February 2018 Community Calendar


Ongoing events

Tuesdays, 8-10p, EPFC ON THE AIR: OPTICAL TRACK ON DUBLAB.COM Optical Track is a weekly show presented by members of the Echo Park Film Center Co-op, a group of artists who collectively staff EPFC as volunteers for the cinematic revolution. Each week we bring you a sonic slideshow as we turn off the projector bulbs and turn up the sound. Optical Track is live on air Tuesdays 8 – 10 pm and archived at dublab.com

Feb 5-9: Decolonization, Hurricanes & Solidarity with Puerto Rico: Oscar López Rivera’s Southern California Tour (see overall itinerary here and check daily listings below. For more information, https://www.facebook.com/puertoricansinaction/events, http://www.puertoricansinaction.com, oscarlopezsocaltour@gmail.com, 310-460-8586.

 

Feb 8-19: The 26th Annual Pan African Film + Arts Festival at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, 3650 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, LA 90008. Film schedule here: https://www.paff.org/films/#!/ ArtFEST Hours, February 8-19, 2018: Mon–Fri: 10a–9p; Sat: 10a–9p; Sun: 11a–7p. PAFF’s goal to present and showcase the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images and help destroy negative stereotypes. We believe film and art can lead to better understanding and foster communication between peoples of diverse cultures, races, and lifestyles, while at the same time serve as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our times. Established in 1992, PAFF is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to the promotion of cultural understanding among peoples of African descent. PAFF is dedicated to racial tolerance through the exhibition of film, art and creative expression. Contact info: 6820 La Tijera Blvd, Suite 200, LA 90045; info@paff.org, 310-337-4737, Fax: 310-337-4736

Ayuko Babu and Alfre Woodard at PAFF

Through Feb 25: “Another Promised Land: Anita Brenner’s Mexico” at Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA 90049, (310) 440-4500. A new perspective on the art and visual culture of Mexico and its relationship to the United States as seen through the life and work of the Mexican-born, American Jewish writer Anita Brenner (1905–1974). Brenner was an integral part of the circle of Mexican modernists in the 1920s and played an important role in promoting and translating Mexican art, culture, and history for audiences in the United States. Brenner was close to the leading intellectuals and artists active in Mexico, including José Clemente Orozco, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Jean Charlot, and Tina Modotti. An influential and prolific writer on Mexican culture, Brenner is best known for her book Idols Behind Altars: Modern Mexican Art and Its Cultural Roots (1929). The Skirball’s exhibition will provide an immersive experience of historic discovery and underscore Brenner’s importance as a Jewish woman in Mexico who inspired artists and was instrumental in introducing the North American public to Mexican history and culture.

Ofrece una nueva perspectiva sobre la cultura artística y visual de México y su relación con los Estados Unidos desde el punto de vista de la vida y obra de la escritora judío-estadounidense nacida en México, Anita Brenner (1905–1974). Brenner fue una parte integral del círculo de modernistas mexicanos en los años veinte y tuvo un rol importante en la promoción y la traslación del arte, la cultura y la historia mexicana a la audiencia de los Estados Unidos. Brenner fue amiga cercana de líderes intelectuales y artistas activos en México, entre los cuales se incluyen a José Clemente Orozco, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Jean Charlot y Tina Modotti. Siendo una influyente y prolífica escritora sobre la cultura mexicana, Brenner es más conocida por su libro Idols Behind Altars: Modern Mexican Art and Its Cultural Roots (1929) (Ídolos tras los altares: arte moderno mexicano y sus raíces culturales). La exposición en Skirball ofrecerá una experiencia de inmersión de descubrimiento histórico y enfatizará la importancia de Brenner como mujer judía en México, la cual inspiró a artistas y fue instrumental en la introducción de la historia y cultura mexicanas al público norteamericano.

 

Thru May 6: Stories of Almost Everyone: an exhibition about the willingness to believe the stories that are conveyed by works of contemporary art. In recent years, a continued emphasis on an art of ideas—inherited from the legacies of conceptual and post-conceptual artistic practice—has sought to further develop strategies in the service of communicating social, political, and economic histories. To varying degrees, there has been a renewed faith in the abilities of artworks to convey meaning and facilitate supposedly authentic experiences, while artists have simultaneously retained tendencies rooted in mysticism, fiction, and the arts of deception. This exhibition is organized around the premise that objects of contemporary art possess narrative histories and inner lives that the conventions of display can only, at best, approximate. Through the work of over thirty international artists, Stories of Almost Everyone seeks to address the means by which a broad range of contemporary artworks and artifacts traffic in meaning and mythology in equal measure. The varying artistic approaches brought together for this exhibition are as equally emboldened by a faith in objects to communicate their inherent value, as they are skeptical of the conditions of museological mediation and art’s promise to convey meaning. Stories of Almost Everyone is organized by Aram Moshayedi, curator, with Ikechukwu Onyewuenyi, curatorial assistant. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd. LA 90024, (310) 443-7000, info@hammer.ucla.edu

 

Feb 1 – Thu

 

CSUN Sustainabili-Tea, 2-3p, Sustainability Center, Cal State U Northridge, Free. These monthly informal meetings stimulate interdisciplinary conversations about pressing sustainability challenges the world faces, and how we might prepare for and address those challenges. Some topics we’ll discuss in our monthly meetings include the implementation of our Climate Action Plan, research and grant opportunities related to sustainability, and this month, we’ll focus on the topic of urban resilience. Coffee and tea will be served – BYOMug.

 

OPEN SCREEN – 8p, Echo Park Film Center, 1200 N. Alvarado St, LA 90026, (213) 484-8846, http://www.echoparkfilmcenter.org Come share your film with the feisty EPFC audience! We love new work, old work, works in progress, every genre, every style! Sign up for an up-to-10-minute maximum limit time slot, one film per filmmaker. First come, first screened. DVD, Quicktime, VHS, mini-DV, DV-CAM, Super 8, Standard 8mm, 16mm.

 

Open House! hosted by Ground Game-LA and KNOCK, 7:30-9:30p, 5617 Hollywood Blvd, LA 90028-6809. https://www.facebook.com/events/171936566755092/

 

Whittier Peace Free Film Night: Bicycle Revolution, 7-9p, St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 7056 Washington Ave, Whittier 90602. Park on Washington (additional parking behind church). N/E corner of Wardman St. & Washington Ave.  Washington Ave (not Blvd) runs north and south two short blocks east of Greenleaf. Walk through the second gate n. of Wardman.  Co-directed by Dr. Paul Steinberg of Harvey Mudd College and Kevin Foxe. Bicycle Revolution documents the experience of 15 students in a one-of-a-kind college course that takes place entirely on bicycles.  Together the students explore a question on every young person’s mind these days: Is meaningful social change possible?  In their search for answers, they meet with mayors, city council members, community activists and city staff who are on the front lines of struggles to make sustainability a reality. Whittier Area Peace & Justice Coalition Info 562-587-6270  or  562-233-8579  http://whittierpeace.org

 

Feb 2 – Fri

 

Los Angeles Poverty Department’s Movie Nights at the Museum, 7p, Skid Row History Museum and Archive, 250 S. Broadway, LA 90012. Free movie screenings, free popcorn, free coffee & free conversation. Every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month, we screen movies about issues that are important to our Skid Row and downtown community at the #skidrowmuseum. “Civic Art: Four Stories from South Los Angeles” A film by Mark Escribano and Sara Daleiden, s(o)ul. Filmmaker and artist Sara Daleiden will be there for post screening conversation with Lanetta Kimmons of LA Dept of Recreation & Parks and Eddie Howard of the Skid Row Parks Committee!

