Writing Workshop

Freedom Voices

A New Women’s Writing Workshop at Faithful Fools

234 Hyde St. (at Turk)
2nd Saturday each month
from 11:30am – 2pm

Beginning April 11, 11:30 – 2pm

Based on the Writing from the Soul practice

Write! Meditate! Listen & Share Deeply!

Workshop leader Kitty Costello is a longtime writer, editor, activist and teacher

Come access your truest voice, free from inner &outer critics.
New and experienced writers all welcome.

Refreshments served!
This workshop is free and open to all who identify as women.
 

Sponsored by:
Tenderloin Reflection and Education Center, Freedom Voices and Hedgebrook Women’s Writing Retreat.


Upcoming Readings from American Day Dream by Margot Pepper

Freedom Voices

 

Sunday, Mar. 1, 2014 // 2pm

Bird & Beckett – 653 Chenery St. San Francisco, CA
415.586.3733 // www.bird-beckett.com

 

 

 

Saturday, Mar. 14, 2014 // 2:30pm

Oakland Public Library, Temescal Branch
5205 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA
510.597.5058 // www.oaklandlibrary.org

 

House Keys Not Handcuffs

Paul Boden
With additional essays by Art Hazelwood and Bob Prentice

House Keys Not Handcuffs: Homeless Organizing, Art and Politics in San Francisco and Beyond.

Written by Paul Boden with additional essays by friends and longtime allies, Art Hazelwood and Bob Prentice. It includes 67 images created by printmakers, painters, muralists, cartoonists and photographers giving a history of the art made in the struggle.

House Keys Not Handcuffs is a reflection on over 30 years of homeless organizing in San Francisco.  It is an attempt to sort out what went well and what did not as a community begins to organize in order to hold public and private institutions accountable.  Its purpose is not only to distill the lessons we have learned, but to encourage others to document and reflect on their own experiences in the hope that we can collectively contribute to a stronger, more broadly-based movement. Artwork has always been a vital part of this organizing.

The book draws from the insights of Paul Boden, whose own experiences on the street as an activist, and as a co-founder of the Coalition on Homelessness and later, the Western Regional Advocacy Project (WRAP), give him a unique and wide perspective. It is a voice for people who have no power or privilege except for their capacity to organize and demand social justice.

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American Day Dream

Margot Pepper

Now Available!
“American Day Dream could become a
classic like 1984 or Brave New World.
Jim Smith, The Venice Beachhead

“A great dystopian read that takes you on a journey around the streets and scenic marvels of San Francisco. More than an Orwellian dystopia, American Daydream draws on the revelations of Edward Snowden, imagining where the National Security might be leading us in the future. Added to this mélange is a passionate romance between the two main characters, the utopian counter point of the story.”
—Roger Burbach, author of Fire in the Americas

“Margot Pepper’s literary incursion into Science Fiction is just like her—daring, brave and fully imagined. She is a story goddess living in and out of verses, whose political stance is vital and necessary.”
—Luis J. Rodriguez, author of Always Running and It Calls You Back

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Freedom Voices Celebrates 25 Years with Reading at City Lights Bookstore — Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 7 pm

Freedom Voices
City Lights Booksellers,

261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

Freedom Voices Press Celebrates 25 Years with a Sneak Preview of 2015 Releases and our 2014 Award-Winner
with readings by Margot Pepper (left), Paul Boden (center), J. Douglas Allen-Taylor (right). MC, Jess Clarke

Readings from Sugaree Rising by J. Douglas Allen-Taylor

Freedom Voices

Frank Bette Center For The Arts

Saturday, January 25, 2014

7 p.m.

 

1601 Paru Street
Alameda

510 523-6957

 

More About Sugaree Rising--Order the book!

