African Liberation Day (ALD) was founded in 1958 when Kwame Nkrumah convened the First Conference of Independent States held in Accra, Ghana and attended by eight independent African states. The 15th of April was declared "African Freedom Day," to mark each year the onward progress of the liberation movement, and to symbolize the determination of the people of Africa to free themselves from foreign domination and exploitation.
Please join us as we celebrate our continued legacy of struggle for African Liberation!
Final Fridays Films of Solidarity and Resistance
In the Spirit of Bandung
EastSide Arts Alliance, ACMHS, AYPAL and Banteay Srei present
Pass or Fail in Cambodia Town
Friday, May 29, 5pm
EastSide Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd, Oakland
Pass or Fail in Cambodia Town:
Southeast Asian Americans have some of the lowest high school completion rates in the nation. We visit Long Beach, California-the city with America's largest Cambodian community-to find out why this educational crisis is happening and what people are doing about it.
Delicious refreshments served, discussion to follow the film.
Thanks to all the neighborhood folks, community groups, vendors, performers, car lovers and Oakland die-hards for supporting such a great event!
This whole year, we are hosting a series of block parties along International Blvd as part of our Oakland is Proud project, aiming to create a public space for families, organizations, businesses and residents to enjoy each other, their community and engage in pressing issues like displacement and gentrification that are affecting their neighborhoods.
Thanks to Our Performers:
Spear of the Nation
Unity Grooves with Howard Wiley & Faye Carol
Rico Pabon and friends
Press Play Poets
excerpts from the Anastasio Project
Thanks to Our Food Vendors:
No Worries Food Truck and Casa Jimenez Restaurant
Also special thanks to the following:
East Bay Chevs, CURYJ, Black Organizing Project, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, One Land One Struggle, Xicana Moratorium Coalition, 67 Suenos, Palestinian Youth Movement, ONYX Organizing Committee, Arab Resource Organizing Center, Roses in Concrete Community School, Casa Che, Community Planning Leaders, All African People's Revolutionary Project and more!
Watch and Read About Our Block Parties!
Our last block party in October 2014 was a great day in the neighborhood! Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Black and Chicano Arts Movements, the party brought out all our neighbors and allies. Music, dance, theater, food, murals and altars accompanied vendors and open houses throughout the block.
Oakland is Hellzapoppin Highlights from Feb 15-25th! Thanks for a wonderful week!
EastSide Cultural Center
Annex Art Gallery Exhibit
CANTOS OF SORROW - New Paintings by Maceo Montoya
2289 International Blvd
Premiere exhibit of large charcoal & ink paintings, meditating on Chicano community experience thru the reflective lens of the artist's own family. Our reception will feature the artist & author MACEO MONTOYA reading excerpts from his latest book "Letters to the Poet from His Brother."
RICE AND BEANS CHILDCARE COOP - NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
For Children Ages 2.5 to 5 years old
Rice and Beans Childcare Cooperative is made up of families of color in Oakland with a vision of providing early childhood education that is rooted in principles of justice, equity and the history of peoples in our community.