Bridges of Solidarity/Puentes Solidarios
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Thank you to those who were able to join us for Puentes Solidarios, a celebration of Causa Justa :: Just Cause’s work to build unity between Black and Latino communities, and organize everyday people to make change.
We were moved by member testimonies, ranging from shaky-voiced first-time public speakers to old pros like Margarita Ramirez and Alma Blackwell, who are...
Bridges of Solidarity tickets sold out!
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[español sigue] Ticket sales are now closed for Bridges of Solidarity! At noon today (Sept 19) we sold out and are not able to offer any more tickets to the event.
Unfortunately, we will not be selling tickets at the door, because we have reached the capacity of the venue with pre-sale tickets.
It is shaping up to be an inspiring event and we are excited to see many of you there Thursday night!
This is our biggest grassroots fundraising event of the year and we are pushing hard to meet our goal of netting $30,000 through this event. Please consider making a donation to Bridges of Solidarity and Causa Justa :: Just Cause, by clicking here
Thank you for all of your support.
¡Puentes de solidarios!
entradas se agotaron
La venta de entradas ya está cerrada para Puentes de Solidaridad! Al mediodía de hoy, hemos vendido y no se puede ofrecer más entradas para el evento.
Lamentablemente, no tendremos venta de boletos en la puerta, porque ya llenamos el espacio hasta capacidad con los boletos de pre-venta. Va a ser un evento inspirador y estamos muy contentos de ver a muchos de ustedes allí la noche del jueves!
Este es nuestro mayor evento de recaudación de fondos del año y estamos trabajando duro para alcanzar nuestra meta de 30.000 dólares de colaboración a través de este evento. Por favor considere hacer una donación a puentes de solidaridad y Justa Causa :: Just Cause, haciendo clic aquí.
Gracias por todo su apoyo.
LIBERATION INK: Don't Go Shirtless
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"It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains." — Assata Shakur
This is just one of the quotes and images that appear on the T-shirts created by Liberation Ink. Now, the on-line site where people have been ordering social justice T-shirts since 2004, has become a nonprofit project of Causa Justa :: Just Cause.
We’re excited about bringing Liberation Ink into our CJJC family.
Local, Sweatshop-free and Union printed T-shirts and bags
Formerly a worker-owned collective, Liberation Ink was predominantly volunteer-run for the majority of its existence. The collective sold thousands of shirts and raised tens of thousands of dollars, which it donated to local movement organizations.
This year the collective donated Liberation Ink to Causa Justa and we now run it as part of our organization.
As their art and activism increased in the world, members of the collective realized it would take more hands to keep it running, and even grow it.
“It's an honor for Causa Justa that the worker-owners who founded Liberation Ink entrusted us with this visionary project,” says Maria Poblet, CJJC executive director.
Worker collectives have long been an integral part of the social justice movement. They serve as critical examples of the kind of work places that all workers should enjoy and contribute to advancing democratic practices and processes.
Emunah Yuka Edinburg, one of six founding members in 2004, remained an active part of the collective all the way through to the transition to CJJC this year. Emunah talks about why they founded the collective.
“Since we'd all known each other from student organizing days, and several of us had done arts activism work on campus, it just made sense to pool our skills and interests. I learned so much! None of us knew how to start a business, or how to run it. Of course, that would have helped, but we just dived in. We learned how to silkscreen print, how to work successfully with friends, how to run an online store, how to produce designs that are true to our values/politics yet widely appealing enough to actually make money! And so much more...”
"When we first started Liberation Ink as a tiny project out of our garage, we'd always hoped that a community organization would take it on as a part of their fundraising." — Emunah Yuka Edinburg, one of the founding members of collective
For CJJC this social enterprise is a powerful addition. We can develop and sell shirts that spread the message of our work and that of the movement of which we are a part.
“We’ll carry forward Liberation Ink’s vision of growing grassroots support for community organizing, with beautiful wearable art that spreads messages of social justice,” says Poblet.
