In Response to Our “Imagining Post-Capitalism Festival” (May 1-May 6th 2018), Sasha Leitmann has been kind enough to share her team’s upcoming feature documentary, “Socialism: An American Story” with Pro Arts.

Leading up to their film they are also putting out a few short animations about capitalism. They’ve just released the first one which is an attempt to historicize capitalism to reinforce that it is a mutable and constructed system. It lives here on Youtube, and here on Facebook, and there are two more to come.

In order to imagine Post-Capitalism, we had to come to terms with the demise of Capitalism. Perhaps, even more than our parents, Capitalism has shaped our psyches and our memories. Thus, we came together, to share our memories, both fond and traumatic, of this economic system that has contributed so much to our lived experiences.

We gathered on the grass of Oscar Grant/Frank Ogawa Plaza with food and beverages to share in a non-transactional way, and collectively reminisce about Capitalism. There was an open floor (well, literally, lawn) for those to share memories and stories of Capitalism, which had been such a significant presence in all our lives. What better way to come to terms with the demise of something so significant than in the company of others?

And in order to pay proper tribute to Capitalism, you were encouraged to bring souvenirs, mementos, and objects produced by the labor of exploited workers to send Capitalism on its way to it’s post-life. This event was concluded with a short funereal procession for Capitalism. 

Part of the Imagining Post-Capitalism Festival

Rethinking Economics and Embodying the Post-Capitalist Economy We Want Right Now

How could rethinking economics allow us to more clearly imagine a post-capitalist world?

What would happen if we enlivened economics so that it wasn’t so mechanical, quantitative, and lifeless? What if we could see how we enact and perform diverse economies every day and begin to find more agency and choice in which economies we want to leave behind and which we want to embolden and bring more to life? What are each of our own unique contributions to a just transition? In this workshop, Della wove together poetry, practices, and collected wisdom to invite us to see the economy and our relationship to it with new eyes.

Della Duncan is an alternative economist, teacher, and broadcast journalist interested in returning the field of economics to the realm of moral philosophy. She produces the Upstream Podcast, teaches courses about rethinking economics, and serves as a mentor and consultant for those individuals, local governments, and organizations committed to freeing themselves from the chokehold of capitalism and transitioning to more beautiful, sustainable, and just alternatives.

This event was FREE and Open to the Public.

About the Imagining Post-Capitalism Festival:

Confronting the oft-quoted cliché that we can imagine the end of the world more easily than we can imagine the end of capitalism, this festival invites us all to get out of our dead-end thinking and imagine how much better life can be. Produced by Pro Arts in collaboration with Shaping San Francisco, the Imagining Post-Capitalism hybrid festival/summit will take place from May 1 – 6, 2018 and will bring together activists, artists, and the general public to explore a future without capitalism. The festival/summit will take place in Oakland and San Francisco, CA. Scheduled activities include: lectures, community gatherings and salons, discussions, presentations, performances, workshops, screenings, art actions and interventions, podcasts and publications. Presentation topics include: social history of labor and labor organizing, universal basic income and alternative economies, debt abolition and jubilee, the end of work, what sustains racism and sexism beyond capitalism, revolutionary movements of the past, new social movements, ecological and social justice, urbanism and gentrification, technological innovations and techno-fetishism… and much more! What do you want to put on the table when it comes to imagining a post-capitalist life?

About the Festival Organizers:

Pro Arts is a non-profit art institution working in the visual arts, performance, music, social practice, public art, and education. Founded in 1973, Pro Arts is one of the few remaining institutions in Oakland that is artist-centered and that continues to function as a platform for experimentation, supporting the freedom to create challenging, non-commercial work in critical art context.

Shaping San Francisco is a participatory community history project documenting and archiving overlooked stories and memories of San Francisco. We are committed to defining a new kind of public space, specifically around a shared interest in our interrelated social histories.

OUR MEDIA PARTNERS:

Shareable.net is a nonprofit media outlet and action network that empowers people to share for a more resilient, equitable, and joyful world. We inspire social change by publishing stories, analysis, and tools in collaboration with our global partners.

shareable.net

Upstream is a radio documentary and interview series that invites you to unlearn everything you thought you knew about economics. Blurring the line between economics and storytelling, Upstream inspires listeners to imagine what a more just, sustainable, and beautiful economy might look like.

upstreampodcast.org

A post-capitalist world will need a radically different way of thinking about and providing justice. Local experiments in restorative and transformative justice are underway and Lou Viquerat presented her own experiences as part of a larger community of collectivized households in using these new practices which seek prevention and transformation of those that commit harms, over retribution and punitive measures. The Alternative Justices project has been an attempt to positively impact both the justice system and rape culture. Alt-Justices have been working on various strands of this project for over two years in the framework of two co-living spaces, and are now moving beyond that. ‘Alternative Justices’ refers to the creation and application of multiple systems of justice that can transcend and transform the state and its flawed systems. This presentation was part history of the project, part resources sharing, part Q&A and was envisioned as an invitation to take this work and use it to make impacts of your own.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER:

