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State of the City Forum: Black History, Black Lives–Discussion on Thursday at 7 PM
Thursday, February 19th, 7 PM
State of the City Forum:
Black History, Black Lives and Gentrification
Our ongoing panel discussion series on gentrification issues takes a look this month at the history of Black activism in San Francisco, the issues that have historically impacted the City’s African American community and the ways in which the Black Lives Matter movement is working to effect change. With Bishop Franzo King of the John Coltrane African Orthodox Church; Teresa L. Moore, USF Media Studies Associate Professor; Thea Matthews, CCSF student, activist and organizer and Shanell Williams, CCSF Student Trustee and community advocate.
Tuesday, February 24th, 7 PM
Círculo de lectoras y lectores de literature en español:
La Invención de Morel de Adolfo Bioy Casares
Las reuniones tienen lugar en la librería a las 7 pm. Las y los participantes reciben el 10% de decuento en la compra de los libros para el grupo. Los libros están para la venta sobre la mesita en la sección de los libros en español.
Thursday, February 26th, 7 PM:
Author Helena Worthen
What Did You Learn At Work Today? The Forbidden Lessons of Labor Education
How do workers make a bad job into a good job? Where do they get the power to do their jobs right? These lessons must be learned, but not the way we learn at school, where people study alone, take tests, and succeed or fail as individuals. Helena Worthen’s book brings learning theory to labor-management disputes, giving us tools to understand the depth and importance of workers’ knowledge. “Helena Worthen’s work is brave, exciting and profound. It is the product of a good heart and a good mind. Here is a gift to all of us who are groping towards a theory and practice that promotes learning for justice.” D’Arcy Martin, Portside Magazine.
Friday February 27th, 7 PM:
San Francisco Queer Open Mic
Thursday, March 5th, 7 PM:
Author Harvey L. Smith
Images of America:
Berkeley and the New Deal
Berkeley’s 1930s and early 1940s New Deal structures and projects left a lasting legacy of utilitarian and beautiful infrastructure. These New Deal projects, however, can be called “hidden history” because their legacies have been mostly ignored and forgotten. Berkeley might have gotten a little more or a little less New Deal funding than other towns, but this time it wasn’t “Bezerkeley” but very much typical and mainstream. The times may again call for comprehensive public policy that reaches Main Street.
Harvey L. Smith has been researching this part of Berkeley’s history for more than two decades.
Saturday, March 8th, 3-5 PM:
Mission Cop Watch:
Know Your Rights
“Am I free to go?”
“I don’t consent to a search”
“I’m going to remain silent”
Mission Cop Watch will be conducting an information session on legal rights basics, should you become the victim of police harassment.
Thursday, March 12th, 7 PM:
Young Adult Author, Lisa Freeman
The year is 1972. Fifteen-year-old Haunani “Nani” Grace Huuhiwa is transplanted from her home in Hawaii to Santa Monica, California after her father’s fatal heart attack. Now the proverbial fish-out-of-water, Nani struggles to adjust to her new life with her alcoholic white “haole” mother and the lineup of mean girls who rule State Beach. Aimed at readers 12 and up, both boys and girls, Honey Girl is an edgy coming-of-age story about gender roles and identity, set against a backdrop of beach music, surf culture, and controversies of homosexuality, racism, and Vietnam. Lisa Freeman has a BA in liberal studies and Creative Writing, an MFA in Fiction, and a certificate in Pedagogy in Writing from Antioch University. Honey Girl is her debut novel.
Sunday, March 22, 5 PM
Authors Genny Lim and Judy Yung
Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island, 1910-1940
For thirty years, from 1910 to 1940, Angel Island in San Francisco Bay was the first, often the only, toehold in America for immigrants from China. During the time Chinese immigrants spent on the island—as little as a few days, as long as three years— they carved and ink brushed their concerns onto the walls of their barracks. One hundred thirty-five calligraphic poems survived, first discovered by a Federal park ranger after Angel Island was abandoned in 1940. These tell of voyages from China, detainment on the island, attitudes toward the first Americans encountered — immigration officials and social workers — and finally the disappointments and triumphs of the immigrants. Together with the interviews, the poems convey, as no secondhand or third hand account could ever do, what it was like to be Chinese and to be on Angel Island.
Every Saturday, 5:30 PM
(except when there is an in-store event):
Gay Shame is committed to a queer extravaganza that brings direct action to astounding levels of theatricality. Join Gay Shame in plotting and fighting the rabid assimilationist monster with a devastating mobilization of queer brilliance. Meets in the back of Modern Times Bookstore every Saturday.
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Whether you’re planning a one-time writing workshop or a regular community meeting, consider holding your event at Modern Times. Our attractive event meeting space at the back holds up to 40 people, and is perfect for a meeting or workshop of up to 20 people. Our space is ADA wheelchair accessible, open to all ages and conveniently located close to public transit in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District. Our rental rates operate on an affordable sliding scale. Please contact the Community Events Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org (http://email@example.com) for more information.
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