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.

The People's Health Briefing

Your Trusted Voice for COVID-19 Updates in Oakland!




Links referenced in the briefing:

  • California vaccinated vs. unvaccinated data



  • A National Strategy for COVID-19: Testing, Surveillance, and Mitigation Strategies (JAMA)



  • “Covid-19: An Urgent Call For Global ‘Vaccines-Plus’ Action” (BMJ)



  • 2 minute video: What you Need to Know about COVID Testing: PCR & Antigen Best Practices


  • Child COVID data:


  • CDC Press release new isolation/quarantine guidelines:



Interested in Receiving your COVID Test at Roots Community Health Center? 


Visit Roots Oakland Vaccine Clinic every Monday from 9:30am - 2:30pm, and every Thursday from 9:30am - 12:30pm


Interested in Receiving your Vaccine or Booster at Roots? 


Visit Roots Oakland Vaccine Clinic every Thursday and Friday from 1-4 pm






EastSide Arts Alliance's and NOMADIC PRESS presents…

Painting in the Streets: Oakland Uprising in the Time of Rebellion

Catch a first look at the interior of the book and hear from a few of its contributors from the event on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11

Join us on Facebook live to catch a first glimpse of Painting the Streets: Oakland Uprising in the Time of Rebellion! Hear from a few of the poets and visual artists. Music by TBA. 

“Oakland is a city of artists, and of people who appreciate the vital role of art in accelerating social change. Painting the Streets is an enduring reminder that we caught sight of the future in the murals and art that radically transformed Oakland during the protests in the summer of 2020.”

- Angela Y. Davis, Distinguished Professor Emerita History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies University of California, Santa Cruz

About the book: Painting the Streets: Oakland Uprising in the Time of Rebellion expresses solidarity with the national and international protests against the police brutality/murder of Black people and systemic-institutional racism in the US with Oakland murals as a local reflection of this historic moment. 

This oversized art book will impress this through an introduction by Alicia Garza; essays by Robin D. G, Kelley, Mizan Alkebulan and the Black Cultural Zone team, Greg Morozumi and Leslie Lopez, and Cat Brooks; an interview with Emory Douglas by Tongo Eisen-Martin, mural art (full list of participating artists coming soon!), photos by myriad photographers (including JJ Harris and Rohan DaCosta), and poetry expressing self-determination and the continuum of the Black liberation struggle by Umar Bin Hassan, from The Last Poets, Tureeda Mikell, Ayodele Nzinga (Oakland's first Poet Laureate), James Cagney, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Arnoldo Garcia, Sizwe, Miasha Quint, Nia McAllister, and Amiri Baraka. 

All proceeds from the book will go into a separate bank account overseen by 5 community members and proceeds will go toward visual arts programs in Oakland flatlands’ schools.

Black Lives Matter! Black Power Matters!


Preorder Books Available Here!!

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EastSide Arts Alliance's YAD leaders and Unity Council presents…



EastSide Garage • Corner of E23rd St and E12th, Oakland Ca


All attendees wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth.


Join our youth-organized community event to combat displacement in East Oakland!

This free in-person event Saturday, November 13 from 12pm-5pm will include activities, information, and community resources:


PAINTING stations to gather our experiences of and solutions for displacement 


HOUSING LEGAL AID and community resources


COVID-19 vaccination info and workshop


HEALING with plants, aromatherapy, and massage 

**weather advisory: event rescheduled if rain**

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Los líderes YAD de EastSide Arts Alliance y el Unity Council presentan ...




Garaje del EastSide • Esquina de E23rd St y E12th, Oakland Ca


Todos los asistentes llevan una máscara que les cubre la nariz y la boca.

¡Únase a nuestro evento comunitario organizado por jóvenes para combatir el desplazamiento en East Oakland! Este evento en persona gratuito el sábado 13 de noviembre de 12 p. M. A 5 p. M. Incluirá actividades, información y recursos comunitarios:


Estaciones de PINTURA para recoger nuestras experiencias y soluciones para el desplazamiento

AYUDA LEGAL DE VIVIENDA y recursos comunitarios

Información y taller sobre vacunación COVID-19

CURACIÓN con plantas, aromaterapia y masajes


** aviso meteorológico: evento reprogramado si llueve **


EastSide Arts Alliance’s Final Fridays Films presents…

499 – a film by Rodrigo Reyes

EastSide Cultural Center • 2277 International Blvd. Oakland

FREE IN-PERSON EVENT • Must reserve a ticket, limited to 30 attendees

reserve ticket at https://499finalfriday.bpt.me/

All attendees wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth at all times. No eating or drinking inside of the building.

Discussion with the filmmaker after the screening

To reflect on the 500-year anniversary of the Spanish conquest of Mexico in 2021, director Reyes offers a bold hybrid cinema experience exploring the brutal legacy of colonialism in contemporary Mexico. Through the eyes of a ghostly conquistador, the film recreates Hernan Cortes' epic journey from the coasts of Veracruz to the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan, the site of contemporary Mexico City. As the anachronistic fictional character interacts with real-life victims of Mexico's failed drug wars and indigenous communities in resistance, the filmmaker portrays the country's current humanitarian crisis as part of a vicious and unfinished colonial project, still in motion, nearly five hundred years later.

