursday, May 16th, 7pm
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
2868 Mission Street, San Francisco
This space IS wheelchair accessible

Join the host of KALW’s Your Call, Rose Aguilar, for a special on-stage discussion with noted author Dave Zirin. This is Zirin’s only San Francisco appearance on this tour, organized by the Center for Political Education and SolespaceThis event will sell out, so we suggest purchasing advanced tickets at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/376555

Dave Zirin is an award-winning author and cultural critic who challenges readers to examine the intersections of sports and politics. From Jason Collins’s historic coming out announcement to baseball’s recent commemoration of Jackie Robinson, to the Boston Marathon bombing, Zirin helps us decode the political messages embedded in sports.

He will discuss his most recent book, “Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down” (The New Press), which USA Today’s Christine Brennan called “the perfect book for our time in sports.”

Zirin is co-author of the NAACP Image Award-nominated “The John Carlos Story” (Haymarket Books, September 2011). In 2010, Zirin published “Bad Sports: How Owners are Ruining the Games We Love” (Scribner). Zirin writes regularly for The Nation, where he is sports editor, and his writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Sports Illustrated.com and The Progressive.

Previously, he scribed “Welcome to the Terrordome: The Pain, Politics, and Promise of Sports,” with a foreword by Public Enemy’s Chuck D, and “A People’s History of Sports in the United States,” which forms part of Howard Zinn’s People’s History series for The New Press.

Since 2006, Rose Aguilar has hosted Your Call, a daily public affairs radio show on San Francisco NPR-affiliate KALW 91.7. She is the author of “Red Highways: A Liberal’s Journey into the Heartland”, which documented a six-month road trip she took to interview people about issues and voting tendencies in the so-called “red states”. She is also a contributor to the book “Red State Rebels: Tales of Grassroots Resistance in the Heartland.”

In addition, Aguilar has written for AlterNet and Truthout, and offers political analysis for the BBC.  Among many civic commitments, Aguilar is a member of the Native American Journalists Association, San Francisco Women on the Web and the Journalism and Women Symposium.

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Public Education and

Our Right to the City

An Intersectoral Analysis and Exchange

Sunday, April 28th, 5:30pm
Filipino Community Center
4681 Mission St, SF
(between Ocean Ave & Persia Ave)

Near the 14 Mission, 49 Van Ness/Mission, & 52 Excelsior Buses

Please join Teachers 4 Social Justice, the Center for Political Education, the Vampire Slayers, and Rethinking Schools for a critical dialogue on the intersection between school closures, the current attacks on City College of San Francisco, and forces of gentrification. We will be joined by Pauline Lipman, an activist scholar on the coordinating committee of Teachers for Social Justice in Chicago, and a nationally recognized analyst of the school closure epidemic and the connection between school closings and gentrification.

Public education is now under a withering assault from forces of privatization and gentrification.  City College of San Francisco is being rapidly downsized and threatened with closure. To win our local struggles, we need a big-picture analysis of the epidemic of K-12 school closures going on all over the country, overwhelmingly in African American and Latino/a communities—particularly in gentrifying neighborhoods, where thousands of low-income housing units are also being demolished. Everywhere charter schools spring up in the place of public schools, often in the same spruced-up buildings—private, non-union, often with selective admission schools that exclude the children of the closed public schools. Pauline Lipman calls this a corporate “business plan masquerading as an education plan.” Postsecondary organizers MUST understand the K-12 playbook, because that story is played out 30 years further.

What is the resistance movement that is now under way at the national level? How does it articulate issues of racism/white supremacy? How can we build an effective movement that can really impact and ultimately stop this motion? How can we articulate compelling alternatives toward transformative education justice and the right to the city?

Sponsored by: Center for Political Education, Teachers 4 Social Justice, Rethinking Schools, and Vampire Slayers

Suggested Donation of $5-$10 at the door. No one turned away for lack of funds.
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Mayday Celebration 2013!

Wednesday, May 1st
Upon Conclusion of all SF Mayday Rallies
Approx. 3pm
Eric Quezada Center for Culture & Politics

518 Valencia St. (at 16th), San Francisco
This space IS wheelchair accessible

Join 518 Valencia and all the organizations based out of 522 Valencia in celebrating the radical traditions of May Day.  Since 518 Valencia opened a year and a half ago we have hosted hundreds of events organized by the Bay Area’s various activist communities.  We will open our doors on May Day in the spirit of further uniting our communities on this day of international workers’ resistance, which continues being renewed with new significance by the struggle for immigrant rights and other emerging movements.

Featuring: 
CUMBIA MUSIC
CANTO POPULAR with Niño Ereje sin H
PEOPLE’S THEATER on Mayday history by the Shaping SF Players
DANZA: Danza Azteca Mixcoatl
LIVE SCREEN PRINTING (bring shirt/fabric to print a Mayday image!)
PROTEST ART on display by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (FL)
TASTY EATS from La Cocina Colectiva (formerly Rosy’s Restaurant)
BEER, SANGRIA, and Non-alcoholic drinks!
EVERYDAY PEOPLE in STRUGGLE
MORE COOL STUFF to be announced

518 Valencia is a storefront community center dedicated to cultural expression and movement building.  522 Valencia serves as a home to a number of organizations struggling for stronger communities and a world free of racism and oppression.  Everyone is welcome! Proceeds support the Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics!

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Celebración del 1 de Mayo!

Miércoles, 01 de mayo
Al concluir de todas las marchas, aprox. 15:00

Eric Quezada Centro de Cultura y Política
518 Valencia St. (en el 16), San Francisco
Este espacio es accesible en silla de ruedas

Reunanse con 518 Valencia y todas las organizaciones con sede en 522 Valencia en una celebración de las tradiciones radicales del Primero de Mayo. Desde cuando 518 Valencia abrió hace un año y medio, hemos tenido cientos de eventos organizados por las diversas comunidades activistas del área de la bahía. Vamos a abrir nuestras puertas el primero de mayo en el espíritu de seguir uniendo nuestras comunidades en este día de resistencia obrera internacional, que sigue siendo renovado con nuevo significado por la lucha por los derechos de inmigrantes y otros movimientos emergentes.

Con: 
CUMBIA
CANTO POPULAR con Niño Ereje sin H
TEATRO POPULAR sobre la historia del Primero de Mayo con los Shaping SF Players
DANZA: Danza Azteca Mixcoatl
Serigrafía en Vivo (traiga una camiseta para imprimir un imagen del Primero de Mayo en ella!)
ARTE DE PROTESTA de la Coalicion de Trabajadores de Immokalee (FL)
COMIDA de La Cocina Colectiva (anteriormente conocido como Rosy’s Restaurant)
CERVEZA, SANGRIA, y BEBIDAS NO ALCOHÓLICAS
GENTE EN LA LUCHA
Y MAS será anunciado!

