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518 Valencia: The Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics

518 Valencia: The Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics 518 Valencia is a financially viable & accessible political and cultural space, as well as a critical resource to left and progressive social movements in the Bay Area

Operating as usual

10/07/2019
Freedom Archives

Freedom Archives

12,000 hours of audio and video recordings & documents from social justice movements from the 1960s to the present.

10/02/2019
The Eric Quesada Center for Culture and Politics is available to rent for non-profits at affordable daytime rates! We ar...
07/15/2019
518 Valencia

The Eric Quesada Center for Culture and Politics is available to rent for non-profits at affordable daytime rates! We are easily accessible from BART and major SF bus lines (14, 49, 22, 55, 33)! Whether its a training, a staff meeting, or a community event our weekday day time hourly prices are made affordable for our non-profit communities. You can find our Mission Statement and rates on line at http://518valencia.org/index.html.

We are now accepting booking requests. 518 Valencia strives to be a financially viable and accessible space as a critical resource to left and progressive social movements in the Bay Area. See rental info HERE.

Join Writing Pad tonight for an amazing storytelling show, featuring Jeff Hanson, Nancy Hua, Shannon Hughes, Debbie Mink...
03/05/2018
SF: Free Storytelling Show | Writing Pad

Join Writing Pad tonight for an amazing storytelling show, featuring Jeff Hanson, Nancy Hua, Shannon Hughes, Debbie Mink, Victoria Palmiotto, Elisabeth Pisano, Hannah Stitt, Aaku Tamrakar, Kate Tran, Joseph Ugalde, and host Cory Rosen!

Tonight at 7:30 pm at 518 Valencia: The Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics.

Check out this sampling of stories by the talented writers/performers of Corey Rosen’s Storytelling Class at Writing Pad. Hear stories about dating disasters to family dysfunction. You’ll be inspired and entertained! Join us at our Free San Francisco Storytelling Show at Freedom Archives. Bring ...

Happening this Monday at 518 Valencia: The Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics
03/03/2018
SF: Free Storytelling Show | Writing Pad

Happening this Monday at 518 Valencia: The Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics

Check out this sampling of stories by the talented writers/performers of Corey Rosen’s Storytelling Class at Writing Pad. Hear stories about dating disasters to family dysfunction. You’ll be inspired and entertained! Join us at our Free San Francisco Storytelling Show at Freedom Archives. Bring ...

Next Monday at 518 Valencia: The Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics - Join Writing Pad for a free storytelling...
02/27/2018
SF: Free Storytelling Show | Writing Pad

Next Monday at 518 Valencia: The Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics - Join Writing Pad for a free storytelling show!

https://writingpad.com/classes/sf-free-storytelling-show-4/

Check out this sampling of stories by the talented writers/performers of Corey Rosen’s Storytelling Class at Writing Pad. Hear stories about dating disasters to family dysfunction. You’ll be inspired and entertained! Join us at our Free San Francisco Storytelling Show at Freedom Archives. Bring ...

Tonight at 518 Valencia!
01/18/2018
Intro to San Francisco Politics at 518 Valencia

Tonight at 518 Valencia!

Check out Intro to San Francisco Politics at 518 Valencia in San Francisco on January 17, 2018 and get detailed info for the event - tickets, photos, video and reviews.

Last night's SUPERNOVA Women of Color panel discussion on Medical Cannabis, Legalization, and Prison Reform.
03/25/2016

Last night's SUPERNOVA Women of Color panel discussion on Medical Cannabis, Legalization, and Prison Reform.

Community! Join us tomorrow evening at 518 Valencia as we host the second and final night of independent shorts and film...
06/06/2015

Community! Join us tomorrow evening at 518 Valencia as we host the second and final night of independent shorts and films from Latino América put on by La Ultima / Latino Film Series. Check the flier below for information on the second screening, Friday, June 6th, at 7pm.

