Make Some Media: Reimagine! RP&E Meeting 2/25 at 4 pm

We had a rocking good launch party on January 8 and a great follow-up open editorial meeting. The response from our communities has confirmed our belief the we need Movements Making Media. Please join us Wednesday, 2/25 at 4 pm for the next Reimagine! meeting. We need more organizers, activists, artists, videographers, photographers, radio reporters and writers to join us in shaping the future of Race, Poverty & the Environment. Please feel free to invite your friends and colleagues and share on your social media.

Open Editorial & Organizing Meeting
Sneak preview of the new Reimagine! web site.
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 4 - 6 p.m.
We will share snacks and beverages
Movement Strategy Center, 436 14th St., Suite 500, Oakland

Please RSVP via email to or via Facebook.

At this meeting, writers and editors working on stories will talk about their progress and their questions. Together we will match story ideas that need media makers with media makers. We'll take an advance look at the soon-to-launch Reimagine! web site, and then map out ways to strengthen Reimagine! as a movement-building organization.

This is a new model, and organizing and sustaining it will demand as much creativity as producing the content itself.

Some of the questions we are pursuing:

  • How can we reimagine and reorganize media production so that the editorial objectives serve our communities?
  • How does gender-based violence connect with economic exploitation? How are women organizing to raise wages and redefine care work?
  • What can we learn from Oakland's long history of resistance to police violence to help shape the current Black Lives Matter campaign?
  • Silicon Valley is a "company region," not just a company town. What are the mechanisms that feed displacement and gentrification, and reinforce inequality?
  • How are people in Richmond organizing for a "just transition" away from the fossil-fuel economy, and building political power in low-income communities of color?
  • How can we build an economically viable media presence that advocates a class, race and gender analysis of our society and the social movements of our times?

Jess, Marcy, Christine, Merula, Preeti, Bob, Eric and Margi
Reimagine Workers Unite!

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Reimagine RP&E Release Party —RESCHEDULED to JANUARY 8, 2015

20-1 Cover Image thumbnailThursday, January 8, 2015
6:30pm at Joyce Gordon Gallery
406 14th Street, downtown Oakland, (94612)

COME HEAR about the local, national and international
Justice Movements you care about:

Dalia Yedida, California Domestic Workers Alliance
Nile Malloy, Our Power Campaign: Communities for a Just Transition
Taj James: a decade of California Climate Policy
Robbie Clark Just Cause::Causa Justa

Updates on #Black Lives Matter/Ferguson Actions, and

Anti-Gentrification fights across the Bay Area


These stories and more appear in the January 2015 Issue of
Reimagine! RP&E -- Get your advance copy at the

Plus, check out our slide show on the People's Climate
March.Enjoy FOOD AND DRINKS and chill with comrades.

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As part of our ongoing participatory editorial process, you are invited to attend educational and discussion events that will shape the direction of Reimagine! Movements Making Media.  Please join us at the first of our fall 2014 open forums.


Oakstop Coworking

1721 Broadway, #201

Oakland, CA
Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014

3:00 - 5:00 pm  

Film and discussion with director

Jennifer Pritheeva Samuel,  

lead organizer from Andolan 

Gulnahar Alam, 

YaliniDream, Monisha Bajaj, 

Sheila Bapat, and 

Preeti Mangala Shekar


Gulnahar Alam 





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I have taken the explicit goals of the Freedom School’s Citizenship Curriculum2—asking questions to improve society and using history to understand the mechanisms of repression and liberation—as models for my own thinking about education reform today. In placing Freedom Schools within the context of the history of alternative education reform3 to promote more proactive thinking about school reform today, I have come to the following conclusions:

1.    Teachers must be a part of the community in which they teach.
2.    School reform must be part of a social reform movement.
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