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“Hi! How are you?” – Sharing Neighbor Stories

June 3 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Virtual Roundtable Conversation
Thursday, June 3 5PM – 6:30PM

No matter where we find ourselves, we are all neighbors. How do we define and experience this often-unacknowledged relationship? Living in the same place doesn’t mean we know how to live together.

We all carry stories of our neighborhoods, the stories that make a place home. Even before COVID, informal face-to-face interactions were disappearing. On any given block, neighbors thrive by collaboratively defining and redefining where they live.

Creating inclusive, supportive neighbor networks starts with listening to each other.

Please join us in a conversation about equity and neighbor relationships facilitated by community scholar and activist Miyuki Baker, featuring:

Saturu Ned — Original Black Panther Party Member & community architect

Leo Mercer — Rap-activist & leader of Oakland Communities United for Equity & Justice

Shikira Porter — founding member of Neighbors for Racial Justice

Toby Lewis — Hyperlocal community co-creator & Longfellow Community Association board member

Heidi Herrera — North Oakland cultural worker & Commons Archive collaborator

Sue Mark — longtime North Oakland neighbor & Commons Archive founder

This roundtable conversation is part of Commons Archive, a creative grassroots history project initiated by cultural researcher Sue Mark in 2016 as part of Kala’s Print Public program. Commons Archive collaborates with North Oakland, CA groups and organizations to connect neighbors through stories, shared resources and celebrations. Learn more at www.commonsarchive.net and follow us on Instagram @commons_archive

Commons Archive is generously supported by The Kenneth Rainin Foundation and the San Francisco Foundation.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Mayumi Hamanaka at mayumi@kala.org

If you are a person with a disability and require an accommodation to participate in a program, or require documents in alternative formats, please contact Meg Pohlod at 510-519-4701 voice, Dial 711 for CRS, or email at meghan@kala.org.

Panelist Bios:

Miyuki Baker is a non-binary Zainichi (zai rhymes with eye) artist & scholar living in Fruitvale committed to Beautiful Scholarship for our collective liberation. They are currently finishing their PhD in performance studies at UC Berkeley writing about histories of mutual aid in East Oakland. IG: @heymiyuki

Saturu Ned, a member of the original Black Panther Party, continues his activism as an educator & community architect. He is one of the founders of the newly formed Black Panther Party Alumni Legacy Network that supports the Black Panther Party’s original survival programs for economic stability and freedom.

Leo Mercer, founder of The MERCER Brotherhood, is a community Organizer & Culture Keeper, born and raised in Oakland CA. He works to leverage Hip Hop as a platform for social change. As the director of Oakland Communities United for Equity & Justice, Leo supports the needs of all neighbors .IG @mercerbrotherhood

Shikira Porter is a being whose values are rooted in integrity, grace, and vulnerability. I choose collective/shared power, accountability without furthering injustices and liberation-orientated friendships. Shikira is a founding member of Neighbors for Racial Justice.

North Oakland neighbor Toby Lewis fosters community by participating in the 900 Block Apgar Group, #regularsonly musical events in connected backyards, local BLM & reproductive rights demonstrations, and is a Longfellow Community Association board member. She collaborates with Commons Archive to share neighborhood history and is a Block By Block organizer.

Heidi Herrera, an Oakland-based writer, designer, and cultural worker, has been a Commons Archive collaborator since 2018. She manages the project’s social media strategy, contributes an equity-based perspective, and designs zines and other visual ephemera. She recently received her MA in Art History from UC Davis where she wrote her thesis on feminist art collectives mobilizing in the streets and on social media against gender-based violence in Latin America. IG @commons_archive

marksearch/Sue Mark has been designing interactive opportunities for communities to publicly share personal histories for empowerment. Cultural researcher, literacy educator and artist Sue Mark is interested in untold, over-looked stories. Partnering with husband Bruce Douglas, an engineer and inventor passionate about repurposing materials, ‘marksearch’ blends their diverse skills and shared life. ‘marksearch’ has implemented interdisciplinary projects with neighbor groups, community organizations, historians, urban planners, anthropologists and municipalities throughout Oakland, nationally and across the globe.


June 3
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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