Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Tues: Event in Solidarity with Dr. Stella Nyanzi // Thurs: Events and Beyond: a discussion with Marc Herbst // Fri: First Friday: Interconnected with Little Giant Collective // Sat: Queer & Trans Speed-Dating // & more!

(graphic related to Thursday event at SubRosa)

-THIS EVENING - Tuesday, February 4th, 6-8:30pm:  Event in Solidarity with Dr. Stella Nyanzi (A teach-in & letter writing solidarity event)

Please join us for this event in solidarity with Dr. Stella Nyanzi, a feminist activist, poet and researcher who is serving an 18-month sentence in Luzira Maximum Security Prison in Kampala, Uganda.  Food & childcare provided.

After posting a poem on Facebook in September 2018, in which Nyanzi expressed the wish that the long-ruling and conservative President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, had been killed at birth by his mother's diseased vagina, she was charged with cyberbullying and offensive communication, under the Computer Misuse Act of 2011. She is still on trial for a 2017 Facebook post in which she referred to Museveni as "a pair of buttocks". The event will begin with an interactive teach-in on Dr. Nyanzi's work and activism prior to and since her imprisonment. We will then focus on the transnational connections between her imprisonment, broader state repression in Uganda, and the conditions for Black life and activism in the United States. As Black History Month begins, we hope this event will be a space where we think about the political commitments that are necessary to confront the full and global breadth of violence facing Black people today.

Following the teach-in, we will be facilitating a letter-writing, art-making and zine-making workshop, and will later arrange to send the materials produced to Dr. Nyanzi. We invite participants to bring any books (in English) they might want to post to Dr. Nyanzi. In anticipation of the postage costs to follow from this event, we also invite participants to bring a donation of money or USPS postage stamps. 

This event is supported by SubRosa Community Space, the UCSC Black Student Union (BSU), and the UCSC departments of Critical Race & Ethnic Studies, Feminist Studies, and History of Consciousness, as well as the Fábrica and cola4all.  Please share this instagram announcement this widely! We look forward to seeing you there.  // https://www.facebook.com/events/659580834847087/

-Thursday, February 6th, 7pm: The Journal of Aesthetics & Protest presents: Events and Beyond: a discussion with Marc Herbst

The 2009 UC Strikes which were initially centered in Northern California began reverberating throughout the state through the force of their own amazingness, amplified by conscientious organization beyond. The impact of the initial and subsequent strikes within this movement was immense because of the boldness of action when viewed in relation to the previous 10-years transition from alter-globalisation activism to a post 9-11 reality.

This talk engages with the ways that 2009 affected the theoretical development of one person, Marc Herbst of the Journal of Aesthetics & Protest. In this event, Herbst would like to talk about questions that emerged in the light of the strikes and sketch how the events played out against ongoing social and cultural movement thought. Herbst will bring to the table his experiences and reflections from LA, and in movement research in Barcelona and on the ZAD in France.  https://www.facebook.com/events/188921558869105/

Find out more about events and beyond...

~Occupy Everything - http://occupyeverything.org/ 
~An important essay from Barcelona by Manuela Zechner and Bue Rübner Hansen - https://roarmag.org/magazine/building-power-crisis-social-reproduction/ 
~On the ZAD - https://mauvaisetroupe.org/spip.php?article143 
~JOAAP Issue 11: Culture Beside Itself - http://www.joaap.org/issue11/issue11note.htm 
~Pro-arts and Common Residency - https://proartsgallery.org/public-programs/artist-residency/ 
~Nachbarschaftsakademie, Growing in the Midst of our Collective Disaster - https://nachbarschaftsakademie.org/

-Friday, February 7th, 6pm:  First Friday: Interconnected with Little Giant Collective

Join us for a First Friday open house featuring large-scale woodcuts on fabric from members of Little Giant Collective!

INTERCONNECTED is a collaborative show created in honor of the many beings, seen and unseen, that make-up the larger life-world and the local ecologies that we call home. This show features the work of four artists, Ash Armenta, Louise Leong, Melody Overstreet, and Campbell Steers. Each artist designed and carved a 4'x4' image onto birch plywood detailing native plants of Turtle Island, pollinators, animals, and people and is a reflection on our tenuous position within a context of profound interconnectivity. For this project, a steamroller was rented, and the artists closed Cooper Street (off of Pacific Ave), hand-rolled the carved blocks with black oil-based ink, rolled over the blocks with a steamroller, and printed a limited edition onto linen. This work was made in contemplation of our humble place in the local ecology alongside our more-than-human kin, and is a nod to the well-being of all of life when each being is able to thrive in balance with the collective. The four artists featured here are part of Little Giant Collective, a local community-run print studio that features monthly art openings, free community events, workshops, and more. To learn more about Little Giant Collective, visit www.littlegiantcollective.com.