 

LA For Youth, 4-6p, 1726 N. Spring Street, LA 90013; action@youth4justice.org, (323) 235-4243.  Contact: Tanisha Denard at: (323) 331-8469, tanishadenard@youth4justice.org. Establish L.A. County and City Departments of Youth Development; Fund 100 youth centers, 1,000 full time peace builders in schools and communities, and 50,000 youth jobs by diverting 5% of law enforcement/jail budgets.

*NEW* FILM: Trumping Democracy, Topanga Library, 122 N Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga, California 90290, 7-10p.  This explosive new documentary shows how Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States by winning three key states, a victory engineered by an ultra-conservative faction that quietly mapped its way to power using fake news, lies and psychometrics. Trumping Democracy follows the money to the reclusive multi-billionaire Robert Mercer. Using data of millions of Americans acquired from banks, credit companies, Facebook, Google, social security and more, another Mercer company, Cambridge Analytica, used tactics honed during the UK’s Brexit campaign to identify voters deemed “most neurotic or worried,” whom they believed could swing for Trump. In the days before the election, using a little-known Facebook feature, “dark posts”, they deployed highly manipulative and personalized messages, which could be seen only by the user before disappearing. In the darkness of the web, democracy was trumped by data. After the film we will have a discussion and expect to have the filmmaker via Skype from Paris. Before the film, we will have announcements regarding upcoming events and actions for peace and social justice.

Doors open at 7.
Veggie Snack Pot Luck at 7:15 PM
Movie at 7:30 PM
If you can, please bring a non-alcoholic beverage or vegetarian potluck snacks to share.

The event is ADA compliant with plenty of easy parking, elevator access and headphones for those who need a little extra volume. The movie will be in the meeting room, across the patio from the elevator and the top of the stairs.

A $10 donation is requested, but no one is turned away for lack of funds.
Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/146439312735000/
http://www.topangapeacealliance.org/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/53323228710/

Feb 3 – Sat

*NEW* AnswerLA Workshop on police brutality, SoCal Library, 6120 S. Vermont Avenue, LA,  90044, 2-4p.  This Black History Month, come uplift the Black Radical Tradition at a four-part series of teach-ins and workshops highlighting revolutionary elements of Black history. While there has been much progress made in the fight against racism in the U.S., there is still much ground to be covered before the total liberation of Black people is achieved. The length of the road ahead has been underscored by the Trump administration and the white supremacist sectors of society that it has emboldened. When the movement slows in pace, the role of progressives and revolutionaries is to study the concrete lessons from the struggles of the past and build on them for the sake of tomorrow. Many of the lessons from our radical predecessors uncover a path to a new and sustainable people’s system free of racism, bigotry, exploitation, imperialism and environmental plunder.

for more details or questions, please contact us:
answerla@answer-la.org
2936 W. 8th Street Los Angeles, 90005
(323) 285-6545
Event: http://la.indymedia.org/calendar/event_display_detail.php?event_id=11244

Voices from Leimert Park at Avenue 50, Hosted by Mike Sonksen and 4 others, 7:45-9:45p, Avenue 50 Studio, 131 N Avenue 50, LA 90042. 10 poets from the new anthology,
“Voices from Leimert Park” will be sharing their work. Poets include AK Toney, Peter J. Harris, Niki Billingslea, Lynn Bronstein, Derek Brown, Angela Franklin, Billy Burgos, Peggy Dobreer, Jerry Garcia & Mary Torregrossa. Hosted by MtP and other surprise guests may read as well.

 

Feb 4 – Sun

 

Family Flicks Film Series: Bugsy Malone, 11a, Hammer Museum Billy Wilder Theater, free.
Recommended for ages 8+. In answer to his kids’ complaints that they weren’t allowed to see The Godfather, director Alan Parker reimagined Prohibition-era Chicago and the exploits of Al Capone as a toe-tapping musical with an all-kid cast and pie fights in place of gun battles. Jodie Foster and Scott Baio lead the cast as a torch singer and a tough guy who defend their speakeasy from a rival gang, set to the catchy rhythms of Paul Williams’s songs. (1976, dir. Alan Parker, 35mm, 93 min.)

 

The Black Book, Volume IV: Black Love in the Hour of Chaos, 3p, Hammer Museum, free. Using film clips, music videos, excerpts from literature, and samples from social media, Tisa Bryant and Ernest Hardy celebrate black love in all its forms: romantic, familial, friendly, communal. This dense but fast-moving presentation looks at the creation, manifestation, nurturing, and resilience of black love in the face of white supremacy and anti-blackness across generations. 10899 Wilshire Blvd. LA 90024, (310) 443-7000, info@hammer.ucla.edu

*NEW* Vigil for Chris Ballew, 7:30pm – 9:00 pm, Colorado and Fair Oaks, Pasadena

Coalition for Increased Civilian Oversight of Pasadena Police is demanding police accountability for their unjustified beating of Chris Ballew. There are two upcoming events to show solidarity.

Tomorrow, the 4th, a Vigil in Old Town Pasadena to increase visibility around the issue.
Monday, the 5th, public comment at the City of Pasadena public safety committee meeting.

Event info:
https://mailchi.mp/3cd3fe625af0/calling-all-pasadenans-and-altadenans-police-chief-to-present-on-monday-night

Pasadena and Altadena: Justice Vigil for Chris Ballew Jan. 4, Comment Jan. 5

http://www.pasadenanow.com/main/federal-lawsuit-against-pasadena-filed-in-christopher-ballew-case/

http://www.pasadenanow.com/main/speaker-after-speaker-voices-concern-over-police-conduct-at-city-committee-meeting/

http://www.scpr.org/news/2018/01/08/79622/beating-sparks-new-calls-for-civilian-oversight-of/

https://www.facebook.com/NAACP-Pasadena-Branch-1054-429970967143460/

https://www.facebook.com/Pasadenans-and-Altadenans-Against-Police-Violence-142821593165882/

Feb 5 – Mon

 

Decolonization, Hurricanes and Solidarity with Puerto Rico: Oscar Lopez Rivera Speaks @ UC Santa Barbara, Lunch with faculty & students, 12n; Presentation, 3:30-4:45p, UCSB Girvetz 1004, Prof Fujino’s race & resistance class. 6-9p, Community cultural event at La Casa de la Raza, 601 E Montecito St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103 – talk, book sale and signing.

 

Reunión General | General Meeting, L.A. Tenants Union. 7-9p, 3303 Wilshire Blvd, LA 90010-1705

*NEW* Stand for Chris Ballew at Pasadena Public Safety Committee, 4p, Pasadena City Hall, Room S249 (2nd floor).

The chief of police will present a program to reform the Pasadena police dept, along with this information: http://ww5.cityofpasadena.net/commissions/city-council-public-safety-committee/ Please fill out a public comment card to speak for 2 minutes because the more commentary from the public, the stronger the community voice.

Chief Sanchez and City Manager Mermell have despite pressure acceded to none of the demands of local police reform activists. It is crucial that we continue to tell our leaders in city government: to immediately demote the officers to desk duty until the conclusion of the investigation, and preferably remove them from the department; to get an independent police auditor to report directly to City Council; and to require an independent investigation of any Use of Force incidents, including Chris Ballew’s. The community does not trust the police department to police itself, and the more transparency the better.

“First comply, then complain” is the police department’s response to Chris Ballew’s beating, as they claim Ballew (and possibly others) did not initially comply, and therefore their savage use of force was justified. Let’s call “excessive force” out for what it really is – torture.

Bring your own signs or feel free to print out the one posted in then comments below.

Meeting is on the 2nd floor in Room S249.  See Feb. 4th listing for Chris Ballew links.

