Apr 8th, Oakland: Freedom Dreams: A Mangos With Chili Launch Party for CUAV’s Safetyfest!

CUAV safetyfest

Freedom Dreams
A Mangos With Chili launch party for CUAV’s Safetyfest!

Thursday, April 8, 2010
7-10 PM
$5-$20, no one turned away for lack of funds
Bench and Bar
510 17th Street, Oakland CA (two blocks from 19th St Oakland BART)

Performances by
Chan Dynasty
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Kirya Traber
Manish Vaidya
and more t.b.a.

Plus:

Sex toy raffle with prizes from Good Vibrations, Babeland and Pink and White Productions
Femme Shark/ Sea Creature Ally Kissing/ Spanking Booth
Self Defense for Self Determination Queer Self Defense demo!
Sneak Preview of The Fire This Time: The Case of the NJ 4
ASS (Always a Safe Space) Consent is Sexy Nurse Posse!
delicious libations
Music by DJs Black and Durt

Just how free can you get?  Come to this night of delicious liberation for all queer and trans bodies. We’ll celebrate as only Mangos With Chili knows how, with burlesque, spoken word and performance about our freedom to live our desires, a sex toy raffle, a Femme Shark and Sea Creature Ally Kissing/ Spanking Booth, good music, space to chill and space to dance, and much more – all benefiting CUAV and kicking off Safetyfest, CUAV’s first annual celebration of queer and trans power in the Bay Area!

Safetyfest is a 100% free festival celebration of all the fierce ways queer and trans people in the Bay Area stay safe and strut our stuff. Our communities already have so many of the tools we’ll need to end violence and be truly safe in all the ways we deserve to be–we just need to share them! Proceeds will benefit CUAV’s 30+ years of supporting LGBTQQ survivors of hate violence and domestic violence to heal and create safer communities. For more information: safetyfest.blogspot.com

Founded in 1979, Community United Against Violence (CUAV) works to build the power of LGBTQQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning) communities to transform violence and oppression. We support the healing and leadership of those impacted by abuse and mobilize our broader communities to replace cycles of trauma with cycles of safety and liberation. As part of the larger social justice movement, CUAV works to create truly safe communities where everyone can thrive.

Mangos With Chili is a Bay Area based performing arts company committed to showcasing high quality performance of life saving importance by queer and trans artists of color to audiences in the Bay Area and beyond. Founded in 2006 by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha and Ms Cherry Galette, Mangos With Chili features a revolving cast of QTPOC artists and has performed to sold out houses across North America, wowing audiences in world class theaters, underground performance spaces, bars and campus halls, with their high intensity, breathtaking performance, politics and storytelling craft, reflecting the lives and stories of queer and trans people of color, while making art that speaks out in resistance to the daily struggles around silence, isolation, homophobia and violence that QTPOC face.

Mangos With Chili is a fiscally sponsored project of the San Francisco based arts organization CounterPULSE, which provides space and resources for emerging artists and cultural innovators: www.counterpulse.org.

Production of Freedom Dreams is supported by the Horizons Foundation, the Astraea Foundation and the generous support of our community of donors.

For more information:
mangos.with.chili@gmail.com
mangoswithchili.wordpress.com

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