Community! Join us tomorrow evening at 518 Valencia as we host the first of two nights showing independent films from La...
06/05/2015

Community! Join us tomorrow evening at 518 Valencia as we host the first of two nights showing independent films from Latino América put on by La Ultima / Latino Film Series . Check the flier below for information on the first screening, Friday, June 5th at 7pm.

02/11/2015

This Thursday, February 12th
At 518 Valencia:
BLACK POETS SPEAK OUT
Poetry & Community Discussion
7:00-8:30pm

Community: Please join us this Thursday from 7-8:30pm for an evening of poetic expression by Black voices, followed by community discussion surrounding Black Lives, Black Power, and the impact of the police state in our communities. Share your thoughts, take in others'. This is meant to be a space of creative expression, empowerment, and respect. This is a donation based event. No one turned away for lack of funds.

04/04/2014

Only two more days until the ART AUCTION POR LA CAUSA! We can't wait to see you!

04/02/2014

This Sunday come check out the amazing pieces of art for sale at AN ART AUCTION POR LA CAUSA. This Sunday 4-7 at 518 Valencia: The Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics. Come through and support local artists for a good cause!!!

Two generations (1990s and 2000s) of Ch/Xicana members of the Watsonville Brown Berets are depicted as well as a central portrait of Hilda Reyes a member of the East L.A. chapter of the Berets (early 1970s). I created this piece because the leadership and contribution women make to radical organizations and movements is often eclipsed by male figures. This piece honors these amazing women.

Brown Berets are a barrio defense committee that emerged in the late 1960s. The Brown Berets focus on community organizing against police brutality and advocate for educational equity. The Brown Berets organized the National Chicano Moratorium in which close to 20,000 Chicanos marched and protested the high casualty rate of Chicanos in Vietnam and the military draft. This peaceful protest became chaotic when the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department decided to end the event by attacking attendees. Four Chicano activists were killed (two of them Brown Berets), Gustav Montag, Lyn Ward, José Diaz including journalist Rubén Salazar.

02/07/2014

Come through on Thursday February 27th at 7:15p.m. to 518 Valencia: The Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics for:

THE EVOLUTION OF THE AFRICAN AMERICAN ARCHITECT

Highlighting diversity in architecture, SFNOMA commemorates Black History Month with a lecture by SFNOMA President, Shelley Davis which celebrates the African American builders and architects who have contributed their talent and skill to the buildings we live, work, learn and play in over the last 150 years. The presentation weaves an inspiring and thought provoking story of pioneering black architects who through sheer determination and persistence, overcame racism and gradually created a new perspective for following generations to establish an identity as well respected architects who continue to blaze a successful path into the future.

Check out this photo from last month's Tecolote newspaper event! #518 # eric quezada center for culture and politics
12/18/2013

Check out this photo from last month's Tecolote newspaper event! #518 # eric quezada center for culture and politics

Yay us! The SF Bay Guardian just recognized 518 Valencia: The Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics in their annu...
10/16/2013
Best of the Bay 2013: BEST COMMUNITY CENTERING | SF Bay Guardian

Yay us! The SF Bay Guardian just recognized 518 Valencia: The Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics in their annual Best of the Bay Issue.

From the article: "As San Francisco's Mission District undergoes rapid rent increases and neighborhood demographic change, spaces like the Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics become fewer and farther between. We need spaces like this, where artists and activists come together to share stories of their fights for economic and social justice, or deliver stirring performance through music, poetry, art, and dance." http://www.sfbg.com/specials/best-bay-2013-best-community-centering

As San Francisco's Mission District undergoes rapid rent increases and neighborhood demographic change, spaces like the Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics become fewer and farther between. We need spaces like this, where artists and activists come together to share stories of their fights…

10/14/2013

BART strike deadline postponed. Trains running as normal today.

