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Art, politics & playing in both spaces to make positive change in our culture.
Favianna takes us on a tour of political history through art and culture, and how to take action in our communities. We are given insight into cultural shifts and the effects of changing the narratives as a starting point to changing policies.
About the speaker
Favianna Rodriguez is a transnational interdisciplinary artist and cultural organizer on a mission to create profound and lasting social change in the world. Her art and collaborative projects address migration, global politics, economic injustice, patriarchy, and interdependence. Favianna’s practice is grounded in the desire to humanize and empower communities who are impacted by inequality and racism. She spends time on the front lines with affected communities, researching policies and supporting fellow artists of color and migrants through resources, mentorship, and collaborative opportunities. Born and raised in Oakland, California, Favianna’s earliest mentors were artists and movement leaders in the Chicano and Black Arts Movement. When Favianna is not making art, she is directing CultureStrike, a national arts organization that engages artists, writers and performers in migrant rights.
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Art and culture allows us to see ourselves as multi-dimensional people. — Favianna Rodriguez
Before you change politics, you have to change culture. — Favianna Rodriguez
The power of art is that it can ultimately transform what you see. — Favianna Rodriguez
Migration is in our DNA. When white folks move, it's seen as a good thing, they're settling new frontiers. When people of color move, it's a criminal act. — Favianna Rodriguez
When we are fighting for change we are always in the 'NO'. We are saying NO to jails, NO don't cut this, NO don't deport my family. But what are we saying YES to? — Favianna Rodriguez
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Hosted by Impact HUB Oakland
Date May 22, 2014
Photographer Drew Pedersen
Videographer Christie Goshe
Videographer Jessica Jones