memorial for al robles

Many are already aware of this, but I figure I should pass along the news as well... Two weekends ago, we heard the sad news that poet and community activist Al Robles passed away. He was a significant figure in the Filipino community, and particularly known for his role in the eviction protest and rebuilding of the I-Hotel in San Francisco: R.I.P. Al Robles. More here: RIP Manong Al Robles.

I never had the chance to meet, but he was known for his warmth, passion, and dedication to social justice. Curtis Choy's new documentary on Al Robles, Manilatown Is In The Heart, recently screened at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival -- unfortunately, on the same day Mr. Robles died. Watch the trailer for the film here.

If you're in the Bay Area, there will be a memorial for Al Robles this Sunday, April 17 at SomArts Cultural Center in San Francisco. Here's some event info, posted at the Hyphen blog:
The Journey Continues: A life celebration for Al Robles Manong
Poet, Muscian, Activist, Father, Son, Brother, Uncle, Friend

Sunday, May 17, 2009, 12 to 5 pm
SomArts Cultural Center
934 Brannan St, San Francisco
A Potluck Celebration featuring

Poetry Readings, Live Jazz.Musical Performances, Dance, Martial Arts, and you.

You are welcome to bring a poem, sing a song, bring your instrument, share a dish, volunteer, speak a few words, or just listen and enjoy just like Manong Al would have wanted. Manong Al's Spirit is now dancing among the Caribou

If you would like to help with anything, volunteer to setup/ clean up, or give a donation of food or a performance or perhaps just give a kind word or thought, please contact us:

Kimberley Robles
Robles_Kim @ hotmail. com

Iraya Robles
Irayarobles @ comcast. net

Tony Robles
Tonyrobles1964 @ hotmail. com
This is more than a community event. Even if you didn't know poet and lifelong community activist Al Robles, his passing is the end of an era. For more information, go heer: Al Robles Memorial This Sunday

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