Feb 6 – Tue

 

Decolonization, Hurricanes and Solidarity with Puerto Rico: Oscar Lopez Rivera speaks @ 10:30a-12n, CSU Channel Islands, 1 University Dr, Camarillo, CA 93012, Prof. Barajas, Chicano Studies/History dept.; 2-4p, CSUN (Cal State Northridge) 18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge, CA 91330,  Ferman Presentation Room (#81), located in the Oviatt Library; and 5:30p private reception $25-45 sliding scale, 180 E. 35th St. Advance tickets : https://www.eventbrite.com/e/private-reception-with-oscar-lopez-rivera-limited-tickets-tickets-42342401262; 7p, LA community event @ Dr. Maya Angelou Community HS, 300 E. 53rd St., LA 90011. Cultural presentations, bomba y pleina, Matt Sedillo and more, talk, book sale and signing. Contact: oscarlopezsocaltour@gmail.com; 310-460-8586

 

McLuhan-Finnegans Wake Reading Club, 6p, Marina Del Rey Library, 4533 Admiralty Way , MDR. http:// laughtears.com/McLuhanWake. html  Article on WAKE 22nd year:  http://argonautnews.com/decrypting-finnegans-wake/ “Finnegans Wake is more than a book…it contains the world. So owning it is like having the essence of everything. I feel like it might just as well be a Sumerian text.” – Patti Smith

 

Drone-Free LAPD/No Drones, LA Campaign Meeting, 6:30p, LA CAN, 838 E.6th St DTLA (x-street Gladys). Stop LAPD Spying Coalition 562-230-4578 stoplapdspying@gmail.com http://www.stoplapdspying.org

 

ACLU online Criminal Justice Reform Webinar, 6p. https://action.aclu.org/california/aclu-training-for-change-makers to register.

 

Feb 7 – Wed

 

Decolonization, Hurricanes and Solidarity with Puerto Rico: Oscar Lopez Rivera speaks @ Pasadena City College, 9-11a, 1570 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106, Westerbeck Hall in the Center for the Arts; 12:30-3p, Cal State LA, 5151 State University Dr, LA 90032, Los Angeles Room in the University Student Union; and 5:30p-7, reception, meet and greet and book sale and signing, followed by theater presentation of “Elliot”, Kirk Douglas Theater, 9820 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232 (RSVP required, limited invitations. Contact: oscarlopezsocaltour@gmail.com; 310-460-8586)

 

The Animated Woman Presents Tropes, Teaching & Tests…Knowing The 3 T’s For Gender Equity In Animation, 8p, Echo Park Film Center, 1200 N. Alvarado St, LA 90026, (213) 484-8846, http://www.echoparkfilmcenter.org. We kick off our 2018 lecture series with the amazing Erica Larsen and a journey of discovery into the subtle ways gender bias can be inserted into animated media and how to spot them! We will discuss how reoccurring narratives, character traits, designs and methods keep us stuck in the “wholesome” days of yore when female characters upheld gender norms. Next we will learn ways of spotting them, calling them out, and also striving to break the mold in our own world. The lecture will conclude with a group activity putting these methods into action. $10 Admission for this event. Advance sign up encouraged.
Zocalo: Does Childhood Trauma Live in the Body Forever? With Nadine Burke Harris, 7:30p. Moderated by Carol S. Larson, President and CEO, David and Lucile Packard Foundation. National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, 111 N Central Ave, LA 90012. Where do we find answers to the world’s growing plagues of chronic illnesses–from diabetes to depression? In childhood. Surveys and research show a connection between ill health in adults and adversity in childhood–divorce, substance abuse, neglect, and various other forms of emotional and physical abuse. What’s the nature of connections between childhood stress and health? How can we better assist unhealthy adults whose problems are rooted in childhood trauma? Nadine Burke Harris, pediatrician, founder and CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness, and author of The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity, visits Zócalo to examine the newest thinking on how people can overcome childhood trauma–and avoid its long-term ill effects. A free, hosted reception with the evening’s featured guests will follow the program.  Paid parking is available at the Little Tokyo Mall Public Parking Lot (318 E. First St.) Enter from San Pedro Street. Additional paid parking is available at the Japanese Village Plaza Parking Lot (356 E First St.) and the Office Depot Plaza Parking Lot (401 Alameda St).

 

Richard Falk Speaking on Israel-Palestine, 7p, Culver-Palms United Methodist Church, 4464 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City 90230, 5 Blocks South of Culver Blvd. Park in Large Lot Behind Church.  Donation: $10 – $5 for Students. Richard Falk Discusses the Suppressed U.N. Report by Himself and Virginia Tilley Titled: “Israeli Practices Towards The Palestinian People and The Question of Apartheid”. Full copies are available on websites including: http://www.electronicintifada.net/sites/default/files/2017-03/un_apartheid_report_15_march_english_final_.pdf Falk is a Research Fellow on Global & International Studies at UCSB & Emeritus Professor of International Law at Princeton University.  From 2008-2014 he served as the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories.

https://www.facebook.com/LAJP.org/posts/1656477244411977 http://lajewsforpeace.org/ Info@LAJewsforPeace.org

*NEW* From Protest to Power: A Discussion of Stand Up!, 7-9p, McCarty Memorial Christian Church, 4101 W Adams Blvd, LA 90018.  Join Gordon Whitman, author of the new book on community organizing and social change, Stand Up! How to Get Involved, Speak Out, and Win in a World on Fire, and grassroots leaders from LA Voice and ACCE for a discussion of the role of community organizing in translating resistance and protest into lasting political power. Book signing to follow.  Contact gordon.whitman@gmail.com  202-427-2992 http://la.indymedia.org/calendar/event_display_detail.php?event_id=11309

 

Feb 8 – Thu

 

Decolonization, Hurricanes and Solidarity with Puerto Rico: Oscar Lopez Rivera Speaks @ Pomona College (Claremont) with Prof. Miguel Tinker Salas; and 6-9p, UCLA, Moore Hall, Lecture Room 100. Contact: oscarlopezsocaltour@gmail.com; 310-460-8586

 

Rio Hondo Chapter of Sierra Club: The featured speaker Jerry Willenbring will address Environmental Justice.  Dinner 7p, Program 7:30p.  Coco’s 1250 East Imperial Highway, Brea 92821

 

Health Care For All- LA  will forgo usual meeting to attending The Future Of Health Care Forum hosted by Westchester-Playa Democratic Club with Sen. Ben Allen,  Dr. Gerald Kominski (UCLA Center for Health Policy Research), Dr. Steve Tarzynski (Pres. of CA Physicians Alliance), Dr. Paul Song (Co-Chair of the Campaign for a Healthy California)  6-8:30p, Holy Nativity Episcopal Churchl 6700 W 83 St,  LA 90045. pres@westchesterplayademclub.org RSVP http://www.westchesterplayademclub.org/future_of_health_care_forum. Wear SB562 or Health Care for All T shirts. Qs for HCA-LA Maureen mcruised@aol.com 310- 459-9763

*NEW* Swing Left – Effective Voter Persuasion Training, 7-8:30p, Faith Presbyterian Church, 5000 Colfax Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91601.  Learn how to have effective conversations with potential voters. This can help us in phone banks, canvassing, or in every-day life! This is how we plant the seeds of change in our communities. The training will be facilitated by veteran political consultant and all around fantastic guy, Christian Esperias. These seminars will be interactive, engaging and fun and will give you the skills you need to go out there and make a difference!  ABOUT CHRISTIAN: Christian Esperias began his career working for President Obama’s re-election, where he spent time organizing.  No RSVP necessary.  http://www.sfvindivisible.com/  https://www.facebook.com/SFV-Indivisible-370390643319702/

