Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:15pm

Remember Los Siete!  Women Out Front!

How the community freed Los Siete de La Raza

In May 1969, seven young Latinos form the Mission District were charged with killing a San Francisco police officer.  They became known as Los Siete de La Raza.  A broad based community support group emerged to defend the arrested youth, working with famed civil rights attorney Charles Garry to win their acquittal.  Lesser known than 'the brothers,' as they came to be called, , are the vast array of community projects organized by this new radical organization that was led by a powerful group of women.

This panel will feature women leaders of Los Siete: Donna Amador, Yolanda Lopez, and Judy Drummond.

Sponsored by Race and Resistance Studies, J. Paul Leonard Library Special Collections, Latina/o Studies, and the Bay Area Television Archive

Monday, April 15, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

The Long Ride is a timely documentary film about the historic 2003 Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride that sparked the birth of the new Civil Rights Movement for immigrant workers in the United States. Alarmed by the increase in immigration raids, deportations, family separation, and attacks on workers’ rights, more than 900 immigrants and allies traveled across America to focus public attention on the plight of immigrant workers and to call for reform of the broken immigration system. They were inspired by the 1961 Civil Rights Movement Freedom Riders who risked their lives fighting to end segregation. The film chronicles their journey and the on-going fight for immigrant rights to this day.  With Freedom Riders as our navigators, the film puts a human face on this controversial issue and examines the human costs as lawmakers overhaul the U.S. immigration system.


Guest speakers include the film's director and participants in the Freedom Ride.

Co-sponsors: Labor Archives and Research Center, Political Science Department, Dream Resource Center, Race and Resistance Studies


Free and Open to the Public | Wheelchair Accessible | Classes Welcome!


Contact Catherine Powell at for more information.



Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Manu Karuka, assistant professor of American Studies, Barnard College, joins the SFSU community to discuss his pathbreaking new book, Empire's Tracks: Indigenous Nations, Chinese Workers, and the Transcontinental Railroad.

This new book reframes the history of the transcontinental railroad from the perspectives of the Cheyenne, Lakota, and Pawnee nations and the Chinese migrants who toiled on its path.  Karuka situates the railroad within the violent global histories of colonialism and capitalism.  Through an examination of legislative, military, and business records, Karuka deftly explains the imperial foundations of US political economy.  Tracing the shared paths of Indigenous an Asian American hisories, this multisited interdisciplinary study connects military occupation to exclusionary border policies, a linked chain spanning the heart of US imperialism.  This highlly original and beautifully wrought book unveils how the transcontinental railraod laid the tracks of the US Empire.

Hosted by American Indian Studies and co-sponsored by Race and Resistance Studies and Latina/o Studies

Friday, March 29, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

RRS co-sponsors this important event organized by the Center for Political Education featuring Nick Estes (Lower Brule) and Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Followed by a screening of WARRIOR WOMEN as part of East Side Arts Alliance's Final Fridays.

Join Center for Political Education in celebrating the release of Nick Estes' new book Our History is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance.

Estes will be joined in conversation by Roxanne Dunbar-Oritz, public historian and author of An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States. The authors will discuss the internationalist history of Red Power and struggles for national liberation today.

Nick Estes is Nick Estes is Kul Wicasa and a citizen of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe. He is assistant professor in the American Studies Department of the University of New Mexico and is a member of The Red Nation, a coalition dedicated to the liberation of Native peoples from capitalism and colonialism through direct action, advocacy, mobilization and education. Estes' work focuses on colonialism and global indigenous histories, particularly on decolonization, environmental justice, anti-capitalism, and the Oceti Sakowin. Nick is also the co-editor of the forthcoming book, #NODAPL and Mni Wiconi: Reflections on Standing Rock.

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is an historian, author, memoirst, and speaker who researches Western Hemisphere history and international human rights. Her recent books include Loaded: A Disarming History and An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States.

***Accessibility Information***

Bandung Books is a wheelchair accessible space.

We will do our best to provide a reduced scent space and will designate a fragance-free seating area.

This event will be recorded and available for viewing remotely.