518 Valencia es un centro comunitario dedicado tanto a la expresion cultural como al desarrollo de los movimientos sociales. El 522 Valencia sirve como hogar a muchas organizaciones que luchan por una comunidad mas unida y un mundo liberado del racismo y la opresion. En nuestra celebracion del Primero de Mayo, invitamos a toda la comunidad a honrar todas las luchas y celebrar nuestras victorias.  Todxs estan bienvenidxs! El evento beneficiara al Centro Eric Quezada para la Politica y la Cultura.

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Unmasking the Many Faces of Empire

Collective Anti-Militarism for the Long Haul

Saturday, March 23rd, 3:00pm
Eric Quezada Center for Culture & Politics
518 Valencia St. (at 16th), San Francisco
This space IS wheelchair accessible

This March 19th marked a decade since the beginning of the 2003 War on Iraq.  While US troop presence in Iraq officially ended in 2011 and a prolonged withdrawal from Afghanistan has begun, the struggles for liberation are ongoing.  War and militarism are more present today than ever, both in the Middle East and here in the US.  Arab communities in the US face a growing domestic surveillance state and perpetuated anti-Arab/Anti-Muslim racism, people of color and the working class continue being recruited into the military, targeted by law enforcement or fed into the prison-industrial-complex, private prison operators keep thousands of immigrants locked up in detention centers before deporting them, and drones have become the emblematic weapon of the Obama administration.

Collective responses with a long-haul view are necessary for responding to the shapeshifting nature of militarism. 

  • How do we build genuine ties of solidarity and harness the power of existing alliances representing the various communities impacted by militarism, while recognizing how our current system pits oppressed communities against each other? 
  • How can we identify the various expressions of militarism in our local communities and mount united and effective efforts to resist them? 
  • How can we target the root sources of militarism through our local campaigns? 
  • What does a broad, inclusive, and proactive program for anti-militarism look like? 

Please join us as we explore these and other questions with a panel discussion featuring speakers from Arab Resource Organizing Center (AROC), Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), Critical Resistance (CR), and others.


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Venezuela: Elections &

US Interventionism

An Audio-Visual Dialogue

 

Thursday, April 11th, 6:30pm
Eric Quezada Center for Culture & Politics

518 Valencia St. (at 16th), San Francisco
This space IS wheelchair accessible

Join the Center for Political Education and the Bolivarian Circle of Northern California for a dialogue and audio-visual presentation with Venezuelan activists Benjamin Mast and Carolina Morales. Benjamin is a documentary filmmaker and philosopher who just returned from Venezuela, where he has participated in various social movements, such as the Our America Project and the April 13th Movement. Carolina is a community organizer in San Francisco’s queer & trans communities as well as a teatrera revolucionaria.

On April 11th, 2002 Venezuela’s oligarchic elite financed by the US government attempted a coup against President Chávez. Despite the coup plotters’ best attempts, Chávez was returned to power two days later through a popular uprising with support from sectors of the military. The saying,” For every 11th, there is a 13th” became a popular slogan among Chávez’s supporters, indicating that for every attack by the right-wing, left forces will triumph.

Venezuela currently finds itself in yet another crossroads with Chávez’s death, setting the stage for new presidential elections on April 14th pitting former Vice President and current interim President Nicolás Maduro against opposition candidate and coup participant Henrique Capriles. Much evidence exists that the US government is looking for ways to take advantage of the current situation to move things in its favor. Venezuela’s grassroots social movements, which grew in breadth and strength under Chávez’s government, are bracing themselves for an increasingly turbulent and unpredictable environment. Increased vigilance of US imperial meddling and solidarity with Venezuela’s grassroots will be essential in the coming months.

This is a bilingual event.  Interpretation will be provided between English and Spanish.


Venezuela: Elecciones e Intervencionismo Gringo

Un Dossier Audio-Visual

Jueves, 11 de abril, 6:30 pm
Centro Eric Quezada de Cultura y Política

518 Valencia St. (en el 16), San Francisco
Este espacio es accesible en silla de ruedas

Reunanse con el Centro de Educación Política y el Circulo Bolivariano del Norte de California para una presentación audio-visual y dialogo con militantes venezolanxs Benjamin Mast y Carolina Morales. Benjamin es documentalista y filosofo que acaba de regresar de Venezuela, donde ha militado en varios movimientos sociales como el Proyecto Nuestramerica y el Movimiento 13 de Abril. Carolina es organizadora comunitaria en comunidades sexo-genero diversas en San Francisco y teatrera revolucionaria.

El 11 de abril, 2002 la oligarquía venezolana financiada por el gobierno estadounidense intentó un golpe de Estado contra el presidente Hugo Chávez. A pesar de todos los esfuerzos de los golpistas, Chávez volvió al poder dos días después a través de un levantamiento popular con el apoyo de sectores de las fuerzas armadas. El dicho, “Todo 11 tiene su 13″ se convirtió en un lema popular para los Chavistas, lo cual indica que por cada ataque de la derecha, las fuerzas de izquierda triunfarán.

Venezuela se encuentra actualmente en otra encrucijada con la muerte de Chávez, preparando el escenario para nuevas elecciones presidenciales el 14 de abril enfrentando al ex vicepresidente y actual presidente interino Nicolás Maduro contra el candidato opositor y golpista Henrique Capriles. Existen pruebas que demuestran que el gobierno de EE.UU. está buscando formas de aprovecharse de esta situación para mover las cosas a su favor. Los movimientos sociales de Venezuela, que crecieron en amplitud y fortaleza bajo el gobierno de Chávez, se están preparando para un entorno cada vez más turbulento e impredecible. Mayor vigilancia sobre la intervención imperialista de EE.UU. fortalecimiento de la solidaridad con las bases de Venezuela sera esencial en los próximos meses.

Esto sera un evento bilingüe. Se proporcionará interpretación entre Inglés y Español.

 

Migration NOW!: Designs for a Migrant Spring

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Join the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, Culturestr/ke, and the Center for Political Education for the West Coast opening of the “Migration Now” Print Portfolio (http://migrationnow.com).

<< OPENING RECEPTION >> Cultural Work & Migrant Liberation
Thursday, February 21st, 6-10 pm
<< CLOSING RECEPTION >> New Pathways Towards Immigration Justice
Thursday, February 28th, 6-10pm

This exhibit features work by Justseeds members Santiago Armengod, Jesus Barraza, Melanie Cervantes, Fernando Marti, Josh MacPhee, Dylan Miner, Favianna Rodriguez and more.  Participating artists also include former Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party, Emory Douglas, Undocumented DREAM Act agitators, Julio Salgado and Felipe Baeza, and Chinese American visual artist and designer Imin Yeh.  Others involved include renowned cartoonists, labor organizers, street art provocateurs, and culture workers from across North America.

Six years after millions of immigrants rose up and pushed Migrant Justice into the national spotlight, a vibrant immigrant rights movement has chosen the monarch butterfly as their symbol to advance the message that migration is both natural and beautiful.

As monarch butterflies are poised for their spring migration, hopes have been renewed that the spring will also bring immigration justice.  However, ICE officials recently announced that the Obama Administration has once again broken its own record for deportations in the last year.  This exhibit celebrates the creative power emerging from the immigrant rights struggle and explores the intersections of cultural work and movement-building amidst the current climate of hope and ongoing persecution.

