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Rafael Moreno is a Xicano Indigenous artist, who’s work reflects social justice movements. Born and raised in the San Francisco Mission District, he has been inspired by his community and has been fortunate enough to network with many different artists and organizers. Rafael's art mediums include paintings, bead work, stencils, silk screening, photography, and graphic design. From a young age Rafael has always found a passion in the arts, and throughout the years, with mentorship from local Bay Area artists, he has been able to develop these art forms. Starting at Native Graphix at 16 years old as an intern learning the basics of cleaning a screen and creating his own image. Here he learned the discipline of silk screening and the basics of graphic design. At the age of 18 he was an artist assistant and youth organizer to Mike Ramos and Eric Norgberg in the 2009 mural "Building Bridges of Solidarity, Breaking Down Barriers," coordinated by Nancy Hernandez. Rafael has also hosted many art for social justice themed stencil & silk screening workshops for various bay area youth and organizations including, Mission Beacon, Castlemont High School, SF Youth Empowerment Fund, and M.E.Ch.A. de San Pancho. Rafael received his formal education at San Francisco State University, obtaining his Bachelors in American Indian Studies & La Raza Studies. He also acquired his Masters in Ethnic Studies from SFSU. Rafael has been able to further analyze the issues in his communities to build stronger theoretical framework and understanding for his art. Rafael continues to live in the Mission District and is currently an after school educator for youth living in underfunded communities. When he is not teaching, Rafael dedicates his time to his art and community organizing efforts.
I recently completed the art and cover design for an exciting new book by Nora Barrows-Friedman on the U.S. student movement for Palestine Solidarity including the rich history of Palestinian-American activism for justice and equality for nearly a century in this country.
In the years following Israel’s 2008–9 “Operation Cast Lead” assault on the Palestinians of Gaza, a new kind of student movement emerged on US campuses, in support of the idea that Palestinians should gain the full exercise of their human and political rights within their historic homeland. This new movement of students for justice in Palestine has helped to put “BDS,” the worldwide campaign supporting the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions of Israel until it abides by international law, firmly onto the national map.
In 2013 and early 2014, journalist Nora Barrows-Friedman crisscrossed the United States interviewing the young activists who form the core of this movement, and their voices ring out strongly from every page of her new book. In Our Power reveals the rich political legacy these students are building. This new student movement in support of Palestinian rights faces many challenges from on and off-campus opponents. But the strength and intelligence of the voices revealed in the pages of In Our Power show us that truth, justice, and “people power” are capable of withstanding such attacks and continuing forward to victory.
Pre-order the book here http://justworldbooks.com/in-our-power/
Join me at the Oakland Museum of California for the public unveiling of Reflections of Healing, a large-scale art installation created by artist and educator Brett Cook with participation from the community. The installation, which will be visible from across Lake Merritt, features portraits of notable Oakland healers, who through practice or legacy demonstrate healing in their work. I am honored to be one of the people selected whose teen portrait will be included in this project. Join the celebration on 12th Street/Lake Merritt Boulevard in the parklet between the Museum and the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, and enjoy food trucks, music, wellness activities, art making, and more during Friday Nights @ OMCA. The celebration is Free to the public.
"To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.
What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.
And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory."-Howard Zinn
The first ever Howard Zinn Bookfair will be held at San Francisco’s Mission High School on November 15th 2014. It is a celebration of the books that make us rethink our roles in the world and connect people with hidden histories.
Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to:
Marcus Bookstore is the nation’s oldest black-owned bookstore located in the historic Fillmore District. Over the past year, community members have rallied in an ongoing campaign to save the store from eviction.
Elizabeth “Betita” Martínez (born 1925) is a Chicana feminist, community organizer and author. She has written numerous books and articles on different topics relating to social movements in the Americas. Her best-known work is the bilingual 500 years of Chicano History in Pictures which later formed the basis for the educational video ¡Viva la Causa! 500 Years of Chicano History.
Jesus and I participated in an exhibit in Bordeaux, France this summer called "Chicano Dream". Today we are happy to share an article from the International edition of the New York Times that covers the exhibit. I talked with the reporter about a bunch of thoughts and feelings. My main point being that though the Chicano Movement doesn't look like it did in the 1960s or 1970s that the struggle continues to protect the gains it made as well as for the liberation we still need. Political graphics and culture work have a role in that ongoing struggle. Read it here: http://nyti.ms/1qLEtYY
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