July 6, 2009
please come and join us for the below:
JULY 18th. 12-6pm
Civic Center Plaza
San Francisco, CA
On July 18th, 2009, hundreds of youth and their supporters will gather in front of SF City Hall for Youth Fest, organized by the San Francisco Youth Commission and the Youth Empowerment Fund Advisory Board. A culmination of the GATHERINGS FOR CHANGE SERIES which has mobilized hundreds of San Franciscans throughout the past 9 months with summits, conferences, workshops and retreats, this event will be the voice of youth who are speaking truth to power.
Youth Fest is a youth-led event with three goals: (1) to celebrate young leaders through the annual “Youth Warrior Awards,” (2) to inform youth throughout the city about community resources, and (3) to utilize music, arts, and culture to encourage youth to become active leaders in their communities.
At Youth Fest 10 awards and scholarships will be given out to recognize the positive changes being made by youth from SF neighborhoods in their own lives and their communities. Each of the awardees has an inspirational story of rising up to become the change they wish to see in the world.
At Youth Fest a resource/activity fair will educate youth about the many programs and resources offered by community organizations in San Francisco.
During Youth Fest live aerosol painting will take place by renowned local muralists. Art will be displayed that was created at each of the neighborhood based summits.
Local musicians such as The Never Stop Learning Crew, Ise Lyfe, BRWN BFLO, San Quinn, Big Rich, Mystic and Melina Jones will bring their voices and beats to support the empowerment of young leaders. Aztec and Polynesian dancers will open up in the morning and mission–based dance and drum ensemble Loco Bloco will close the event.
The event will run from 12pm – 6pm at Civic Center Plaza.
June 23, 2009
President of LAUSD Board
Board District 2
CC: LASUD Board of Education
CC: Los Angeles Times
I am writing on behalf of the 15 students who turned their backs to you in protest of teacher layoffs in California . Most of these students, as of 6/23/09 , have been denied their diplomas because of their protest. Some of these students have now received their diplomas, after signing an apology letter. The students of Lietchy Middle School deserve an apology from you; and, the administrators of their school.
These 15 students, who turned their backs on you, represent all of our youth being failed by the educational system. They critically evaluated a situation that immediately impacts their futures and community; and, decided that acceptance is not an option. As lacking as the educational system is, these students made an empowered decision to protest layoffs. These students are seizing their futures. Is this not what we educate our students to do?
I respectfully remind you, that these students are, and were, protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. I wonder if the conduct code of Lietchy Middle School includes denial of a diploma for turning one’s back in protest of teacher layoffs? I make no assumptions; so, if you have documentation of this protest being in violation, please provide the community with it.
While you and the administrators of Lietchy Middle School hold the right to be offended, you do not hold the right too deny these youth of their diplomas; nor, put a mark on their academic records for pointing out the impact that budget cuts have.
Ms. García, you have a responsibility to the students throughout the Los Angeles School District . I ask you to do the following:
* Remove any notation on these students’s records of any disciplinary action.
* Issue these student’s diplomas immediately; if students have met their requirements.
* Issue a public acknowledgment for standing silent and allowing a Los Angeles school, which falls under your elected area, to violate the First Amendment rights of its students
Ms. García, please don’t let the budget cuts absolve you of protecting the students that you serve.
February 25, 2009
at the last moment i have been added to the line for a benefit concert for International Women's Day on 2/28/09. in support of women everywhere, but with a focus on women in Iran and Afghanistan, Tom Morello, The Nightwatchman and the Freedom Fighter Orchestra, Gissoo Shakeri, La Banda Skalavera, and myself with be rocking to spread the knowledge and raise funds. please come out and support your sisters in struggle.
Benefit Concert for International Women’s Day
Saturday, February 28, 2009
The New LATC 514 S. Spring Street Downtown LA, CA 90013
Tel: 213.489.0994 Tickets: $20
here is a couple links for more info:
February 17, 2009
please join myself and many others to faise funds to support people in Darfur.
Sunday, March 08, 2009Where:Grandstar Jazz Club943 N Broadway Los Angeles90012Description:Come on out and support a good cause. Hundreds of thousands of people in Darfur have been slaughtered, mutilated, and raped. All artists are donating their time to perform for the rights of the people of Darfur. Please come out if you're able to make it. This will be a beautiful event! All proceeds will be donated through Darfur Peace & Development Organization. darfurpeace.org Click Here To View Event
February 5, 2009
i am providing a link below for the Do Something Awards. this is an opportunity for young folks who are 25 years or younger and are actively creating change in their communities. please click the link for more information. pass it on to young folks you know, your students and just young people around the way! spread the word peoples!!!!