((( EVENTS PROGRAMMED )))

<< OPENING RECEPTION >> Cultural Work & Migrant Liberation
Thursday, February 21st, 6-10 pm

Featuring performances and a panel discussion with artists/activists using art to support the struggle for immigrant liberation.

<< CLOSING RECEPTION >>  New Pathways Towards Immigration Justice
Thursday, February 28th, 6-10pm

Featuring performances and a panel discussion exploring the prospects of current organizing for immigrant rights on the local, state, and national levels.

**Admission is FREE for both events!  Donation of $5-$10 requested for light fare/drinks.  No one turned away for lack of funds.

The Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative (http://justseeds.org) is a decentralized network of 24 artists committed to making print and design work that contribute graphics to grassroots justice struggles.  CultureStrike (http://culturestrike.net) is an artist-led initiative that seeks to shift the national imagination around immigration through innovative and urgent collaborations between artists, writers, and other cultural workers.

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¡MIGRACIÓN AHORA!
Diseños por una Primavera Migrante

Recepción de apertura: Jueves, 21 de febrero
Cierre de recepción:      Jueves, 28 de febrero
Centro Eric Quezada de Cultura y Política
518 Valencia St. (con la 16), San Francisco
Este espacio es accesible en silla de ruedas

La Cooperative de Artistas Justseeds, Culture Strike, y el Centro de Educación Política les invita para la apertura de la galeria de arte “Migración Ahora” (http://migrationnow.com/).

La exposicion incluye obras por varios miembros de Justseeds, como Favianna Rodríguez, Jesús Barraza, Melanie Cervantes, Marti Fernando, Santiago Armengod, Josh MacPhee, el profesor Dylan Miner, y otros.  Tambien incluirá obras por el ex Ministro de Cultura para el Partido de las Panteras Negras, Emory Douglas, activistas por el DREAM Act, Julio Salgado  y Felipe Baeza, y artista visual y diseñador chino-estadounidense Imin Yeh.  Otras personas involucradas incluye dibujantes reconocidos, sindicalistas, provocadores de arte callejera, y trabajadores culturales de toda Norteamérica.

Seis años despues que millones de inmigrantes se alzaron en protesta y colocaron el tema de Justicia Migratoria al centro de atención nacional, un vibrante movimiento pro-inmigrante ha elegido la mariposa monarca como símbolo para promover el mensaje que la migración es a la vez natural y hermosa.

Ya que las mariposas monarca están listas para su migración de primavera, se ha renovado la esperanza que la primavera también traerá justicia migratoria. Sin embargo, funcionarios del ICE anunciarion recientemente que la administración del Presidente Obama rompio su propio récord de deportaciones en el último año.  Esta exposición de arte celebrará el poder creativo que surge de los movimientos pro derechos de inmigrantes y explorará la coneccion entre el trabajo cultural y la fomentación de movimientos populares en este contexto de esperanza y persecución.

La Cooperativa de Artistas Justseeds (http://justseeds.org) es una red descentralizada de 24 artistas comprometidos en hacer trabajo de impresión y diseño que contribuye diseños artisticos a las luchas populares por la justicia social.  CultureStrike (http://culturestrike.net) es una iniciativa liderada por artistas que buscan cambiar el imaginario nacional sobre la inmigración a través de colaboraciones innovadoras entre artistas, escritores y otros trabajadores culturales.

((( EVENTOS PROGRAMADOS )))

<< RECEPCION DE APERTURA >> Trabajo Cultural y Liberación Migratoria
jueves, 21 de febrero, 6-10 pm

Una noche con actos culturales y mesa redonda con artistas/activistas que utilizan el arte para apoyar la lucha por la liberación de los inmigrantes.

<< RECEPCION DE CIERRE >> Nuevos Caminos Hacia La Justicia Migratoria
jueves, 28 de febrero, 6-10 pm

Una noche con actos culturales y mesa redonda explorando las posibilidades politicas del momento actual en relacion a los derechos de inmigrantes al nivel local, estatal y nacional.

**La entrada es gratuita para ambos eventos! Donación de $5-$10 sugerida para bebidas y botanas.  Nadie será rechazado por falta de fondos.

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World Social Forum

Free Palestine

Report-Back from Bay Area Delegates

Monday, December 17th, 6:30pm
Eric Quezada Center for Culture & Politics
518 Valencia St. (at 16th), San Francisco
This space IS wheelchair accessible

On November 8th, Israel began a new round of brutal attacks on the Palestinian people in Gaza almost exactly four years after Operation Cast Lead, the last major Israeli war on Gaza, left 1,400 Gazans dead in 2008-09.  Israel’s attacks against the Gaza Strip, committed with U.S. weapons provided as military aid, will likely continue to escalate into a larger-scale and longer-term ongoing invasion.

From November, 28 to December 1, 2012, the World Social Forum Free Palestine, an ongoing process of global mobilizing, strategizing, and planning of joint action, will culminate in Porto Alegre, Brazil with a 4 day gathering of the international Palestine solidarity movement.  The WSF Free Palestine gathering will be historic in its scope with delegations expected from 36 countries from all five continents participating in over 158 self-organized activities—making this event the largest gathering of solidarity and social movements for Palestine ever.  The WSF Free Palestine seeks to build connections between the Palestinian struggle and global justice movements around the world.  The recent Israeli attacks underscore the urgency and importance of the WSF Free Palestine as a space for coordination of global actions for effective solidarity towards a just peace.

Please join us for a report-back and discussion with Bay Area delegates to the World Social Forum Free Palestine to continue building from the momentum of this historic gathering and strategize on future actions to confront Israel’s occupation and aggression.

Suggested Donation of $5-$10 at the door. No one turned away for lack of funds.  Funds will be used to cover outstanding costs of delegation and report-back event. 

Co-sponsored by: Center for Political Education, SFSU Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative, Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC), International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN), Catalyst Project, War Times, Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM), Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM)

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La Muerte y La Lucha

Honoring Our People Killed By Police & State Violence

Tuesday, November 1st, 6:30pm
Eric Quezada Center for Culture & Politics
518 Valencia St. (at 16th), San Francisco
This space IS wheelchair accessible

From the Bay Area to Anaheim to Florida and beyond, 2012 was marked by a number of high-profile murders and extra-judicial killings targeting communities of color at the hands of police, armed security, state-supported vigilantes, and ICE.

On the evening before Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a holiday honoring loved ones who have passed away, the Center for Political Education and the Idriss Stelley Foundation invite you to build a community response to state and police violence and celebrate the lives unjustly taken by these forms of violence.

The evening will feature creative expression by local poets, musicians, and writers and a community speak-out featuring family members and friends of victims.  We will build a community altar dedicated to collectively healing the wounds inflicted by an unjust system based on austerity, brutality, and impunity.

