The evening will include performances by the Los Angeles Poverty Department to spark our radical imagination and lift up the spirit of liberation.
DR. ANGELA Y. DAVIS is Distinguished Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Davis came to national attention after being removed from her teaching position at UCLA because of her activism and membership in the Communist Party, USA. In 1970 she was placed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List on false charges. During her sixteen-month incarceration, a massive international "Free Angela Davis" campaign was organized, leading to her acquittal in 1972. Today Prof. Davis remains an advocate of prison abolition and has developed a powerful critique of racism in the criminal justice system. She is the author of many books, including her most recent collection, The Meaning of Freedom: And Other Difficult Dialogues (City Lights Open Media).
FRED MOTEN is author of In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition, Hughson’s Tavern, B. Jenkins, The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study (with Stefano Harney), The Feel Trio and The Little Edges. A new poetry collection, The Service Porch and a new collection of essays, consent not to be a single being are forthcoming. Moten lives in Los Angeles and teaches at the University of California, Riverside.
A member of the Oakland-based arts collaboration, Dignidad Rebelde, MELANIE CERVANTES is a Xicana activist-artist whose work includes black and white illustrations, paintings, installations and paper stencils. She is best known, however, for her prolific political screen prints and posters which have been used by movements across the globe. Employing vibrant colors and hand-drawn illustrations, her work moves those viewed as marginal to the center -- featuring powerful youth, elders, women, and queer and indigenous peoples.
This week's Latina.com's Woman Crush(ing the Patriarchy) Wednesday is Dignidad Rebelde's co-founder, Xicana artist and activist Melanie Cervantes.
"Given the problem of Imperialist White Supremacist Cis Hetero Capitalist Patriarchy, I have found it incumbent to center those of us who exist on the margins of the marginalized."
Since folks inquired and we had a stack left over from our sale here in Oakland we have listed some "Oops!" /Test prints on our website. Only one set of each is available of each and they are first come first serve. Prints from each set are not interchangeable and sets will not be broken up. While supplies last.
I was recently invited to share a couple of thoughts on my favorite book.Jayna Swartzman-Brosky created a second installment of her as a continuation of last year’s series of revolutionary books influencing Bay Area artists and art professionals titled “Reading by the Fire.” Swartzman-Brosky is a writer and arts manager based in Oakland, CA. As the Bay Area programs director for the Center for Cultural Innovation, a California-based nonprofit arts service organization, she is invested in exploring issues of art and labor and arts sustainability.Read the article HERE.
The Dignidad Rebelde webstore will continue to accept orders however we will be taking a short break to renew and visit with loved ones for a few days. Order fufillment will resume on December 31st. Thank you for understanding and happy Winter!
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