We Who Believe In Freedom Cannot Rest



Dear Friends,
The streets are not free. This summer was marked by the killing of and attempted murder of young black sisters Nia and Letifah Wilson by a white supremacist, ICE raids, deportations and imprisonment of families and children seeking asylum at our southern border, and the continued policing of Black people and homeless people by BBQ Betties and Jogger Joes.

We need all the medicine to stand up against these attacks on ourselves, our families, and our communities. Most importantly, we need to be with each other, to remember what keeps us strong, what keeps us hopeful. We need to sing to our children, to hold the rhythm for our neighbors. and to fight for each other.

That's what we'll be doing this fall -  gathering with our people to remember and reimagine long forgotten songs in our mother tongues; drumming and telling stories to collectively heal our wounds as people who are removed from our ancestral homelands, and putting it all together into an intergenerational musical theater production insisting that the streets must be free. 
Street Drum Performance Workshops for Women/Trans/GNC folks
Be a part of our Fall Musical Theater Production! | Mondays | 7-9 pm
Oct 1- Dec 10 | 955 7th St, Oakland| $0- $350*
more info & enroll
School Classes Starting Soon!
Manzanita classes start 9/26 |  Wednesdays and Fridays
ARISE classes start 9/27 |  Thursdays
Check with your school to enroll
News from Auntie Monica
Auntie Monica, BoomShake family leader, shares some news below.

It is with great sadness that I share the news that my beloved Mother, Iola James, passed away on Tuesday, August 28, 2018. She remained the model of beauty and dignity through her transition. Ever busy and devoted to friends and outstanding organizations, she chose to spend her last days in quiet solitude in her home. She took great joy in the expressions of love and friendship shared in the many cards and messages she received and read. She is greatly missed. Our family is overwhelmed by the outpouring of affection and kind words.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Iola James Memorial Scholarship Fund. The proceeds will go to local college-bound students, to whom she devoted much of her life to serving. Donations can be made via this online link gofundme.com/iola-james-scholarship-fund or in person at the memorial service. 
We thank you for your expressions of support and we offer our appreciation to you in this time of shared sorrow. She would have us all pause, connect, enjoy each other and then be about the business of living well and truly loving each other.
Our best to you all,
Iola’s Family
Monica, Pilar, Maya & Niles Hastings-Smith
Ages 21+ More info and presale tix 
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Dec 1 and 2  | Everyone Wants to Be In Oakland | 
Our annual drumsical is happening again!  Turn the pages of a riveting story told through our inter-generational community voice & performance. More info and RSVP 
It's been a busy summer!
Oakland Pride with Kinfolkz, Families Belong Together and Free protest at the West County Detention Center with Mujeres Unidas, Freedom Shakers Culture and Art Camp with Abundant Beginnings, and Laurel Street Fair