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The existence of community-based, community-run institutions are critical now more than ever, as gentrification and displacement plague cities across the country. Tonight we celebrate two institutions who have decades of serving Bay Area communities – City College of San Francisco and Suigetsukan Dojo in Oakland:

WeAreCityCollegeThe struggle to save CCSF has been ongoing over the past couple of years. Currently, CCSF is gaining traction in its struggle to maintain accreditation and promote high quality, low cost, accessible education.  Salima Hamirani speaks with students Matthew Martinez and Kerri Ann Navarro-Borja, and professor Vike Palaita of the Save City College of San Francisco Coalition to get the latest updates on the campaign, and to hear why they’re encouraging as many as people as possible to enroll in City College classes this semester.

suigetsukan_logoSuigetsukan is a non-profit collective martial arts dojo in Oakland that teaches and trains in the traditional Japanese martial arts of Jujutsu, Aikido, and Japanese Sword.  With so many martial arts training halls and dojos in the Bay Area – what makes Suigetsukan such a special place?  Ellen Choy hears from Mike Esmailzadeh, Rebecca Wong, and Aiko Yoshitani about why this 23-year-old community institution has created a place many of their students call home.

Girl Army. Photo credit: Suigetsukan.

Girl Army. Photo credit: Suigetsukan.

Youth/kids training. Photo credit: Suigetsukan.

Youth/kids training. Photo credit: Suigetsukan.

Hosted by Salima Hamirani.

 

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