What an immensely heart-warming and inspiring weekend with our friends and family at the MG Family Affair! To celebrate a beautiful year, we hosted and co-hosted three days of amazing events. Thanks to all who came to share the stories, brews, shovels, and loving camaraderie. If you couldn’t make it, here is a quick breakdown of what you missed:
On Friday, over 150 people packed out SoleSpace in downtown Oakland to share stories of resistance, songs of home, and bring the joy of cultural activism into the movement. 12 participants (plus co-hosts Chinaka Hodge and MG’s own Josh Healey) performed the pieces they’d created in the Make It Fresh workshop series, and each storyteller fed us with words of bravery and beautiful wisdom. Videos are coming soon! And get ready for Round 2 of the storytelling workshop series in the Spring…as we continue to make it fresh.
On Saturday, 200+ people from over two dozen unions and many environmental justice organizations joined us for “Ferment & Foment.” Thanks to your generosity, we raised substantial funds to support MG Labor Fellow Brooke Anderson’s work to build a grassroots labor movement for ecological justice. Thank you to all our volunteers, to MG alum Kevin Christensen and his MacArthur Garage Brewery & Bar for hosting us and serving up such delicious home-brewed beer, to Fist of Flour Pizza for feeding us, and to Ed G & the Busted Lip for entertaining us.
On Sunday, two dozen volunteers from UNITE HERE 2850, Planting Justice, and Movement Generation gathered at the North Richmond home of union member and Casino San Pablo worker leader, Isidoro Saravia Ramos. After a full day’s work, we transformed an abandoned lot into a beautiful fruit and vegetable garden that will feed Isidoro’s family and other workers while they continue their struggle for justice in the workplace. As we cleared land, shoveled mulch, and built raised beds, union and community members shared experiences of workplace exploitation, the foreclosure crisis, refinery pollution, borders and prison, as well as our visions of building community resilience through land and food.