5:30 - 6:15
Leticia Hernández-Linares and Robert Liu-Trujillo, longtime Bay Area artists and activists, share their process of working together with The Rise-Home Stories project to create Alejandria Fight Back/¡La Lucha de Alejandria! Join nine-year-old Alejandria as she fights to save her neighborhood in this bilingual Spanish-English picture book, which centers youth activism amidst housing insecurity and gentrification. A must-watch event for kids and their families.
Leticia Hernández-Linares is a bilingual, interdisciplinary writer & artist and racial justice educator. The first-generation U.S. born daughter of Salvadoran immigrants, she is the author of Mucha Muchacha, Too Much Girl. All of her creative and educational work incorporates storytelling and art–– important tools for celebrating culture & community. She has lived on the same block in the Mission District of San Francisco for twenty-five years. She works to preserve the spirit & history of her neighborhood, along with her two artivist sons, & her neighbors & community. Find her on Twitter @joinleticia.
Robert Liu-Trujillo illustrated this book. He is a lifelong Bay Area resident. Born in Oakland, California, he is the child of student activists who watched lots of science-fiction and took him to many demonstrations. Always drawing, Rob grew up to be an artist, falling in love with graffiti, fine art, illustration, murals and children’s books. Through storytelling, he’s been able to scratch the surface of so many untold stories. He is the author and illustrator of Furqan’s First Flat Top. Learn more about Rob at work.robdontstop.com.
The Rise-Home Stories Project is a groundbreaking collaboration between multimedia storytellers and social justice advocates from several grassroots organizations who work at the nexus of housing, land and racial justice in the US. To learn more, visit risehomestories.com.
¡VIVA! at the Library is an annual celebration of Latinx heritage, cultures and traditions. San Francisco has a rich Latinx heritage that is highlighted in a diverse array of exciting programs for all ages, from Spanish/bilingual storytimes to cooking classes, author talks to art and cultural presentations.