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

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History of Housing Co-ops & Labor/Worker Solidarity

Thursday, March 1st, 2012
6:00-8:00pm

Eric Quezada Center for Culture & Politics
518 Valencia St. (at 16th), San Francisco
This space IS wheelchair accessible

Building off of our Occupy the Workplace Series, the Center for Political Education will continue to feature and sponsor events highlighting the cooperative movement in 2012, which has been designated as the United Nations International Year of Cooperatives.

Come learn about the history of housing cooperatives in the United States and the historical and current connections with organized labor and worker movements. How are housing co-ops organized? Who are its heroes? How can workers and unions support permanent affordable housing? Come learn about these issues and more!

Speakers include: Jamie Spector of the San Francisco Community Land Trust and Myrna Melgar (affordable housing and housing co-op expert).

Requested donation of $5.  No one turned away for lack of funds.
For more information call: 415-399-0943

Sponsored by: San Francisco Community Land Trust, Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives, and the Center for Political Education. 

 

 

Somos el 99%
Latino Artists Respond to the Call of the Occupy Movement

Thursday, January 19th, 7pm
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts

2868 Mission Street, San Francisco

Since its inception last October, raza poets, screen printers, popular theater practitioners, musicians and dancers have focused their talents to profoundly impact the education and mobilization of thousands of everyday people participating in Occupy movement actions throughout the [occupied] US.

Collectively, they declare, “Somos (también) el 99%!” To celebrate these critical contributions, the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts and the Center for Political Education host an evening of performances and a panel discussion of artists moderated by Presente.org‘s Roberto Lovato. Featured artists include Melanie Cervantes, Silencio Muteado, xago Juarez, Yosimar Reyes and more. Audience Q and A follows the discussion!

$5 at the door.  Click here to purchase tickets online through PayPal.

Graphic credit: Melanie Cervantes (Dignidad Rebelde)

 

Hobos to Street People
Artists’ Responses to Homelesness
from the New Deal to the Present

Wednesday, November 30th
6:30pm-9:30pm

The Eric Quezada Center for Culture & Politics
518 Valencia St, San Francisco
(One block from 16th St. BART)
This space is wheelchair accessible

Building on themes from the new book, Hobos to Street People, artists and activists will come together for a night of discussion on the use of art for political organizing. As the numbers of people living in poverty continues to swell, this evening will explore the past, present and future uses of art for social justice.  Art Hazelwood will talk about his new book and show images of art from the Great Depression to today.

Exhibition of political art posters and prints by local activist artists.

A community discussion will be kicked off by speakers including author and artist, Art Hazelwood, WRAP organizer, Paul Boden, photographer, Francisco Dominguez, Coalition on Homelessness civil rights organizer, Bob Off­er-Westort.

Sponsored by: WRAP – Western Regional Advocacy Project , Center for Political Education, Coalition on Homelessness,  BOSS – Building Opportunities for Self Sufficiency, Street Spirit, St. Mary’s Center


Environmental Justice vs. California Cap-and-trade

Join Alegría De La Cruz–Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment (CRPE), Nile Malloy–Communities for a Better Environment (CBE), and Michelle Mascarenhas-Swan–Movement Generation Justice and Ecology Project

Wednesday, August 17th at 6 PM
518 Valencia St. (at 16th, one block from 16th St. BART), San Francisco
This space is wheelchair accessible
Less than a year ago, many of us joined together to fight for AB 32, California’s landmark global warming bill.  When Texas oil companies invaded our state with Proposition 23, we fought back and we won!

Now, AB 32 faces a new threat.  The current plans for AB 32 call for 20% of the pollution reductions it mandates to come from industry using a cap-and-trade system that will allow major polluting industries to choose where they will pollute.  If polluters can choose where to pollute, we are concerned that communities of color and low-income communities will continue to bear most of the burden of toxic air pollution.

The planned cap-and-trade system also lets industrial polluters choose not to meet a portion of their targets at all by purchasing “offsets” from other locations.  Many of the offsets in other cap-and-trade systems have proven to be fraudulent.  Others have forced Indigenous Peoples off their lands.

California can do better.

It’s time to band together and fight back again!  Join representatives from CBE, CRPE and Movement Generation to find out:

  • Why cap-and-trade is a bad choice for California
  • Why California’s decision on cap-and-trade is important for the nation and the world
  • What are the alternatives that support healthy communities and local green economies
  • How can people plug into the new Communities Rising for Real Solutions (CoRReSol) campaign launched by CBE and CRPE  (learn more about this grassroots campaign at http://tinyurl.com/3vzgvnb)

Demand that global warming solutions are both real and just!  Please join us on Wednesday, August 17th @ 6pm.

This event is sponsored by:  Center for Community, Democracy and Ecology; Center for Political Education; Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment; Communities for a Better Environment; and Movement Generation Justice & Ecology Project

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Why is Carlos Montes Being Targeted By the FBI?
Wednesday, August 31st
7-9pm, Reception starting at 6:30
518 Valencia St. (& 16th St.)
This space IS wheelchair accessible

On May 17th, the SWAT Team of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and members of the FBI raided the home of Carlos Montes, a long time Chicano activist and leader of the famous student walkouts in East LA against the Vietnam War.  More recently, he has organized Southern California’s Chicano community to speak out against war and empire, and is an active member of the Los Angeles Committee to Stop FBI Repression.  Carlos will discuss how to defend our right to political expression and to protect our communities from government targeting and surveillance.

We will be joined by other activists who will speak on the current targeting of Arab and Muslim communities and government raids in undocumented and immigrant communities.

There will be simultaneous translation into Spanish at this event.

This event is sponsored by: The Bay Area Committee to Stop Political Repression, Black Alliance for Just Immigration, and the Center for Political Education

¿Por qué esta siendo atacado Carlos Montes por el FBI?
Miércoles, 31 de agosto
7-9pm, recepción a las 6:30
518 Valencia St. (y 16 St.)
Este espacio es accesible por silla de rueda

El 17 de mayo, el equipo SWAT del Departamento del Sheriff de Los Angeles y miembros del FBI allanaron la casa de Carlos Montes, un activista chicano desde muchos años y líder de los paros estudiantiles famosos en el Este de Los Ángeles contra la guerra de Vietnam. Más recientemente, ha organizado politicamente en la comunidad Chicana en el sur de California para hablar en contra de la guerra y el imperio, y es un miembro activo del Comité de Los Angeles Contra la Represión del FBI. Carlos hablará sobre cómo defender nuestro derecho a la expresión política y proteger a nuestras comunidades de la represión del gobierno y de vigilancia.

Estaremos acompañados por otros activistas que hablarán sobre la represión actual de las comunidades árabes y musulmanes y las redadas en las comunidades de indocumentados e inmigrantes.

Habrá traducción simultánea al español en este evento.

