You're Invited to
A We Rise Production Activate Oakland event series sponsored by the City of Oakland
& Radically Fit 1035 22nd Avenue, Unit 5, Oakland
We Rise Production invites you to our first-ever series of free, family friendly, and open to the public, seasonal block parties & community dialogues. Each block party will focus on one theme, and will contain the following elements:
– A speakers panel & community dialogue
– Tabling from local businesses and organizations
– A community art project
– Local food
– A raffle, including offerings or services from local QTBIPOC (queer trans Black, Indigenous, & people of color) small businesses & wellness workers
Our themes will deepen into an exploration of how WE TAKE CARE OF US.
We Take Care of Us is a phrase that comes out of BIPOC-led community spaces dedicated to the practice of mutual aid & abolition as a strategy for long-term collective wellbeing. We use this phrase intentionally to lift up & carry forward this invitation in our own communities as we crosspollinate.
Community Care: How We Show Up for Eachother
Spring, May 25, 2024
Roots of Justice: Protecting the Land, Protecting the People
Summer, August 3, 2024
These in-person events will strengthen and deepen existing connections and initiate new ones, after the changing culture and community landscape Oakland experienced in years of social distancing and pandemic.
We Rise Production is committed to offering free education and raising awareness on important community work and causes through live events and cultural production. Therefore, each speakers panel will be recorded and distributed on the We Rise podcast and media platforms. This series of seasonal intercommunity block parties will cultivate cross-pollination of intergenerational and intersectional identities coming together to learn about & support social justice, community safety, local businesses, & celebrate our artistic abundance.
This is a masks on indoors event. We encourage folks to wear masks in crowded areas outdoors.
Two ADA accessible bathrooms are on the ground floor of Radically Fit.
Sidewalk has steep ramps
Conditions of Safety: Emergent Orgs for the People
Winter • Saturday March 23, 2024 • 12PM - 4PM
We use the word “emergent” – in part drawing on adrienne maree brown’s Emergent Strategy – to signify that these organizations’ work reflects a vision they are each stewarding of collective liberation. Join us for a speakers panel featuring local leaders:
Dr. Rupa Marya is a physician, activist, writer, mother, and a composer. She is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and a co-founder of the Do No Harm Coalition. Her work sits at the nexus of climate, health and racial justice. She is the co-author with Raj Patel of the book Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice. She works to decolonize food and medicine in partnership with communities in Lakhota territory at the Mni Wiconi Health Circle and in Ohlone Territory through the Deep Medicine Circle. She has toured twenty-nine countries with her band, Rupa and the April Fishes, whose music was described by the legend Gil Scott-Heron as “Liberation Music.”
Charlene Eigen-Vasquez, J.D. is of Ohlone descent, from the village of Chitactac.
She is dedicated to land back initiatives, land preservation, land restoration, cultural revitalization and environmental justice because she feels that these initiatives have a direct impact on physical and mental health. As a mother and grandmother, she completed a law degree so that she might better serve Indigenous communities.
Today her focus is on regenerative leadership strategies, leveraging her legal skills,
and mediation skills to advocate for Indigenous interests, negotiate agreements and build relational bridges. She is an acknowledged peacemaker, trained by Tribal Supreme Court Justices. Charlene is the former CEO and Director of Self-Governance for the Healing and Reconciliation Institute. Charlene also serves as Chairwoman of the Confederation of Ohlone People, Co-Chair of the Pajaro Valley Ohlone Indian Council and Board Vice President for the Santa Clara Valley Indian Health Center.
Charlene was recently brought into the Planet Women’s 100 Women Pathway,
a cohort designed to increase the number of diverse women leaders
at the helm of the environmental movement.
Stay tuned, more information performances, organizations, and vendors coming soon!
We are proud to have our Crosspollination events sponsored by Radically Fit, beloved community and long-time collaborators, who are opening their doors to host us in their beautiful space!
Radically Fit is the Bay Area's radical community gym rooted in fat liberation & joyful movement for all queer, trans, Black and brown folks and their allies, regardless of experience, size or ability.
Cat Brooks (she/her) is the host of Law & Disorder on KPFA Radio and is a long-time performer, organizer, & activist. She played a central role in the struggle for justice for Oscar Grant, & spent the last decade working with impacted communities & families to rapidly respond to police violence & radically transform the ways our communities are policed & incarcerated. She is the co-founder of the Anti Police Terror Project (APTP) & the Executive Director of The Justice Teams Network.
Darius Simpson is a New Afrikan poet and skilled living room dancer from Akron, Ohio. He aims to inspire those chills that make you twist up ya face in approval. Darius believes in the dissolution of empire and the total liberation of Africans and all oppressed people by any means available. Free The People. Free The Land.
The People's Programs is a Black-led organization, founded by Black youth in 2017, dedicated to empowering the community of Oakland through grassroots community programs. Instead of relying on top-down solutions, we champion bottom-up approaches to address the core issues affecting our community. Our mission is clear: To serve the people, build autonomy, and directly impact Black lives.
Delency Parham, Founder of The People's Programs
Charlene Eigen-Vasquez, J.D.
Director of Landback Program of Deep Medicine Circle
Dr. Rupa Marya
Executive Director & Web Weaver
of Deep Medicine Circle
Darius Simpson of The People's Programs
Cat Brooks Co-Founder of Anti Police-Terror Project
We Rise Production's Crosspollination series is sponsored by
Our Crosspollination series is partially funded by the city of Oakland.
Make a contribution to support this free event open to the public and donate to We Rise
with the label "crosspollination".