To request language interpretation, CART transcription, or other access needs, please contact center-at- by March 15.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Grassroots Global Justice Alliance will be hosting a webinar presentation and conversation with international grassroots allies from Haiti, Honduras, and Venezuela as they fight the different stages of US intervention in their homeland and call on support from allies around the world. We will discuss the parallels of the War Abroad and the War at Home especially these particular nations share history of Afro-descendant resistance and solidarity. More to come. Please RSVP here:

“The moment in which we are living now is a time of extremes… This has to be something that makes us as a global feminist movement to come together and say, what is our strategy in this moment? What is the right way to position ourselves to take control of the political struggle?… We are not inventing, we are reclaiming the forms that our ancestors have been using.”

—Graça Samo, International Coordinator of the World March of Women, Mozambique

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm

Intersecting History, Art, and Activism: A South Asian American Perspective

with Nadhi Thekkek and Rupy Tut


Nadhi Thekkek and Rupy Tut are the creators and directors of Broken Seeds Still Grow: Taking Root, a dance theater visual art production premiering in San Francisco on March 29, 30, 31st at CounterPulse.  The production is based on their experience refelcting the hyphenated-American, immigrant experience and history of displacement of their ancestors during Partition.

In their talk, Nadhi and Rupy share the process of producing art that engages and activates the audience while being rooted in history.  As artists practiciing traditional art forms, bharatanatyam (Nadhi) and Indian miniature painting (Rupy), they offer a view into how traditional art making supports contemporrary themes and stories.  Nadhi and Rupy will further engage the audience in a discussion of the importance and strength of collaborative work, womanhood, activism, and accompanying challenges.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 2:02pm

Peter Cole discusses his new book, Dockworker Power! Race and Activism in South Africa and the San Francisco Bay Area.  This book explores how workers in South Africa and San Francisco ports have harnessed their role in the global economy to promote worker rights and social justice causes more broadly. 

Peter will be joined by Clarence Thomas, a third generation Oakland longshoreman and a leader of the Black Student Union during the 1968-69 San Francisco State Strike.  

This event is co-sponsored with the Labor Archives and Research Center and the Department of History.

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Panelists: Carolina Morales, Sofia Cardenas, and Carlos Martinez

Co-sponsors: Latina/o Studies, Clinica Martin Baro, and Napa Valley Ethnic Studies Advocates

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:45pm


Kicking off this semesters Race and Resistance Studies Speaker Series:


Dr. Hakim Adi, author of Pan-Africanism and Communism: The Communist International, Africa, and the Diaspora, 1919-1939 (2013) and West Africans in Britain 1900-1960: Nationalism, Pan-Africanism and Communism (1998), joins us to discuss his latest book entitled Pan-Africanism: A History.  This survey of the Pan-Africanism provides a history of the individuals and organisations that have sought the unity of all those of African origin as the basis for advancement and liberation.   

Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 10:00am to 6:00pm

The effects of human-caused environmental devastation have become impossible to ignore. The land we live on, the water we drink, and the air we breathe are under threat by relentless fossil fuel extraction and the toxic byproducts of profit driven mass production.  The suffocation of our natural world is paralleled in society at large.  Persistent poverty, racism and sexism are exacerbated by countless mass shootings, police violence, escalating wars, and the violence of an emboldened far right. While conventional politics often expect market forces or new technologies to solve the world’s problems, we know the real solutions will come from the collective action of everyday people, through the very struggles chronicled by historian Howard Zinn under the banner of “a People’s History.”

The Howard Zinn Book Fair is an annual celebration of people’s history, past, present and future. We gather together authors, zinesters, bloggers and publishers for a day of readings, panel discussions and workshops exploring the value of dissident histories towards building a better future. In the spirit of the late historian Howard Zinn we recognize the stories of the ways that everyday people have risen to propose a world beyond empires big and small. The Howard Zinn Book Fair is a non-sectarian left event that welcomes a wide variety of political traditions left traditions.


Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Building on the the 2017 conference, People Get Ready II will feature penetrating analysis of the current political landscape and the balance of power, along with exploration of effective strategies for beating back the Trumpist assault, advancing the work of grassroots movements, and building a more united and influential Left.

*** Panelists/speakers to be announced soon. ***

On January 14, 2017, just days before the inauguration of the disastrous Donald Trump regime, the The Center for Political Education hosted the People Get Ready conference in Berkeley. Billed as a gathering for “analysis, strategy and the fight for our future,” People Get Ready brought together 600 organizers, activists and community members. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Join California Historical Society for an event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the San Francisco State Strike. A discussion will be initiated by leaders and participants of the Strike, as well as an artist who graduated from San Francisco State in Raza Studies and now teaches at State. U. C. Berkeley Professor Waldo E. Martin will moderate the discussion which will touch on what sparked the Strike, how it happened, and the impact it had and continues to have on San Francisco, California, and the country at large.