*NEW* FILM: Equal Means Equal, Ventura College, 4667 Telegraph Rd, Ventura, California 93003, 6-8:30p, free.  Equal Means Equal offers an unflinching look at how women are treated in the United States today by uncovering outdated and discriminatory attitudes that influence seemingly disparate issues, from workplace harassment to domestic violence, rape and sexual assault to the foster care system, and the healthcare conglomerate to the judicial system. Director, Kamala Lopez, reveals the inadequacy of present laws that claim to protect women, ultimately presenting a compelling and persuasive argument for the urgency of ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment.  To learn more, visit: https://www.equalmeansequal.com/
Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/123015515043775/

*NEW* Inter/Nationalism: Decolonizing Native America and Palestine, 4-6p, Occidental College, Choi Auditorium, 1600 Campus Rd, LA 90041.  Come hear Dr. Salaita describe the connections between scholarship and activism of Indigenous American and Palestine. https://www.oxy.edu/events/dr-steven-salaita-guest-lecture

*NEW* Why Black Women’s Lives and Histories Matter, 7-8:30p,  UCLA Fowler Museum, Lenart Auditorium 308 Charles E Young Dr N, Los Angeles, CA 90024. Self-pay parking available in Structure 4. http://afam.ucla.edu/events/   http://afam.ucla.edu/event/black-womens-lives-histories-matter/

*NEW* Architects + Advocates: A Documentary and Dialogue – FILM: Defender

When: Thursday, February 8, 2018
5:00 – 7:30 PM
San Francisco Public Library (Main) | Koret Auditorium
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, California  94102
Event: http://aiasf.site-ym.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1044320&group

(5 PM: Doors open; 5:30 PM: Program promptly begins)
San Francisco Public Library | 100 Larkin Street, Koret Auditorium
Free Admission | RSVP HERE
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/architects-advocates-a-documentary-and-dialogue-tickets-41768640127

The Academy of Architecture for Justice Bay Area presents “Defender” (80 min), a feature length film about the critical role that public defenders play in fighting for racial and social justice in America. The film takes viewers on a personal and intense tour through the underbelly of the criminal injustice system, seen through the eyes of San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, who is one of the nation’s few elected public defenders. Adachi tells the story of how public defenders came to be, and why they play a critical role as the watchdogs of a system that over-incarcerates people of color and has long been out of control. Adachi also exposes the racism within the system. Adachi represents a young African American man who is charged with assaulting police officers after being falsely accused of a crime in a case with racial overtones. In this era of mass incarceration and police shootings of young African American men, how do we, as a society, grapple with the issues of racism and implicit bias in policing and its consequences for those who question police authority? The film also follows Adachi’s public battle to allow his office to represent immigrants in deportation proceedings in post-Trump America. Panel discussion and film screening will include the following presenters: (Moderator) Jeff Adachi, Public Defender | City and County of San Francisco, Angela F. Chan, Director and Senior Staff Attorney, Criminal Justice Reform
Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus, Garrett Jacobs, Executive Director | Open Architecture Collaborative, Raphael Sperry, President | Architects / Designers / Planners for Social Responsibility.

Feb 9 – Fri

 

Decolonization, Hurricanes and Solidarity with Puerto Rico: Oscar Lopez Rivera Speaks  @ 7-9a, ICUJP (Immanuel Presbyterian, Berendo at Wilshire), 1-4p at Chapman University off-campus site in DT Santa Ana, 216 N. Broadway, Santa Ana 92701, and 8-10p at Centro Cultural de la Raza, 2004 Park Blvd. San Diego, CA 92101. Contact: oscarlopezsocaltour@gmail.com; 310-460-8586

*NEW* State of the State with Sandra Fluke, 7:30p, Cvuuf Community Forum, 3327 Old Conejo Rd, Newbury Park,  91320.  Sandra Fluke is the California State Director of an advocacy organization that has focused on climate change, economic inequality, campaign finance reform, immigration, healthcare, and criminal justice reform. She will bring us up to date on the issues being addressed right now in Sacramento, and how we can be advocates for local and national issues right here at home. Ms Fluke was a State Senate candidate in 2014. Prior to that run she garnered national attention by testifying before members of Congress regarding insurance coverage for birth control, and became nationally known when she took on Rush Limbaugh.  Admission is free of charge/donations gratefully accepted.
Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/579116355762296/

https://Facebook.com/StandWithSandra
http://www.standwithsandra.org/
forum and events: https://www.facebook.com/Cvuuf-Community-Forum-123965540995689/

*NEW* Protest Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Reagan Library, 6p, Protest at entrance of: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, 40 Presidential Drive Simi Valley, CA 93065

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/23/canada-agrees-to-sign-revised-tpp-and-hopes-to-persuade-trump-on-nafta.html

https://www.reaganfoundation.org/programs-events/events-calendar/a-reagan-forum-featuring-canadian-prime-minister-justin-trudeau/

*NEW* Prison Letter Writing Session and Teach-in about Mass Incarceration, AnswerLA, 2936 W. 8th Street, LA 90005, 7-9p.  for more details or questions, please contact us:
answerla@answer-la.org
2936 W. 8th Street Los Angeles, 90005
(323) 285-6545  Event: http://la.indymedia.org/calendar/event_display_detail.php?event_id=11245

*NEW* The 51st California International Antiquarian Book Fair, Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E Green St, Pasadena.

The 51st California International Antiquarian Book Fair

Friday, February 9th | 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Saturday, February 10th | 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday, February 11th | 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Admission

All tickets also include admission to The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, which is regarded as one of the world’s foremost cultural centers.

Friday, February 9th | $25 includes three-day admission; proceeds benefit the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.
Saturday, February 10th | $15
Sunday, February 11th | $15

Seminars & Panels

Free with Admission

February 10 at 1 p.m |  Bibliographic Society Talk, Rare book librarian and professor of English and Communications at Simmons College, Sidney Berger will lead the society’s annual talk.  Details to come.

February 10 at 3 p.m | It’s Alive: How Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein Changed the World, Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan moderates a lively discussion that explores Frankenstein’s indelible impact on literature, movies, and pop culture. Panelists include Miranda Butler, scholar of 19th Century literature, science, and technology who teaches courses in Science Fiction Film and Television at California State University, Los Angeles; David J. Skal, historian and writer on horror literature and film and author of The Monster Show: A Cultural History of Horror; and Sara Karloff, the daughter of film’s most famous portrayer of Frankenstein’s monster and co-author of Boris Karloff: A Gentleman’s Life.

February 11, noon | Book Collecting 101, noted booksellers Carol Sandberg, Brad Johnson and (name to come) will provide a crash course on the essentials you need to know to start collecting. Topics include: What to collect and collecting strategies, What is a “first edition?”, How to judge a book’s condition, Bookish terms and jargon, Where to buy books and Where to find additional information. Q&A follows.

http://cabookfair.com/

Feb 10 – Sat

 

MESS- Modern Thinker KEN YAS interview, 2p at 212 Pier Ave, Santa Monica. FREE. http://www.laughtears. com/mess.html

 

1st Membership Meeting of Long Beach Libertarian Socialist Collective, 1-2p, Long Beach, location TBA here: https://libsoclb.noblogs.org/post/2018/01/07/1st-membership-meeting/  libsoclb@autistici.org 818-732-0565.

 

Facilitation Training 3 | Entrenamiento de facilitación 3, L.A. Tenants Union, 11a-3p, KIWA
1053 S New Hampshire Ave, LA 90006.

