LOL on the radio!

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I (Jen-Mei) was recently interviewed for a show on integrating healing into queer activism on KPFA’s Women’s Magazine that was originally broadcast on Pride Sunday. I talked a bit about the space, intersectionality, taking time to build stuff on our own schedule instead of as a reaction to stupid mean stuff someone else is doing, and some of our upcoming events such as our AMC 2013 report back on Saturday, July 20 (2 PM to 6 PM).

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Post-apocalyptic movie and discussion night!

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RSVP via Eventbrite:
http://lol-book-club-hunger-games-efbevent.eventbrite.com/

We’re bringing back movie night and combining it with book club! We’re going to start things off this summer with a viewing of “A Night in the Woods” and “The Hunger Games”.

We’ll gather and socialize and snack at 6:30 PM and will start the movies at 7 PM. Afterwards, we’ll talk about the movies and The Hunger Games book. Here are some questions that we may be discussing:

Night in the Woods:

  • “Whether and how trans communities of color, accustomed to going it alone, can ask for and receive help from others, and what internal struggles must be resolved for non-transgender people to become allies? — From “A Night in the Woods” web site.

Hunger Games:

  • How did the casting of the movie compare with the images of the characters that you had built in your mind while reading the book?
  • What made the Hunger Games (book and/or movie) appealing to you? Unappealing?
  • Do you feel this is an original work of art or derivative?
  • How does the Hunger Games relate to the trend of dystopian fiction coming out now? What do you think is fueling the popularity of dystopian novels?

Plus whatever people want to talk about! Please add discussion topics in the comments.

Also, we have a challenge scheduling this June is a month chock full of activities especially for the queer community. It was actually possible for us to pick a date that didn’t overlap with something else (because, quite simply, there is something going on every single day in June). If there’s something going on on the 27th that you feel is enough of a conflict that we should change the date, please let us know.

This event is organized by The Miracle Bookmobile and Liberating Ourselves Locally.

 

Allied Media Conference 2013 report back!

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The Allied Media Conference just took place in Detroit this past weekend. A lot of Bay Area folks had a chance to go and find out what creative social and media justice activists have been up to. We are collaborating with our neighbors and good friends at Sustaining Ourselves Locally (SOL) to host report back event on Saturday, July 20, from 2 PM to 6 PM.

Please come and share your experience or listen to other people’s experiences at the conference!

Hack on Monday; Startup a home-based food business on Thursday!

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SELC‘s Resilient Communities Legal Café has a special presentation this Thursday! Free legal advice begins as usual at 4:30 p.m., but at 6 there will be a discussion about starting home-based food businesses! If you’ve ever wanted to sell kombucha, kimchee, gluten-free muffins, or fried green tomatoes but didn’t know how to go about it … now you can find out from SELC’s experts! The legal café happens at LOL every first Thursday of the month.

Of course, we also have Hack/Collaboration Night every Monday at 7 p.m.! Feel free to drop by to learn or to share some knowledge! We welcome people of all levels, including absolute beginners.

Week of May 6, 2013: Hacking, Meditation, Yoga, and Gener-Asian Gap gallery!

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As usual, we kick off the week w/ Hack Night at 7p. The Radical F*n Sangha sits on Tuesday, starting at 7. Yoga w/ Lady Idos goes from 6:30p to 8p on Wed. And we close out the week with Priscilla Hoang’s Gener-Asian Gap Gallery:

The Gener-Asian Gap is a gallery exhibition featuring a rich mix of local, multi-generational artist depicting their experiences with the generation gap within their families.

Both sides of the story will be told — one by the youth of Oakland, and one by parents and older folks. The pieces collectively share our struggles, successes, and how the generation gap affects us.

Make meditation pillows at our zafu-making workshop on 3/9!

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Many people in our community are interested in meditation. Of course, the Radical F*n Sangha meets at LOL every other Tuesday, but we have also been visited by other meditation groups. We thought we combined that with the sewing workshop and get together and make zafus (meditation pillows)! Please RSVP for the event so we have an idea what the turnout will be like. If you’re not on Facebook, feel free to email us at oaklandmakerspace@gmail.com or leave a comment here.

photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/crystalflickr/108340007/

Resilient Communities Legal Café 1st Thursdays of each month!

Flyer for Resilient Communities Legal CaféWe are really excited to host the Sustainable Economies Law Center’s Resilient Communities Legal Café the first Thursday of every month! It’s a free legal clinic that takes place each week in various partsof East Bay (we are the East Oakland location) for people who are interested in (from flyer): “starting an urban farm, car sharing group, then trust, housing cooperative, worker cooperatives, or other enterprise that helps build your community”. It sounds really amazing, and people have already expressed an interest in dropping in. We look forward to this project, and think it’s a great fit given that one of LOL’s missions is to enable liberation through entrepreneurship and developing local economies.

There will be more information later, but for now we wanted to make available the PDFs of the flyers. There are two versions: one with images on the left and one with images on the right  (the pictures are also slightly different).