Hella Poetry: A Benefit Concert for Brave New Voices
7:00 PM19:00

Hella Poetry: A Benefit Concert for Brave New Voices

Brave New Voices is the largest youth spoken word festival in the world. It has been the creative catalyst and birthplace to some of the greatest talent of our time - from Daveed Diggs to Rafael Casal, George Watsky to Chinaka Hodge. Featured on HBO and Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam, this grassroots youth poetry movement has gained global recognition for its undeniable power and magic.

We need your help in getting young people to the Festival this summer. Join us at our one-time, talent packed Benefit show in 2 weeks, and plant a seed for the next generation.

Hella Poetry: A Brave New Voices Benefit is the spoken word show of your wildest dreams. For an unforgettable evening, Brave New Voices alum will take center stage at the Sydney Goldstein Theater in San Francisco on May 6 to give back to the movement that shaped them forever. This is an event to both celebrate artistic excellence and ensure that the next generation of poets, change makers, activists and leaders will be set up for success.

With every ticket purchased, you are directly supporting and sustaining the Brave New Voices Festival, taking place this July in Las Vegas. The time is ripe for putting our money where our heart is and investing in the future now. Where better to start than with our brilliant and bold young people? Have fun and make a difference.

Hella Poetry: A Brave New Voices Benefit

Monday, May 6

Sydney Goldstein Theater

275 Hayes St | San Francisco


Tickets: bit.ly/HellaPoetry

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When We Fight We Win: Building Community Power to Dismantle the Prison System
7:00 PM19:00

When We Fight We Win: Building Community Power to Dismantle the Prison System

Recent years have seen important fights - and important wins - in the struggle to dismantle the prison system in California. From repealing sentence enhancements, to shutting down jail expansion plans, to working to restore voting rights to folks on parole.

Come hear from four incredible movement leaders at the frontline of these struggles about victories, strategies, and the importance of campaigns and coalitions in the continuing movement to dismantle the Prison Industrial Complex. Their stories will highlight the small and big ways you can also contribute to creating a more progressive vision of justice than mass incarceration.

Moderated by former Black Panther leader and political prisoner Ericka Huggins, the panel features:

  • Sandra Johnson, Senior Organizer, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC)/ All of Us or None (AOUON)

  • Eric Henderson, Policy Director, Initiate Justice

  • Ivette Alé & Amber-Rose Howard, Statewide Coordinators, Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB)

When: Thursday May 2nd, 7-9pm

Where: First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison Street, Oakland, CA, 94612

Tickets: $5-25 sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds - available here.

All proceeds from this event will go to LSPC/AOUON, Initiate Justice, and CURB, with specific focus on supporting this year's Quest for Democracy Day, an annual advocacy and rally day led by formerly incarcerated people and families with incarcerated loved ones to bring their voices to elected officials in Sacramento. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Location and Accessibility Information

This event is taking place at First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison Street, in Oakland. The venue is nine blocks away from the 19th St. BART station and is directly on AC Transit line 33. On-site parking is limited but is free at the rear of the building.


Childcare and ASL interpretation will be provided by reservation. Please RSVP to policy@surjbayarea.org no later than 5pm on Tuesday April 30, 2019 to reserve ASL interpretation and/or childcare.


The parking lot is slightly sloped in areas. The venue is accessible for mobility devices from the rear parking lot via one slightly downward sloping ramp and tan-colored double doors. The front entrance will also be in use, but has a few steps up. Please contact us in advance at policy@surjbayarea.org if you would like assistance navigating either entrance. Floors are linoleum or low-pile carpet. Reserved seating for people with visual or mobility challenges will be available toward the front and rear of the hall. Seating is in pews arranged on slope downward toward the stage. There will be greeters at the front entrance and one greeter at the back entrance to welcome and guide people to the sanctuary.


There are several gender neutral bathrooms, including one that is ADA compliant. We ask that everyone respect people’s gender identities and expressions by making all restrooms available to anyone, regardless of lived or perceived gender identity. We ask that folks choose the restroom that is right for them, and that no one question a person’s chosen restroom. Hand soap is scent free in all the restrooms. The ADA compliant restroom is also specially cleaned with scent-free products. There are no automatic doors on the bathrooms.


While the venue is not fully scent-free, we ask guests to please refrain from wearing scented products like lotions, perfumes, or essential oils so this event is as safe and comfortable as possible for people who have chemical sensitivities or allergies. Thank you! Other scents may be present from other church attendees prior to our event, and possibly from some custodial products. There will be a marked scent free section.


Lighting in the main hall is from compact fluorescent bulbs. Other areas are lit with standard fluorescent bulbs. The parking area can be darkly lit, so volunteers will be available to assist people with flashlights.


Can be directed to policy@surjbayarea.org

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Root Slam Writing Workshop
10:00 AM10:00

Root Slam Writing Workshop

We host a FREE writing workshop series located at Chapter 510 in Oakland! Join us every 2nd & 4th Saturday from 10:00am-11:45am. Come through and write with a group of folks that share the same passion for poetry. We even have space for you to share your new work(s) at the end. No experience necessary! Just bring something you feel comfortable writing with (pen, pencil, notepad, laptop, etc), and we got the rest!

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Greenlining Economic Summit
2:30 PM14:30

Greenlining Economic Summit

Reclaiming Our Voices: Narrative Strategies for Justice
Our stories are powerful. The way that we strategically frame our issues can change the story of the status quo. How do we use these  narratives as building blocks to inform policy advocacy and shape policymaking? In this skills-based workshop, narrative strategists will provide participants with a framework to mobilize public will for change by strategically shaping stories about social and political issues.

Natasha Huey, Artist Mentor, Performing Arts Workshop
Khilacz Foster, Oakland Military Institute, 10th grade
Amina Nicole Johnson, Lodestar: A Lighthouse Community Public School, 8th grade
Jordan Roque, Roosevelt Middle School, 8th grade

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