Camarena is a Mexican from Mexico, complicated by an upbringing in the U.S.,
Uruguay, and Mexico. She became a resident of the Mission District of San
Francisco in 2008.
Since arriving in the Mission, Adriana began
collecting tales of borders, line-crossings, and overlapping identities told by
residents to provide a layered picture of this traditionally working class
immigrant neighborhood in California. Class, gender, race, and ethnicity are
explored in the context of old and new displacements through her
multi-disciplinary storytelling project titled “Unsettlers: Migrants, Homies,
and Mammas in the Mission District of San Francisco”. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.unsettlers.org.
Gordon Chin has been a San Francisco activist for nearly
half a century. He retired in 2011 as Executive Director of the Chinatown Community
Development Center, an organization which has been in the forefront of community
organizing, neighborhood advocacy and affordable housing development in San
Gordon Chin was born in San Francisco on February 11, 1948.
He attended Merritt Junior College and San Francisco State University. He has
served on the boards of the Center for Community Change, the San Francisco Public
Utilities Commission and the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Commission, He is
currently working on a book of memoirs entitled “Building Community, Chinatown Style”.
Rhodessa Jones is Co-Artistic Director of the San Francisco performance company Cultural
Odyssey. She is an actress, teacher, and writer. Ms. Jones is also the Director
of the Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women, which is a performance
workshop designed to achieve personal and social transformation with
incarcerated and HIV positive women. On May 16, 2014 Rhodessa was the Keynote
Speaker for the Graduation Commencement for the Department of Performance
Studies, UC Berkeley. During Spring 2014 she was the Interdisciplinary Artist
in Residence at the University of Wisconsin. Beginning in 2015 Rhodessa will be
a Visiting Professor at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California.
The Medea Project
The Medea Project is a
production of Cultural Odyssey, which continues to develop original productions
that demonstrate their vision of "ARTS AS SOCIAL ACTIVISM". In 1989,
on the basis of material developed while conducting classes at the San
Francisco County Jail, Rhodessa Jones created "Big Butt Girls, Hard Headed
Women", a performance piece based on the lives of the incarcerated women
she encountered. During the work's creation, Jones and jail officials were made
aware of issues that were specific to female inmates, such as guilt,
depression, and self-loathing, which arose in response to feelings of failure
in the face of community. These issues directly contribute to recidivism among female
offenders. Based on this observation, Jones founded THE MEDEA PROJECT: THEATER
FOR INCARCERATED WOMEN to explore whether an arts-based approach could help
reduce the numbers of women returning to jail.
Adriana Camarena: UNSETTLING STORIES FROM THE MISSION DISTRICT
Gordon Chin: PERSPECTIVES ON DISPLACEMENT IN SAN FRANCISCO
Gordon Chin will share his
observations about the current housing and affordability crisis in
San Francisco, drawing parallels with displacement struggles in SF
history, including the International Hotel, urban renewal, and
other high-profile housing displacement in the 1980's and 1990's.
He will draw from his experiences in Chinatown, but also citywide
issues with community organizations working in coalitions, pushing
progressive housing and land use policies, and legislative
Rhodessa Jones: ONCE UPON A TIME IN A PLACE CALLED NOW!
I believe in performance as “public communion” that involves taking the stories of women from the edge and placing them center stage to tell herstories. I will address this and other issues in the context of my ongoing work inside the prison industrial complex in America and South Africa as well as my present work with women who are HIV positive.
The Medea Project