2014 Calendar


Thursday - Saturday, April 3 - 5
12th Annual USF Human Rights Film Festival
Presentation Theater - map
Free & open to the general public.

Friday, April 4th
1:15 PM
France, Senegal, Germany, Filmmaker: Moussa Touré, Year: 2012, 87 min 
Q&A with Nunu Kidane, Priority Africa Network

Senegalese director Moussa Toure's powerful new epic fiction film: a group of 30 West 
African immigrants leave Senegal in a pirogue captained by a local fisherman facing the 
sea—and the possibility of never reaching their destination—to undertake the treacherous 
crossing of the Atlantic to Spain where they believe better lives and prospects are 
waiting for them. A mix of tribes and nationalities cohabit in this group and tensions 
run high under stressful conditions.  Read more.....

Saturday, April 5
6:00 pm

Where We Will Go
Teach With Africa 7th Annual Gala Fundraiser
@ St. Regis Hotel

buy tickets here 
Teach With Africa is a non-profit organization empowering students and teachers 
in a reciprocal exchange of teaching and learning in Africa and the US. Teach 
With Africa seeks to reduce the embedded inequities in our societies by working 
to provide access to quality education in order to transform children’s lives, 
schools and communities.  Read more.......

Thursday, April 10 
5:00 - 7:00pm
Human Rights Challenges and Opportunities in Ethiopia
Keynote Address and Reception
Manning Lounge, Stanford Law School

Leading Ethiopian human rights practitioner Seife Ayalew Asfaw, the inaugural recipient of the Rubin Family 
International Human Rights Award at Stanford Law School will deliver a keynote address about human rights 
and access to justice in Ethiopia, as well as his plans for his visit to Stanford Law School. His keynote 
will be followed by a reception welcoming him to Stanford University. Refreshments will be served. 
Co-sponsored by the Levin Center for Public Service and Public Interest Law, SLS Human Rights Center, 
Human Rights Program, Center on the Legal Profession, and Center for African Studies.
RSVP here

Now till April 12

MOAD Presents
Crosscurrents 1960 - 1980 Africa and Black Diasporas in Dialogue
At the Museum of the African Diaspora

From the American Revolutionary War to the civil rights movement 
through today, forward-thinking Black Americans have consistently 
aligned their struggle for freedom with the battles of other.........
Read more.......

Friday & Saturday, April 18 & 19
8:00 pm

The California Institute for Integral Studies Presents
Mali Weekend Festival!
At the Nourse Theater, San Francisco map

Extending Mali's rich musical tradition, 
we are bringing together two of the country's 
most compelling artists over the course of one 
weekend. Fatoumata Diawara presents a joyous 
mix of the vibrant and understated, combining songs about love, politics, and empowerment. 
Tinariwen bring thirty years of rebellion, guitars, desert nomad culture, and the real Saharan 
blues to a sound that recently won them a Grammy for Best World Music Album.

T​ickets for 4/18 - Fatoumata Diawara $45/$35/$25
Tickets for 4/19 - Tinariwen $75/$60/$45/$30
Buy BOTH concerts here and save 20% off 
Get FREE tickets from PAN for 4/18 only
send email entry to info@priorityafrica.org

Friday, April 18
6:30pm - 10:00pm
Dinner Supporting South Sudan
with Jerry Rice, Huey Lewis, and more!
Event limited to 50 guests, $1000 per seat
All proceeds will go to the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation

Saturday, April 19
2:00 pm

Global Crisis of Eritrean Refugees 
Dialogue with Elsa Chyrum and other prominent speakers

At Preservation Park, 668 13th St Oakland
Human rights activist Elsa Chyrum will be speaking here in Oakland on Saturday, April 19th. 
We are hopeful this event will shed some much needed light on the current Eritrean refugee 
and human trafficking crisis and create a local platform for further discussion and action. 
Elsa consistently creates awareness by her actions and we are honored for the opportunity 
to have her share her experiences with us. A Q&A will be part of this program. 

