Critical Resistance- Oakland is thrilled to partner with author and organizer Vanessa Huang in bringing their new work Quiet of Chorus to the Bay area. This book is based on Vanessa's years of working fighting against prison expansion in California and advocating on behalf of and organizing with women and gender nonconforming people in CA state prisons, and therefore a sort of history, a documentation of our legacies and a call to action in this current moment.
For the past 20 years,has modeled that cultural practice and art are critical components of the fight for prison industrial complex abolition. The power of reclaiming culture taken from communities through centuries of colonization, genocide, and social and economic repression and the practices of creating are acts of resistance.
This event series is an opportunity to learn and celebrate our collective years of hard work in the anti-prison movement in California, to uplift and embrace cultural work as part of our organizing, and to bring new, emergent and established voices alongside each other in joint resistance and resilience.
Donations and sponsorships welcome! Make a gift here.
Quiet of Chorus Book Release, featuring Vanessa Huang (author of Quiet of Chorus) + Tongo Eisen-Martin
Co-Hosted by Critical Resistance- Oakland and Small Press Traffic
Date: Saturday 10/13
Location: Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St, San Francisco
Poetry and Resistance: A Community Reading
Poets & Storytellers from Project WHAT!
Sully Rosales, Critical Resistance
Vanessa Huang, author of Quiet of Chorus
Co-Sponsored by Critical Resistance- Oakland and Project WHAT!
Date: Sunday 10/14
Location: Location: Eastside Cultural Center, 2277 International Blvd, Oakland
Cultural Resistance and Organizing: Poetry Reading, Presentations and Discussion
featuring Vanessa Huang (author Quiet of Chorus), Ivette Ale of CURB (Californians United for a Responsible Budget), The Abolitionist editorial collective, and Jess Heaney, Critical Resistance.
Co-Sponsored by Ethnic Studies, Literatures and Languages, and the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Departments at Mills College, and Critical Resistance- Oakland
Date: Monday 10/15
Location: The Rothwell Theater, Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA
helps make these events FREE and therefore accessible to formerly imprisoned people, youth, and low-income communities;
demonstrates support for visionary political organizing and cultural work in these critical times.
ensures the event participation is truly reflective of the movement we are building;
advances strategic grassroots organizing and cultural work against jail expansion and the violence of policing in the Bay Area with CR-Oakland.