 

*NEW* Losing The Art legacy of 800 Traction & the Arts District, 4-8p, 800 Traction Ave, LA.  Art and community are worth fighting for and we aren’t giving up. Please join us as we initiate this conversation in Little Tokyo and the Arts District at our Art Party Event.  We call upon our friends and neighbors to help create a vision for sustainable art production as integral to community building work. We stand to lose one of the first Artists in Residence buildings in the Arts District and one of the oldest exhibition spaces in both the Arts District and the Little Tokyo area.  https://www.facebook.com/events/407850912968927/  https://www.facebook.com/artistsdistrict/

 

Is Geoengineering Actually About Using Weather As A Weapon? 7p, Peace Center, 3916 S. Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City 90230, Donations Accepted. Free parking behind the building. Info: Marcia: 310-478-8828 or Joe: drschwa@gmail.com. Earth and her atmosphere have been weaponized before our very eyes. Elana Freeland, a brilliant investigative author, speaker and teacher, exhaustively documented these programs in her 2014 book: Chemtrails, HAARP and the Full Spectrum Dominance of Planet Earth. She will explain in detail how the chemical aerosols whiting out our skies and the ionospheric heaters work together to assure 24/7 military operations of global control, including but not limited to weather modification.

Sin Amor, NO hay rEvolción Without Love There’s No rEvolution, Long Beach. Primera fecha sábado #10 febrero 2018. Acompananos a celebrar la rEvolucion a travez del amor que nos une ahora mas que nunca. Come celebrate the rEvolution through love. Tendremos musica con el #ensambleXimarron, Hector ElCompa Marquez, Fernando Ricardo Losada, Xalli Algo, Thiago Winterstein: 3 sets de #trova #bosanova #boleros y #musiK de nuestra propia autoria. LIMITED seating (40 people ONLY) Tickets $35 c/uno — $50 2 personas. Includes: formal dinner & 2 drinks. Venta de bebidas: cerveza $5.00 — vino & tequila shoots $3.00 c/uno $5.00×2. Fuente de chocolate con fruta. Rifas!! premio mayor tarjeta de regalo de #Marshalls #TJMax & #HomeGoods $250.00. Informes 626-833-6880 Hector ElCompa Marquez Xalli Algo Ximarrón. https://www.facebook.com/events/169125110369147/ Otras fechas tentativas: Sábado #25febrero2018 —TBC; Sábado #3Marzo2018 — TBC. Los esperamos! We”ll see you there!

Feb 11 – Sun

*NEW* Israel/Palestine: The Current Situation and the Way Forward, 10:30a-12:30p, Sholem Community, 5401 Beethoven St, LA 90066.  Featuring ESTEE CHANDLER of Jewish Voice for Peace.  What role should the US have in the Israel/Palestine conflict? What part can American Jews play? Is criticizing Israel antisemitic? All are welcome to be part of this community discussion.  Estee Chandler is the Jewish American daughter of an Israeli father and an American mother. She grew up in So Cal where her work in the film industry, on both sides of the camera, spans more than thirty years. She co-hosts the KPFK radio show “Middle East in Focus.” In 2010, Estee launched a Los Angeles chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), a national organization promoting solutions based on universal human rights for both Palestinians and Israelis equally. Entrance at rear of building, accessible from Coral Tree Place, Wheelchair accessible | Coffee & Bagels served. For more info, email: ejcaine@aol.com
http://sholem.org & http://jewishvoiceforpeace.org
Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2128155564082031/

WORDS AND IDEAS: Celebrating James Baldwin, 2p. The Skirball and LA’s oldest literary arts organization, Beyond Baroque—celebrating its fiftieth anniversary—present an afternoon of readings and discussion focused on the life, contributions, and legacy of writer-activist James Baldwin. Acclaimed actor, producer, and political activist Alfre Woodard hosts the program, which includes remarks by LA poet laureate Robin Coste Lewis and performances of Baldwin’s work by actor Jussie Smollet (Empire). Books featuring Baldwin’s work available for purchase. A reception follows the program. Admission: $15 General, $12 Members, $8 Full-Time Students. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA 90049, (310) 440-4500.

 

Committee for Racial Justice presents: Social Justice Action Plan for SMMUSD, 6-8:30p, (singing group meets at 5:30pm in Thelma Terry Bldg). Potluck supper at 6p & program at 6:30p. Virginia Avenue Park, Thelma Terry Bldg., 2200 Virginia Ave. Santa Monica  90404. Free Workshop. Dr. Jacqueline Mora, Asst. District Superintendent of Education Services for the Santa Monica/Malibu United School District will present the new Social Justice Action Plan that will be a part of the district’s overall plan to move toward Equity and reduce the achievement gap for students of color in our school district.  There will also be a panel discussion and Q & A. Co-sponsored by Virginia Ave. Park; the African American Parent, Staff, Student Support Group; and the Church in Ocean Park. For more information, call Joanne at 310-422-5431

Rod Webber: Art As Activism, 7p, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd, Venice 90291. Free.  http://www.laughtears. com/documental_subversive.html  Interview & Political films

 

Feb 12 – Mon

 

FJJ Live Music 3p and Avant Garde Jazz Film 3:30p at Unurban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica. free. http://www.laughtears.com/freeJazzJubilee.html

*NEW* Growing Up In Gaza, 6-8p, UCLA Kerckhoff Hall Venue – Art Gallery (214)

Made possible by the Middle Eastern Children’s Alliance.  Free and open to the public.

Contact
Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP)
760-646-0265
sjpucla1@gmail.com

We will be hosting representatives from the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) and displaying artwork created by children who grew up in Gaza. http://happenings.ucla.edu/all/event/256438

Feb 13 – Tue

 

Music & Performance – Comedy Sweeties: A Night With Sara Schaefer and Friends, 7:30p, Hammer Museum, free. Leave the flowers and chocolates at home and come toast love and celebrate what really makes the world go ’round—laughter. Sara Schaefer leads an all-female lineup of comedians with Janine Brito, Naomi Ekperigin, and Kyle Mizono.

 

*NEW*  ACLU SoCal Pasadena/Foothills Chapter Forum – Police Surveillance: Who Knows What About You? What Can You Do About It?, 7p, Friends Meeting House, 520 E. Orange Grove Bl, Pasadena. Police departments across the nation are deploying evermore sophisticated technologies to track the activities of the citizens they are charged with protecting. Some tools can capture information from your cellphone when you attend a rally or even in your home. Others can monitor your social media activity or record your license plate or film you walking down the street. And you probably won’t know any of that is happening – or where the information is going. ACLU SoCal Pasadena/Foothills Chapter, Coalition for Increased Civilian Oversight of Pasadena Police, LA Progressive, Pasadenans Organizing for Progress (POP) cicopp@popasadena.org, 213.434.4643 https://police-surveillance.eventbrite.com/ https://www.aclusocal.org

 

Feb 14 – Wed

 

Art By People In Love – 8p, Echo Park Film Center, 1200 N. Alvarado St, LA 90026, (213) 484-8846,  www.echoparkfilmcenter.org We’re in love with love and what better way to celebrate (or commiserate) than a Valentine’s Day mash note mishmash of films, poems, performance songs and dances? The theme is simple: we ask that those in love—with someone, something or some place—present some work (10 minutes or less) dealing with this theme. Kinda like “an open mic night” for romantics…

 

*NEW* CopWatch Santa Ana General Meeting/Community Forum, 7-10p, El Centro Cultural de México, 837 N. Ross St. Santa Ana (new address) You are invited to come participate in direct-action based barrio organizing against the police state. Every 2nd Wed. of the month at 7pm.   Professional childcare will be provided.   Agents of the state including the Santa Ana Police Department and Immigration and Customs Enforcement are NOT welcomed. http://ocprogressiveevents.info

 

Feb 15 – Thu

 

Screening: The Untelling Detail, 7:30p, Hammer Museum. This screening of short videos by artists included in Stories of Almost Everyone reflects and refers back to works and ideas that appear in the exhibition. Organized around the concept that inanimate objects and inert cultural artifacts are conduits for narrative histories, the program considers how artists use moving images to extend the life of things and materials that would otherwise appear to be stable and resolute. Contributors include Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc, Isabelle Cornaro, Mark Leckey, Klara Lidén, and Shahryar Nashat.

