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Defending DACA

Sep 27, 2017


By Serena Makofsky

United We Dream. No to Racist Policy. Dreamers, Not Criminals. No Deportations. These were the signs at the Defending DACA vigil that took place on September 1, on Sebastopol Road. It all began when Juan Román, the host of KBBF’s Late Night Oldies show (airing Sundays, from 10pm to midnight), entered into a dialogue on the air about the youth in the community and the urgency of speaking up to show support for them. He envisioned a public gathering and described what he wanted to organize as a “family-friendly action…to show collective solidarity.”

What quickly became clear was that the conversation and event interested many listeners and organizers, including those from Political Action Committee (PAC) of Santa Rosa, Latino Student Congress of Sonoma CountyNorth Bay Immigrant Youth UnionMEChA de Sonoma, and North Bay Organizing Project (NBOP). Román had predicted a turnout of “about ten people,” but what happened was that nearly 50 supporters showed up with signs and banners, among them educators, artists, activists, families, and a public defender.

Since these events, the ongoing policies pertaining to DACA recipients remain uncertain. For people seeking current information to help the local community, consult the DACA Sonoma County page on Facebook.

Trunk or Treat KBBF hosts its annual Halloween season fundraising party on October 21. This spirited fiesta welcomes families for live music, performances, a low-rider car show, and food for sale to benefit the station. Kids can check out the zombies and monsters in customized classics, with candy bowls stashed amid the calaveras, cobwebs, plastic spiders, and rubber snakes. Windsor Bloco and Aztec dancers perform.

The event runs 6 to 9pm, with trick-or-treating starting at dusk. It all takes place at 1700 Corby Avenue, Suite B, in Santa Rosa. For more information, contact the station at (707) 545-8833.

Roseland Community Festival Celebrate the musicians and artists of Roseland at Roseland Village Neighborhood Center, 779 Sebastopol Road, in SR. La Prensa Sonoma reports, “As the nation moves through racial tensions, a southwest neighborhood in Santa Rosa is planning a street party that will fuse elements of Latin American and Anglo cultures.” The inaugural event features a Galeria de Arte Temporal, or Pop-Up Show, of work by Martin Zuniga, George Utrilla Angulo, Tom Beland, and others. Enjoy local bands and international foods, plus appearances by North Bay Cabaret, Symmetry Performing Arts, Miss Latina Wine Country, Oaxacan cultural dangers, and Sangre Latina’s salsa and bachata dancers. There will be many children’s activities as well. The free event is October 1, from noon to 6pm, with an after-party at Whiskey Tip.

North Bay Science Discovery Day All ages are welcome to this free yearly science fair on October 28, from 10am to 4pm. Hands-on activities, exhibits, and information are designed to excite and educate children about science, technology, engineering, and math. It all happens at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, in SR.

Day of the Dead Art Show Museums of Sonoma County presents an exhibit that combines traditional altars with contemporary interpretations of Muertos themes. Oaxacan and Michoacán are the inspirations for this year’s ofrendas. Liz Camino-Byers’ installation honors Frida Kahlo’s art and legacy. The opening reception is on October 6, from 6 to 8pm. The show is on view October 4 through November 30, at the museum, 425 Seventh Street, SR.

Aztec Dance and Drumming Sonoma County Library presents a performance of indigenous Mesoamerican culture as interpreted by the troupe Tezkatlipoka Aztec Dance and Drum. Texomazatl (David Vargas) founded this San Jose-based group in 1988. The performance opens with the traditional honoring of the four directions—north, south, east, and west—and then features several dances. A few libraries in the Sonoma County system are hosting presentations, with the Central Santa Rosa Library event taking place on October 14 at 11am, at 211 E Street in SR.

Call for Volunteers KBBF welcomes volunteers to fulfill its mission to serve the community. For more information, contact KBBF at (707) 545-8833 or email us, attention Judy.


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