Este evento esta apoyado por: El Comité de la Área de la Bahía Contra la Represión del FBI, La Alianza Negra por una Inmigración Justa, y el Centro Educación Política

Paulo Freire 101
Popular Education Theory & Practice
With Levana Saxon & Rosa González

Three Consecutive Mondays, 6:30-9PM
May 9, 16 &  23rd
522 Valencia St. (Btw 16th St. and 17th St.)
San Francisco, CA

What is popular education really? How can organizing be truly liberatory and build capacity for long term movement building rooted in community based knowledge?

How do we make education a practice of freedom? What kind of education and organizing is relevant in 2011 given the social, economic and ecological situation we find ourselves in?

These are some of the questions we will be exploring through dialogue and participatory activities with a focus on principles and tools that organizers and educators can apply directly to what you are already doing. While we will review the broad scope of Paulo Freire’s work, we will also explore Freirian practice (and praxis) by starting with the practices participants are currently working with (if any) and engaging elements of Dialogue, Popular Education, Participatory Action Research and Ecopedagogy.

Paulo Freire, author of Pedagogy of the Oppressed was an educator from Brazil. He created a framework for working with education as a practice of freedom, and criticized modern education as a practice of domination. He was exiled by the Brazilian dictatorship in the 1960’s and 70’s for his work teaching adults how to read the word, and their world.

Facilitator Bios

Levana Saxon is an organizer and educator with Practicing Freedom, using participatory action research, popular education and creative action to generate collaborative community-led change. She taught Ecopedagogy at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil and helped organize the 2nd annual World Education Forum while working with the Paulo Freire Institute. Later, she taught theater and giant puppetry in Oakland Public Schools and led multiple Theatre of the Oppressed workshops. She currently supports a youth-led participatory action research project on racial profiling with the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and blogs and facilitates trainings and dialogues with the White Noise Collective, which she co-founded. She has a masters in Education with a concentration in Participatory Theatre.

Rosa González is a lifelong educator, a visual and performing artist and Education Director at Green For All. Before joining Green For All, Rosa was program lead for PILA (the Partnership for Immigrant Leadership and Action), where she helped link political education and community organizing. She designs curriculum and facilitates theater-based workshops and townhall meetings for critical community dialogue. Rosa is also a member of headRush, a political performance and popular education crew dedicated to inspiring working class communities through original performances and participatory workshops. Rosa has a Masters in Latin American Studies from Stanford University and a Masters in Teaching from the Arts in Education program at the University of San Francisco.

To register for class, fill out the registration form and email to center@politicaleducation.org.
Participation in all 3 classes is required.
Suggested Donation: $50-$100 Sliding Scale. No one turned away for lack of funds.

 

From Budget Cuts to the People’s Budget

Participatory Budgeting in SF

Tuesday, April 26th, 6:30pm
Centro del Pueblo Auditorium
474 Valencia St., 2nd Floor, SF
Wheelchair Accessible

Join the Center for Political Education, PODER, JASEcon, the San Francisco Community Land Trust, the Chinese Progressive Association, Bay Area Community Exchange, Californians United for a Responsible Budget and other community-based organizations for a discussion of Participatory Budgeting and how it could be applied in San Francisco with Josh Lerner and Alderman Joe Moore.

Participatory budgeting is a democratic process where community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. Hundreds of municipalities all over the world have used this process to open up decision-making on municipal budgets to community stakeholders. It is an important tool to create more participation in proposal development, transparency of budget allocation, and to get resources to communities whose voices often go unheard and that are significantly under-served by budgets, especially in times of budget cuts.

In 2009, Alderman Joe Moore, a member of Chicago’s City Council representing the 49th Ward (a district that speaks 80 different languages), launched the first participatory budgeting process in the US, inviting residents of his ward to directly decide how to spend his $1.3 million discretionary budget.  The initiative was a resounding success that engaged over 50 civic, religious and community organizations in the development of budget proposals, which culminated in a ward-wide election in April, 2010, where over 1,600 49th Ward residents voted on infrastructure spending priorities for 2010.

For more info, see article “Participatory Budgeting: Sharing Power Over Public Resources” and video “Direct Democracy in Chicago”

Alderman Joe Moore is a member of Chicago ‘s City Council. Since 1991 he has represented the city’s 49th Ward, which includes the Rogers Park neighborhood. Moore has been named the “Most Valuable Local Official” in the country by The Nation magazine, in recognition for his successful sponsorship of a resolution against the war in Iraq , measures requiring living wages for employees of big box retail stores, and environmental restrictions on Chicago ‘s coal-fired power plants. Starting in 2009, he launched the first participatory budgeting process in the US, inviting residents of his ward to directly decide how to spend his $1.3 million discretionary budget.

Josh Lerner is Co-Director of The Participatory Budgeting Project, a non-profit organization that works with elected officials, public agencies, and community organizations to open up public budgets to public participation. He served as a lead adviser to Alderman Moore for participatory budgeting in Chicago’s 49th Ward, and he has also researched and worked with participatory budgeting processes in Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Guatemala, Spain, and the UK. Lerner is a PhD candidate in Politics at the New School for Social Research and has taught at Fordham University, The New School, and the Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment.

$5-$10 Donation Requested. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Where is the Left At?
A Discussion with Cindy Weisner, Sendolo Diaminah, and Carl Bloice

Monday, January 10th, 7:00pm
Centro del Pueblo
474 Valencia St. San Francisco
Wheelchair Accessible

Join CPE for a discussion that promises to be both provocative and engaging where we’ll discuss questions such as:

What’s the state of the Left in our country today? What’s up with left organizations? What role does an “organized left” play in immigration, human rights, anti-war, and other movements?

What was it about the 1930s and 1960s that created social movements and a strong and active Left and what was the relationship between the two?  How are the objective conditions and the state of our movements today different? Are there current organizational forms that may play a similar role as the Communist Party USA played in the 1930s in the Black Liberation, Labor and other movements?  And what lessons can we learn from the 30s and 60s that could be applied today?

Cindy Wiesner is a longtime organizer in base building organizations. She currently is the Program Coordinator for the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance (GGJ).  She represents GGJ on the planning bodies of the US Social Forum and the World Social Forum.

Sendolo Diaminah is a black, queer communist living and organizing in Durham, North Carolina. Sendolo is a member of Freedom Road Socialist Organization and an organizer with People’s Durham, a new organization committed to building a participatory democracy led by low-income people and people of color.

Carl Bloice is a writer, an Editorial Board member of Blackcommentator.com, and member of the National Coordinating Committee of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism.

$5-$10 Donation Requested. No one turned away for lack of funds.


Marxism 101
An Introduction to Marxist Theory

Four Consecutive Wednesdays, 6:30-9:00 PM
January 19, 26 & February 2, 9
522 Valencia St. (Btw 16th St. and 17th St.)
San Francisco, CA

If you’re an activist, organizer, cultural worker or an educator who has wondered what Marxism is all about but never had a chance to dive in, this four-part introductory class is for you.

Using participatory exercises, games, short readings, films, presentations and group discussions we’ll cover the significance of Marxism and its impact on movements, with a focus on national liberation movements, throughout the 20th and 21st century.

