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One Imagination empowers the current and next generation of leaders through written and oral expression. As a collective based in the Long Beach/South Bay area, we believe that through conscious artistic programming, community education and outreach, and leadership development, we can cultivate a world free of hatred, ignorance, injustice, inequality, and oppression.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Support Youth Empowerment! Blacklava Features 1i's Our Word is Our Weapon Shirts & Youth Poetry Chapbooks

  • I want to live in a world where young people are encouraged to speak up and others actually listen to them.
  • I believe art is a powerful tool that can transform people, communities, and societies.
  • I think the U.S. public education system is inadequate on its own and alternative programs that teach youth about their histories and contemporary social and political issues are necessary.
  • I support programs that build self-confidence and leadership skills in young people.
  • I believe that we need alternatives to mass media and entertainment, and that spaces where people are encouraged to share, dialogue, create, and grow are necessary to changing how we relate to each other.
  • I believe that everyone has a story to tell, and those stories deserve to be heard.

If any of the above statements apply to you, then you need to check out http://blacklava.net because One Imagination, a community organization committed to youth empowerment through arts and social justice education, has Our Word is Our Weapon t-shirts and youth poetry chapbooks on sale!

All proceeds go directly towards funding One Imagination’s youth programming and the Our Word is Our Weapon Youth Poetry Slam Team’s way into the Brave New Voices International Slam Poetry Competition.

Make sure to visit http://blacklava.net TODAY (04/12) for the daily deal and watch Stephanie, a youth participant of Our Word is Our Weapon, talk about the program and pitch the shirts and chapbooks.

Thank you for your continued love and support! We hope to see you at one of our upcoming programs or events. Interested in getting involved with One Imagination? Just shoot us an email!

Love and respect,
One Imagination

WED 04/28 – One Imagination at the Labor and Social Justice Fair, all day at CSU Dominguez Hills
THU 04/29 – Break the Silence! Open Mic featuring hip hop artist AVI, 7-10PM at Pizza Pi: 649 E. Broadway, LB
FRI 05/07 – Cinema of the Oppressed film showing of AOKI, 6:30-9:30PM at Pizza Pi: 649 E. Broadway, LB
06/12 – 08/21 - ¡YA BASTA! / Enough is Enough!: Summer Youth Organizing Institute at Catalyst Space: 430 E. 1st Street, LB (Applications due June 1st)

Also, this Summer 2010 will feature the long awaited release of the One Imagination Compilation Album! Date/time/location TBA! You won’t want to miss this!