BHM: Events on the Left Coast :D

All of the events listed below are sponsored or supported by the Radical Women organization, a feminist, grassroots, organization located throughout the U.S. that is working to raise awareness about women’s oppressions particularly at the intersections of gender, class, race, and sexuality. Part of being radical is understanding that all oppressions are connected and these women have been fighting for social justice for EVERYONE from a feminist perspective for a very long time. Check them out if you do not know about them already and support their black herstory month events.

San Francisco

Radical Women

audre-bwThursday, February 26, 7pm
Black History Month Homage to Audre Lorde
Radical Women will feature the film, “A Litany for Survival” which profiles the spirited warrior poet and famed lesbian writer, Audre Lorde. After the film, friend and sister-in-struggle, Merle Woo, will give a tribute to her. Discussion will follow.

A Caribbean supper, with vegetarian option, will be served at 6:15pm for a $7 donation.  The event will be held at New Valencia Hall, 625 Larkin Street, Suite 202, San Francisco (located five blocks from the Civic Center BART station, and on the #19 and #31 Muni bus lines).

For more information or childcare, please call 415-864-1278 or email

Freedom Socialist Party

Saturday, February 21, 7:30pm
Black History Month Celebration
Justice for the San Francisco Eight!
Black Panthers Fight Government Persecution…Again
Decades before Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo, the U.S. government used torture as part of its COINTELPRO assault on political radicals.  Today, eight former members and supporters of the Black Panther Party battle murder charges blackpanthers_groupshotstemming from “confessions” they made 38 years ago under prolonged police torture.  Come find out how you can be involved in the international campaign to free the San Francisco Eight!

Featured speakers:
Richard Brown: San Francisco Eight defendant and longtime Western Addition community organizer

Nellie Wong:  Revolutionary poet and feminist defender of political prisoners and dissidents

Video showing: Legacy of Torture—The War against the Black Liberation Movement

A Southern BBQ dinner will be served at 6:00pm. The program and film showing begins at 7:30pm.  Door donation is $3.00 for the movie; dinner donation is $9.  Sliding scale and work exchanges are available for low-income people and students.

The event will take place at New Valencia Hall, 625 Larkin Street, Suite 202 (at Eddy Street, near Civic Center BART and on the #19 and #31 Muni bus lines) in San Francisco.  The event is wheelchair accessible.  For more information or childcare, call 415-864-1278 or email Everyone is welcome!

Portland Oregon

Freedom Socialist Party & Radical Women

Saturday, February 21, 7pm
Black History Month Celebration and Open Mic
“Frontrunners for Freedom: A Salute to Insurgent Black Women” 284994106_63bbc6cb05_o
The leadership of Black women has sparked and mobilized struggles for justice from the abolition movement of the 1830s to the union victory at the Smithfield Packing Plant in 2008. Their demands are an essential link between Black liberation, feminism, labor, and the struggle against imperialism. Step up to the mic and toast these intrepid fighters!

A Southern Buffet will be available at 6pm for an $8.00 donation. There is a door donation of $2.00.  The Open Mic will start at 7pm at the Bread & Roses Center, 819 N. Killingsworth St., Portland (1/2 block west of N. Albina; Take Tri-Met bus lines #4 and #72)

For more information or to arrange childcare call 503-240-4462 or email  Work exchange is available.


Radical Women

Thursday, February 19, 7:30 pm emansmallprog
Black History Month meeting featuring
”The Emancipation of Women: Female Leadership in the Southern Civil Rights Struggle”
A review and discussion of the groundbreaking 1965 analysis by Clara Fraser that emphasizes the indispensable role that African American women played in the Black Freedom movement. Fraser’s study also examines how race and sex oppression impact women’s status in the family and the workplace.

Hearty dinner, with vegetarian option, served at 6:30pm for a $7.50 donation. Join the fun at New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle (four blocks south of S. Alaska St. at the Hudson stop on the #7 busline). Wheelchair accessible.



  • Audrey Lorde BW
  • Women @ the Free Huey Rally in Oakland 1968/Pirkle Jones
  • Young Black Women Discussing Audre Lorde and other influential black feminist foremothers/ Jalylah Burrell
  • book cover The Emancipation of Women by Clara Fraser

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