Attention San Francisco/Bay Area Activists: Artistic Activism Panel Discussion

Just wanted to share an awesome event happening in the San Francisco/Bay area on NOVEMBER 11, 2013:


Please join us for an evening panel discussion, 

The Art of Resistance: Intersections & Alliances through Artivism

featuring art activists:

Melanie Cervantes is a Xicana graphic artist whose work includes black and white illustrations, paintings, installations and paper stencils. She is best known, however, for her prolific political screen prints and posters which have been used by movements across the globe.  Employing vibrant colors and hand-drawn illustrations, her work moves those viewed as marginal to the center — featuring powerful youth, elders, women, and queer and indigenous peoples. Melanie is co-founder of the Oakland-based arts collaboration, Dignidad Rebelde.

Climbing Poetree is the combined force of two boundary breaking soul-sisters who have sharpened their art as a tool for popular education, community organizing and personal transformation. Poets, performance artists, print makers, video and graphic designers, muralists and new media architects, Alixa and Naima create compelling works at the service for their vision of a more just and livable world.

Julio Salgado is a queer Mexican-born artist who grew up in Long Beach, California. Salgado uses his illustrations and poster work to empower undocumented and queer people by helping share their story, thus putting a human face to the issue. He has worked on various art projects that address anti-immigrant discourse, the issues of what it means to be undocumented, what it means to be undocu-queer and continually defy the good-immigrant narrative. Salgado received a BA in Journalism from California State University, Long Beach. 

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh  is a Brooklyn based oil painter / illustrator whose work focuses on portraiture and social/political themes. An Oklahoma City native, she exhibits her paintings in galleries nationally, while completing illustration commissions for magazines, films, and books. Also a public artist, she completed several large scale murals before beginning her current project, Stop Telling Women to Smile, a series of work that addresses gender based street harassment. She is currently traveling with the project, creating a national movement around street harassment through the use of art as a tool for social change. You can view her work at, and follow her at

Ruben DeLuna is a Flash animator, illustrator and Cartoonist located in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is currently Animation Director at Free Range Studios. Since joining Free Range in 2005, Ruben’s biggest claim to fame may be as the illustrator behind The Story of Stuff series. He has also overseen and provided animation work on projects for the Alliance for Climate Education, AutoDesk’s Sustainability Workshop, The Monterey Bay Aquarium, Fair Trade USA, The Kaiser Family Foundation, D.C. Water, The Meatrix 2½, Gorilla in the Greenhouse, Sam Suds and the Case of PVC, the Poison Plastic, Better World Books, and

Crystal Clarity is an illustrator, muralist, and teaching artist born, raised, and based in New York City. Her work serves and celebrates women of color and communities of color. Her vibrant organic urban styles merge the intersections of culture, gender, spirit, and inner city life. Clarity has worked with several pioneering non-profit organizations serving local communities through dynamic youth programs.

This discussion will focus on the struggles of individuals and communities across a range of social justice issues. Art activists will explore the role that art has and continues to play as a medium and means for resistance, change and creation of alternatives rooted in equity, justice and sustainability. Artivists will also explore the parallels and intersections of justice based struggles and examine opportunities for deeper, more dynamic forms of creative resistance and solidarity between and across struggles.


A reception will follow the Art of Resistance panel discussion at 8pm and will feature a LIVE performance by Climbing Poetree, Almas Fronterizas and spinning by artivist DJ Willie Maze!

Both events will be held onboard the Rainbow Warrior ship, Pier 17 at the SF waterfront

Panel Discussion starts at 6pm

Artivist Reception starts at 8:30pm

*****A photo ID is required to enter the pier – ALL forms of photo ID are acceptable*****

Please RSVP for the panel and/or discussion with Laila Williams at

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