Monday, 5/8/2023 at 10:10 pm, Shorts No.2
Canada Cinema, Tel Aviv, Israel
Tuesday, 10/25/2022 at 6:30 pm
Oakland, CA, USA
After the film screening, there is a panel discussion on homelessness with the Oakland mayoral candidates. The panelists confirmed so far are:
Known around The Town by many as “Baba Greg,” Greg Hodge has been living in Oakland for the past 40 years, and in West Oakland since 1992. His leadership experience spans over those four decades, serving various community development organizations, social justice collaboratives and spiritual communities. These include: 8 years as board member with Oakland Unified Schools and the Oakland Workforce Investment Board; over 15 years as a business owner, nonprofit executive and grantmaker; 25 years as a lead minister at a community church; 20 years as a strategist, retreat designer, facilitator and racial equity trainer with an emphasis on youth development for numerous foundations and nonprofits; and 36 years as a licensed attorney. Greg is a cultural artist who creates art to inspire change through music, drumming and healing.
During the pandemic, he worked with the City of Oakland’s COVID-19 Task Force, served as co-chair for the Alameda County Advisory Group on COVID, and led the African American Response Circle in raising and distributing over $1M to vulnerable communities. In his free time, he enjoys drumming, talking to people, scuba diving and reading great books. Greg would be honored to serve as Oakland’s next mayor to bring much needed hope and healing to the Town!
Tyron is a California native born and spent his early years in the Southern California coastal town of Ventura. He attended Fairfield High School in Fairfield, where he was a stand out on the track and field team. During Tyron’s high school years and throughout college, he worked in service related industries, restaurants in high school, and retail through college. Working in these industries made it clear that even working people with a 40-hour week schedule, still struggled. Struggled to pay rent, struggled to pay utilities, food, childcare. Tyron has worked with co-workers who often juggled three jobs to make ends meet. His later labor related involvement (shop steward/ union organizer) was sparked by these earlier experiences. Because of his parents, and from his daily experiences; empathy for the underdog was instilled early on.
Stable permanent housing is the very foundation for social well-being, mental well -being, physical well-being and economic well being. Tackling the issue of those who are unhoused, is absolutely essential; before addressing many other issues. Tyron believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to thrive and to play an active role in their city. He seeks the office of Mayor not for ego or status, but to use the office to bring about real tangible change.
Seneca moved to Oakland in 2012 to work as the East Bay Director for SEIU Local 1021, representing and negotiating improvements to wages and working conditions for thousands of workers in East Bay cities, most notably Oakland. It didn’t take long for Seneca to fall in love with The Town for it’s independent spirit and love of nature.
Moving to the Lower Bottoms, he immediately went to work in the community co-founding Bottoms Up Community Gardens and Oakhella. Seneca likes to say that all of his endeavors serve the same purpose, helping to bring Oakland Neighbors closer together.
In 2020, Seneca ran for City Council to bring a voice to his neighbors that he felt was being ignored. His Neighbors Together movement has since exploded across the city, demanding accountability from its Mayor and City Council.
Seneca has worked as a Labor leader and community organizer for over 20 years. He earned his B.S. from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations.
He has served as a Director for various Unions, as well as a consultant, negotiating contracts for Bay Area public sector employees. In addition to organizing, Seneca is a cook, farmer and chess enthusiast.
District 4 Council member Sheng Thao
City Council President Pro Tem Sheng Thao is a barrier breaking Councilmember and one of our most creative, substantive, and effective leaders on housing, homelessness, and public safety. She’s known for her inspiring life story of perseverance and unwavering commitment to standing up for those without a voice. Now, Sheng Thao is ready to lead our city as mayor—because Oakland’s time is now.
Finding her calling in public service, Sheng joined the office of Oakland’s Councilmember At-Large, which represents the entire city, and worked her way up to Chief of Staff. In that role, Sheng helped manage multiple City budgets, fought for affordable housing, helped small businesses open, worked to get guns off our streets, and fought for cleaner air and water. Sheng knew she could do even more as an elected official herself. So she ran for City Council District 4 and won, becoming the first Hmong-American woman Councilmember in California history.
As a Councilmember, Sheng helped bring the Council together, change the tone at City Hall, finally break through years of gridlock, and make progress on critical issues. At City Hall, Sheng has passed over 100 laws.
John Reimann is a retired carpenter and former recording secretary of Carpenters Local 713. He was expelled from that union for fighting for the membership, specifically for helping lead the 1999 SF Bay Area carpenters wildcat strike. He has been active in the many protest movements in Oakland, including BLM protests and Occupy Oakland He has visited and reported on the workers movement widely, from Ferguson to Chile and Ukraine.
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|Bay Area Media Makers Summit|
Screening only Part 1: DJ Nyce
Saturday, 10/22/2022 at 4pm at the Roxie
3117 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
| Moving, Everywhere|
A backyard film screening with films by James R Martel
Sunday, 10/16/2022 at 7pm
Berkeley, CA, USA
|Gray Loft Gallery|
Friday, 10/14/2022 at 6pm
2889 Ford St, 3rd Floor, Oakland, CA, USA
|Odense International Film Festival|
8/28/22 – 9/4/22
Please contact us if you are interested in screening We R Here in your community!
The production of this film is supported by
The Robertson Family Foundation
The City of Oakland Cultural Program
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