About our Moderator:

Waldo E. Martin Jr., the Alexander F. and May T. Morrison Professor of American History and Citizenship at the University of California, Berkeley, is the author of No Coward Soldiers: Black Cultural Politics in Postwar America (2005), as well as Brown v. Board of Education: A Short History With Documents (1998) and The Mind of Frederick Douglass (1985). He is a coauthor, with Mia Bay and Deborah Gray White, of Freedom on My Mind: A History of African Americans, With Documents (2012), and, with Joshua Bloom, of Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party (2013). With Patricia A. Sullivan, he coedited Civil Rights in the United States: An Encyclopedia (2000). Aspects of the modern African American freedom struggle and the history of modern social movements unite his current research and writing interests. He is currently completing A Change is Gonna Come: The Cultural Politics of the Black Freedom Struggle and the Making of Modern America.

About our Speakers:

Benny Stewart, served as Chairman of the Black Students Union at San Francisco State University, 1967 to 1969 summer, the conceptional / early negotiation period of development of the Black Studies Department, the Strike of 120 days, and the early establishment of the School of Ethnic Studies, of which the Black Studies Department was a major part.

He later spent 37-dedicated years working in the fields of community oversight of urban renewal process and community economic development in the San Francisco Western Addition District, (“the Fillmore”) and the Marin City Community in Marin County.

Starting as Deputy Director of Development, later becoming Executive Director, of the Marin City Community Development Corporation in partnership with BRIDGE Housing and the Martin Group he was proud of being on the development team that produced the $100 million award winning Marin City USA Project, that included 340 housing units, with 40% affordability, a 183,000 square foot retail shopping center, and a neighborhood affirmative action plan that provided 50% job hiring for local low income residents and 25% hiring of local minority and women enterprises.

Benny Stewart, retired in 2012, leaving over $3 million in the community’s agency bank account.

Dr. Ramona Tascoe came to San Francisco State University and earned a Triple-major B.A. in Behavior and Social Sciences. Tascoe took part in campus protests to create the Black Studies Department. The protests grew into the historic student strike of 1969, and in the midst of the struggle, Ramona Tascoe became one of the first strikers to be arrested.

Dr. Ramona Tascoe went on to earn her Medical Doctorate degree from the University of California, San Francisco in 1979. She later earned both a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of San Francisco and a Master of Divinity degree from the UC Berkeley Graduate Theological Union, after which she was dually ordained under American Baptist and Progressive National Baptist Ministry.

Though she’s practiced as an internal medicine specialist in Oakland for decades, Tascoe has also put her unique mix of skills to work on behalf of communities around the world. She’s led medical missions to Kenya, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, India and Sri Lanka. And she’s worked extensively with Haiti’s Ministry of Health and the University General Hospital of Haiti, that nation’s largest public hospital.

Roger Alvarado was born in San Francisco in 1943, attended SF State College in the 60’s, and became involved with Student community programs in the mid 60’s. After a year as a volunteer, Roger began working for the Associated Students coordinating various Tutorial Program’s projects. During this period on the campus two significant issues, Black People’s Civil Rights Movement and the War in Vietnam, were directly impacting a large segment of the college. 18 months later, roger worked in the Mission District with youth around the 16th and Shotwell street neighborhood. Returning to S F State in the Summer of 1968, roger joined the Latin American Student Organization, one of several groups within The Third World Liberation Front.

The following May Roger helped organize the Los Siete Defense Committee. Seven young Latinos were accused of killing a policeman and a Defense committee was organized to provide the Mission area educational, nutritional and health services, as well as, information regarding, not only that incident, but also the relationship between the police and the various Mission District Communities. 18 months later, Roger left the Defense Committee and became involved with the La Escuelita Preschool and Kinder project in Oakland. Over the next few years the project was established as a Bilingual school with grades K through 6. Retiring as a carpenter, Roger lives in Oakland.

Penny Nakatsu is a veteran of the 1968-1969 Black Student Union-Third World Liberation Front-Black Student Union (BSU-TWLF) Strike at San Francisco State College. She was a co-founder of the Asian American Political Alliance (AAPA), a student organization promoting progressive political action by persons of Asian ancestry. During the Strike, she was AAPA's primary representative to the TWLF Central Committee. After the strike ended in March 1969, she was one of the students, as well as community members and scholars who developed the ethnic/Third World studies curriculum.

