ARTS ADVOCACY AFTER GHOST SHIP

Dalziel Building  |  2:00pm–3:15pm

After the December 3 Ghost Ship fire, which claimed thirty-six lives, artists and sympathizers rallied to provide mutual aid and lobbied city government for relief from a crackdown on cultural centers and other unpermitted homes. But the wellspring of fundraising and advocacy also exposed rifts in the Oakland community. This conversation examines the strengths and blind spots of arts advocacy after Ghost Ship.

ERIN BALDASSARI is a staff writer for the East Bay Times. Her coverage of the Ghost Ship fire has focused on its impact to the artist community in Oakland, along with the city's response, or lack thereof, to address increased displacement in the fire's wake.

SHARMI BASU is an Oakland born and based South Asian woman of color creating experimental music as a means of decolonizing musical language, and a cofounder of the community-based Immediate Fire Relief Fund.

VAN DELL is a queer community resistance and empowerment organizer of African and Native descent. Their work focuses on the hood saving the hood, ancestral remembrance and cultural revitilization, decolonization and degentrification.

STEVEN DECAPRIO is an Arab, formerly homeless, and formerly incarcerated social justice organizer and musician who founded Land Action to fight homelessness through mutual aid and direct action. After the Ghost Ship fire, he wrote the Emergency Tenant Protection Ordinance.

SAM LEFEBVRE (moderator) is a freelance journalist and music critic in Oakland who has contributed to publications including the New York Times, The Guardian, The Wire, Pitchfork, and the East Bay Express.