Islands of Blacknesses: Building New Narratives

Friday, July 24 from 6-8pm

Join Porsha for dinner and discussion at the Free Space! After a great discussion on visual art manifestos, Porsha is back to talk about the following:

When people try to build outside of the stereotypes and norms, how do we respond to the default narratives about their race?

At times when the race issue is brought up, it costs time and energy to argue out of that narrative, when that time and energy could be used to build a new one.

Kids are welcome! A play room is available. Bathrooms are gender-neutral, and there is one that is disability accessible. Email radspacetc@riseup.net to request ASL or other disability accommodations.

Storytelling Poems and Songs: Sharing Lives and Traditions

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Friday July 17

6-8pm

What’s the value of telling stories in poems and songs instead of just writing them up as stories?

Share poems, songs, and dinner with Martin Bidney, dialogic poet and translator. Bring a poem or song to share, or just come for the discussion!

“Dumplings” by Tchernikhovsky. Starting out in a lyrically-described Chagall-type Ukrainian village, we hear a Jewish grandmother discuss with her Russian Orthodox neighbor the sad decline of traditions generally. Gittel remembers her granddaughter’s childhood and adolescence while she makes the dumplings, and while the water boils she suddenly gets a letter that pulls modern politics into the equation.

Gumilev, a secular Russian writer, offers lyrical narrative of a pilgrimage of an 80-year-old to Mecca.

Three medieval Persian border crossers: Rumi rewrites the birth of Jesus, and Saadi offers a Jesus parable that Goethe translated for western readers. Hafiz, in the next century, writes a poem on the religion of love, which can be celebrated with equal ease in mosque, church, or tavern.

Rueckert offers two short hilarious “Aesop fables” about Sufis, and I write fable poems in response, also with middle eastern sources.

Storytelling songs could include ballads and condensed love stories:

Fair Flower of Northumberland.
Ye Banks and Braes
Moscow Nights
Pretty Saro
Romchi Rimchi

Kids are welcome! A play room is available. Bathrooms are gender-neutral, and there is one that is disability accessible. Email radspacetc@riseup.net to request ASL or other disability accommodations.

Into the Fire – The Hidden Victims of Austerity in Greece

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Friday, July 10 from 6-8pm

Join us for dinner and a documentary on migrant experiences in Greece. The documentary is a year old, and much has happened since 2014. We will follow with a discussion of recent events, the politics of austerity, anarchist resistance, and how developments in Greece relate to lives and experience in our own communities.

Kids are welcome! A play room is available. Bathrooms are gender-neutral, and there is one that is disability accessible. Email radspacetc@riseup.net to request ASL or other disability accommodations.

Queer comics!

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Friday, July 3rd, 6-8pm

Join us for dinner and explore queer comics with local queer comic artist Marissa Luna!

Kids are welcome! There is a play room!

Bathrooms are gender neutral and there is one that is disability accessible. Contact radspacetc@riseup.net for other accommodations and questions.

Hip Hop Against Locking Up Youth Benefit Show

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Saturday, June 27th 7-10pm

Hip Hop Against Locking Up Youth Benefit Show
June 27, 2015
7pm to 10pm
Minnehaha Free Space
Kid friendly show: Playroom available
Admission: FREE
Donations are strongly suggested for this is a benefit show for Save the Kids
savethekidsgroup.org
Fully Volunteer Grassroots Oraganization.

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Fundraiser Items

We will auction off a T-Shirt. 1.00 each.

We will do 50/50 pot too

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Performances By:

Chase Manhattan:
https://www.facebook.com/59chasemanhattan?fref=ts
http://www.59chase.com/#!__chase-manhattan-home-page

LNJAY:
http://www.twitter.com/LNJAYMusic

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Tamara Harris

Hosted By:
Truth Maze

Mood Music:
DJ Francisco

Sound:
Robby Bragg

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Contact:
Amber Gay
763-607-1802
gay.amberlee@gmail.com

Report Back on the Bay Area Revolt

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Saturday June 17th, a little after 7-10pm

On November 24th, 2014, Oakland, CA exploded in revolt against the non-indictment of Darren Wilson for the murder of Mike Brown in Ferguson.

This rebellion spread across the Bay Area and lasted for nearly three weeks straight.

Join a participant in the rebellion for an intimate look at what went down, the broader social context in which it occurred, and an update on the current situation in the Bay Area as of June 2015.

There will be a short movie and discussion, as well as free literature (including a number of pamphlets and flyers distributed during the rebellion.)

This is a free event, but donations are encouraged. 100% of donations go to the Minnehaha Free Space.

The event won’t start exactly at 7pm, so people have time to come from the TransDykeQueerMarch 2015: #blackqueerlivesmatter, #nativequeerlivesmatter, #translivesmatter

Suggested reading:
“Ferguson to Oakland: 17 Days of Riots and Revolt in the Bay Area” http://crimethinc.com/texts/r/from-ferguson-to-the-bay/index.html

“We Welcome the Fire, We Welcome the Rain” https://fireworksbayarea.com/featured/we-welcome-the-fire-we-welcome-the-rain/