20th Anniversary: Voice of Fire: Communiques and Interviews From the Zapatista National Liberation Army

Ben Clarke
On January 1, 1994, The Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) staged a daring intervention into the course of Mexican history by occupying San Cristóbal de las Casas and five municipalities in Chiapas, the southernmost state of Mexico. The Mexican government, headed by President Salinas de Gortari, responded with bombings, massacres and mass arrests during which hundreds, if not thousands of people, were killed. There was national and international outrage at the government's tactics and, within weeks of the initial conflict, the government proposed a cease fire and opened a process of dialogue with the Zapatistas. In a few short months, the EZLN went from an unknown force to one negotiating directly with the government over national issues such as fair elections, economic development and indigenous rights.
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Voice of Fire

Communiques and Interviews from the Zapatista National Liberation Army

Edited by Ben Clarke and Clifton Ross

"Voice of Fire presents the critical communiqués and perspectives of the first guerrilla movement to emerge in Latin America in the post-Cold War era. This book puts us inside the minds of Indigenous peoples and Mexicans who are raising fundamental questions about the current political and social order in North America. Subcomandante Marcos' commentaries are written with a passion and commitment reminiscent of Eduardo Galeano's Open Veins of Latin America."
Roger Burbach
Author of Fire in the Americas

"The Zapatistas bring much needed fresh ideas to the world's progressive and indigenous rights movements. Their civil society strategy, which rejects both vanguardism and narrow ethnic nationalism, appears to have been remarkably successful in a short period of time. This collection of their own writings is a must read for anyone concerned with Mexico in particular and progressive movements in general."
Peter Rossett, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Institute for Food and Development Policy

"The spectacular January first EZLN uprising was a cry 500 years in the making. It has unleashed a torrent of discontent that will mark the unraveling of the ruling party's stranglehold on Mexican politics for the past six decades. The future face of Mexico is as unknown as the faces behind the rebel's masks, but the chiseled features of Mexico's Indians will no longer be merely reminders of the past. Thanks to the EZLN, they will now shape Mexico's future. This collection of EZLN writings is key to understanding what that future holds."
Medea Benjamin
Co-Director, Global Exchange

"If the lie returns to the mouth of the powerful our voice of fire will speak again..."
Communiqué of the EZLN, February 16,1994

Introduction by Ben Clarke : An overview of the Zapatista philosophy and origins.

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Hobos to Street People

Art Hazelwood
Artists’ Responses to Homelessness from the New Deal to the Present


$25.95 Comment: 

Hobos to Street People offers a comparison of the culture and politics of homelessness as seen through artwork since the Great Depression. The book is based on the touring exhibition of the same name that first opened in early 2009-the time of the greatest economic downturn since the 1929 Stock Market Crash. As the numbers of people living in poverty continues to swell, this book looks to the past for lessons for today. A wide range of artists have brought attention to the issue, including historical figures such as Rockwell Kent, Fritz Eichenberg, Jacob Burck, Dorothea Lange and contemporary artists Kiki Smith, Sandow Birk, Eric Drooker and many more. The text, written by artist and curator Art Hazelwood, places the artwork within the history of social and political responses from the New Deal, through McCarthyism, to the rise of modern homelessness in the 1980s. Sections of the book focus on different aspects of homelessness including day to day life, displacement, rural poverty and political struggle. Emphasis is also given to the means by which artists have been able to get their message out whether through publications, government programs of the New Deal, street posters, exhibitions, or alliances with activist groups. 

A portion of the proceeds from the sales of the books will be donated to homeless advocacy groups. Donors can direct the donation using the comment box above. (enter: WRAP, COH or Spirit)

The book is based on the traveling exhibition of the same name.The exhibition began at the California Historical Society in San Francisco in February of 2009. California Exhibition Resources Alliance (CERA)  is the touring company. The next exhibition date for the tour will be listed below if/when scheduled.

The exhibition images can be seen online at Western Regional Advocacy Project.

Reviews of 'Hobos':

The Never Ending Tale: Images of Despair and Hope from the Great Depression to the Great Recession
by: Paul Von Blum on November 29th, 2011
Tikkun Daily

Hobos to Street People: Artists’ Responses to Homelessness from the New Deal to the Present
by: Harvey Smith

Hobos to Street People: Artists Uncover Hidden History of Poverty
by: Margot Pepper, on September 1, 2011
Street Spirit

Homelessness in Art from the New Deal to the Present
by: DeWitt Cheng on September 1, 2011
Street Spirit

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Release Party for Sugaree Rising - Thursday, December 6, 6 p.m

Freedom Voices
Freedom Voices invites you to join J. Douglas Allen-Taylor at the release party for Sugaree  Rising. Thursday, December 6, 6 p.m., at the Joyce Gordon Gallery, 404 14th Street,  in downtown Oakland.  Enjoy this special opportunity to meet the author, get your book signed and meet with other writers and media. Easy access from 12th Street Bart Station 1/2 block from the intersection of 14th at Broadway.
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