Saturday, May 22, 2021 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Saturday May 22, 2021: 5-7pm

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Schedule of graduation ceremony TBA in details

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:15pm

Faviana Rodriguez 

Favianna is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural strategist, and social justice activist based in Oakland, California. Her art and praxis address migration, gender justice, climate change, racial equity, and sexual freedom. Her practice boldly reshapes the myths, stories, and cultural practices of the present, while healing from the wounds of the past. Favianna's projects include Ben & Jerry's Pecan Resist, two large scale public art commissions with the City of San Francisco, a partnership with Jill Solloway to create, and an upcoming storytelling initiative at the US Mexico border. Her work serves as a record of her human experiences as a woman of color embracing joy, sexual pleasure and personal transformation through psychedelics as an antidote to the life-long impacts of systemic racism. Her signature mark-making embodies the perspective of a first-generation American Latinx artist with Afro-Latinx roots who grew up in Oakland, California during the birth of hip hop and the crack cocaine epidemic.

Favianna's practice includes visual art, public art, writing, cultural organizing and power building. She leads meaningful collaborations with social movements that lead to resilient and transformative cultural strategies. In addition to her expansive studio practice, she is the co-founder and president of The Center for Cultural Power, a national organization igniting change at the intersection of art, culture and social justice. In 2016, Favianna received the Robert Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Fellowship for her work around immigrant detention and mass incarceration. In 2017, she was awarded an Atlantic Fellowship for Racial Equity for her work around racial justice and climate change. In 2018, she received the SOROS Equality Fellowship for organizing artists activists. An artist entrepreneur, she has co-founded various institutions, including the EastSide Arts Alliance, a cultural center and affordable housing complex in Oakland, CA, and, the largest Latino online organizing community in the US. She is currently working on a short form, web-based series about sex and consent.

Jessa Calderon 

Jessa Calderon is the Coordinator of Indigenous Oceans and Waters Protector Program for Sacred Places Institute. Jessa is a Tongva and Chumash songwriter, poet, hip hop artist, performer, hypnotherapist, massage therapist, energy worker and offers guided meditations. Jessa encourages our community and youth to find their healing mentally, physically and spiritually through her words, music and practices. Jessa has had the privilege to work with community and youth from many Nations, helping them find themselves while helping them to feel good about themselves.



Gopal Dayaneni (facilitator) 

Gopal has been involved in fighting for social, economic, environmental and racial justice through organizing & campaigning, teaching, writing, speaking and direct action since the late 1980’s. Gopal did his undergraduate studies at UC Davis, graduate studies in education at UC Berkeley and was the first Climate Justice Fellow in the Urban Sustainability Masters of Arts program at Antioch University, Los Angeles, where he continues to teach in graduate and undergraduate programs. 

Link to Recording HERE

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We hope that the session with Favianna and Jessa inspired you to see the central role of culture, art and creativity in transformative change for Climate Justice. Create a piece of art (no constraint on medium: poster, painting, song, poem, collage, etc.) on a theme of Climate Justice. Your art can draw on themes raised in this past talk, the previous talks, your classes or your own experience. Your art can be designed to educate and/or inspire action and organizing. Please include a short description and explanation of your artwork.  

Faculty and Student Resources:

(1) Read: What is Cultural Organizing by Paul J. Kuttner

(2) Watch: Climate Woke!

(3) Check Out: The Center for Cultural Power Climate Art Gallery

Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:15pm

Naomi Klein 

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author. She is Senior Correspondent for The Intercept, a Puffin Writing Fellow at Type Media Center and is the inaugural Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies at Rutgers University. Her groundbreaking books include How To Change Everything: The Young Human’s Guide to Protecting the Earth and Each Other (2021), On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal (2019), No Is Not Enough: Resisting the New Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need (2017), This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate (2014), The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (2007) and No Logo (2000). In 2018, she published The Battle for Paradise: Puerto Rico Takes On the Disaster Capitalists (2018) reprinted from her feature article for The Intercept with all royalties donated to Puerto Rican organization

After This Changes Everything was published, Klein’s focus was putting its ideas into action. She is one of the organizers and authors of Canada’s Leap Manifesto, a blueprint for a rapid and justice-based transition off fossil fuels endorsed by over 200 organizations, tens of thousands of individuals, which inspired similar climate justice initiatives around the world. She is now a co-founder and advisory board chair of The Leap, a climate justice organization developed from the Manifesto that exists to inject new urgency and bold ideas into confronting the intersecting crises of our time: climate change, racism and inequality.

