Reimagine! is pleased to cosponsor a celebration of 30 years of Freedom Voices Publications and the release of Mujeres Magicás: Domestic Workers Right to Write by Las Malcriadas. We are celebrating with doubleheader SF / East Bay release events co-sponsored with Freedom Voices and Mujeres Unidas y Activas.
Art, Cultural Resistance & Transformation
Creative Expressions, a Catalyst for Social Change
Editor's Note: Early morning on New Year’s Day 2009, 22-year-old Oscar Grant III was shot and killed in Oakland, California by a Bay Area Rapid Transit agency police officer. Grant was unarmed. His face—pressed down against the cement. Onlookers video-phoned the horrific spectacle as his life was taken from him.
By Christine Joy Ferrer
Several hours later, Laron Blankenship, a friend of the deceased, locked himself in a sound studio. He flashed back to the words Grant had spoken to him one day, “No matter what happens, even if I was to die, don’t quit doing this music thing.” His hands trembling, crying and near broken down, Blankenship produced a compelling rap anthem dedicated to Grant, “Never be Forgotten.” He sings, “I know for a fact your soul is still alive and you will never be forgotten.”
Closing Reception: Exhibition of I Am San Francisco (IAMSF) (February 22, 2018, 6-9 pm)
Including special guests: Urban Funk Machine and SF Poet Laureate Devorah Majors.
IAMSF explores San Francisco’s social and cultural values and concerns through the lens of its Black natives, residents, and leaders. Curated by Jarrel Phillips, with art by photographer Michole “Micholiano” Forks and muralist Sydney “Sage” Cain. The exhibition brings to life the some of the scores of interviews published in RP&E over the past 2 years. (See below for links.) Meet the artists, eat the free food, all are welcome! Exhibit continues through Feb 2018. Join us for the Closing Reception on Thursday February 22, 2018, 6-9 pm at SF State University. Cesar Chavez Student Center Art Gallery, 1600 Holloway Street, SF.
Excerpts from a panel discussion with Jodie Geddes, Rose Elizondo and Garry “Malachi” Scott, moderated by Lisa Dettmer.
Contemporary restorative justice practices, which arose in the early 1980s, focus on healing and transforming the wounds of victims, offenders, and the community caused or revealed by the wrongdoing.