Lou is a human who builds communities of people determined to create the change they want to see in the world. At Foresight Institute, she is responsible for nurturing a scientific community dedicated to researching and advancing technologies of fundamental importance for the human future. Lou resides at The Embassy SF, an intentional co-living and event space. There, she curates weekly salons about science, philosophy and society. As a mediator, Lou assists people through emphatic conflict resolution.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL ORGANIZERS:

Pro Arts is a non-profit art institution working in the visual arts, performance, music, social practice, public art, and education. Founded in 1973, Pro Arts is one of the few remaining institutions in Oakland that is artist-centered and that continues to function as a platform for experimentation, supporting the freedom to create challenging, non-commercial work in critical art context.

Shaping San Francisco is a participatory community history project documenting and archiving overlooked stories and memories of San Francisco. We are committed to defining a new kind of public space, specifically around a shared interest in our interrelated social histories.

OUR MEDIA PARTNERS:

Shareable.net is a nonprofit media outlet and action network that empowers people to share for a more resilient, equitable, and joyful world. We inspire social change by publishing stories, analysis, and tools in collaboration with our global partners. Shareable.net

Upstream is a radio documentary and interview series that invites you to unlearn everything you thought you knew about economics. Blurring the line between economics and storytelling, Upstream inspires listeners to imagine what a more just, sustainable, and beautiful economy might look like. upstreampodcast.org

As part of the “Imagining Post-Capitalism” Festival (May 1-6, 2018), we joined the Blue Collar Green Water Art & Culture Collective on the evening of May 5th for an hour-long journey and multi-media art experience! In addition to stunning views of the San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge, the evening included readings, a short video screening, slideshow and animated video presentation on San Francisco waterfront history, presented by San Francisco Bay maritime working artists.

Event Program included:

On the 1st deck during the entire 1-hour voyage:

Eideyosy de la Vega Lezca

Eide DJ-ed a mix of Latino music with US music to show the fusion of Latinos in the Bay Area. This has shown how Latino culture moved across borders and is multinational. It symbolized our unity as a workforce through music.

Dj de la Vega was born in Cayo Hueso, Havana, Cuba. He grew up in an urban environment surrounded by music and started performing at a young age. He performed with Los Adversarios, a local hip hop group, at the Plaza de la Revolucion at the age of 17. He performed throughout Havana in community centers, public events and clubs. He spins electronic, trap, hip-hop, latin-fusion as well as swing and other eclectic styles. He is a deckhand at Blue and Gold Fleet and has been working in the maritime industry since immigrating to the US.

Walter Cruz

A short-looped video about the Labor Movements in the San Francisco Bay Area. Using old photographs or publications, Walter will share with a timeline of the main events related to the labor movements in the area, for example the 1934’s general strike.

Walter Cruz is a photographer and videographer, originally from Guatemala, now based in the Bay Area. A graduate of the International School of Film and Television of San Antonio de los Banos, Cuba, Walter has, for more than 20 years, been involved in documentary, news and film in various countries in Latin America. He currently teaches a Digital Video Arts class at Mission Valley ROP in Fremont, CA.

Vincent Atos

Displayed photographs of BCGW ferry workers, taken by Vincent Atos.

Vincent Atos immigrated from the Philippines to the U.S. in 1991. He worked for several years as a photojournalist for major newspapers and wire services in the Philippines. He also worked at Billy Graham Productions, boxing up concert merchandise. Eventually, Vincent found a bartending job on the ferries of Fisherman’s Wharf. After a short stint tending bar, Vincent became a deckhand with Blue & Gold Fleet. He now works as a deckhand on the Golden Gate Ferry. Vincent specializes in street photography and candid photography.

On the 2nd deck:

Samantha Levens

Samantha offered a short presentation on ways in which maritime workers have historically responded to job loss, automation and workplace destabilization using creative expression and political action. Utilizing images, literature, photography and video, primarily created by maritime workers themselves, Samantha presented a nonlinear overview of SF waterfront history focusing on how we as blue-collar workers have both successfully and unsuccessfully resisted and/or collaborated with automation, globalization and mechanization of our jobs and worksites. The presentation set the stage for a collaborative question and answer period where we discussed and debated how automation, mechanization and attacks on unions (right to work, etc.) is currently affecting our work as mariners and ways we can respond both creatively and through political action in the present and future.

Duration: 15 minutes

Samantha Levens is a full-time deckhand at Blue and Gold Fleet. She has been working in the maritime industry since 2002 when she began her career working aboard historic tall ships. She has served on the Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific’s executive board, as convention delegate, and shop steward. She has her BFA from Tyler School of Art/Temple University and is currently pursuing a MFA in Curatorial Studies.