 

*NEW* Whittier Peace 3rd Thursday Teach-In, 7p.  See Feb. 1st listing for address. We will continue showing the astounding documentary film series: A Very Heavy Agenda. Even if you missed our screening of Part 1 at our January 4th Movie Night, you can attend 3rd Thursdays for the next few months and learn much from the rest of this film series. Tonight we continue Part 2: How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the New Neo-Cons. Who are the Neo-Cons?  How have they influenced the agenda and actions of the American Empire?  In this astounding documentary series they tell us exactly who and what they are in their own words.  Filmmaker Robbie Martin’s exceptional insight, video editing and music composition talent makes this series not just a documentary but a work of art.  We showed Part 1 on January 4th and will show the rest, of the over 7 hours of this series, on subsequent 3rd Thursday Teach-Ins. The horrific consequences of what the Neo-Cons have perpetrated on our world continue to manifest. Join us for a round table discussion of current important topics after the film.

 

Feb 16 – Fri

 

Black Lives Matter Fundraiser at Pan African Film Festival, 6:30-10p. Cinemark Baldwin Hills and XD, 4020 Marlton Ave, LA 90008 (inside Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza Mall).

 

Feb 17 – Sat

*NEW* Black History Month Forum: Socialism & The Black Liberation Struggle, 4p, Harriet Tubman Center For Social Justice, 5278 West Pico Blvd, LA.  Celebrate Black History Month with Monica Moorehead & Gloria Verdieu.  Guest Speaker Guerline Jozef.  flyer: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/c421d5306aff5a00e0ce4a2cd/images/1715db2a-8a31-4539-a333-2c556c1510f4.jpeg More Information Call: 323-413-2120  Or Email: maggiev999@gmail.com  http://lists.gp-us.org/mailman/listinfo/atw-news

*NEW* 2018 Los Angeles Day of Remembrance, 2-5p, Japanese American National Museum, 100 N Central Ave, LA 90012.

The Civil Liberties Act of 1988: The Victory and the Unfinished Business

In addition to marking the 76th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066, this year’s event commemorates the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, the legislation that provided a formal apology from the US government and monetary reparations to survivors of the forced evacuation and mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.

Featured speakers will include Alan Nishio, community activist and founding member of National Coalition for Redress/Reparations (now Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress), who will speak about the importance of the Civil Liberties Act, what it did not accomplish, and its ongoing relevance today.

Presented in partnership with the Japanese American National Museum, Go For Broke National Education Center, JACL Pacific Southwest District, Manzanar Committee, Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress, Nikkei Progressives, OCA-Greater Los Angeles, and Progressive Asian Network for Action.

Admission to this event and JANM are both pay-what-you-wish on this day.

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Tickets https://9644p.blackbaudhosting.com/9644p/tickets?tab=2&txobjid=1f42f5c8-c9ff-4efe-a60b-a7bdf45abe22

Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/142264936562211/

https://www.facebook.com/NikkeiProgressives/
https://www.facebook.com/progressiveasians/
https://www.facebook.com/PSWPage/
https://www.facebook.com/OCAGreaterLA/
https://www.facebook.com/ManzanarCommittee/
https://www.facebook.com/Go-For-Broke-National-Education-Center-44821074152/

*NEW* Justice for the Anaheim 3 / Hear their Stories / Show Support, 3-5p, UUCA Unitarian Universalist Church in Anaheim, 511 S Harbor Bl, Anaheim.  On Feb 27 2016 activists and community members decided that the Ku Klux Klan should not be allowed to spew their racist ideology in our neighborhoods. Dozens converged at Pearson Park, Anaheim and confronted the group to make it clear they were not welcome. The KKK responded by stabbing several anti-racist protestors with knives and other home-made weapons. The Anaheim police arrived hours after the rally was scheduled to start and decided that the victims of the stabbings should be handcuffed while raising the caution tape for one of the KKK perpetrators to go free. When three brave anti-racist fighters (Mark Liddell, Hugo Contreras and Nicole Schop) attempted to detain this violent criminal, they were arrested and held in jail for more than two days. Then, the “justice” system followed suit with the police and showed their allegiance to the Klan. The DA filed misdemeanor battery and resisting arrest charges against these three heroes while no charges were filed against any member of the KKK. An openly racist president, the Klan, and groups like them have been emboldened. Time and time again we have seen the police and the courts protect them. Just Jan. 24 an off-duty police officer who fired a gun during a dispute with teens in Anaheim was not charged. These 3 courageous fighters deserve to be celebrated, not prosecuted! Listen to their stories and learn how you can support Hugo Contreras (of the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica), Mark Liddell (of the First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles), and Nicole Schop, in their continuing struggle for justice. Contact Sarah Harper for more information: amapolaroja@gmail.com
http://ocprogressiveevents.info/cgi-bin/calendar.cgi?T#Feb17ja3

ADDED ITEM NOT IN PRINT CALENDAR

Transborder Voices with Marichuy: Encounter with the Indigenous Governing Council & its Spokesperson, 10a-2p, Tijuana/San Diego, Playas Lighthouse, Playas de TJ/Friendship Park, Beachside SD. meet at parking lot at 8:30a to march to beach together. Info: apoyaCIGbc@gmail.com, sextaSD@riseup.net. apoyoalCIG.org

 

Black History Month Film Showing and Discussion of I Am Not Your Negro, 6:30p. I Am Not Your Negro powerfully represents Black gay activist and writer James Baldwin’s reflections on the boundaries of race and the necessity for multi-issue coalition-building. The film’s historical footage connects the ongoing struggle for Black freedom and equality to today’s movements. Special guest, Kristina Lee, queer Black and Chinese American feminist and anti-fascist activist, will introduce and comment on the film.  Doors open for social hour and Gumbo dinner at 5pm.  Door donation $3.00, Dinner donation $10. Solidarity Hall, 2122 W. Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90018. (wheelchair accessible)  Hosted by Freedom Socialist Party, http://www.socialism.com. For information or work exchange, call 323-732-6416, email fspla@earthlink.net or visit facebook.com/fspla.

