we rise

photo by still from the video #DancersAgainstDAPL

2017 location

lake temescal

6502 Broadway Terrace
oakland, ca


As cultural producers, dancers, mothers, sisters, daughters, lovers and fighters, We Rise came together to incite awareness and action in dismantling the oppression and violence we face as a global community in the 21st century. Our inspiration started with the battle at Standing Rock against the Dakota Access Pipeline, and immediately blossomed. Through creativity, fierce love, and unapologetic resistance we offer our work as nourishment for collective liberation to be dispersed like dandelion seeds in our own communities and beyond. We honor those who have come before us in struggle and in resilience. Their words, manifestos of promise, dedication, fortitude, and humility, breathe life into our movement: “If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” - Lilla Watson, Murri visual artist, activist and academic ~~~ "The role of the artist is to make the revolution irresistible." - Toni Cade Bambara, author, documentary film-maker, activist, and scholar ~~~ “Justice is what love looks like in public.” - Dr. Cornel West, political activist, philosopher, and theologian



lake temescal

6502 Broadway Terrace oakland ca