As the base point of origin of the Black Panther Party, one of the most iconizing forces of the Civil Rights Movement, Oakland is once again alive with events and activities paying tribute on their 50th Anniversary.

Legacy: A Tribute to the Black Panther Party

bpp-trib-life-is-livingThis year marks the 9th Annual Life Is Living Festival in Oakland. Over the past 10 years, we have transformed deFremery Park (Little Bobby Hutton Park) from vacant to vibrant. We are indebted to the local West Oakland heroes and sheroes of The Black Panther Party for inspiring us to use culture as a vehicle for social change. That said, we are honored to pay tribute to the enduring legacy of The Black Panther Party at this year’s Festival.

Through efforts such as The Free Breakfast Program, we re-dedicate ourselves to sustaining the Panther’s revolutionary commitment to community generated solutions. From babies to grandparents, Life Is Living believes in intergenerational dialogue that honors the wisdom of children and elders. Our partners have been engaged in a year long process to envision, strategize and create a Festival that is inclusive, dynamic and democratic.

We hope you will join us for what is to be a beautiful day as we honor the 50 year legacy of the Black Panther Party.

When: Saturday, October 8th
Where: deFremery Park



October 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party.

flyer-bpp-50th-top-1024x856An ad hoc committee of former members of the Party is hosting events commemorating the anniversary from October 20-23rd in Oakland, California.

The theme of our commemoration is “Where Do We Go From Here?” The Black Panther Party is well-known and admired in Oakland and around the world for its stand against police brutality, for its Survival Programs— which included free breakfast for school children and free health clinics—its coalitions with other people of color, and its effort to bring about revolutionary change in America. The anniversary events will explore and celebrate the history and legacy of the Black Panther Party.

We hope you will join us in commemorating this historic 50th anniversary by participating in the various workshops and panels of the conference, enjoying our wonderful dinner and gala, advertising in our souvenir program book and volunteering.

When:  Friday, October 22, 2016  7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Where:  Oakland Museum of California




18th Annual Self As Super-Hero Exhibit selfsuprhero

When: Sat., Oct. 1st, 1-3 p.m.
Where: FLAX Art & Design, 1501 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland (map)

We invite you to come celebrate another successful exhibition with us!
Free. For more information: 510-867-2324.


The Poetics of Fragility with Angela Davis and Cherrie Moraga

When: Sunday, October 2, 6:30pm, – 9pm
Where: Omi Gallery 2323 Broadway, Oakland $15–$20.


The Poetics of Fragility is a 63-minute “videocontemplation”  -an audiovisual medium for philosophical inquiry on the power and aesthetics of fragility; screening and in-person conversation between filmmakers Grandi and Mani and their collaborators Angela Davis and Cherrie Moraga.


The Power of Cooperative Ownership 

When: Tue., Oct. 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Cooperative Center Federal Credit Union 2001 Ashby Ave.

Gain insight into the process of converting a business to a cooperative and meet a business owner who is making the transition and workers in a coop.  Free