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On June, the world lost an amazing human being. The revolutionary Yuri Kochiyama passed away. Yuri was a survivor of the U.S government's internment of Japanese Americans, a leader in the Asian liberation movement and a a comrade to Black liberation leaders like Malcolm X. But Yuri's life was more than a list affiliations.
The Smithsonian has curated Folk Hero, an online exhibit featuring art that celebrates Yuri’s life through grassroots art.The online exhibit includes a screenprint of Yuri I created last year at the Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanecer.
APEX Express a weekly magazine-style radio show on KPRA features the voices and stories of Asians and Pacific Islanders from all corners of the community. APEX Express is committed to building a broader social movement for justice and collective liberation for all oppressed people, including poor & working-class people, people of color, women and queer people. They support grassroots organizing and cultural work that advance these goals, and see APEX as a space for building consciousness and promoting critical discussion about these efforts.
APEX Expresshas aired a special series honoring the life and legacy of civil rights leader, activist, and Asian American movement pioneer. They share Yuri’s thoughts on African and Asian solidarity across the globe, her intimate recollection of Malcolm X’s murder, and more from the youth and the up and coming generations that she has inspired. Listen here.
On International Workers Memorial Day, workers around the world call for an end to deportations. #not1more #2million2many
I was recently commissioned by the AFL-CIO to create this graphic for May Day/International Worker's Day. I was enlivened by their stance on deportations. It's going to take us all coming together to say NOT ONE MORE. Please SHARE widely and stand in solidarity with workers and families being devestated by deportations. An injury to one is an injury to all.
SHARE WIDELY.Save-the-Date. Sunday, April 20th from 2:30-6pm at Solespace in Oakland 1714 Telegraph Ave. Come to our next printing partying! We will be making posters and art for May Day. Posters will be distributed through the Bay Area for May Day marches.
The American Cultures Center at UC Berkeley recently commissioned a poster to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the American Cultures requirement. As part of the process of developing the piece I interviewed students, staff and faculty about the role the students have the opportunity to play, in serving their communities through an engaged praxis, via the American Cultures classes. Their history is rooted in the Campaign Against Apartheid, a movement of "students, staff, faculty, and community members demanding that UC divest its portfolio of multiple billions of dollars in investments tied to apartheid South Africa." I will be talking about the history of political graphics as related to social movements in the continental Americas and throughout the Third World during their week of celebratory events. See information below.
In 1989, UC Berkeley adopted the ground breaking American Cultures (AC) undergraduate education requirement. Courses meeting the AC requirement can be found in more than forty departments and programs across the UC Berkeley campus. As well as being the one course that all undergraduate students at Cal need to take and pass in order to graduate, the requirement offers an exciting intellectual environment centered on the study of race, ethnicity and culture of the United States. AC courses offer students opportunities to be part of research-led, highly accomplished teaching environments, grappling with the complexity of American Culture.
The AC Center also provides a unique environment for the development of student and faculty programs and welcomes opportunities to collaborate with campus academic partners, student based organizations and community partners. Such opportunities include the development of engaged scholarship programs, campus wide events, and video outreach projects.
Monday, April 21, 5-7pm - In Conversation: Current AC Student Advisory Board and 1989 UC Berkeley undergraduates. Featuring: Jeff Chang (Stanford University), Rickey Vincent (UC Berkeley), Regina Freer (Occidental College), and Mark Min (City Span). Ethnic Studies Library, 30 Stephens Hall.
Tuesday, April 22, 6-8pm – The Art of AC! Featuring: Melanie Cervantes (Dignidad Rebelde) who will present the 25th anniversary poster & discuss the role of art and activism. Multicultural Community Center (MCC), Hearst Annex D-37.
Wednesday, April 23, 3-5pm – The AC Center: The Early Years Featuring: Troy Duster (Chancellor’s Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley) and Ron Choy (Founding AC Program Director). 470 Stephens Hall.
Thursday, April 24, 10am-4pm - 'Research Justice: A Symposium Exploring Community Engaged Scholarship'. Anna Head Alumnae Hall. Please click here to register: Research Justice.
Friday, April 25, 9am – 12noon - 'Social Justice in Higher Education - Lessons from 1989'. Featuring: Professor Pedro Noguera (Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education, New York University) and AC Senate Chair, Professor Lisa Garcia Bedolla (Graduate School of Education, UC Berkeley). Anna Head Alumnae Hall. Please click here to register: Lessons from 1989.
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