OAKLAND RECONSTRUCTED: A New Map

OAKLAND RECONSTRUCTED: A New Map

Last fall, Broaklyn Film & Theater Company presented the Brooklyn Reconstructed Film Series; a collection of documentaries centered in Brooklyn rooted in explaining the mechanics which contribute to the reshaping of communities. One year later, "Oakland Reconstructed: A New Map" brings the focus to Oakland. Through a series of town forums, a league of scholars, entrepreneurs, civic leaders, and creatives will work to answer the question many of them are already asking themselves, "Where do I fit into Oakland"?

Fred Blackwell

FRED BLACKWELL is a Bay Area native that grew up in Oakland. He is currently Oakland’s Assistant City Administrator with oversight responsibilities for the City’s external service delivery departments with an emphasis on the City’s economic development and land use functions. Prior to his work with the City of Oakland he worked for the City and County of San Francisco most recently as its Redevelopment Director and prior to that as the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Community Development. Prior to joining local government Fred worked in private philanthropy with stints at the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the San Francisco Foundation.

Gerard Garzon

GERRY GARZON has been associated with public libraries in California and Colorado for over 30 years. While in Colorado, he developed a successful proposal to fund one of the first Library-related early childhood development programs. Since coming to Oakland, Gerry has been the Associate Director, responsible for public services of the Library. He has been heavily involved with various building projects culminating with the opening of the 81st Avenue Library in East Oakland in 2011, the largest branch library in the system and unique within the state as a co-located, joint school-public library with the Oakland Unified School District. Gerry was named Interim Library Director in December 2012, and his time has been taken up with development of a community-based model of library service for the City of Oakland. Gerry speaks at every opportunity about his passion for libraries and the role they play in our lives."

Maisha Quint

MAISHA QUINT is a Bay Area native who grew up in Berkeley. A staunch anti-prison organizer since high school, she worked for six years at Legal Services For Prisoners With Children and taught poetry for four years at UC Berkeley with June Jordan's Poetry for the People program. She has organized with various political prisoner campaigns, including the Committee to Free the San Francisco 8, Friends of Marilyn Buck and the Committee for the Defense of Human Rights. She is currently a collective staff member with EastSIde Arts Alliance.

Chinaka Hodge

CHINAKA HODGE is a poet, educator, playwright and screenwriter, originally from Oakland, California. After graduating from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, Chinaka spent the next decade working in various capacities at Youth Speaks/The Living Word Project, the nation’s leading literary arts non-profit. During her tenure there, she served as Program Director, Associate Artistic Director, and worked directly with Youth Speaks’ core population as a teaching artist and poet mentor. She has acted in comparable capacities in New York and Los Angeles at Urban Word NYC and Get Lit: Words Ignite. Chinaka also rocks mics as a founding member of a collaborative Hip Hop ensemble, The Getback. Her poems, editorials, interviews and prose have been featured in Newsweek, PBS, NPR, CNN, C-Span, and two seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry.

Pendarvis Harshaw

I can't stop seeing renditions of it! It's everywhere! The young basketball star mimicking MJ. It's the older gentleman schooling his apprentice on which wrench to use when tuning up his old school vehicle. It's knowledge you can't get in school. It's wisdom. It's life. Sometimes from accomplishments, sometimes from failures. Nonetheless, it is a valued phenomenon. But it's not always documented. That's why I picked up my camera and my pen. After all...

"Power is the ability to define phenomena, then in turn make it act in a desired manner."- Huey P. Newton

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Last fall, Broaklyn presented the Brooklyn Reconstructed Film Series; a collection of documentaries centered in Brooklyn rooted in explaining the mechanics contributing towards the reshaping of communities. One year later, "Oakland Reconstructed: A New Map" brings the focus to Oakland. Through a series of town forums, a league of scholars, entrepreneurs, civic leaders, and creatives will work to answer the question many of them are already asking themselves, "Where do I fit into Oakland"?

Oakland Reconstructed: A New Map is presented monthly on Karma Cinema Wednesdays at the New Parkway. Your contribution travels far, with 20% of your donation supporting local nonprofits, 30% supporting the New Parkway Theater, and 50% supporting Broaklyn; a project of the Intersection for the Arts Incubator Program. No one will be turned away for lack of funds, folks. We Thank You.

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