WHAT IS NoCR?
In a desire to commemorate the spirit of resistance and cross-cultural collaboration that fueled the student struggles of 1969 and 1999, Cross Cultural Student Development (CCSD) and the Third World Liberation Front (twLF) created the Night of Cultural Resistance (NoCR), an annual tradition started sixteen years ago. Multicultural events on this campus are often notorious for being reduced to food, music and dance, without an attempt to create a cross-cultural understanding of a shared hxstory of struggle that informs multi-cultural movements for liberation and equal rights. NoCR, was created with the hope of uniting peoples of all races, cultures, nation, religions, abilities and sexual orientations through a multicultural perspective and understanding. Artists, musicians, writers, activists, students and communtiy members come together to celebrate the many hxstories, stories, traditions, and cultural and artistic expressions that together create a multicultural vision of struggle and liberation.
Every year NoCR features live performances, art making, skills sharing, food, and various other activities to celebrate our resilience and honor the ways in which communities of color continute to resist and flourish within the university. NoCR is more than a concert or a show, it is an opportunity for communities on and off campus to come together and share stories, skills and resources.
WHAT IS WoCR?
Aspiring to honor to the fullest, communities of color and their resistance and resilience, the Week of Cultural Resistance (WoCR) was started in 2013. In order to capture the spirit of generations of hxstory making past and present, WoCR extends NoCR into an entire week of events of celebration, creation, healing, and remembering hosted by a variety of folks from community on and off campus. From exploring the "Intersections of Womynhood and Body Image" with Phi Nu Xi to commemorating "A People's History of Music in the United States with Las Cafeteras, WoCR pays tribute to the work of grassroots organizers shaping multi-cultural movements for liberation and equal rights today.
The Multicultural Community Center presents "In Chaos, We Blossom”, a night that celebrates rejuvenation and resilience, particularly through times of turbulence. As Amícar Cabral so aptly put “Culture is the seed of opposition blossoming into the flower of Liberation”. In this spirit, we seek to recognize and energize the aspects of our being that strengthen our ability to survive and thrive, especially through difficult moments in our lives.
In Chaos, We Blossom: a Conversation with Farmers of Color
Monday, March 13, 6:00-8:00pm
Hosted by MCC
To kick off the 6th Annual Week of Cultural Resistance, we want to root ourselves and our struggles in a dialogue about community growth and nourishment. As we embark on our MCC garden we are excited to invite our community partners to join us in a dialogue about what it means to create and cultivate autonomous and self-determined green spaces. We invite you to a conversation about food, identity, and resilience. Guest panelist include Kanchan Dawn Hunter of Spiral Gardens, Nidhi Solanki of Education Outside, and Rodney Spencer of City Slicker Farms.
ZAMI Consciousness: A reflection of black lesbian identity and social justice activism
Tuesday, March 14, 1-3pm
Hosted by Kerby Lynch
"Zami Conciousness: A Reflection of Black Lesbian Identity and Social Justice Activism" is an afternoon lunchtime screening of "A Litany for Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde" This documentary is an epic portrait of the eloquent, award-winning Black, lesbian, poet, mother, teacher and activist, Audre Lorde, whose writings -- spanning five decades -- articulated some of the most important social and political visions of the century.
From Lorde's childhood roots in NYC's Harlem to her battle with breast cancer, this moving film explores a life and a body of work that embodied the connections between the Civil Rights movement, the Women's movement, and the struggle for lesbian and gay rights. At the heart of this documentary is Lorde's own challenge to "envision what has not been and work with every fiber of who we are to make the reality and pursuit of that vision irresistible." It is important during these times to reflect upon the idols that are often cited, but sometimes not understood on a personal level. Take this moment to learn the life of Audre Lorde in this rare but telling documentary. There will be a group discussion to unpack Lorde's understanding of Black Lesbian Consciousness and how this framework can help us rethink sites of desire, pleasure and erotics in social justice organizing. *A Mini-Audre Lorde Reader Will Be Provided
Breathin’ the Eddy Zheng Story: Screening & Panel
Tuesday, March 14, 6-8:30pm
Hosted by REACH!
Arrested at 16 and tried as an adult for kidnapping and robbery, Eddy Zheng served over 20 years in California prisons and jails. Ben Wang’s BREATHIN’: THE EDDY ZHENG STORY paints an intimate portrait of Eddy—the prisoner, the immigrant, the son, the activist—on his journey to freedom, rehabilitation and redemption. In collaboration with the MCC's Week of Cultural Resistance, REACH! is proud to present the documentary film Breathin', followed by a panel with director Ben Wang and film subject Eddy Zheng. Join us for a conversation and dialogue on Eddy's personal narrative, API incarceration, and the school-to-prison-to-deportation pipeline as well as learning about Eddie's journey in pioneering the Asian American studies program at San Quentin.
Research 4 Resistance: Libraries Revolt!
Wednesday, March 15, 12-2pm
Hosted by MCC Library and Ethnic Studies Library
Research 4 Resistance (R4R) is a collective of UC Berkeley librarians, students, and community members interested in using shared research skills, tools and resources to support resistance to oppression and encroachments on human rights and civil liberties. The goal of the R4R Community Forum is to facilitate open dialogue and skill-sharing that supports building an interconnected and empowered community. How can research be used in service of resistance and justice? What kinds of tools and information do we need in order to effectively resist the many forms of oppression we face in this political moment and to envision and build a world that allows our communities to thrive? The forum will consist of a showcase of databases and tools from librarians on campus that can be used for social justice and a community dialogue. The community forum is hosted in partnership with the Ethnic Studies Library and the MCC Library and Archives.
Our Stories, Our Way: "In Chaos, We Blossom"
Wednesday, March 15, 5-7pm
Hosted by APASD's Community Advocate Program
The ways in which we tell stories are unique and beautiful -- whether they are written, spoken, portrayed through art, or other representations. These are our stories and hxstories for us to reclaim and tell how we choose to tell them. In collaboration and inspired by Eastwind Books of Berkeley, the only Asian American bookstore in the nation, we come together as community for a night of creating and sharing our stories together about how “in chaos, we blossom.” The night will have space to create and tell your own stories and share with community (if you choose). There will be food, raffle of books from Eastwind, and good company! *hxstories: The ‘x’ is to be be inclusive of all hxstories, rather than just the dominant narrative of patriarchal society; it reclaims and redefines how knowledge exists.
The Different Shades of Resistance
Thursday, March 16, 2-4pm
Hosted by Claudia Morales Barrera, Meli Catalán, Nadia Dextra, lissa garcia, Pan Narez & China Ruiz
Join us for a make-up skill share event where we will share our individual and communal relationship with make-up as a form of self-love and expression. We will share tips and knowledge about applying make-up but most importantly sharing how make-up has been used as a form of resistance, community building and empowerment. Whether you have experience with make-up or not, everyone is welcome!
In Chaos, We Blossom - 17th Annual Night of Cultural Resistance
Friday, March 17, 5-9pm
The Multicultural Community Center and Cross Cultural Student Development Office invite you to our 17th Annual Night of Cultural Resistance. We are so excited to host this beautiful event in our space again in the MLK Jr. Student Union! Join us in celebrating and honoring the generations of students who helped fight for the amazing new space we have now.