A sampling of our community empowering projects
SPECTRUM SOCIAL JUSTICE SENTINELS PROGRAM - a volunteer training program that connects commUNITY members to ALL of the commUNITY Wellness opportunities that exist within SPECTRUM QUEER MEDIA - a weekly workshop series presented in association with our social justice organization partners.
GUARD CARD TRAINING + CERTIFICATION PROGRAM - providing partial scholarships to support job training and placement of Black Queer + Trans Folks in security positions.
FILM SCREENINGS, FESTS + CURATED COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS
SPECTRUM QUEER MEDIA HAS SCREENED OVER 300 Social Justice + Empowering LGBTQIA + ALLY FILMS (many for free or lowcost) to diverse communities both IN MAJOR CITIES throughout the US + Abroad. Our work is recognized by both the national and international social justice + media justice communities.
FREE ANGELA AND ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS
- produced and curated the Spectrum national screening - the Oakland, California premiere featured Angela Davis as the guest speaker for the Spectrum Community Conversation
ALICE WALKER: BEAUTY IN TRUTH
- produced and curated a special Oakland, California premiere screening and discussion with filmmaker Pratibha Parmar, Alice Walker, Geena Davis and Ava DuVernay.
- produced and curated an exclusive Spectrum Queer Media screening with filmmaker Dee Rees and Producer Nekisa Cooper in Berkeley, California
MOSQUITA y MARI
- produced and curated an exclusive Spectrum Queer Media screening with filmmaker Aurora Guerrero
- produced and curated the Bay Area Premiere of the world's first sci-fi, lesbian musical with a trademarked Spectrum community conversation and concert with the film composer and filmmaker Shelley Doty.
STILL BLACK: A PORTRAIT OF BLACK TRANSMEN
- produced and curated the California premiere with a community conversation with filmmaker Kortney Ryan Ziegler and producer Awilda Rodriguez Lora.
THE NEW BLACK
- produced and launched the East Bay (Oakland California) premiere and community conversations in 2013.
THE GREEN FESTIVAL SF
- served The Green Festival (San Francisco, California) as a festival host committee member in 2013. The Green Festival is the largest sustainability event in the world and has reached more than one million people over the past 11 years. GreenFestival is a nonprofit event and a project of Green America and Global Exchange, a celebration of what’s working for ecological balance, social justice, sustainable economy and local communities.
MANY FACES, ONE DREAM
- served Many Faces. One Dream (Oakland/Bay Area stop) - an economic empowerment tour for LGBT communities of color sponsored by The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) , the nation’s leading Black LGBT civil rights organization and the U.S. Small Business Administration - as a community promotional partner in 2014.
COMMUNITY TEACH-INs, WORKSHOPS + HACKATHONS
SPECTRUM QUEER MEDIA HAS PRODUCED + CURATED OVER 50 Social Justice + Empowering LGBTQIA + ALLY TEACH-INS, WORKSHOPS + HACKATHONS (many for free or lowcost) to diverse communities IN MAJOR CITIES throughout the US.
Blackout Collective + Black Lives Matter Hunter's Point Symposium
ASSATA SHAKUR TEACH-IN
- co-produced and curated the Oakland, California teach-in with partners Hub Oakland and Betti Ono Gallery. http://www.38thnotes.com/2013/06/05/assata-teach-in-tell-and-learn-the-real-story/
- sponsored the world's very first Transgender Hackathon with Trans*H4ck founder Dr. Kortney Zeigler, the Kapor Center for Social Impact, Mozilla, TranscodeSF and Betti Ono Gallery.
REGAIN YOUR VOICE!: DIGITAL STORYTELLING WORKSHOP for Women + Girls of Color at the 29th Annual Empowering Women of Color Conference - UC Berkeley - 2014
THE IMPORTANCE of FILM in SOCIAL JUSTICE MOVEMENTS - NAES 2014 Research as Ceremony: Decolonizing Ethnic Studies - Mills College
STORYTELLING AS AN EMPOWERMENT STRATEGY: California Institute of Integrated Studies: Beyond the Binary 2014
CommUNITY BUILDING CREATIVE ARTS EXHIBITS + EVENTS
SPECTRUM QUEER MEDIA HAS PRODUCED, PARTICIPATED IN + CURATED Empowering LGBTQIA + ALLY EVENTS + We have had the wonderful honor to work with over 400 artists and groups in communities IN MAJOR CITIES throughout the US + abroad.
WEEKLY OAKLAND QUEER + TRANS OPEN MIC (2013) AND MONTHLY BROOKLYN QUEER + TRANS OPEN MIC (2016) - Utilizing a practice of COLLECTIVE SELF-CARE - we are nurturing and maintaining an international commUNITY of individuals united and intentionally engaged in a consistent healing practice that includes: effective communications skills building; conflict resolution; and commUNITY reclamation.
OAKLAND BAY AREA Poets for Ferguson - National Live Broadcast from the Bay to Ferguson 9/28/14: https://www.facebook.com/events/745527145521439/
THE OAKLAND PRIDE 5K+10K RUN/WALK - dubbed THE PEOPLE's OUTRUN - an annual pledge run - the first one of its kind - established in 2014 to raise funds for TLGBQIA2S nonprofits
Transformative Visions: Art * Jazz * Spoken Word
OneLife Institute for Spirituality & Social Transformation. OneLife Institute is a nonprofit interfaith organization working at the intersection of spirituality and social action. - http://www.eventbrite.com/e/transformative-visions-art-jazz-spoken-word-tickets-15904181836
Oakland International Women's Day Exhibit https://www.facebook.com/events/1401492686815596/
A VIGIL TO HONOR BLACK LIVES #BlackLivesMatter Lake Merritt Candlelight Vigil (1.5k in attendance)
QUEER #BlackLivesMatter: A Call to Action in Castro
facebook.com/events/336739413189103/OAKLAND #BringBackOurGirlsfacebook.com/events/552092998243775/MILLIONS MARCH OAKLAND Action Group Organizer
Oakland Pride: City Hall Art exhibit
M.A.L.I Women's Film & Performance Arts Conference - Austin TX
OAKLAND LGBT PRIDE ENTERTAINMENT CHAIR (3 YEARS)
- selected and contracted artists for the Main, Women's and Community Stages for 3 years: including all main stage headliners. Over 35,000 folkz attended each year that Spectrum held the position.
BRING BACK MOTHER'S DAY Healing Drum Circle facebook.com/events/1413247185614821/
THE BAY AREA BISEXUAL NETWORK Co Director
GENERATIONS Board Co-Chair
PRIDE OUTRUN Board President
THE YWCA SF Past Board Member
THE NIA COLLECTIVE Past Board Member