Join us for a COMMUNITY REPORT BACK AND CALL TO ACTION by cultural worker and movement photographer Sunshine Velasco and Layel Camargo, community organizer and staff at Culture Strike, who were recently dispatched to North Dakota. Now they have returned with stories of impact and action from their week-long sojourn to share! 

Come learn more about the ongoing struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) , and see how you can support members of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation in their resistance and resilience! 

Sunshine and Layel will also share updated calls to action (and for resources) and specific ways community members, organizations and leaders can provide direct support in this ongoing battle to stop the building of the North Dakota Access Pipeline.

This event is donation based ($5-$20 sliding scale) and proceeds will go to the space and back to the Standing Rock Sioux resistance camp. The event will include a mixed-media (video and photography) presentation with stories from the solidarity camp as well as Q & A. 


Layel Camargo

Layel Camargo (preferred gender pronoun: They/Them/Theirs) is a 27 year old egan, zero waste, ducator and transformative justice organizer who is a trans-identified person. Layel a Mexican of Mayo and Yaqui indigenous descent, identifies as a third gender. Originally from San Diego, California they are a first generation American. A graduate from the University of California, Santa Cruz with two majors of Feminist Studies and Legal Studies, Layel supports building alternative responses to incidents of child sexual abuse. Layel has supported efforts towards serving survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual violence throughout non-profits in northern California. Layel was the key note address to Another Word for Gender, hosted by the Centre for Gender Advocacy in Montreal Canada and has been featured on Feministing Five, an online journalism website. Currently, they provide consultancy that focus on building competency and humility in favor of supporting survivors of violence especially queer, trans and intersex people of color (QTIPOC). There current client is a San Francisco based non-profit for transgender latina immigrant women, El/La Para TransLatinas and the arts based organization Culture Strike.

Sunshine Velasco

A proud Oakland resident, photographer Sunshine Velasco is a Pilipina who pushes social and political boundaries to convey images through portraits, fine art, and documentary projects. Sunshine’s images have been featured in daily newspapers such Asian News and The Roundup-News, The Daily Californian, KQED, San Francisco Chronicle (print and digital) and the web outlet Additional publishing credits has include as well as Makeshift Magazine, Sierra Club Magazine, Black Youth Project and CounterPunch.

Her work has also been exhibited throughout the Bay Area recently at venues such as Betti Ono Gallery (2015), SomArts Gallery (2015 and 2016), and as part of curated multimedia events such as Outside the Frame Film Festival (2015), and Kearny Street Workshop's 2015 APAture Festival. Samples of Sunshine's work can be viewed at

Artist Statement:

My images evoke who you really are, the voice of your story, the different shades of your dreams, the truth of your everyday life. The lens captures the voices of those who share their own experiences with me. The raw, the grainy, the gritty. The movement, the angle, the music. I invite you to experience this beautiful journey, to see your reflection in my visions, to embody the fullness and richness of our lives, as I share my experience with you.

Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Admission: $5-25 Suggested Donation*
*No one turned away for lack of funds. Proceeds will go to the space and back to the Standing Rock Sioux Resistance Camp.