 

Feb 18 – Sun

 

KPFK Local Station Board meeting, 10:30a, Peace Center, 3916 S. Sepulveda Bl., Culver City 90230. Dial 22 for entry. http://www.kpfk.org

 

*NEW* Film Screening: Whose Streets?, The Frida Cinema, 305 E. 4th. St., Ste. 100
Santa Ana, 1:30-4p.  In partnership with The Frida Cinema, the Orange County Racial Justice Collaborative presents Whose Streets? This powerful film chronicles the events that took place in Ferguson, Missouri after an unarmed teenager named Michael Brown was shot and killed by a white policeman on August 9, 2014. Shown from the perspective of the residents of Ferguson, Whose Streets? reveals the untold story of what really happened in the days after Michael Brown’s death. Tickets are $5. http://ocprogressiveevents.info/ Event: http://ocprogressiveevents.info/cgi-bin/calendar.cgi?T#Feb18ws

 

*NEW* AnswerLA Workshop on African Liberation Struggles, 831 Venice Blvd Suite 102, Los Angeles, CA 90015, 2-4p.
for more details or questions, please contact us:
answerla@answer-la.org
2936 W. 8th Street Los Angeles, 90005
(323) 285-6545 Event: http://la.indymedia.org/calendar/event_display_detail.php?event_id=11246

*New, corrected from print edition (not Monday, but Sunday):

Theoretical Lessons of the Russian Revolution, 6:30-8:30p, Peace Center, 3916 Sepulveda Blvd., near Venice Blvd. (free parking in rear)Suite 101-102, press #22 for entry. Speakers: Kevin B. Anderson, author of Lenin, Hegel, and Western Marxism; Edward Tapia, writer on imperialism for New Politics and other journals. Sponsored by the West Coast Chapter, International Marxist-Humanist Organization, <arise@internationalmarxisthumanist.org>
http://www.internationalmarxisthumanist.org/

Art Imitates Nature Fundraiser: Classic Film Night, Alfred Hitchcock’s “Lifeboat” 7-9p, We’re going to relax with family and friends in the music room of the Valley Art Workshop. Plant-based hors d’oeuvres potluck encouraged. We’ll have popcorn and tea at the ready! We’re asking for donations of $20 or more to bring back the kelp forests in the Santa Monica Bay and Palos Verdes Peninsula. You can simply make these donations online at the event or show us the receipt when coming in for the event. Contact organizer Miles Lewis: 818-390-2215.

 

Sounds of the Civil Rights Movement: The Power of Song 7p, Alex Theatre, 216 North Brand Bl, Glendale, $4.50 facility fee.  This production shares the compelling tales of the music that drove the movement, featuring locally, nationally, and internationally acclaimed artists. It also shows the power of music to address conflicts today. http://www.alextheatre.org/event/the-power-of-song-inc-presents-sounds-of-the-civil-rights-movement-the-power-of-song

 

Feb 19 – Mon

INCORRECT INFO IN PRINT EDITION: THE FOLLOWING EVENT IS ACTUALLY Feb. 18

Theoretical Lessons of the Russian Revolution, 6:30-8:30p, Peace Center, 3916 Sepulveda Blvd., near Venice Blvd. (free parking in rear)Suite 101-102, press #22 for entry. Speakers:
Kevin B. Anderson, author of Lenin, Hegel, and Western Marxism; Edward Tapia, writer on imperialism for New Politics and other journals. Sponsored by the West Coast Chapter, International Marxist-Humanist Organization, <arise@internationalmarxisthumanist.org>
http://www.internationalmarxisthumanist.org/

 

Feb 20 – Tue

 

“Black Panther” Movie Night Fundraiser, hosted by Southwestern Law Black Law Students, 6-10p, Southwestern Law Black Law Students Association, 3050 Wilshire Blvd, LA 90010. Come see Black Panther with us and support the Southwestern Law School Black Law Students Association while doing it. LA Live Regal Cinema in downtown L.A. For tickets, email swlaw@nblsa.org. https://www.facebook.com/events/1178939705574098/

 

Stop LAPD Spying Coalition general meeting. See Feb. 6 for location, details.

 

Feb 21 – Wed

 

MOM – Media Discussion, 6-9p, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd, Venice 90291. Free. http://venicewake.org/ Events/current.html

 

Break the Chain Film Screening, 5:30-9p, film starts 6:30 p, Museum of Ventura County, 100 E Main St, Ventura 93001, free. With filmmaker, Laura Swanson. This award-winning feature length documentary film addresses the often “hidden-in-plain-sight” issue of Human Trafficking in the US. Co-hosted by VCCAHT, The Acorn Project, Interface Family Services, The Polaris Project, Ventura County District Attorney’s Office, The Coalition for Family Harmony, Museum of Ventura County, Youth With A Mission, and Soroptimist. To learn more, visit: http://breakthechainfilm.com, http://www.facebook.com/stophumantraffickingventuracounty/

 

Feb 22 – Thu

 

Passing the Torch—From Selma to Today, Lessons from Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, 7:30p, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA 90049, (310) 440-4500, info@skirball.org. Join former UN Ambassador Andrew Young, Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr., and Dr. Clarence B. Jones—three pivotal figures of the 1960s civil rights movement—and moderator Stosh Cotler, executive director of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, as they reflect on how the Selma to Montgomery march and other key actions led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Then consider what strategies can transform racist and unjust public policy today.  Presented in collaboration with The Gateway Educational Foundation. $12 General, $10 Members and Full-Time Students

 

Feb 23 – Fri

*NEW* Public Forum on Black Radicals, ANSWER Office, 2936 W. 8th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90005, 7-9p.
for more details or questions, please contact us:
answerla@answer-la.org
2936 W. 8th Street Los Angeles, 90005
(323) 285-6545 Event: http://la.indymedia.org/calendar/event_display_detail.php?event_id=11247

Feel The Bern at the CA Democratic Party convention in San Diego, hosted by Bernie Sanders Brigade and Food & Water Watch – California; 10p Feb 23-1p Feb 25. Mark your calendar as we make our voices and presence felt at the 2018 California Democrats State Convention. During the convention Democrats will ratify candidate endorsements, endorse candidates for statewide office and map out their agenda. We will make sure that the leadership hears from the people what we believe to be the best agenda, not what the party establishment think we should focus on. We can no longer accept business as usual. From Healthcare for All to jobs, housing education immigration, the environment, money in politics, election reform, homelessness, jobs and much more needs to have real changes not merely more lip service. Stay tuned for updates – convention information will be posted as it becomes available. https://www.facebook.com/events/156082318479569/

 

Feb 24 – Sat

ADDED EVENT NOT IN PRINT  EDITION

Making #BlackLivesMatter in Schools, 9:30a-2:30p, Los Angeles Trade–Technical College, 400 W Washington Blvd, L.A. 90015. CALLING all high school students, youth, parents, teachers, community members to participate, stand with us and say #BlackStudentsLivesMatter! 2018 is the year we can #EndRandomSearches in LAUSD! 2018 is the year we can win community schools! We want to end the over-policing and underfunding of youth of color in LAUSD but in order to do that we must organize, organize, ORGANIZE! FIGHT FOR THE SCHOOLS L.A. #STUDENTSDESERVE. Join us Feb 24th as we convene with Youth Leaders to learn, organize and celebrate our fight to end random searches and win community schools.  RSVP https://www.eventbrite.com/e/making-blacklivesmatter-in-schools-tickets-42687338980. Event will take place in the school South Quad https://www.schoolslastudentsdeserve.com/donate.html https://www.facebook.com/events/1818756465090748/

Jazz Funk Fest, 7p, UnUrban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Blvd Santa Monica 90401, 310-315-0056, FREE admission, http://www. laughtears.com/jazzfunkfest. Html

 

Psycho-delic Cinema Vol. 1, 8p, Echo Park Film Center, 1200 N. Alvarado St, LA 90026
(213) 484-8846, http://www.echoparkfilmcenter.org. Submit your PUNK ROCK, PSYCHEDELIC, HORROR, ROUGH, RAW, GLORIOUSLY DISASTROUS FILMS. Then come down to the cinema and watch a bunch of PUNK ROCK, PSYCHEDELIC, HORROR, ROUGH, RAW, GLORIOUSLY DISASTROUS FILMS!  Submit to psychodelic.cinema@gmail.com

 

Feb 25 – Sun

Sin Amor, NO hay rEvolción Without Love There’s No rEvolution: See Feb 10.

