From Teaching to Transgress to Ain’t I A Woman, All About Love to Outlaw Culture, bell hooks changed the standards of how I show up in classrooms, organizing, art-making, relationships and even at the movies. Her insightful, rigorous and compassionate writing creates clear ways to better support each other’s liberation and belonging. We know we will be revisiting some of these transformational pieces these long winter nights as we look towards the new year and return of the light. Thank you bell hooks for the many foundations you have created.
Evan & Christian
Jeremy Dutcher’s “Mehcinut” (Official Music Video)
We open our December newsletter with the first music video from singer Jeremy Dutcher, whose work celebrates Indigenous joy and multidimensionality in a song that is both a, “call back and a reach forward.” We invite you to check out the video, the process and the many people included in the film.
Image Description: House decorated with Christmas lights that spell out ROOTED IN HOME. There is a decorated Christmas tree to the right.
Richmond LAND brought in the holiday spirit with 12 Days of Staying Power, a reflection of the growth of their work in Richmond, California this year. Check out the entire set of activities over the 12 days and the deep way they weave cultural strategy into community led and held housing and development. If you’re in the Richmond area, check out the light installations at 611 Market Ave and along Giaramita Street between Chesley Ave and Verde Elementary School.
Image Description: Allied Media Conference -- Narrative and Cultural Strategies for Collective Liberation poster in green, yellow, and purple. The graphics include butterflies, symbols, and hands in the design.
The Allied Media Conference is accepting session proposals for the 2022 conference, due Feb 9, 2022. Taking place in Detroit + virtually, the conference is fertile ground for strengthening and expanding media based organizing.
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Our friends at Southwest Folklife Alliance have been doing some amazing participatory action research using a folklorist lens in San Antonio, San Francisco and Tucson. Spend time with their learning tools and reflections on the ways that cultural expression is foundational to long-term change.
Image Description: Multiple photos collaged together showing community with Storytelling In Crisis November 9, 2021 titled above.
It seems these days that we are confronted by crisis after crisis. Storytelling can help us make sense of crisis, but what are the ethics, practices and principles of telling stories around crisis? Listen in on a recent workshop and panel hosted by Storyline (a member of our Artists Circle on Climate Displacement) and other experienced practitioners who tell stories in a range of mediums across crises of eviction, hurricane, AIDS/HIV and incarceration.
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Enjoy our #OBCONF21 Day 1 mix curated by Sarah Crowell on Spotify!
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Berkeley, CA 94720
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