Jesus Barraza is an interdisciplinary artist pursuing an MFA in Social Practice and a Masters in Visual Critical Studies and researches the history of socially engaged Xicanx Art. He is a co-founder of Dignidad Rebelde a collaborative that produces screen prints, political posters and multimedia projects and a member of JustSeeds Artists Cooperative.

Image/Artwork: "Down with the Whiteness," Rupert Garcia, 1969.  Rupert Garcia produced this print in the midst of the longest student strike in US history: the SF State Student Strike.

Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Commemorate 50 years of student struggle for self-determination, Third World solidarity and an education that is relevant to the needs of our communities. 

We will gather across generations, with those who began the original twLF strikes in 1969 at Berkeley, to those who have continued to hold and sustain these projects over the past 50 years. 

This continual student movement has founded the departments of Ethnic Studies and African American Studies, as well as the Multicultural Community Center, the Center for Race and Gender, the Ethnic Studies Library, the American Cultures requirement and has inspired similar projects throughout California and beyond. 

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

A conversation with Dick Walker on his latest book, Pictures of a Gone City: Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity  in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The San Francisco Bay Area is a jewel in the crown of capitalism—the tech capital of the world and a gusher of wealth from the Silicon Gold Rush. The Bay boasts of being the Left Coast, home of green cities, and the best place for workers in the USA. So, what could be wrong?

Join us to examine the dark side of this success: overheated, exploding inequality, and severe environmental damage—and how Pictures of a Gone City can help us build power and win in these changing and challenging times.

Dick Walker is one of those rare scholars who helps us understand the world in order to change it. A professor emeritus of geography at UC Berkeley, he has long been a resource for Bay Area activists seeking to understand where we live and work, its local dynamics and global context. Pictures of a Gone City—sweeping in scope and exquisitely detailed—examines the political economy and class structure of the region; displacement, internal migration and the growth of its cities; and its history of environmental and political organizing.

Join LeftRoots and the The Center for Political Education for an evening with radical geographer Dick Walker. He will be joined by on-the-ground organizers against gentrification, displacement, and exploitation by the tech industry in the Bay Area, including:

• Vanessa Moses, of Causa Justa Just Cause
• Alex Tom, of Chinese Progressive Association
• Divya Sundar, of ASATA – Alliance of South Asians Taking Action

You don't want to miss this important conversation on the political economy of the Bay Area and what grassroots community organizations are doing today to reclaim it for working people and communities of color.

Wheelchair accessible.

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Friday, September 14, 2018 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Celebrating 10 years of community defense, movement building and resistance.

For all those crossing borders, fleeing US-led wars, attempting to provide for, reunite with, and take care of our families, these days have been quite difficult. And each living breath an act of resistance to attempts to strip us of our dignity.

As trying as these times have been, they have also illustrated that we will fight to protect and defend one another. And we will win. Because grassroots organizing — strategy and resistance, connected to the struggles of all oppressed people, and following the leadership of those most impacted — is how we build power, and change the course of history. We resisted the Muslim Ban and freed our families at SFO. We fought back against militarization and ended Urban Shield. And we defended Arab youth and defeated Islamophobic attempts to shut down AROC programming in SF schools. Each time we fought and won, we did so understanding that our struggles are one, and are enemies are the same; that racism has no borders. And similarly, our solidarity must have no borders, and have no limits.

Join us as we continue to fight together for a new world. Not a world mirroring the genocide, slavery, internment, war and imperialism that this country was built on. A world mirroring our values, our commitments to defending and protecting each other from state violence, and all harm. And to fighting for all our freedoms to move, freedom to stay and freedom to return.



Angela Davis
Nadine Naber

DJ Emancipacion
Al Juthour Dabke Troupe


ILWU Local 10
Nancy Hormachea
Stop Urban Shield Coalition
Teachers 4 Social Justice

Celebrate 10 years of grassroots organizing, cross-movement building and community defense.  

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:30am
Learning By Doing flyer

Discussion and group dialogue on promoting social change through education and community service learning. View flyer to register. (PDF)

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 5:00pm

Discussion with Liz Kroboth and Jade Rivera on the Public Health program's push for the American Public Health Association to recognize police violence as a public health issue.