Columbus is: a) a hero to be celebrated b) a genocidal maniac bent on greed, misogyny, and enslavement as a way of life....
10/13/2013
The *real* Christopher Columbus

Columbus is: a) a hero to be celebrated b) a genocidal maniac bent on greed, misogyny, and enslavement as a way of life. If you agree with b, join us tomorrow evening. http://theoatmeal.com/comics/columbus_day#bartolome

This issue keeps coming up and, despite my footnotes, I keep seeing commentary about it as well as a bit of vitriolic stupidity directed more at me, The Oatmeal, than Columbus, Bartolomé, or the actual issue of fact-finding itself. Initially, Bartolomé de las Casas advocated the use of African slave...

10/01/2013
LettertoReneSep24ek.doc - Google Drive

A Heartfelt Letter to Rene Yanez & the SF arts community, from Guillermo Gómez-Peña.

"But this is the new San Francisco, a city that’s been sold to the seven most powerful internet corporations, and now you’ve become collateral damage, just some nuisance to be pushed out of the way by yet another greedy landlord marching along to the triumphant fanfares of the not-so-virtual takeover of our city."

Don't mean to keep posting the same kind of stuff, but this is yet another hit to culture AND poor folks in SF. "For mor...
09/18/2013
Endgame: S.F. police shut down sidewalk chess

Don't mean to keep posting the same kind of stuff, but this is yet another hit to culture AND poor folks in SF.

"For more than 30 years, chess games have been a staple near Fifth and Market streets, but earlier this month, the San Francisco Police Department confiscated the playing equipment, chairs and tables from where dozens of people, mostly homeless, would gather every day to play."

For more than 30 years, chess games have been a staple near Fifth and Market streets, but earlier this month, the San Francisco Police Department confiscated the playing equipment, chairs and tables from where dozens of people, mostly homeless, would gather every day to play. Across from his latex c...

Where are working class and poor people supposed to live, love, work, eat, relax, pray and just be?
09/17/2013
Rent Affordability Gap in San Francisco

Where are working class and poor people supposed to live, love, work, eat, relax, pray and just be?

Number of minimum wage jobs needed to afford a two bedroom apartment and housing-wage gap.

What say you? "...activists say, the high-tech invasion is driving up the cost of living to levels that more San Francis...
08/15/2013
San Francisco split by Silicon Valley's wealth

What say you?

"...activists say, the high-tech invasion is driving up the cost of living to levels that more San Franciscans cannot afford. Ground zero for this growing array of grievances is the Mission District, a historically working-class Latino neighborhood where Victorian flats and newer lofts have been overrun by techies."

What can we do?

SAN FRANCISCO — Every weekday starting at dawn and continuing late into the evening, a shiny fleet of unmarked buses rolls through the streets of San Francisco, picking up thousands of young technology workers at dozens of stops and depositing them an hour's drive south.

Pop up arts residency at 518 Valencia tomorrow 12 to 5pm@theartdontstop
08/11/2013

Pop up arts residency at 518 Valencia tomorrow 12 to 5pm
@theartdontstop

Tonight @ 518 Valencia. Film, Eyes of the Rainbow by Gloria Rolando. Hands Off Assata posters $5
08/09/2013

Tonight @ 518 Valencia. Film, Eyes of the Rainbow by Gloria Rolando. Hands Off Assata posters $5

Tonight.
08/02/2013

Tonight.

Full house, but we still have a few seats if you can make it!
07/26/2013

Full house, but we still have a few seats if you can make it!

Tonight, starts at 7pm, screening of Corazon del Tiempo
07/26/2013

Tonight, starts at 7pm, screening of Corazon del Tiempo

07/20/2013

Academic talks. Film screenings. Club meetings. Presentations of all kinds. Art receptions. Workshops. Focus groups. Talks. Presentations. Video. Art. Debate. Discussion. Film production. How can you use community culture and political space in The Mission?

06/27/2013

Today!! >> Casting call for ppl in SF!! The Other Barrio The Film is a film about the Mission, based on a short story by Alejandro Murguía. It's being produced by long-time Mission-based artists and filmmakers @Rene Yanez, Lou Dematteis among others. They will be shooting TODAY at 518 Valencia: The Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics. Volunteer extras needed: Thursday June 27 at 1 pm. Wear street clothes. Nothing fancy. The scene is a meeting of Mission residents opposed to evictions and gentrification in the Mission. Get on record; get on the tape! Hit me up with questions or show at 1 pm.