Then we’ll move into the basic economic and philosophical foundations of Marxism, concluding with its relevance today to our work and lives.  By the end of the four classes you should have a grasp of Marxism’s basic concepts and why it has had such lasting power as a way to explain the world.  Participants are strongly encouraged to commit to attending all four classes.

This is a basic, introductory class for people who have not studied Marxism before, so please take a moment to consider if this class is right for you.

Please click here to dowload a short questionnaire.  After filling it out email it to center@politicaleducation.org The class tends to fill up quickly, so please e-mail the Center as soon as possible to reserve a spot in the class.  If you have any questions, you can call our office at (415)431-1918.

$30-$50 Donation Requested. No one turned away for lack of funds. People of color, youth, members of base-building/grassroots organizations and lgbt folks are particularly encouraged to sign up for the class. 522 Valencia St. is not wheelchair accessible.

Testimonials from Past Participants:

“Marxism 101 was a rare opportunity to learn theory with practitioners so we could really see how praxis happens.  Marxism 101 facilitators were intentional in creating a learning environment that would be accessible; the class was taught in interactive ways and facilitators were versed in explaining complicated concepts and supporting applications of those ideas.  Take the course!”
-Participant from 2007 Class

“Taking the Marxism 101 class made me a better lover! My compañera and I are super busy with work and our kids, so we don’t have much time for reading books, much less such complex topics like Marxism. The style and delivery of the class were done in such an engaging way that I couldn’t wait to get home, put the kids to bed, pour a snifter of cognac and recite the sweet verses of Marx to my beloved”
-Oscar Grande, Community Organizer with PODER
(People Organizing to Demand Environmental & Economic Rights)

*Image by Hirsute History

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Towards a Progressive Agenda for SF
A Progressive Vision for the November Elections and Beyond

Wednesday, September 22nd

What is our progressive vision for an economically just city? How do electoral strategies play into the broader movement for building grassroots power, developing people’s consciousness, and creating more democratic structures? Will progressives be in a position to shape the mayoral race in 2011?

“Towards a Progressive Agenda for San Francisco” will bring together San Francisco Rising, SF Jobs with Justice, and the “New Deal for the City” Community Congress, to engage in a lively roundtable discussion about how these projects complement each other, in the context of the city’s ongoing fiscal crisis, the November 2010 elections, and beyond. We will discuss, among other topics, progressive revenue measures in November; developing labor-community alliances through Jobs with Justice, a platform for low-wage workers; the Congress’s economic development and budget reform agenda, and bringing a progressive vision to the critical District races in 6, 8, 10. Finally, we will hit some tough questions about developing strategies for common work, keeping elected officials accountable, and looking to the future. Panelists include:

•    Chelsea Boilard and others with San Francisco Rising, an electoral alliance comprised of Chinese Progressive Association, Coleman Advocates, the Day Labor Program, Filipino Community Center, Just Cause::Causa Justa, Mujeres Unidas y Activas, People Organized to Win Environmental and Economic Rights (PODER), and People Organized to Win Employment Rights (POWER), and South of Market Community Action Network (SOMCAN);
•    Gordon Mar with SF Jobs with Justice; and
•    Debbi Lerman and Calvin Welch with SF Community Congress, which convened in August 2010 to develop a locally actionable legislative agenda that might be taken up by progressive candidates for Supervisor in 2010 and Mayor in 2011.
•    Shaw San Liu with SF Progressive Worker Alliance, an alliance of low-wage worker organizations in San Francisco, including Chinese Progressive Association, the Day Labor Program and Women’s Collective, Filipino Community Center, Pride at Work, People Organized to Win Employment Rights (POWER), and Young Workers United.

This is the second in an ongoing CPE series on building a San Francisco progressive agenda, following our July 2009 event about the history of District Elections and the broader movement to shape a progressive agenda.


Hacia una Agenda Progresista para San Francisco
Una Vision Progresista para las Elecciones en Noviembre y Más Allá

miércoles, 22 de septiembre

Cuál es nuestra vision para una ciudad justa?  Que papel juegan las estrategias electorales en el movimiento para crecer el poder de la base, desarollar la conciencia del pueblo, y crear estructuras más democráticas? Será que las fuerzas progresistas estaran en una posición para influencar la elección del alcalde de San Francisco en 2011?

“Hacia una Agenda Progresista para San Francisco” reunirá a San Francisco Rising, SF Jobs with Justice, y el Congreso Comunitario “New Deal for the City”, para un debate sobre cómo estos proyectos se complementan dentro del contexto de la crisis en esta ciudad, las elecciones en noviembre y del futuro.  Vamos a hablar sobre las propuestas de ingresos públicos en noviembre; el desarollo de alianzas entre los sindicatos y la comunidad a través de Jobs with Justice (una plataforma para trabajadores de bajos ingresos); la agenda de reforma presupuestaria y desarollo económico creado por el Congreso Comunitario; y como traer una vision progresista a las campañas electorales que son de tanta importancia en los distritos 6, 8, y 10.  Finalmente, vamos a discutir unos temas complicados sobre el desarollo de estrategias para trabajar en conjunto, como mantener a los oficiales electos responsables, y mirar hacia el futuro.  Panelistas incluyen:

•    Chelsea Boilard y otros de San Francisco Rising, una alianza electoral constituido por el Chinese Progressive Association, Coleman Advocates, the Day Labor Program, Filipino Community Center, Just Cause::Causa Justa, Mujeres Unidas y Activas, People Organized to Win Environmental and Economic Rights (PODER), and People Organized to Win Employment Rights (POWER), y South of Market Community Action Network (SOMCAN);
•    Gordon Mar con SF Jobs with Justice;
•    Debbi Lerman and Calvin Welch con el SF Community Congress, que se convoco en agosto del 2010 para desarollar una agenda legislativa que los candidatos progresistas pueden llevar a cabo para las campañas de Supervisor en 2010 y Alcalde en 2011.
•    Shaw San Liu con SF Progressive Worker Alliance, una alianza de organizaciones representando trabajadores de ingreso bajo en San Francisco, incluyendo Chinese Progressive Association, the Day Labor Program and Women’s Collective, Filipino Community Center, Pride at Work, People Organized to Win Employment Rights (POWER), and Young Workers United.

Este es el segundo evento en una seria del CPE sobre el desarollo de una agenda progresista en San Francisco, después de un evento en Julio de 2009 sobre la historia de las elecciones de distrito y el movimiento general para crear una agenda progresista.

Permaculture for the People!
A Community Report-back

Tuesday, August 17th, 6:30PM
No Worries Filipino Restaurant
1442 Franklin St. Oakland, CA
Wheelchair & BART accessible

Poor people and communities of color are the most impacted by the dramatic ecological crises currently facing our planet.  In April of this year, Movement Generation and the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center convened nearly 30 activists and organizers representing various grassroots, base-building organizations from throughout California to participate in a two-week Liberation Permaculture Design Course. Liberation Permaculture, a framework and design science that invokes the traditional knowledge of land-based peoples, provides organizers with a methodology to resist systems of oppression through building resiliency in our communities.  It is a means to prepare oppressed communities for the oncoming environmental disasters while building the world we want and need now.