February 3, 2009
as we continue to push for justice for Oscar Grant, we are well aware of the amount of other lives that have been taken by the police. just last week we saw Annette Garcia, mother of 5, shot in the back by the police in Riverside; well, we did not "see" it and perhaps that is why there is less attention. on friday, february 6th there will be a MARCH OF STOLEN Lives at 3pm in Oakland. people with gather at 3pm at Frank Ogawa Plaza at 14th and Broadway. this is another opportunity to demand justice and honor those that we have lost. if you can't make the march call the mayor's office @ 510 238 3141. also, you can call the district attorney's office @ 510 272 6222. releasing mehserle on bail was a slap in the face of the community...it speaks to the rights of privilege that continue to exist in this country.
January 30, 2009
below is the information to send donations to the trust fund that has been set up for Oscar Grant's daughter, Tatiana. as you know,Oscar was murdered by a b.a.r.t. police officer, in oakland, earlier this month. i encourage you to send whatever you can. we must take more responsibilities for our children; not just in this situation but overall.
Tatiana Grant Trust Fund, account number 3879027641, Wells Fargo Bank, 950 Southland Drive, Hayward, Calif., 94545
January 29, 2009
please see the below press release on the murder of Annete Garcia by the police. i will continue to post more information as it becomes available. we must not allow police brutality and the murder of people in our communities to go without action!
Annete Garcia Murdered -- Brown Beret Press Release
by Brown Berets Wednesday Jan 28th, 2009 10:20 PM
An account has been set up to help the family cover funeral expenses. Donations can be sent to: First National Bank of Southern California Routing # 122240751 Checking acct # 002126443
PRESS RELEASE – Brown Berets de Aztlan, Riverside County CA. 1/27/09 On January 21, 2009, Annette Garcia, a mother of 6 and a member of the Brown Berets de Aztlan, was shot and killed by a Riverside County Sheriff’s deputy in the presence of her children. Annette was born October 25th 1980, and was raised in Indio, California. She was well known throughout the Riverside County by the thousands of people her life touched, she will be deeply missed. Annette was holding a knife but posed no imminent threat to anyone. She was shot from a short distance as she was walking away. Her husband and children were detained by the Sheriffs department trying to force a statement from them without the presence of their lawyer. Further details cannot be given until an official statement is released by the witnesses. This is considered a wrongful death and is being protested by the Brown Berets as another senseless murder by the Riverside County Sheriffs department. The Riverside County sheriffs have had a long history of abuse and officer involved shootings, this being their latest in a series of shootouts that have left many families mourning and asking why. Annette joined the Brown Berets in 2008 seeking to better her life and serve in her community. The Brown Berets were created in 1967 in response to the widespread police abuse that was affecting the Chicano communities throughout the southwest. Education, ending gang violence, serving the community, and protecting the Chicano community are the main priorities of the Brown Berets. It is ironic how a member of an organization that is committed to fighting police abuse was killed by a police officer. It has been over 35 years since any of our members have been killed by a police officer. We mourn the murder of such a notable member of our organization and for this cause we are announcing a candlelight vigil to be held on Thursday, January 29th beginning at the Bobby Bonds Park in Riverside, CA. at 5 pm and marching to the Riverside County jail in Downtown Riverside. A march and protest will be held on Saturday, January 31st in the same location starting at 10 am, with a press conference being held at 1 pm. An account has been set up to help the family cover funeral expenses. Donations can be sent to: First National Bank of Southern California Routing # 122240751 Checking acct # 002126443 Any support you can give, whether volunteering your time or monetary support, will be greatly appreciated.
January 23, 2009
old magazines (national geographic is great)
small paint brush (if no tip on the glue or if you have multiple children)
pencil (chopstick, pen)
embroidery string (or whatever kind you have)
*choose super colorful or crazily designed pages and rip from the magazine
*cut them into long triangle shapes that have one end about inch and a half or so wide, and the other end a sharp point (you can play around with your shapes)
*starting with the wider end, start wrapping it tightly around the pencil (chopstick, pen), and continue to wrap until there is very little of the point end left
*apply a a small amount of the glue with the paintbrush (or the glue tip...i have also used a toothpick for applying glue with older children)
*finish wrapping completely and hold down until the paper will stay down on its own
*make as many beads as you wish
*let completely dry and then put them on your string in the way that you wish and of course, wear them!!!!
-just some notes. you can choose to mix about equal parts of glue and water and lightly brush the beads once the have done their first drying. the best way to dry the beads if you choose to do this is to put them on a piece of string and hang them so that they don't stick to any surface. you can also add glitter to this glue mixture. this mixture will leave a slight shine and will make the beads a bit more sturdy; although, they are surprisingly sturdy on their own.