Do you have a bike sitting around that you can to donate to a great new project? AROC's Arab Youth Organization is hosti...
06/19/2013

Do you have a bike sitting around that you can to donate to a great new project? AROC's Arab Youth Organization is hosting a bike build for their members in early July at 518 Valencia: The Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics. Every participating AYO member will ride home on a refurbished bike. Donated bikes will be renovated, tuned up and guaranteed to go to good use. The event will use bikes as a point of entry to discuss climate change, the petroleum industry, and transportation justice. Respond here and we'll schedule a pick up...

The buzz is out. Dave Zirin is in town and he's ready to tell the truth about the world of sports: the good, the bad and...
05/16/2013
Dave Zirin in Conversation with Rose Aguilar (KALW's Your Call) - May 16, 2013

The buzz is out. Dave Zirin is in town and he's ready to tell the truth about the world of sports: the good, the bad and the ugly. Be there tonight w/ Rose Aguilar and a crew of SF Giants concessions workers from Unite Here! Local 2, who are *still* searching for a contract after almost five years without a raise. Proceeds benefit the The Center for Political Education. Tickets available at the door, CASH ONLY. Or, click on the link below. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/376555

Join the host of KALW's "Your Call," Rose Aguilar, for a special on-stage discussion with noted author Dave Zirin. Dave Zirin is an award-winning author and cultural critic who challenges readers to examine the intersections of sports and politics.

Address

518 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA
94110

We are located on Valencia St between 16th and 17th st. 1 block from 16th st BART, Muni lines 14, 14R, 49. (16th and Valencia st Corner MUNI bus lines 22, 33, 55)

General information

After 16 years of serving the San Francisco community, the Abandoned Planet bookstore has closed its doors. We recognize the significant contribution that this independent bookstore provided to local residents, and we seek to continue using this building as a space for cultural and community development. Within the span of this year, we hope to transform 518 Valencia into a fully accessible center for popular culture and education and make it available at low cost to organizations, community members and social movements in the Bay Area. We recognize the need for more spaces committed to supporting local cultural expression and progressive voices seeking a distinct vision for the Bay Area. THE SPACE IS NOW AVAILABLE! 518 Valencia is now open for booking events such as meetings, fundraisers and classes. If you are interested in booking 518 Valencia, please e-mail info(at)518valencia(dot)org. Thank you, 518 Valencia Staff & The Kendra Alexander Foundation

Telephone

(415) 444-9534

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The Eric Quesada Center for Culture and Politics is available to rent for non-profits at affordable daytime rates! We are easily accessible from BART and major SF bus lines (14, 49, 22, 55, 33)! Whether its a training, a staff meeting, or a community event our weekday day time hourly prices are made affordable for our non-profit communities. You can find our Mission Statement and rates on line at http://518valencia.org/index.html.
Join Writing Pad tonight for an amazing storytelling show, featuring Jeff Hanson, Nancy Hua, Shannon Hughes, Debbie Mink, Victoria Palmiotto, Elisabeth Pisano, Hannah Stitt, Aaku Tamrakar, Kate Tran, Joseph Ugalde, and host Cory Rosen! Tonight at 7:30 pm at 518 Valencia: The Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics.
Happening this Monday at 518 Valencia: The Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics
Next Monday at 518 Valencia: The Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics - Join Writing Pad for a free storytelling show! https://writingpad.com/classes/sf-free-storytelling-show-4/
Tonight at 518 Valencia!
Last night's SUPERNOVA Women of Color panel discussion on Medical Cannabis, Legalization, and Prison Reform.
Community! Join us tomorrow evening at 518 Valencia as we host the second and final night of independent shorts and films from Latino América put on by La Ultima / Latino Film Series. Check the flier below for information on the second screening, Friday, June 6th, at 7pm.