Melanie Cervantes is a Xicana graphic artist who creates images that reflect the hopes and dreams of social movements and that catalyze people to action. Melanie’s work includes black and white illustrations, paintings, installations and paper stencils, but she is best know for her prolific production of political screen prints and posters. Employing vibrant colors and hand-drawn illustrations, her work moves those viewed as marginal to the center — featuring powerful youth, elders, women, and queer and indigenous peoples. Melanie’s training as an artist began with her mother and father. She learned color theory while helping her mother select fabric for school clothes at Los Angeles swap meets; and she developed some of her technical skills by watching her dad repurpose neighborhood junk into her childhood treasures.
Our evening plenary event (5:30 start, auditorium) will feature La Colectiva’s “Nuestras Vidas/Nuestros Testimonios – Domestic Workers On Stage!” Join us for a performance excerpt from the powerful new oral history theater production about the lives of Immigrant Latina domestic workers. Join them as they tell of building lives for themselves and their families under the most difficult conditions imaginable, with a sense of humor, dedication and fierce commitment.” La Colectiva has collaborated with City College of San Francisco’s Labor and Community Studies Department to produce this important popular theater.
The worker-owned Rainbow Grocery has been part of San Francisco’s Mission District since 1975 and has been an important part of the Food Justice movement.
For nearly five decades, City Lights has published some of the most important books of poetry and People’s History; including titles by Howard Zinn and Angela Davis. Their foundation exists to help build a culture of discourse and dissent.
Joining us at our evening program will be progressive comedy giants Karinda Dobbins and Nato Green! Watch this space for more exciting announcements, coming soon.
Motor City native Karinda Dobbins was born into a politically active family of skilled storytellers and sharp wits. Her worldview was shaped by their accounts of protest, civil rights and empowerment, weighty subjects that were always leavened with humor. Whenever she heard the grownups laughing long past her bedtime, she took that as her cue to sneak out of her room and eavesdrop while they entertained themselves with Richard Pryor records. She not only listened, she learned, and grew up to hold her own as a keen comedic commentator.
Nato Green was summed up more or less accurately by The East Bay Express as, “erudite and acerbic, a San Francisco-raised father, union organizer, gastronome, bibliophile, and political sparkplug.” He performs on Mondays at the legendary alternative comedy show at Lost Weekend Video, The Business. His podcast The Nato Sessions is produced by 3200 Stories. His first comedy album, The Nato Green Party, was released by Rooftop Comedy. Nato has been named San Francisco’s Best Comedian by the SF Weekly, Huffington Post, and CBS. Nato wrote for Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell on FX and toured nationally with W. Kamau Bell & Janine Brito as Laughter Against the Machine. Laughter Against the Machine filmed a tour documentary from the front lines of American controversy.
The Howard Zinn Bookfair is honored to welcome Robin D.G. Kelley as one of our evening program keynote speakers! Dr. Kelley will be on hand to present a lifetime achievement award in People’s History to Marcus Books.
Robin DG Kelley is a groundbreaking radical historian and author of: Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2012)Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original (The Free Press, 2009), Race Rebels: Culture, Politics, and the Black Working Class (New York: The Free Press, 1994), Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists During the Great Depression (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1990)
His research has explored the history of social movements in the U.S., the African Diaspora, and Africa; black intellectuals; music; visual culture; contemporary urban studies; historiography and historical theory; poverty studies and ethnography; colonialism/imperialism; organized labor; constructions of race; Surrealism, Marxism, nationalism, among other things.
Got some extra time on your hands? Want to help organize the best bookfair ever? Come on over to the next Coordinating Committee meeting: Tuesday,February 25th, 2014 6:30 at the Green Arcade Bookstore 1680 Market Street, San Francisco.
The Howard Zinn Bookfair is set for November 15th, 2014 at the Mission High School in San Francisco. Keep checking back for exciting program and publisher announcements.