Over the last few months a coalition of organizations have been working on ways to make the green movement more meaningful to low income urban communities and people of color. Organizations like Grind for the Green, Communitree and Urban Releaf have begun a series of innovative projects and over the course of the weekend the coalition is producing a series of events in collaboration with the San Francisco Green Fest.  Starting with a tree planting session in East Oakland Saturday morning, the events keep going all weekend with a full program of lectures, panel discussions and training sessions, all led by a new wave of young Oakland eco activists. There are way too many things going on to list here but check out the lineup on the Communitree website for an overview.

Okay, while a new West Oakland art space dedicated to large form steam art might not be the first thing to pop into your head when it comes to social justice, but you have to admit that it’s pretty damned cool. And it’s steam, so it’s all about alternative energy angle. But no matter if this rationale works for you or not hopefully it’ll lead you over to Kinetic Steam Workshop’s opening party Saturday afternoon. Just a few blocks away from several other funky arts spots and creative havens, the shop is celebrating it’s newly minted nonprofit status and inviting the public in to take a peek at some of their amazing work, including the Giant Iron Snail Art Car, the Pumpkin Guillotine and a vintage steam powered paddle boat. Go ahead, embrace your inner steam punk.

Then the next day it’s time to get in touch with your climate changing, youth advocating political printmaking side. Leading up to Wednesday’s big Climate Convergence Forum, Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice is sponsoring a community discussion on climate change with a focus on youth action. The session hopes to frame climate issues through a child’s perspective with special attention paid to how these issues effect health, family and community.

After you’re fired up and ready to make some noise, come learn how to make some political art at the Creating Radical Graphics mini conference. Featuring some of the area’s most respected political artists, the event will bring together a diverse group of stencil, silkscreen and digital artists to discuss the ways the current political and economic climate are effecting their work and share strategies and techniques to push their political messages farther into the public conscious.

And after all that, if there’s still energy in your bones and a song in your heart, you might want to head over to the closing party for the Green Festival to check out sets by dead prez, speech from Arrested Development, Oakland’s Fiyawatah and DJ Zita and a lot more. The event is a fundraiser for Communitree and the new Green Youth Media Center.

And if that’s not enough to pack your weekend and make you take Monday off to recover I don’t know what to tell ya. I’m tired just from writing it all!

Saturday Nov. 14

Soul of the Green
San Francisco Green Week special events
Various times and locations.
More info at http://communitree.net/

Urban Releaf Tree Planting
835 57th, Oakland, Ca 94608

Kinetic Steam Works Rollout
12:00pm – 10:00pm
$5-100 sliding scale. Kids under 10 get in free (accompanied by adult)
2525 Mandela Parkway, Oakland, CA 94607

Sunday Nov. 15th

Youth & Climate Justice Community Workshop

FM Smith’s Rec. Center
1969 Park Blvd., Oakland
510.663.8300 ext. 302
Creating Radical Graphics for Liberation: An anti-imperialist, anti capitalist forum
Free (donations accepted)
Eastside Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd. (at 23rd Ave.), Oakland
Pulse of the Green closing night party
$15 before 10pm
1015 Folsom
1015 Folsom St. San Francisco, CA
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