*NEW* FILM: A Fierce, Green Fire, Valley Jewish Community Center
20350 Ventura Blvd, #100, Woodland Hills, 12p. http://www.sfvindivisible.com/02-25-a-fierce–green-fire.html

Women’s Alliance LA and the SoCal Environmental Coalition are partnering with the Center for Biological Diversity, an organization at the forefront of all environmental issues

FILM: PBS documentary “A Fierce, Green Fire” and a presentation by Marta Segura from the Center for Biological Diversity and their national grassroots action network, Ignite Change.

Light lunch will be provided

Please RSVP to Lisa Rosenfield Podolsky lisarosenfield@icloud.com
or call Lisa @ 818-802-5700.  Venue may change based on attendance.

American Masters presents A Fierce Green Fire, the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement. The one-hour documentary chronicles one of the largest movements of the 20th century, and one of the keys to the 21st.

Written, directed and produced by Academy Award-nominee Mark Kitchell (Berkeley in the Sixties), American Masters: A Fierce Green Fire spans 50 years of grassroots and global activism from the 1960s-2009 and connects the major causes of environmentalism, from conservation to climate change. Narrated by Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Ashley Judd, Van Jones and Isabel Allende, the film premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and has won acclaim worldwide.

Inspired by the book of the same name by environmental journalist and film interviewee Philip Shabecoff, and informed by advisors like conservation biologist E.O. Wilson, A Fierce Green Fire unfolds in five acts, each with a central story and character, featuring vivid archival footage and new interviews that shed light on the battle for a living planet. The first four acts include success stories of people fighting for causes against enormous odds, and the fifth concludes with climate change.

The Conservation Movement
Act 1, narrated by Robert Redford, focuses on the conservation movement of the 1960s, the Sierra Club and its Executive Director David Brower’s battle to halt dams in the Grand Canyon.

Pollution and Cleanup
Act 2, narrated by Ashley Judd, looks at pollution in the 1970s, spotlighting the fight led by film interviewee Lois Gibbs and other Love Canal (Niagara, N.Y.) residents to save their children from toxic waste.

Greenpeace
Act 3, narrated by Van Jones, features alternative ecology strands like Greenpeace and its famous campaigns to save whales and baby harp seals, including interviews with co-founders Paul Watson and Rex Weyler.

Global Resources
Act 4, narrated by Isabelle Allende, charts the rise of global resource crises in the 1980s with the struggle to save the Amazon rainforest, led by Chico Mendes and his fellow Brazilian rubber tappers, as its centerpiece.

Climate Change
Act 5, narrated by Meryl Streep, tackles climate change and the 25-year effort to address this ongoing, global problem, featuring author/activist Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, a movement dedicated to solving the climate crisis.

*NEW* Veterans for Peace Golden Rule Project: Sailing for a Nuclear-Free
World – A Party with a Purpose, Newport Boy Scout Sea Base, 1931 West Coast Hwy
Newport Beach, 3-5p.  Once-in-a-lifetime party with the crew of the Golden Rule peace boat, and the world premiere of the documentary, “Peace Sail: The Story of the Golden Rule”. Party guests will be invited to see the Golden Rule and enjoy conversation with the crew. Wine and snacks will be served followed by the film premiere and a silent auction. It has been sixty years since the Golden Rule’s attempted voyage to the Marshall Islands to interfere with U.S. atmospheric nuclear bomb testing. In celebration we will be raising funds for the Golden Rule’s upcoming voyage to Hawaii, the Marshall Islands, Japan and maybe even the Korean Peninsula. With the world once again worried about the possibility of nuclear war, this is the time to raise public awareness about the need to abolish nuclear weapons once and for all. Sailing this historic little anti-nuclear sailboat across the Pacific is a dramatic way to spread the word in the U.S. and around the globe. http://ocprogressiveevents.info/   Event: http://ocprogressiveevents.info/cgi-bin/calendar.cgi?T#Feb25gr

Seven Cinema Cinema, 7p, Beyond Baroque 681 Venice Blvd FREE http://www.laughtears. com/documental_subversive.html  Political-Music films

Screening as part of the series The Black Book: Chocolate Babies, 7:30p, free, Hammer Museum. In this audacious political satire, a band of HIV-positive queer urban activists of color stage a series of surprise attacks to expose political corruption surrounding the AIDS epidemic. (1997, dir. Stephen Winter, 83 min.) Q&A with Tisa Bryant and Ernest Hardy follows the screening.

Feb 26 – Mon

 

Laughtears Salon, 6-9p, 212 Pier, Santa Monica free – politics, art, culture discussion, free. http://www.cafe212pier.com/

Movement Mondays: Fascism: What it is and how to fight it, 7p, Solidarity Hall, 2122 W. Jefferson Bl, LA 90018.  What is fascism? Who are the fascists? How do we fight back? Come join a discussion that attempts to provide answers and explore the role of workers in struggle against economic and political inequality and repression.  RSVP at https://facebook.com/fspla
Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/151198822231871/
Freedom Socialist Party LA https://www.socialism.com

*NEW* Oxy Arts Speaker Series: Justin Chon,  7-8:30p, Occidental College, Choi Auditorium, 1600 Campus Rd, LA 90041, free.  Justin Chon is a filmmaker and actor. His second feature film, the provocatively titled “Gook,”

is a look at the 1992 riots in Los Angeles from the perspective of the Korean American community. The story is based on the experiences of Chon’s own family as store owners at that time. The film was released on August 18, 2017 and is now playing in theaters.

To check out Justin Chon’s interview with Ava DuVernay at Sundance NEXT FEST 2017 , click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwVubb8YzCQ
Event: https://www.oxy.edu/events/oxy-arts-speaker-series-justin-chon

Feb 27 – Tue

 

Screening: Faces Places, 7:30p, free, Hammer Museum. The 89-year-old director Agnès Varda, a leading figure of the French New Wave, travels the villages of France with 33-year-old JR, an acclaimed photographer and muralist, producing and installing epic portraits of locals they meet along the way. An exploration of artistic vision and Varda’s enduring legacy, the “magnificently moving, funny, and altogether wonderful” (Indiewire) documentary received the Toronto Film Festival’s Peoples Choice award and the Golden Eye Prize at Cannes. (2017, dir. Agnès Varda and JR, 89 min.)

 

Stop LAPD Spying Coalition community meeting on Predictive Policing. See Feb. 6 for location, details.

 

Feb 28 – Wed

 

Under One Sky 27th Interfaith Intercultural Breakfast: California Conference for Equality and Justice, 7:30-9:30a, Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, 300 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach 90802. Tickets Available: http://www.cacej.org. This event is an opportunity for people of all racial, gender, sexuality, religious, and cultural identities to come together to celebrate the richness of our diversity and to share in the vision of a truly inclusive community. Our theme this year is “Two Spirits, One Heart”. The speakers this year are Marsha and Aiden Aizumi, a mother and transgender son who have spoken around the county to over 150 organizations about their journey from fear, shame and sadness to unconditional love and acceptance. Marsha is currently the president of PFLAG San Gabriel Valley Asian Pacific Islanders (SGV API) chapter and also serves on the PFLAG National Board of Directors. PFLAG is an organization that provides parents, family and allies support, education and advocacy for their lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) children, family or friends. Aiden is the President of the PFLAG Pasadena chapter and also serves on PFLAG National’s Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Advisory Council. They have written a book about their journey called Two Spirits, One Heart. It is their hope that their work both written and speaking will bring more resources, awareness and inspiration to LBGTQ individuals, families and allies.

 

Upcoming

 

March 3 International Women’s Day March & Rally 2018-Organized by AF3IRM https://www.facebook.com/events/150645588921993/ https://www.facebook.com/AF3IRMLA/

 

March 8 International Women’s Strike  https://www.facebook.com/womenstrikeus/  Local organizing, contact Global Women’s Strike/LA <la@allwomencount.net>

 

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