Provocative, unique, and strikingly cinematic, 499 mixes non-fictional and performative elements with elements of the road movie to show how past traumas continue to affect contemporary reality in Mexico. While linking these seemingly disparate histories of violence, the film confirms Reyes as one of the most potent voices in American independent cinema.


EastSide Arts Alliance presenta ...
499, una película de Rodrigo Reyes.
Viernes 12 de Noviembre

a las 7 p.m.
Centro Cultural EastSide • 2277 International Blvd. Oakland

EVENTO  GRATUITO • Debe reservar un boleto, limitado a 30 asistentes.
Reserve su boleto en https://499finalfriday.bpt.me/
Todos los asistentes tienen que llevar cubrebocas,  que les cubra la nariz y la boca en todo momento dentro del teatro. Por contingencia sanitaria alimentos y bebidas  dentro del edificio son prohibidas.

Discusión con el cineasta después de la proyección de la película.

Para reflexionar sobre el 500 aniversario de la invasión española de México en 2021, El director Reyes ofrece una atrevida experiencia de cine híbrido que explora el brutal legado del colonialismo en el México contemporáneo. A través de los ojos de un conquistador fantasmal, la película recrea el épico viaje de Hernán Cortés desde las costas de Veracruz hasta la capital de los aztecas, Tenochtitlán, hoy Ciudad de México. Descolocado el personaje de ficción interactúa con víctimas reales de las fallidas guerras contra las drogas en México y comunidades indígenas en resistencia. El cineasta retrata la situación del país y la crisis humanitaria como parte de un vicioso e inconcluso proyecto colonial, todavía en marcha,
casi después de quinientos años.
Provocador, único y sorprendentemente el cinematográfico de la película 499, mezcla la no ficción y elementos teatrales para mostrar cómo los traumas pasados continúan afectando la realidad contemporánea en México. Si bien estas historias de violencia aparentemente son dispares, la película confirma a Reyes como una de las voces más potentes del cine independiente estadounidense.

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EastSide Arts Alliance’s Bandung Books presents….

A reading with revolutionary poet and SF poet laureate Tongo-Eisen Martin.


7 PM PST  

EastSide Cultural Center

2277 International Blvd

We are so excited to welcome Tongo back into the cultural center as we celebrate the launch of his new book, Blood on the Fog. Tongo is a longtime friend of EastSide and a poet for the people. Join us on November 6th at 7pm for an intimate reading. Mask wearing required throughout the duration of the event. Books available for purchase from Bandung Books at the reading. Pre-registration required to attend, with details at bit.ly/tongoESAA


We reserve the right to turn down anyone who hasn’t registered due to social distancing requirements.

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EastSide Arts Alliance present...

Author Reading of Robert Liu-Trujilo's book

Alejandria Fights Back / ¡La Lucha De Alejandría!.



EastSide garage lot on the corner of East 12th and 23rd Avenue.

Join Bandung Books on October 9th for a reading with Oakland-based author and illustrator Robert Liu-Trujilo. Robert will be reading from his new bilingual children's book Alejandria Fights Back / ¡La Lucha De Alejandría!. Liu-Trujiilo's newest book is aimed at elementary school students and tells the story about Alejandria, the nine-year-old Afro-Latinx protagonist, who is threatened by an eviction, and her fight for her family and neighbors. The story shows us that when we organize with our community, we are more likely to win! The reading is free and books will be available to purchase at the event. All are welcomed and mask wearing is required. The reading will take place at the EastSide garage lot on the corner of East 12th and 23rd Avenue. Come one, come all! Bring your littles. More info on Liu-Trujilo can be found at his website at https://work.robdontstop.com/

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And don't forget




We are a Third World Cultural Center in the Fruitvale/San Antonio District in the East Oakland community– meaning we serve the diverse Black, Brown & Asian neighborhoods that populate our city.

One of our priorities involves SECURITY and SAFETY for People of Color in our underserved, poor & struggling communities which we know they are all under pressure to survive.

Sometimes survival means committing fratricide in our desperate communities (like the spike of violence especially in east Oakland); Sometimes it overflows into other ethnic neighborhoods, like the recent muggings in Chinatown. We need a bold and smart solution to address this repeating history that cannot be solved by increasing the number of the repressive police forces. Oakland has been “investigated” for nearly 20 years from the Feds for corrupt rampant police brutality and “rogue” cops. But we understand the source and role of policing since the history of slavery!

Defunding the Police is first step to protect our communities with intelligent policies that understand the source of our oppression – We need active intervention with community voices, progressive cultural consciousness, mental health dialogue, and better social services that address our concerns and needs ... for a start ...

We need more cooperation between our communities to build solidarity because that is the only way we can truly solve this crisis and ultimately empower our community. As third world people we continue to fight and struggle collectively to end oppression and violence against all of us in our communities and the world.

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