About the artists:

Ash Armenta is a print media artist based in the Bay Area of California. Ash concluded the two year program at Tamarind Institute and received the title of Tamarind Master Printer in 2017. The program included several collaborations with artists such as Matt Shlian, Rashaad Newsome, Nicola Lopez, and Nina Elder. Ash enjoys printing collaboratively with artists as well as printing personal work, painting outdoor murals, illustration, woodworking, sign painting, and anything involving handmade fine details. Ash also teaches studio art and art history lecture classes. Themes Ash is exploring include organizing collaboration, investigating how queer bodies navigate public spaces and visual manifestations of community. Additionally what constitutes the multiple or edition and how principles of traditional printmaking can be expanded in similar practices of making. Ash is currently afar pursuing an MFA in Printmaking at the University of Wisconsin Madison. You can learn more about his work at www.asharmenta.com  

Louise Leong is a California based printmaker and illustrator. She has exhibited her work internationally in addition to regularly in the Santa Cruz and the San Francisco Bay Area. Her bold prints and illustrations are influenced by the humorous nuggets in the mundane landscapes and interactions people experience throughout their day. Through a filter of classic cartoon influences, she finds charm in the worlds we occupy while navigating the 9-5 work day; the humor and beauty of the strange relationships a cashier shares with her customers. Her "why not" approach of mark-making has attracted audiences of all ages to her imagery. Those with an affinity for childhood mischief are rewarded with the tongue-in-cheek humor of Louise's art. Louise has also taught art workshops with Porter College at UCSC,Youth Now! in Watsonville, and with the Prison Arts Project at the Santa Cruz County Jail. You can learn more about her work at www.louleo.com   

Melody Overstreet is a poet, artist, printer, and educator. She double majored in Studio Art and Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she focused on Printmaking, Public Art, and Peace Studies. She has exhibited her work locally as well as internationally, and has been featured in publications inclusive of Seed Broadcast, Inverness Almanac, and Chinquapin Quarterly. She is a member of the local Little Giant Collective print studio. She was instrumental in initiating Santa Monica College's Organic Learning Garden, a space for cross-curricular engagement, the hands-on growing of food, seed saving, and community building. She currently lives and works in Santa Cruz where she works as part of Gateway's Life Lab Garden Education program. She is a trained Master Gardener of California and certified California Naturalist through CNP and UCSC's Arboretum. She teaches a variety of workshops locally through Cabrillo College, The Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, and the UCSC Arboretum & Botanic Garden. You can learn more about her work at www.melodyoverstreet.com 

Campbell Steers: Much of my work pays homage to the machine from which much inspiration manifests—the bicycle. Or the places that my bike takes me—California landscapes. Or the feeling my bike gives me—a sensation that when I am in motion I am at my best. Printmaking is the medium I am most passionate about, and like the bicycle, it offers me a repetitive expression that is very meditative; when my legs are spinning bicycle pedals or hands are rolling ink over a woodblock, my thoughts clarify and everything makes sense. You can learn more about her work at www.budaburrito.com 

-Saturday, February 8th, 7pm:  Queer & Trans Speed-Dating

Come meet, connect and mingle with other LGBTQ folks!

~Super platonic power hour is from 7-8PM
~Speed-dating session for ages 18-24 is 8-9PM
~25+ is 9-10PM!

A safe(r) space to mingle, chat, and connect with other LGBTQ folks.  For more info contact trans@diversitycenter.org // https://www.facebook.com/events/2529631330588423/ 

(Come on by and have some coffee, check-out a book 
or strike up a conversation)
Mondays, 1 - 4pm // Wednesdays, 10:30am - 2:30pm // Fridays, 9am - 11am //
& open for events & meetings


NOTE:  Grad student TAs are still on a wildcat strike at UCSC for a cost of living adjustment 

Lots more info at https://payusmoreucsc.com

SubRosa is part of a community center called The Hub --- 
Check out The Hub's facebook, instagram & website for info re: other Hub projects! 

and more from some of our neighbors at The Hub...

-The Bike Church ---. http://bikechurch.santacruzhub.org  // https://www.facebook.com/thebikechurch/ // https://www.instagram.com/thebikechurch/  


SubRosa is a collectively run anarchist community space, a place to meet others and challenge our assumptions and act on our passions. We strive to create a vibrant environment for events, classes, meetings, organizing, performance, art, studying and more. SubRosa also offers radical literature for sale, and houses the Anarchist Lending Library. We welcome folks to join us in fostering an environment free from coercion, sexism, queer&homophobia, racism, ableism and other hierarchies.

SubRosa is part of the Hub Community Center, in downtown Santa Cruz, CA which is the unceded territory of the Awaswas-speaking Uypi Tribe. The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, comprised of the descendants of indigenous people taken to missions Santa Cruz and San Juan Bautista during Spanish colonization of the Central Coast, is today working hard to restore traditional stewardship practices on these lands and heal from historical trauma. Do you want to join SubRosa in solidarity with the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band? -Contribute to The Humunya Foundation of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, a 501 (c) (3) Private Foundation under the Internal Revenue Code.  As such, donations made to the Humunya Foundation are tax deductable. The Humunya Foundation was created to fund raise, facilitate Tribal cultural activities and conduct outreach to the public.  More information http://amahmutsun.org/foundation -Sign up for the Amah Mutsun Land Trust email list for more information and opportunities to get involved. -Consider making a monthly donation to Amah Mutsun Land Trust to support the tribe's Indigenous stewardship and cultural relearning work. -Check out http://www.protectjuristac.org/how-to-help/ to protect Juristac, an Amah Mutsun sacred site threatened by a proposed mining operation in Santa Clara county. Actions include: Sign the petition to protect Juristac, an Amah Mutsun sacred site threatened by a proposed mining operation in Santa Clara county. https://www.amahmutsunlandtrust.org and http://amahmutsun.org and http://www.protectjuristac.org

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