Miya Yoshitani 

Miya Yoshitani has been the Executive Director of the Asian Pacific Environmental Network since 2013. Starting at APEN as a youth organizer in the 1990’s, Miya has an extensive background in community organizing, and a long history of working in the environmental justice movement. APEN has been fighting – and winning – environmental justice struggles for nearly three decades and remains one of the most unique organizations in the country explicitly developing the leadership and power of poor and working class Asian American immigrant and refugee communities. Through many years of leadership, Miya has supported APEN’s growth and expansion from a powerful local organization in the Bay Area, to having a statewide impact through an integrated voter engagement strategy and winning transformational state policy for equitable climate solutions for all Californians. A movement leader in many key local, state, and national alliances, APEN is helping to shift the center of gravity of what is possible when the health and economic well being of working families, immigrant and communities of color are put at the center of solutions to the economic and climate crises. APEN is one of the co-founders of the Climate Justice Alliance, and Miya has served as Co-Chair of the Climate Justice Alliance steering committee.

Miya also serves on the boards of Center for Environmental Health and Center for Story-based Strategy.

Join Naomi Klein and Miya Yoshitani, two renowned leaders in the movement for Climate Justice as they discuss what it will truly take to win the necessary cultural, economic and political shifts to address the climate crisis at the scale and pace and with the urgency, equity and justice required to avoid continued collapse.

Gopal Dayaneni (facilitator) 

Gopal has been involved in fighting for social, economic, environmental and racial justice through organizing & campaigning, teaching, writing, speaking and direct action since the late 1980’s. Gopal did his undergraduate studies at UC Davis, graduate studies in education at UC Berkeley and was the first Climate Justice Fellow in the Urban Sustainability Masters of Arts program at Antioch University, Los Angeles, where he continues to teach in graduate and undergraduate programs. 

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Prompt #1

Based on what you have heard from both Miya and Naomi, and from your own experience, what do you think is most important for achieving Climate Justice and what role could you see yourself playing to advance Climate Justice.

Prompt #2

There are many barriers to achieving Climate Justice, what are some of the barriers or “false solutions” to the climate crisis that concern you the most? You can draw on what you have heard or your own study and experience.

Prompt #3

Of all the things you heard about what it takes to win Climate Justice, what did you find most inspiring or exciting?

Faculty and Student Resources:

Two videos that Naomi helped put together:

Video 1

Video 2

Reading 1:

Reading and Video 2:

Reading 3:

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Angela Mooney D’Arcy (Juaneno / Acjachemen)

  Executive Director and Founder of Sacred Places Institute forIndigenous Peoples

Angela has been working with Native Nations, Indigenous people, grassroots and nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and government agencies to protect Indigenous sacred lands, waters, and cultures for over fifteen years. She is the Executive Director and Founder of Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples, a Los Angeles-based community organization dedicated to building the capacity of Tribes and Indigenous people on cultural, social, and environmental justice issues. She is also co-founder and co-director of the United Coalition to Protect Panhe, a grassroots alliance of Acjachemen people dedicated to the protection of the sacred site Panhe. She worked with University of California, Irvine Sustainability Initiative as the Tribal Community Engagement Coordinator to build relationships between tribal communities and university faculty, staff, administration, and students. Angela authored the Environmental Justice chapter of the report Native Voices Rising: A Case for Funding Native-led Change, which was sponsored by Native Americans in Philanthropy and Common Counsel Foundation. She serves as Board Secretary for the Blas Aguilar Adobe Foundation which oversees the Blas Aguilar Adobe Museum & Acjachemen Cultural Center in San Juan Capistrano. She received her B.A. from Brown University and her J.D. with a concentration in Critical Race Studies and focus on federal Indian law from University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.