Tuesday, April 29th
11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Albie Sachs, anti-apartheid leader

Silicon Valley Community Foundation

The Horable Albie Sachs is a renowned anti apartheid leader in South Africa who helped 
draft his country's democratic constitution and was appointed by Nelson Mandela to South 
Africa's highest court, where he served from 1994 - 2009. He lost an arm and sight in one 
eye when a bomb placed uner his car by South African agents exploded, but emerged from the 
ordeal with renewed idealism for his cause and what he describes as simple joy at being alive.
RSVP Christie Verdadero, ccverdadero@siliconvalleycf.org

MAY 2014

Thursday, May 1, 
6:30 at BAM/PFA; 
Saturday, May 3,
3:15 and 
Wednesday, May 7 
3:30 at Sundance Kabuki Cinema
URL: http://bit.ly/57_difret

The SF International Film Festival returns April 25-May 9 and Priority Africa co-presents 
Difret. In a contemporary Ethiopian village, a 14-year-old girl is abducted from school. 
Her attempt to free herself from a future of forced marriage sets off a legal firestorm in 
this powerful drama inspired by a true story that pits the law against an entrenched set of 
community beliefs.
Tickets on sale at festival.sffs.org 

Saturday, May 3rd
6:00 PM
Tegloma Federation - Sierra Leone
Join us for the Inauguration of the First Female President
Ms. Ann-Marie Jah
Doubletree by Hilton in Sacramento
2001 Point West Way, Sacramento
Tickets $50/person
Dinner, Dance etc
All proceeds go to Tonca Dev't Project in Sierra Leone
For more information, call 916 924 4900

Thursday, May 8

"We Need New Names"
Meet Award-Winning Author: NoViolet Bulawayo 
At the Lucie Stern Community Center, 
1305 Middlefield Rd. / Palo Alto 94301
Reserve your seat here
Zimbabwean immigrant and current Stegner Fellow, Bulawayo:
“They flee their own wretched land so their hunger may be 
pacified in foreign lands, their tears wiped away in strange 
lands, the wounds of their despair bandaged in faraway lands, 
their blistered prayers muttered in the darkness of queer lands.”

Thursday, May 15
Second Act, 1727 Haight St. San Francisco, CA

Desmond D'Sa

Please join IDEX in welcoming long-time IDEX partner and Co-ordinator of the 
South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA), Desmond D'Sa, to San Francisco. 
Mr. D'Sa will be sharing the work of the alliance and its most urgent campaign against a 
mega project to expand the Durban port that will displace local people, disturb wildlife 
and negatively impact ecosystems. Mr. D'Sa will be traveling from South Africa to bring 
the voices of his community to IDEX supporters, allies, and friends. 

The evening will consist of a celebratory reception, a brief film documenting SDCEA's 
environmental advocacy work, a presentation by Mr. D'Sa, and a light buffet dinner.
Tickets will go on sale on April 22nd. 

For more information, please contact 
Victoria Quevedo at victoria@idex.org or415.824.8384 x103.  

Saturday, May 17
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

AISCS: A Celebration of Our Accomplishments
African Immigrants Social & Cultural Services

at Resurrection Lutheran Church  
397 Euclid Ave, Oakland, CA 94610

Join the African Immigrants Social and Cultural Services as we celebrate the life and achievements of our Founder, 
Christine Chacha, and the work we've done since her passing two years ago. AISCS has several ongoing projects in 
rural Tanzania: we operate a pre and primary school with 200 pupils (partially funded by the Global Fund for Women), 
run a Health Education Project (funded by the Global Fund for Women), provide all pediatric and maternity patients at 
Shirati Hospital one free meal per day, and manage a substantial scholarship program. Through our efforts, two rain-
water harvest systems have been built at our school, and the brick oven we constructed there serves as a source of 
income for a local women's collective.

​For more information, email: info@aiscs.org  
or call Us: 510-273-9044

Tuesday, May 20th
6:00 pm

Mazibuko Jara
"South Africa After Mandela"

At the PAN Office in Oakland

Mazibuko Jara is Editor of Amandlaan independent researcher and writer, and development 
consultant. He has a long history of grassroots activist work with the HIV/AIDS movement, 
the cooperative movement and community-based development organisations. 
He has extensive global experience working with alliances and coalitions that are critical 
of corporate-led finance-dominated modes of globalisation and which articulate alternatives 
that are consistent with the principles of social justice and ecological sustainability.

This is a Priority Africa Network sponsored event. For details, contact info@priorityafrica.org

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