Come hear these course participants report-back about how they are implementing Liberation Permaculture into their organizing work and how it can provide us with a critical framework for the necessary and just transition from a carbon, consumption, and profit-based economy to the participatory and life-affirming, need-based society we envision for the future.

Presentations will be provided by individuals representing Movement Strategy Center, Ella Baker Center, Catalyst Project, People Organized to Win Employment Rights, Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice, Communities for a Better Environment, Urban Tilth and others.

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Venezuela Speaks! Voices from the Grassroots

Venezuela Speaks! Voices from the Grassroots
Venezuela Speaks! Voices from the Grassroots

Book Launch and Presentation

Thursday, January 14th, 7:30 PM
938 Valencia (Dolores Street Community Services), San Francisco
Wheelchair accessible

While Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez continues to capture headlines, a much larger story involving a wider cast of characters has gone largely ignored.  Venezuela Speaks!, published by PM Press, is a collection of interviews with activists and participants from across Venezuela’s social movements. From community media to land reform, cooperatives to communal councils, from the labor movement to the Afro-Venezuelan network, Venezuela Speaks! sheds light on the complex realities within the Bolivarian Revolution.

Join two of the co-authors, Carlos Martinez and Michael Fox, for their book launch and presentation, featuring short videos of those interviewed, music, and light refreshments.  Books will be available for purchase ($23) and signing.

To learn more about the book, visit the PM Press website.
For more Venezuela Speaks! tour dates please visit the Global Exchange website.

Donation requested, no one turned away for lack of funds
Co-sponsored by PM Press, Global Exchange, and the Center for Political Education

For more information contact Carlos at carlos@globalexchange.org.

Venezuela Habla! Voces de los Pueblos
Lanzamiento de libro y presentación

Jueves, 14 de Enero, 7:30 PM
938 Valencia (Dolores Street Community Services), San Francisco
Accesible para sillas de rueda

Mientras que el presidente venezolano Hugo Chávez sigue siendo el enfoque de muchas noticias, una historia mucho mas amplia con mas protagonistas ha sido ignorado en gran parte. Venezuela Habla!, publicada por PM Press es una colección de entrevistas con activistas y participantes de los movimientos sociales de Venezuela. Desde los medios comunitarios hasta la reforma agraria, desde las cooperativas a los consejos comunales, del movimiento sindicalista a la Red Afro-Venezolana, Venezuela Habla! arroja luz sobre las realidades complejas dentro de la revolución bolivariana.

Acompaña a dos de los co-autores, Carlos Marti­nez y Michael Fox, para su lanzamiento del libro y presentación, incluyendo videos cortos de gente entrevistada, música, y refrescos ligeros.  Libros van a estar disponibles para comprar ($23) y firmar.  Libros solamente disponibles en inglés.

Para conseguir mas información sobre el libro, visite la página web de PM Press.
Para conseguir mas información sobre el tur de Venezuela Habla! visite la página web de Global Exchange.

Se pide donacion, nadie será rechazado por falta de fondos
Co-patrocinado por PM Press, Global Exchange, y el Centro para Educación Politica
Para mas información communiquese con Carlos Martinez a carlos@globalexchange.org.

 

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Constitutions from Below: Social Movements and Change in Honduras

With live video-feed from Honduras with representatives of the National Resistance Front Against the Coup, and speakers Yeni Solis and Yakira Teitel

Thursday, December 3rd, 7 PM

Based on the events in Honduras over the last few days, we will spend much of our evening hearing directly from Honduras, discussing the implications of the elections and how social movements are responding to the changing conditions, as well as how the call for constitutional reform remains a central demand in Honduras.

Constitutional assemblies have been a major weapon for social movements in Latin America in developing a new relationship between the people and the state, and a strategy by newly-elected left governments to define a post-neoliberal age.

In Honduras, despite a strong and active popular resistance movement against the coup, the de facto military government remains in power. The coup regime and the Honduran mass media are calling Sunday’s national elections as a “success,” but the withdrawal of more than 100 candidates in protest ahead of the elections and an unprecedented abstention of voters on Sunday belie this claim. With a coup regime touting the electoral process and a widespread resistance movement calling for the international rejection of the elections, the question of constitutional reform remains a central but complicated issue at the core of the debate in Honduras.

In this informal discussion, in English and Spanish (with interpretation), we will examine what the struggles and the constitutional frameworks themselves mean to people in resistance. We will hear from leaders in Honduras as well as Yeni Solis from the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador, and Yakira Teitel from CASA, who just returned from Honduras.

 

Constituciones desde Abajo: De Honduras a Venezuela, Ecuador y Bolivia
Con enlaze en vivo desde Honduras con representantes del Frente Nacional en Resistencia Contra el Golpe, Yeni Solis y Yakira Teitel

Jueves, 3 de Diciembre, 7 PM

Asambleas constituyentes han sido un arma crítica para movimientos sociales en Latinoamérica en el desarrollo de una nueva relación entre el pueblo y el estado, y una estrategia de los gobiernos de izquierda nuevamente electos en su intento de definir una era post-neoliberal.

En Honduras, a pesar de un movimiento fuerte y activo en resistencia contra el golpe de estado, el gobierno de facto militar sigue en poder. Los golpistas y los grandes medios de comunicación en Honduras están clasificando a las elecciones de este domingo como “un éxito,” pero el retiro de más de 100 candidatos en anticipación de las elecciones y un abstencionismo de votantes sin precedente demuestra la falsedad de esta postura. Con un gobierno golpista vendiendo el proceso electoral y un extensivo movimiento de resistencia llamando por el rechazo internacional de las elecciones, la cuestión del cambio constitucional sigue como un tema principal pero complicado en el centro del debate en Honduras.

En esta plática, en español e inglés (con interpretación), examinaremos lo que estas luchas y las constituciones mismas significan para pueblos en resistencia. Escuchamos de líderes en Honduras así como Yeni Solis del Comité en Solidaridad con el Pueblo de El Salvador y Yakira Teitel de CASA, quien acaba de regresar de Honduras.

From Richmond to Bangkok to Copenhagen: Climate Justice Teach-In

Tuesday, November 24th

On December 7, 2009, world leaders and international NGOs will meet in Copenhagen to chart out a course for a new global climate deal, and in doing so, try to set up a new post-WTO framework for economic globalization. Outside the conference halls, a convergences of climate justice activists from the Global South will be waiting to say “Another World is Possible.” Join environmental and climate justice activists for a lead up discussion to the November 30th day of action and on the road to Copenhagen.

Speakers will kick us off with some thoughts on these questions:

  • From an environmental justice perspective, what’s the best thing that could come out of Copenhagen? What’s the worst?
  • How will differences between the Global South and powers in the north be resolved? Who will shoulder the impact of these changes?
  • How are social movements in the Global South organizing around Copenhagen and how are these movements different than in the United States?
  • Are there any openings that progressive activists in the US can build on to advance environmental and climate justice?

