Theater of the Oppressed and Playback Theater
Saturday, October 14 — 2:00-6:00 pm
(AND dinner 6:30 -8:30 after workshop)
Sunday, October 15 — 2:00-6:00 pm
By Jess Clarke
Today’s emerging resistance movements can draw on a long and varied history to challenge the reactionary US government. Racial justice organizing has been the leading edge of progressive change for generations, and lessons learned and leadership from Black liberation struggles are key to moving beyond resistance and toward revolutionary abundance.
(CLAWS) Collaborative Liberation Arts Workshop Series Spring Session:
a 5-week workshop series using movement and dance to open to change from within.
Biodanza facilitated by Mirjam Krohne
Five Saturdays, April 22 — May 20, 2017
Studio FAB 2525 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94612
CLAWS is a workshop series in Oakland that aims to create a laboratory where we can:
- experiment with new forms of collaboration using writing, theater and movement arts.
- explore how race, class and gender oppression can be resisted and transformed.
- work with one another inside and outside of sessions to create performance, story, and movement that can energize and liberate—personally and socially.
- create a community of reflection, performance and action.
Community college and low-income residents face big loss of public resource
By Marcy Rein and Christine Hanson
On weekdays the windswept lot next to the main campus of City College of San Francisco (CCSF) can hold close to 1,000 cars belonging to students and teachers. On weekends a motorcycle safety class practices there, as does the marching band from Archbishop Riordan High School. This lot, the Balboa Reservoir, is one of the largest tracts of public land in land-starved San Francisco—and a key arena in the city’s fight to stem displacement of its vulnerable communities and the institutions that serve them.
By Kelly Curry
It’s a bright sunny Sunday and I’m sitting in my homeboy’s restaurant drinking a cup of his rich, black coffee. With ceiling fans whirling overhead, the last customer, of the last rush, hustles out the door. He nods goodbye to him and then turns to me, “What are you doing today?”
I tell him I’m working on a series of interviews with guys who have recently been released from prison and are now working the land and growing food for the community.
“What a joke.” He says, grabbing the remote and pointing it towards the wide flat screen overhead, “Those guys don’t stand a chance,” he mashes the mute button, “why would anybody hire a ex-con when they can have a guy with no record, never did anything and works hard? You know what a thief does? They steal...you know what a junkie does? They use. End of story.”
By Nicole Lee
Throughout California and across the country, communities of color are caught in a cycle of violence and mass incarceration, a cycle whose wheels were in motion years before the young people being pushed into this system were even born. These wheels turn in a staggeringly unequal economy where quality jobs are scarce—especially for young people of color—and the average CEO of a large corporation earns more than 350 times the average worker; they turn in the schools, where only 56 percent of California’s black male students get their diploma in four years; they turn in the justice system, where the criminalization of youth of color and entire communities—especially African American and Latino men—has helped give the United States the highest incarceration rate in the world.