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Open Thursday-Saturday 12pm-5pm for in store shopping


Nomadic Press and EastSide Arts Alliance have partnered to create an art book featuring Oakland murals to express solidarity with inter/national protests against the police brutality/murder of Black people and systemic-institutional racism in the US

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New and used books, records, posters, on Black, Asian, Raza/ Indigenous histories, stories poetry and art


Thur-Sat 12 -5pm at EastSide

2289 International Blvd

1 and 3rd Sunday at the Akoma Market 6955 Foothill Blvd

Mask Required for indoor shopping



EastSide Arts Alliance and NOMADIC PRESS present…

Book Reading and signing of Painting the Streets: Oakland Uprising in the Time of Rebellion

Saturday April 30, 2022

2-4pm PST

Bandung Books

2289 International Blvd

Join us to celebrate the official book reading and signing of Painting the Streets: Oakland Uprising in the Time of Rebellion!

Grab a copy in person at the bookstore or order the book at Bandungs online bookstore or at

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!

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!


EastSide Arts Alliance present…

Contemporary ASIAN AMERICAN ACTIVISM: Building Movements for Liberation.

Saturday, March 19


Virtual Event

Join this panel conversation on March 19th from 5:000-7:00 pm. Join for a conversation focused on women's activism and internationalism. Featuring Robyn Magalit Rodriguez, Pam Tau Lee, Javid Tariq, and a representative from Bayan-USA.

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EastSide Arts Alliance and NAKA Dance Theater present…

Fotonovela: MUA art book release

Saturday, Mar. 19

1-4 pm 

Bandung Books

2289 International Blvd, Oakland CA

Don't miss the celebration of the release of Fotonovela! an art book curated by members of MUA. Come celebrate Fotonovela on March 19th at Bandung Books, with music, poetry, and dancing. Pick up a copy of Fotonovela and make a donation.

Masks must be properly worn the entire time on site. This event will follow social distancing and mask protocols.

Limited capacity 

Bandung Books – history, mission, vision.


The Bandung Conference took place in Indonesia in 1955 and ushered in what became known as the Bandung Era.  The significance was that African and Asian countries came together for the first time as a block that was not dominated by the US and Western Europe.  By the end of that decade, the continents of Africa, Asia, and Latin America became known as the “Third World”. This anti-colonialism Third World coalition building is what EastSide’s work is dedicated to. By lifting up knowledge of the Bandung Era we are placing our work in a continuum of groups coming together to build power and self-determination.  Bandung Books will feature new and used books, music, and art that offers our community access to information that will be essential as we all strive to remain present and healthy in our own neighborhoods. For the past 18 years, EastSide has brought out our Bandung Books Kiosk to events and been able to share our resources with the community.  Moving into a permanent, physical space now expands our reach and provides a much-needed asset to East Oakland (where there are no bookstores).  The bookstore also fulfills EastSide’s mission to connect art and culture with history and education. Just as the Black Arts and Chicano Arts Movements did we are committed to making sure culture plays a key role in the movement building that is going to be critical for Oakland’s communities of color.  The fact that we are committed to lifting up and celebrating the Black, Indigenous, Xicana/Raza and Asian cultures that make up our neighborhood places us in a unique position of being able to forge connections between groups.  Bandung Books makes available a curated selection of books, music, videos, and posters that along with exhibitions, film screenings, and literary events serve as a much-needed component to EastSide’s ongoing work.


In line with our organizational mission to raise political and cultural consciousness in our communities as a requisite to self-determination and political empowerment, we prioritize our space for cultural literacy. Encouraging reading books and periodicals, viewing films (documentaries & features) and listening to music to connect histories past and present. A part of Bandung Books will be listening and viewing stations where community members and EastSide students and artists will be able to access our collection of materials from over four decades of cultural and political organizing efforts.  EastSide’s Community Archive & Resource Project (CARP) is devoted to making these resources accessible and functional for community use.



April 1, 2020 from Greg Morozumi:



Just because we have (responsibly) closed our doors to the public, we must keep our minds and actions wide open and remain vigilant to the rapidly changing events in our communities. That means paying attention to the news and also reinforcing our Mission as cultural warriors and devising innovative ways to respond and organize.


We are fortunate to have an organized network and can meet peoples’ specific needs in this unstable atmosphere. Don’t despair, we got your back.Keep expanding your mind and advance the understanding of our whole network and constituency. This is a first set of readings to realize the importance of the work we do and the amazing commitment of our collective efforts.


This first installment of readings which we will try to connect to folks online is about Why we are a Third World Cultural center, Why we are about national liberation and self-determination, the importance of culture to reach our people

and the vital role of building new women leadership. That’s a lot and these are critical readings and we will keep feeding more readings to consolidate our unity.


We will also address internet fluency(workshops) and access to adjust our communications and organizing capabilities. And we will address specific issues such as state repression (including the impending martial law measures), economic 

fallout, and alternative ways to express culture and survival programs.


Readings on the next page of this document.



Use links to find these readings: 



“On National Culture”  

 Frantz Fanon, from Wretched of the Earth, (1963), pp 167-189



“National Liberation and Culture”

Amilcar Cabral, from Return to the Source, (1973), pp 39-56



“Roaring from the East – Third World Dreaming” 

Robin D.G. Kelley, from Freedom Dreams, (2002), pp 60-109



“Enactments of Power:  The Politics of Performance Space” 

Ngugi wa Thiong’o, from Penpoints, Gunpoints, & Dreams, (1998), pp 37-69



“Cultural Dialogue for a New World” – 

Ngugi wa Thiong’o, from Moving the Center – The Struggle for Cultural Freedom, (1993), pp 42-46



“The Cultural Factor in the Neo-Colonial Era” 

Ngugi wa Thiong’o, from Moving the Center, (1993), pp 47-57



“Women in Cultural Work:  the fate or Kamiriithu People’s Theater in Kenya” 

Ngugi wa Thiong’o, from Barrel of a Pen, (1983), pp 39-51



“The Anti-Slavery Movement and the Birth of Women’s Rights” –

Angela Y. Davis, from Women, Race, & Class, (1983), pp 30-45



“Meditations on the Legacy of Malcolm X” –

Angela Davis, from The Angela Y. Davis Reader (1992), pp 279-288

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