Welcome to the EastSide Arts Alliance & Cultural Center!
We are an organization of Third World artists, cultural workers, and community organizers of color committed to working in the San Antonio and other Oakland neighborhoods to support a creative environment that improves the quality of life for our communities and advocates for progressive, systemic social change.
Self Respect, Self Defense, Self Determination
The ongoing onslaught of police & vigilante killings of African Americans around the country is symptomatic of the broadening repression in U.S. society’s rapid swing to the right, also characterized by the buildup of a fascistic prison industrial complex and an emboldened xenophobic commander-in-cheif.
The just call for Black Power identifies the struggle between Black people and oppressive political systems in the US and globally that are based on White Supremacy.
Black Power is a critical challenge to the hypocrisy of so-called American democracy and points to the disempowerment and disfranchisement of Black and all oppressed communities of color.
So we say: BLACK POWER MATTERS and support calls to DEFUND THE POLICE and DEFEND BLACK LIVES. This is a call to organize. We must continue to support organizations, alliances, united fronts and coalitions within and between our communities.
A global uprising demanding systemic changes in how we govern our own communities is underway. EastSide’s work is devoted to raising the cultural consciousness of our respective communities to fight for political empowerment. In the continuum of the artists and activists who came before us, are committed to:
SELF RESPECT - To raise political and cultural awareness and values based on a progressive and de-colonized national consciousness
SELF DEFENSE - To recognize police repression as a key component of institutional racism and White Supremacy and as an inherent feature of U.S. Capitalism.
SELF DETERMINATION - Community control of our institutions and political empowerment for Black and all Third World and oppressed peoples.
All in person events at the Cultural Center
have been postponed.
Look for posts on virtual events.
Live Arts in RESISTANCE (LAIR) VIRTUAL is a livestream program talking with local artists about their artistic work, dreams and community work.