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Dispatches from the Road: San Francisco State

March 4, 2008

LeAnne Howe Reading at the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center, SFSU.

Credit: Jim Fortier

It was my pleasure to read from Miko Kings at the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center at San Francisco State University on February 13, 08. Richard Oakes is a hero to many of us — someone we greatly revere for his fight for social justice for American Indians during the 1960s. I also want to thank Jim Fortier for taking these pictures. Jim is best known for his documentary film, Alcatraz is Not an Island, about the events that led up to the death of Richard Oakes. You can also catch Jim’s latest documentary film, Bad Sugar, that’s slated to air nationally in April as part of the PBS series Unnatural Causes…Is Inequality Making Us Sick? My thanks also to Joanne Barker, Director of SFSU’s American Indian Studies; assistant professor Rob Collins; and professor and poet Matthew Shenoda for their support making this reading possible.

Video clips from Alcatraz is Not an Island, including Richard Oakes reading from a letter of demand to the federal government, 9 Nov 1969.

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