Past Events


  • Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 6:00pm to Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 8:00pm
    El Museo del Barrio
    1230 5th Ave
    New York , NY
    The second event in The Asian American Writers' Workshop's Counterculturalists series highlights some of the rebels and bohemians of color who are often erased from histories of the left and the avant-garde. Watch a clip from American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, the new documentary film about 98-year-old Detroit-based Asian American activist legend Grace Lee Boggs. Poet Urayoán Noel—author of In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam—talks about avant-garde poet Pedro Pietri, the Nuyorican Movement co-founder who called himself a reverend, donned black robes and carried a large collapsible cross. (He died, he said, in the Vietnam war.) New School Professor Carolina González links together Puerto Rican labor activist Bernardo Vega and Afro-Trinidadian essayist C.L.R. James, one of the central intellectuals of post-colonial Marxism and the African diaspora. Learn about the man Edward Said called "the shrewdest and most original anti-imperialist analyst of Asia and Africa"—Pakistani intellectual Eqbal Ahmad. Columbia University Professor Manan Ahmed talks about this anti-nationalist scholar who was once tried for conspiracy to kidnap Henry Kissinger.
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    Friday, November 14, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
    Wyeth Room, Hilton Anatole Dallas
    2201 North Stemmons Freeway
    75207 Dallas , TX
    Most of us carry more media creation tools in our pockets than any other generation before us. But in the flood of digital information we are bombarded with each day, how we create stories that stands out and gets heard? How do we create powerful works of art and culture that can reach new audiences, ignite the public imagination and shift the debate? Through a hands-on exercise, we’ll create something to demonstrate what we’ve learned. Join CultureStrike staff members Julio Salgado and Will Coley for this panel as part of the 2014 Facing Race conference.
  • Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
    Facing Race Conference, Hilton Anatole - Carpenter Room Oakland , CA
    Join Race Forward, the Dallas Theater Center, SMU Meadows School of the Arts and Making Art with Purpose (MAP) for a special Public Art Opening welcoming the Mitchell Fellows, Complex Movements and Facing Our Truth: Short Places on Race & Privilege.
  • Who We Be: The Colorization of America (book image and photo of Jeff Chang)
    Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 5:00pm
    MACLA
    510 South 1st Street
    95113 San Jose , CA
    Race. A four-letter word. The greatest social divide in American life, a half-century ago and today. In this period, the U.S. has seen the most dramatic demographic and cultural shift in its history, with what can be called the "colorization" of America. But the same nation that elected its first Black president on a wave of hope—another four-letter word—is still engaged in endless culture wars. How do Americans see race now? How has that changed—and not changed—over the half-century? Join MACLA, KQED and Jeff Chang as he reads from and discusses his much-anticipated book, Who We Be: The Colorization of America (St. Martin’s Press, 2014). From the dream of integration to the reality of colorization, Who We Be remixes comic strips and contemporary art, campus protests and corporate marketing campaigns, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Trayvon Martin into a powerful, unusual, and timely cultural history of the idea of racial progress.
  • Home in Time of Displacement flyer
    Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 6:00pm
    Chicago Freedom School
    719 State St., 3rd floor
    60605 Chicago , IL
    Join us in the Chicago release of "Home in Time of Displacement", an anthology by Undocumented Writers at the Chicago Freedom School! We hope to share our anthology to open up a space for stories, ideas, and experiences of home and displacement, whatever that may mean to you. All are welcome and we encourage a space of listening and affirming each person's unique journey.
  • Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 7:00pm
    Sweets Ballroom
    1933 Broadway
    Oakland , CA
    Music, comedy, and spoken word -- sparking the radical imagination for climate justice! Hosted by Josh Healey and Favianna Rodriguez, with DJ Dave 'Davey D' Cookfeaturing. Featuring Invincible & Las Bomberas de la Bahia, Climbing Poetree, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Favianna Rodriguez, Kristina Wong, & More!
  • Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 7:30pm
    Bovard Auditorium, USC
    3551 Trousdale Pkwy
    90089 Los Angeles , CA
    Dreaming Sin Fronteras (Dreaming without Borders) explores the honest and often heartbreaking stories of undocumented youth through live music, visual art and testimony. Adapted and directed by Antonio Mercado, this unique production will feature student actors from USC: Santiago Coronado, Maria Jose Placencia, Stephanie Barajas, Jonathan von Mering, and Kelechi Emetuche with rising star José Julián (Demian Bichir's son in "A Better Life") along with “DREAMers”—undocumented students who would benefit from a federal Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act—from across Los Angeles.
  • Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 12:00pm
    Washington , DC

    West coast members from CultureStrike traveled to Brooklyn, New York to meet with east coast staff and hundreds of artists from across the country who are doing climate change-related art work. During the week of Sept. 16th, we began working on cardboard puppets and a 24’ diameter parachute banner. The puppets were designed in collaboration with David Solnit and photographer Roxana Marroquin. They were blown up black and white prints of Marroquin’s photographs which depicted POC members of a community garden that Marroquin works with.

  • Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 12:00pm
    The New Parrish Oakland , CA

    CultureStrike partnered up with Las Cafeteras and Bomberas de la Bahia to bring pro-migrant visual and performing art together. The sold out show brought out organizers, artists and community members out to celebrate migrant lives through resistance art. Attendees were able to speak with organizations like the East Bay Immigrant Youth Coalition and Mujeres Unidas y Activas to get themselves informed about the pro-migrant organizing that inspired many of the showcased art of the night.

  • Friday, May 30, 2014 - 12:00pm to Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 12:00pm
    Gallery 1L and the American Friends Service Committee office Atlanta , GA
    During the art exhibit and music showcase, local and national performing acts as well as local organizations came together to celebrate the ways in which migrants continue to shape this country’s cultural and political landscape. It was an important night to recognize the work that both artists and organizers have done to call attention to issues directly affecting undocumented and documented immigrants in the U.S. It is also important to highlight that the performers and audience reflected the face of migration and that this is not an issue that only affects undocumented Latinos.

A Message from CultureStrike Executive Director Sham-e-Ali Nayeem

"It is through art and culture that we are able to shift our collective consciousness and transform this grim political climate we find ourselves in. There is a significant cost our communities pay when we are not the ones uplifting our own truths. We have a tremendous opportunity to strengthen our creative alliances and shift cultural narratives that harm us. I invite us all to imagine the kind of world we wish to see and assert the safety and dignity of our communities." Donate Now!