SAFIRE: ACRJ's youth organizers are on the move!

Monday, March 29, 2010

ACRJ's SAFIRE high school youth organizing program annually trains 60 young Asian women from low-income, immigrant and refugee families as leaders and organizers for reproductive justice. It's a big week for SAFIRE (Sisters in Action for Issues of Reproductive Empowerment), with several local events and raising money to send SAFIRE youth to go to the June US Social Forum in Detroit.

SAFIRE Youth Climate Justice Teach-in, March 29

Tonight, SAFIRE is hosting a Teach-in for youth on the Oakland Climate Action Plan that the Oakland City Council will consider this Tuesday. Tonight, youth will share what they have found out, what organizations in Oakland are doing to advance equitable and just climate change policies, and how youth are important to this fight.

Monday, March 29th 2010, 4:30-6:00pm
@ ACRJ's office: 1440 Broadway Suite 301, Oakland

Rally for Oakland's Energy and Climate Action Plan on Tuesday, March 30

Oakland could have the best plan in the nation to fight global warming if it passes the Energy and Climate Action Plan proposal developed by the Oakland Climate Action Coalition, which includes ACRJ and over forty other community organizations, unions, green businesses and environmental experts and advocates. The Plan cuts dangerous emissions, creates green-collar jobs, improves public health and saves residents money. Get OCAC's PDF on Recommended Climate Targets, Goals, and Actions.
  • Join SAFIRE and ACRJ at 4:30 in Frank Ogawa Plaza for a high energy, high impact rally!
  • Join us for the Oakland City Council meeting from 5:30-8:30!
SAFIRE Youth Going to the US Social Forum!

The June US Social Forum, the convening that will bring together thousands of organizers from the U.S. and global social movements in Detroit, is an incredible opportunity for SAFIRE youth members to learn, educate other youth and expand their political awareness.
"This is a great learning experience that I just can't pass up. I really want to improve my public speaking skills. I get really nervous, but this would be a great opportunity to practice and grow." - Melinda

"I want to go to Detroit to teach people from all over the US about climate justice and be inspired by the work of others" - Kandace
SAFIRE in the 2010 Guerilla Youth Theatre Project, April 2-3

SAFIRE youth, along with youth from all over Oakland, are part of the Guerrilla Youth Theater Project of the EastSide Arts Alliance. American Deco is a collaborative piece, written and acted by over 60 Oakland youth, which includes SAFIRE's contribution focusing on gentrification and climate justice.
"While the powerful media corporation American Deco gets rich off exploiting communities, an underground guerilla movement builds in Oakland. We take a trip into the inner workings of American Deco. What keeps this corporation running, and what are the guerillas willing to do to protect their communities?"
Come out, bring your youth, learn and be inspired!

Friday and Saturday, April 2-3, 7PM
EastSide Cultural Center, 2727 International, Oakland
$5/youth $10/adults. For group rates contact EastSide 510.533.6629.

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