April Sinclair & Sasha Wright

April read an original, short piece related to the working life. Sasha read a selection from her novel in progress. Their readings were followed by a discussion, in the context of the readings, on what the future looks like, especially through a post-capitalism lens.

Duration: 20 minutes

April Sinclair is an author of three novels including the critically acclaimed, best seller, “Coffee Will Make You Black.” Received The Carl Sandburg Award in Literature from the “Friends of the Chicago Public Library” for “Coffee Will Make You Black.”

Sasha Wright is a writer, translator and activist from Oakland, CA. She is a MFA in creative writing candidate at San Francisco State University and her work has been published in Left Turn Magazine and War Times. She writes about gender, sexuality and family dynamics, and is currently working on a coming-of-age novel set during the AIDS crisis in San Francisco in the late 1980s.

Erick Pari

Erick showed his documentary, “Behind the Line,” which raised the question: is the American Dream achievable for immigrants living and working in San Francisco? The 10-minute film was followed by a few minutes of discussion about the future for people like those interviewed in Erick’s video. Short discussion afterwards were with BCGW artists, moderated by Shaping San Francisco/Pro Arts.

Duration: 15 minutes

Erick is originally from Peru, Lima. He has lived in San Francisco for 17 years. Growing up in The City, he became keenly aware of the lack of help given to certain minority groups in The City, mostly Latinos and African Americans. Ericks vision growing up was always to help his community in any way possible. It has always been foremost in his mind and heart to give back to the community. Education has always been important in his family. Erick’s mother was his support and foundation as he followed his educational path. Graduating from San Francisco State University in May 2017 was Erick’s dream come true. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast & Electronic Communication Arts, with an emphasis in Video Production. Erick realizes the powerful tool documentaries, short films, movies and biographical films are for telling stories. Erick’s goal is to produce videos that focus on social problems, education and the environment.

About the Imagining Post-Capitalism Festival

Confronting the oft-quoted cliché that we can imagine the end of the world more easily than we can imagine the end of capitalism, this festival invites us all to get out of our dead-end thinking and imagine how much better life can be. Produced by Pro Arts in collaboration with Shaping San Francisco, the Imagining Post-Capitalism hybrid festival/summit will take place from May 1 – 6, 2018 and will bring together activists, artists, and the general public to explore a future without capitalism. The festival/summit will take place in Oakland and San Francisco, CA. Scheduled activities include: lectures, community gatherings and salons, discussions, presentations, performances, workshops, screenings, art actions and interventions, podcasts and publications. Presentation topics include: social history of labor and labor organizing, universal basic income and alternative economies, debt abolition and jubilee, the end of work, what sustains racism and sexism beyond capitalism, revolutionary movements of the past, new social movements, ecological and social justice, urbanism and gentrification, technological innovations and techno-fetishism… and much more! What do you want to put on the table when it comes to imagining a post-capitalist life?

Blue Collar Green Water Art & Culture Collective makes visible the creativity of the San Francisco Bay’s often unseen blue collar maritime worker. Transporting people and goods across the waters each day, we are the strong, dedicated force behind the productivity and industry of the San Francisco Bay. We are also artists, thinkers and leaders. We celebrate the strength of our wide diversity by supporting labor struggles and social justice crusades. Through art, we strive to build leadership within our membership, empower worker communities and enhance lives.

Blue & Gold Fleet is the premier provider of ferry and water excursion services on San Francisco Bay, offering the famous one-hour Bay Cruise Adventure, Escape from the Rock Cruise around Alcatraz Island and the ever-popular RocketBoat, the ultimate high-speed thrill ride along San Francisco’s waterfront. The company provides regular ferry service to Sausalito, Tiburon, Angel Island, Vallejo, Alameda/Oakland, Harbor Bay, South San Francisco and AT&T Park on game days, as well as motorcoach tours to some of Northern California’s picturesque sites. Blue & Gold Fleet operates a fleet of 19 vessels.

About the Festival Organizers:

Pro Arts is a non-profit art institution working in the visual arts, performance, music, social practice, public art, and education. Founded in 1973, Pro Arts is one of the few remaining institutions in Oakland that is artist-centered and that continues to function as a platform for experimentation, supporting the freedom to create challenging, non-commercial work in critical art context.

Shaping San Francisco is a participatory community history project documenting and archiving overlooked stories and memories of San Francisco. We are committed to defining a new kind of public space, specifically around a shared interest in our interrelated social histories.

OUR MEDIA PARTNERS:

Shareable.net is a nonprofit media outlet and action network that empowers people to share for a more resilient, equitable, and joyful world. We inspire social change by publishing stories, analysis, and tools in collaboration with our global partners.

shareable.net

Upstream is a radio documentary and interview series that invites you to unlearn everything you thought you knew about economics. Blurring the line between economics and storytelling, Upstream inspires listeners to imagine what a more just, sustainable, and beautiful economy might look like.

upstreampodcast.org