People’s Culture Café

IN THE MISSION CAMPUS CAFE ON THE COURTYARD (NEXT TO ROOM 154)

This year, the Howard Zinn Book Fair welcomes a dynamic assortment of poets, musicians, and puppeteers to the People’s Culture Café. We believe, as James Connolly said that ” Until the movement is marked by the joyous, defiant, singing of revolutionary songs, it lacks one of the most distinctive marks of a popular revolutionary movement, it is the dogma of a few, and not the faith of the multitude.” Enjoy!

HOSTED BY TONGO EISEN MARTIN AND JOSIAH LUIS ALDERETE

10:10-10:40  // LA COLECTIVA                                                                                             

Powerful bilingual spoken word and popular theater from La Colectiva, who use their stories to organize for the rights of Domestic Workers.

10:45-11:45  //  RADICAL PUPPETRY WITH JOEL SCHECTER

Celebrate the People’s History through puppetry. You never know who might drop in for a visit.

NOON-12:45  //  JOHN RADOGNO AND FRIENDS 

Local musician John Radogno sings the songs of protest and satire.

1:00-2:00  //  SANTANA’S FAIRY TALES

SanTana’s Fairy Tales is an oral history, storytelling project initiated by author Sarah Rafael García, which integrates community-based narratives to create contemporary fairytales and fables that represent the history and stories of Mexican/Mexican-American residents of Santa Ana (inspired by the Grimms’ Fairy Tales).

2:15-3:15  //  REVOLUTIONARY POETS BRIGADE

The Revolutionary Poets Brigade is a group of poets in the San Francisco Bay Area dedicated to bringing positive change in the world through the power of poetry. With: Mauro Fortissimo, Jack Hirschman, Genny Lim, Rosemary Manno, Sarah Menefee, Gregory Pond, Neeli Cerkovski and John Curl

3:15-CLOSE  //  THE FUTURE IS POETIC

Curated by Tongo Eisen Martin, the best of Bay Area poets of the political imagination. With Aqueila Lewis, Thea Matthews, Tureeda Mikell, Sarah O’Nela, Nia Pearl, Kiani Shaw, Monics Sok, Jeremy Vasquez, William Crossman and Zein El-Amine.