“I believe that t-shirts are a great way to express one's own values, to educate others (even if it's just someone reading your back in...
Bridges of Solidarity
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Please join us to celebrate at our biggest event of the year... Puentes Solidarios :: Bridges of Solidarity
- Thursday, September 20, 2012, 6-9pm
- Islamic Cultural Center - 1433 Madison Street, Oakland, CA 94612
We are really looking forward to celebrating with you in this special evening, featuring an inspiring program hosted by Davey D, drum performance by Loco Bloco, live music by Favi, and much more. We'll be cooking up a delicious dinner with herb-roasted chicken (plus veggie option)! You don't want to miss it!
Find the event on facebook here.
More about the performers:
- Loco Bloco :: Changing the Rhythm of the World
- Loco Bloco uses arts as tool for the empowerment of youth of color to overcome injustice and adopt a healthy, active lifestyle. It was founded in 1994 by community artists and activists of color to provide low income, minority and immigrant families access to professional level arts education at no cost. Since then it has benefitted more than 6,000 youth and their families. Read more about this fabulous grassroots community group here!
- Davey D :: Where Hip Hop & Politics Meet
- Davey D is a nationally recognized journalist, adjunct professor, Hip Hop historian, syndicated talk show host, radio programmer, producer, deejay, media and community activist. Originally from the Bronx, NY, he moved to California and graduated from UC Berkeley. Davey D is the co-founder and host of several of the most cited Hip Hop radio and online news journalism projects including Hard Knock Radio (KPFA 94.1) —an award-winning afternoon show airing daily at 4pm focusing on Hip Hop culture and politics. You can listen to the program here.
- Favi :: Transporting through Time & Space
- Born and raised in San Francisco, 22 year old Natalia García, aka Favi began singing at an early age. The classically trained bilingual siren grew up in a musical family, singing Flamenco and various foclorico styles . Blending these ancestral rhythms with Urban, R&B and party music, she defies genre categories to make Latin futurist music that moves, transforms and transports listeners through time and space. Learn more about Favi's music here.
Plus, we'll be debuting a new Liberation Ink shirt with the slogan "La Unión Hace La Fuerza" (Unity is Power) to lift up efforts, like Causa Justa, to build grassroots solidarity between Afro-descendent and Latino communities.
Were you at Wells Fargo Tuesday?
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What a Powerful Action!
More than 1,500 people crowded the streets surrounding the meeting, 40 people sat in in the lobby and blockaded entrances to the building and another 30 made it in to the shareholders’ meeting itself.
In an unprecedented move, Wells Fargo locked hundreds of people out of the meeting, filling the seats with their employees and key allies, and refusing access to many upset community members who had shares and proxies giving them the right to attend.
Despite CEO John Stumpf and others' attempts to avoid facing the 99%, they heard from us loud and clear. Dozens interrupted and spoke out in the meeting and were ejected and arrested by SFPD. Outside, the sound system boomed with speaker after speaker who had been impacted by Wells Fargo and those who are working to stop foreclosures, private prison and immigrant detention centers, to relieve student debt and to respect tenants’ and workers’ rights.
There is much more to be said about the success of this first of the major shareholder actions planned for the Spring. For now, check out these photos on our Facebook page and a few of the more than 500 media hits from local and national news outlets:
Wells Fargo is one of the bad actors, but all of the big banks need to take responsibility and be held accountable for the role they have played in causing and profiting from the economic crisis and the exploitation of communities of color. The next big shareholder action is at Bank of America in North Carolina on May 9th. Causa Justa is sending one of our members who is fighting BofA to this meeting to tell her story. Check out the preview here.
We are also having a local action against US Bank THIS Thursday. Check out the event here and if you can’t come, call US Bank in San Francisco, at (415) 575-2800 between 12pm and 1pm Thursday, to tell them to back off!