-whenever i would do this i would give a brief history on beads. it is also an opportunity to talk about recycled art! in terms of child development, this is good for hand eye coordination and fine motor skill development.
-the internet was not as on and poppin when i originally put these projects together lol. so many projects are shared between educators that it is really up to you and your children to put a twist on them. as i always told my children, "art is how you want to make it". being that i can find cool things on the internet now, i will give you a couple links for a visual and history:
the title of this blog is a link to the FDA list of products that contain peanut butter that have been recalled. so, just click the title of this blog and off you go:) little people and big people love peanut butter so let's just keep it safe! i can't remember the last time i put peanut butter on my apples...
I do not, however, believe that Martin Luther King’s dream has been recognized. I am not interested in a CNN poll that tells me that 69% of African Americans believe that “the dream” has been achieved. When I see a number like this, I can only think that we only paid attention to one part, of one speech, and do not know the true history of what King was fighting for before his assassination. Economic justice, pursued in the form of the Poor People’s Campaign, became a movement deferred shortly after King was assassinated. This was a movement against poverty; and, was part of the “second phase” of the Civil Rights movement. This was a dangerous idea because poverty crosses all racial and cultural lines; and, King invited everyone to join. When you begin to get everyone to come together for a common cause, then you are a true threat to the corrupt foundations of our society. Obama is powerful in this way; in many ways, he is supported across the board.
Watching Obama take that long walk before he came out into the cold day to be sworn in was powerful. I am sure it was powerful in every classroom, community center, jail, office, living room, and on every street corner that had a public television. All day the celebration, the feeling of having been instrumental parts of facilitating change; people smiled and felt connected. I am not here to rain on anyone’s tea party. Obama being president does not make this a post-racial society. Neither does his being president automatically reduce the number of Black and Brown men and women in jail; dismantle the prison industrial complex; turn heat on in classrooms; properly educate children; stop police brutality; eliminate poverty; nor, stop gang violence. There is so much for us to do! People are trying to save children today, the same way that they were trying the day before.
I do not want to see us become complacent. I do not want us to simply rest the future of our children and communities on the back of one brilliant man. It is not that I do not think that President Obama is capable of being an effective and inspiring leader. President Obama has a blank slate with me; I am open and receptive to whatever he may offer; at this point. It is more that poverty and the impacts of it from a holistic perspective were not addressed in Obama’s campaign. It was John Edwards who talked of poverty by calling it by its name; attempting too provide faces for the unwanted and unseen. Somewhere along the line, everything became about the middle class as if there were no economic social status below that. I know it is often difficult to face the truth; but, the increase in numbers of those living in poverty, here and around the World, continue to rise at an alarming and heartbreaking rate. Many people are giving more than their fair share; many people are giving nothing at all; and then, there are others of us who could be giving more. I am speaking of a collective ‘we’ and ‘us’.
Children are the future of any resistance and revolution; this is why my focus is on them. It did not become our responsibility to pay more attention to them on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 12:05 PM. I applaud every one who feels inspired to work towards change; but, please don’t tell me that “the dream” has been achieved. Because we have been oppressed and repressed for so long we are often apt to accept an incomplete offering of justice. Empires have been built and destroyed at the hands of one man. President Obama seems to be a wonderful man; full of desire, purpose, honesty and compassion. I will call his name out if true change does not effectively occur, just as everyone should. I did not vote for Obama because he is Black and I will not quiet my voice if I don’t like where we are headed because he is Black either. I am not loyal to a political system or party that still allows slavery in the form of imprisonment; I will not be so dedicated to Obama, or any man, that I will blindly follow him with disregard too what I can see with my own eyes. I am willing to do my part.
It is our responsibility to better our communities every single day. If you are one who recently became inspired, I am excited for you! If you are someone who has committed their life and has been re-inspired, I am excited as well! I believe that there is a collective sense of purpose and I am committed to being an active participant! This is simply a reminder that it is only through collective participation that we can turn dreams into reality. This is simply a pledge from me to remain to be involved. There was never just one dream; there is infinite space for dreams to be created and manifested into destiny. President Obama is a piece of healing; a piece of hope; a piece of change. As Obama has continuously stated, the change is all of us.
I want to honor those who work every day to save our children and our communities; who fight for economic justice; who rail against globalization and privatization; who offer tangible forms of resistance and revolution; who riot against police brutality; who hold children in their arms as they hide from bombs; and, who breathe hope into the children who will be the future dreamers. Time will show us the worth of us as a collective; and, the worth of one man.
p.s. this only has caps cuz i originally wrote it at work lol