“Imagine waking up on December 1, 1999, and learning about the World Trade Organization (WTO) for the first time by watching it fall apart on television. The catalyst? An internationalist “inside-outside” strategy that leveraged people power on the outside to provide political space inside for the Global South and civil society organizations… The potential for such a political moment is once again upon us, exactly 10 years after the collapse of the WTO in Seattle. This time, it’s Copenhagen.”–Gopal Dayaneni, Movement Generation Justice and Ecology Project

Co-sponsored by Movement Generation, the Center for Political Education and Bay Area Climate Justice Activists

 

Iran’s Green Wave: Reform or Revolution?

Third Thursday with CPE and guest speakers Malihe Razazan & Shahram Aghamir

Thursday, July 16th

 

On June 12, 2009, a presidential election was held in Iran

between a number of candidates, including the “reformist” Mir-Hossein Mousavi and the “conservative” Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Official results handed Ahmadinejad a 63% victory, sparking the largest street protests seen since the Iranian Revolution of 1979. Protestors marched against the controversial election results, alleged electoral fraud and in support of opposition candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi. After a strong government clampdown on protesters and the media in the weeks following the election and the death of several protesters, the streets have quieted down around Iran. Many are trying to make sense of these recent events in terms of what the opposition is fighting for and where it will go from here.

Join the Center for Political Education and guest speakers Malihe Razazan and Shahram Aghamir for a discussion of these recent events and how the left in the US can understand and interpret these current protests in post-revolutionary Iran. Other questions up for discussion include: What role did the elections play in catalyzing the current protests and what are the protesters really demanding? What are the different social movements in Iran and what role are they playing in these protests? Who are the “reformists” and the “conservatives” and what are their agendas? What does the current split among Iran’s ruling establishment mean for democracy and justice for ordinary Iranians? How can the left in the US be supportive without playing into US imperialist and neoconservative perspectives?

Malihe Razazan and Shahram Aghamir are long-time activists and organizers on issues related to Iran. Both are producers and co-hosts of “Voices of the Middle East and North Africa” on KPFA radio, and Malihe is also a producer at “Your Call,” a daily public affairs program on San Francisco public radio station KALW.

District Elections in SF: How Do “We the People” Become the Driving Force?
With community and labor organizers, N’Tanya Lee (Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth*), Calvin Welch (Housing Justice*), Maria Guillen (SEIU*) and activist Sasha Magee

Progressives who fought for San Francisco’s District Elections in the 1970s and again in the 2000s, focused not on individual candidates – but on the broader movement for building grassroots power, developing people’s consciousness, and creating democratic structures to keep officials accountable.

District Elections in San Francisco – How do “We the People” become the driving force?, will trace the history of district elections that brought Harvey Milk to prominence in the 70s, and will look at the district town hall meetings and citywide Community Congresses, structures that developed an agenda and demands which elected officials had to respond to.  In the context of the city’s current budget crisis, labor and community organizers will engage in a lively debate on how we can continue to build on the progressive gains of the 2008 elections, and fight for elected officials to follow the lead of the people.

*for identification purposes only

Jobs for Artists!  A New Deal for the Arts in the 21st Century with Jeff Chang, Gray Brechin, Arlene Goldbard and poets Cyrus Armajani, Chito Cuellar, Kaira Espinoza, Maria Poblet, & James Tracy


In the 1930s, the “New Deal” Works Progress Administration created jobs for tens of thousands of artists and writers, including authors such as John Cheever, Richard Wright, Zora Neale Hurston, radio journalist Studs Terkel, and painters like Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Rockwell Kent.  In the 1970s, the CETA program funded artist-organizers who helped create the Cultural Centers that now exist in San Francisco’s neighborhoods.  Today a new movement is emerging to promote a 21st century New Deal for the arts.  Jobs for Artists! will feature a panel discussion on the rich legacy of federal jobs programs for artists and writers, and build support for a larger effort timed with the 75th anniversary of the WPA in 2010. Featuring New Deal historian Gray Brechin, cultural journalist Jeff Chang, and Arlene Goldbard, co-organizer of a May 2009 White House briefing on the arts, community, social justice and national recovery. With short readings and original performances by local poets honoring the great work of WPA-sponsored artists and writers.

This event is part of LaborFest a month-long series of cultural events commemorating the 1934 San Francisco general strike. Cosponsored by the CCSF Department of Labor and Community Studies Program and the Center for Political Education.

Gray Brechin is a Research Fellow for the Living New Deal Project of the Department of Geography at UC Berkeley, and the author of Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin.

Jeff Chang is the author of Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation. His recent article in The Nation, “The Creativity Stimulus” described the importance of public culture to social change.

Arlene Goldbard is a writer, speaker and consultant currently based in Berkeley. Information about her latest book, New Creative Community: The Art of Cultural Development and other writings is available at www.arlenegoldbard.com.

CISPES Victory Tour with Ricardo Bladimir González from the FMLN

Join CISPES and the Center for Political Education for an evening of discussion, in Spanish and English, with Ricardo Bladimir González, organizer and elected official in El Salvador with the FMLN.

González will give a first hand account of the FMLN’s victory, and the mobilization and organizing that went in to overcoming the fear campaign backed by US Republicans.

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City Lights Books, KPFA, Global Exchange, La Raza Centro Legal, and the Center for Political Education invite you to celebrate the publication of…

Mexico Unconquered: Chronicles of Power and Revolt by John Gibler, published this month by City Light Books

Join the author and other special guests as we celebrate the release of this important new book about politics, history, and social movements in Mexico

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

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Thursday, December 18th

Workers in Chicago Take Over and Win!

Third Thursday discussion, with David Bacon, about the six-day worker occupation of Republic Windows & Doors and its implications for labor organizing in the U.S. in a time of economic crisis

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Food Crisis: From the Global Food System to Local Food Justice

Wednesday, December 10th with:

Raj Patel, renowned writer and author of Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System and
Brahm Ahmadi
, visionary food justice activist and Executive Director of Oakland’s People’s Grocery

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Everything Has Changed and All Our Work Remains: Post Election Politics, Opportunities & Challenges

Monday, December 8th, 7 PM with:

Linda Burnham, Sampada Aranke, and Mike Parker

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Third Thursday’s with the Center for Political Education

Follow up discussion about the current economic situation, implications, challenges and opportunities in October and Roundtable Discussion on Prop. 8 in November

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Forum to Defeat Propositions 6 & 9: Targeting Youth of Color, Immigrants and Those Currently Incarcerated

 


Come learn about Propositions 6 (“The Runner Initiative) & 9 (“Victim Rights and Protection Act”) with Shawna Sanchagrin and Nia Sykes from the California Coalition for Women Prisoners and Alicia Criado from Books Not Bars.

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Economic Crisis, Failing Banks and Bailouts: Origins, Consequences and Implications for the US Left with Karl Beitel and Nedula Baguio

 

Responding to your demands!  CPE & La Raza Centro Legal bring you a class on the current economic meltdown..

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