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EastSide Cultural Center

2277 International Blvd, Oakland CA, 94606 ph: 510-533-6629

Dear Friends of EastSide,

It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to our friend, mentor and Advisory Board member Yuri Kochiyama. With the losses of Amiri Baraka, Chokwe Lumumba, Fred Ho, Mabel Williams, Maya Angelou and now Yuri, we at EastSide are left to reflect on everything these elders have contributed in their lifetimes, and we ask ourselves: what are we doing to continue their work? How will we fill the massive void of leadership, analysis, critique and creativity that defined them? How are we honoring their lifelong commitments to self-determined struggles and truly radical work?

October 2014 Events at EastSide Cultural Center

A Reporter's First Hand Report: Assad, ISIS, Obama and US Middle East Policy - A Talk by Reese Erlich

Sunday, October 12th , 4-6pm
EastSide Cultural Center - Free Event!

2277 International Blvd

Foreign Correspondent and investigative reporter Reese Erlich discusses his new book "Inside Syria: the Backstory of Their Civil War and What the World Can Expect"  published by Prometheus Books and distributed by Random House. Foreword by Noam Chomsky.

Erlich recently returned from northern Iraq where he interviewed displaced Yazidis, peshmerga fighters and US diplomats. He will discuss the growing influence of extremist rebel groups and why the US bombing campaign will hurt both Americans and people of the region. Erlich has covered the Middle East for almost 30 years, reported from Syria five times and visited all its neighboring countries.


Karla Lara - Singing the Cheerful Rebellion

Friday, October 17th , 8pm
EastSide Cultural Center

2277 International Blvd

On June 28, 2009, a military coup ousted the democratically elected President of Honduras and gave a re-birth to the popular resistance struggle. Since this day, numerous sectors of society have joined forces to resist the increased militarization of their traditional homelands. Despite the politically motivated attacks against indigenous communities, journalists, lawyers, humanrights defenders, LGBTQ activists, and organized field workers, the people of Honduras continue to organize for justice and equality. 

This presentation of the feminist singer and organizer, Karla Lara, will provide an update on the current human rights crisis which has led to the recent exodus of thousands of children seeking refuge from the structural violence of extreme poverty. She will also
provide us with the healing powers of music as she performs with members of her band, Híbridos Jazz.



Friday, October 24th , 7pm
EastSide Cultural Center

2277 International Blvd

EastSide Arts Alliance co-presents

WELGA! ("Strike" in Tagalog), recalling the 1964 farm workers strike led by Filipino labor leaders in AWOC (Agricultural Workers of California), and culminating in the 1965 farm workers strike, merging with Cesar Chavez and the Chicano workers of NFWA (National Farm Workers Association) leading to the formation of the UFW (United Farm Workers) union.

There will be a film showing of "Delano Manongs" (a documentary by Marissa Aroy) and a short video clip on UFW VP Philip Vera Cruz (by Linda Mabalot/edited by Taiji Miyagawa). Activist/ UCD professor Robyn Rodriguez will provide historical insight and engage the audience in a discussion on the currency of  Filipino immigrant workers issues today. 



EastSide Arts Alliance and Cultural Center Proudly Presents:

Oakland is Proud - All Power to the People


Saturday, October 25th , 12noon-5pm
23rd Avenue between International and E.12th St


Our Block Party on 23rd Avenue is the first of a series of community cultural events being planned by EastSide Arts Alliance and partner organizations.  Join us as we shut down 23rd Avenue and have a neighborhood celebration commemorating the 50th anniversaries of the Black & Chicano Arts Movements. Featuring The Howard Wiley Trio, Fua dia Congo, NAKA & Deep Waters Dance Theaters, local artisan & food vendors, kids activities and a beautiful mural unveiling! 




And on that night..

The Cost of Injustice: From Ferguson to Oakland

Saturday, October 25th , 6:30-9:30pm
EastSide Cultural Center

2277 International Blvd

The event (to be held at the Eastside Arts Alliance) will take place on the evening of Oct. 25th. It is to coincide with the earlier Helping Hearts 2 Heal event sponsored by the Alan Blueford Foundation Participants will proceed to ESAA for our From Ferguson, Florida, Georgia, Chicago to Oakland event. There they will be joined by other mothers and family members of slain youth, including the family Kendrick Johnson-Georgia, the family of Joseph Andrews-Tampa Florida, the family of Emmett Till-Chicago, the family of Marlon Brown-Deland Florida, the family of Jordan Davis-Jacksonville Florida, and families from California.- Alan Blueford, Kenneth Harding, Ernest Duenez, James Rivera, Dinyl New, Mario Romero, and many others.

The (tentative) program so far will include the following:
1. Introduction and Libation
2. Performance and presentation (Prosperity Movement)
3. ABPsi presentation
4. Report back from Ferguson (Ferguson youth)
5. Recognition of families from out of state
6. Families speak

Joining Us Elaine Brown, Only female chairman of BBP
Ferguson Youth from the front line

Also joining us Tef Poe of Ferguson
Hip Hop artist and activist from an area just outside of Ferguson, Missouri. Tef Poe has been organizing in Ferguson since the beginning of protests and is partly responsible for bringing the incidents to national attention via social media. Tef Poe has written for Time Magazine and was recently honored by The National Association of Black Journalists for his work in documenting the events in Ferguson.

This is a Love Not Blood Campaign sponsored Event


The Love Experiment

Songs about Finding, Losing and Healing with Love

Sunday, October 26th , 7pm
EastSide Cultural Center

2277 International Blvd

Featuring Amazing Oakland talent! Tamar Gillette, Kris Ross, 1o.a.k, and Jovan Watkins!


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.

Monday-Friday, 8:15am-5:15pm, Part-Time flexibility

Bilingual in Spanish and English

Tuition ranges from $450-$950/month; scholarships based on availability

FOR MORE INFO: 510-221-8999

Oakland is Hellzapoppin #4 with the Legendary Norma Miller - Preregistration for February begins now!

The Queen of Swing is back in Oakland Feb 15 - 20, 2015.  Preregistration begins now!


Open Enrollment for our FREE Youth Arts Programs!
Stop by during class times (listed on the flyer), or email us at

Every Thursday night, 7:30pm donations accepted at the door.
Come check out one of the only open mic spots in East Oakland!

Here's a video of one of our recent open mics! HOLLA BACK!


ESAA is now in our 14th year! To find out more about EastSide Arts Alliance and the EastSide Cultural Center, please click here.

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