Hop Hopkins 


Hop is Director of Organizational Transformation at the Sierra Club, where he works to ensure that Sierra Club campaigns and programs protect those most affected by climate change and environmental degradation and promote economic justice. Hop is also a certified Arborist, a Master Gardener and has earned a Permaculture Design Certificate. He has been a Grassroots Environmental Justice Community Organizer in Seattle, WA, Portland, OR and Los Angeles, CA. He has served on the boards of the Community Coalition for Environmental Justice, Western States Center and People’s College of Law. Presently, Hop sits on the Los Angeles Food Policy Council’s Leadership Board, is earning his Master’s in Urban Sustainability and is the Climate Justice Fellow at Antioch University, Los Angeles. He also participated in the Marshall Ganz Organizing Program at the Harvard University Kennedy School. Alongside his wife of eighteen years, co-founded Panther Ridge Farm located just outside of Los Angeles. Collectively they homeschool their daughters and steward a quarter of an acre of land inhabited by their pet Australian shepherds, chickens, honey bees, fruit trees and multiple compost piles.


Gopal Dayaneni (facilitator) 

Gopal has been involved in fighting for social, economic, environmental and racial justice through organizing & campaigning, teaching, writing, speaking and direct action since the late 1980’s. Gopal did his undergraduate studies at UC Davis, graduate studies in education at UC Berkeley and was the first Climate Justice Fellow in the Urban Sustainability Masters of Arts program at Antioch University, Los Angeles, where he continues to teach in graduate and undergraduate programs. 

Lesson Prompt #1

As you watch/listen to the conversation between Angela and Hop, write down three to five quotes/statements they make that capture your attention. For each quote, write a 2-3 paragraph reflection on why the quote stood out to you. Does it change the way you understand the issues of climate disruption, and how or why?  Does it confirm or diverge from your own lived experience and in what ways?

Lesson Prompt #2

The mainstream conversation on climate change centers the cause of climate change in the burning of fossil fuels. Most policy approaches to climate are centered on curbing emissions of greenhouse gases and focus on trying to address the climate crisis without fundamentally changing the foundations of our economy, governance and societies. How do the perspectives of Angela, Hop and the readings complicate the mainstream understanding of climate disruption? How does interrogating the roots of the crisis change how we imagine and approach the solutions? (3-5 pages)

Link to Zoom Recording Here

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Faculty and Student Resources:

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Brenda Peynado will discuss “ The Kite Maker, ” anthologized in The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019, and provide techniques and exercises on how to write characters who represent the “other. No prior knowledge needed to gain insight and skills , although attendees who read the story in advance (available at will better understand Sci-Fi’s unique abilities to convey racism , gendernormativity, sexual assault , and (un)documented migration (s). Feel free to come prepared with questions, or to spontaneously ask questions in the Zoom chat room. 
Brenda Peynado is a Dominican American writer of fiction , nonfiction , and screenplays . Her writing style ranges from lyric essays , magical realism , fabulism , science fiction , fantasy, surrealism , to some perfectly realistic exaggerations thrown in the mix. Her short story collection , THE ROCK EATERS , is forthcoming from Penguin Books in March 2021. Currently, she teaches fiction and screenwriting at the University of Central Florida’s BA and MFA programs.
Hosted by Jaimy Magdalena M. 
CoES Lecturer Faculty 
Monday, October 26, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm

Bernard Moss Mr. Moss is a Peacemaker, expert in violence prevention, mindfulness, and emotional intelligence. He is a son, a proud father of 6 and grandfather of 8. Bernard was one of the first to go through and graduate the Guiding Rage Into Power Program at San Quentin State Prison. After he graduated he went on to facilitate three GRIP groups inside. He was granted parole after 28 years and currently facilitates GRIP at two of our state prisons.  Currently, Mr. Moss is an Agent of Change, Facilitator Trainer and Core-Staff at the GRIP Training Institute.  TOPIC: Toxic masculinity: Unlearning gender-role belief systems and toxic masculinity. Healing and transformation beyond walls.

Lucía de la Fuente

Dr. Lucía de la Fuente, works as the Program Manager at the GRIP Training Institute. She leads the Spanish-speaking GRIP program, exclusively designed for our Latino/Chicano community behind bars. For the past decade, she has focused her research on Restorative Justice and the PIC, and began working with incarcerated Latino/Chicano women and men in California seven years ago. She is a prison reform advocate and activist, and her work focuses on fighting for equal distribution and access to legal, human, civil, and social resources, regardless one’s citizenship status, ethnicity, country of origin, gender, sexual orientation, level of education, economic situation, and spiritual practice.

TOPIC: Mass incarceration, race and class: Targeting and punishing people of color and poor communities through mass incarceration.

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.

For more information, email or

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.