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Cleve Jones: When We Rise: Coming of Age in San Francisco, AIDS & My Life in the Movement
St. John's Presbyterian Church
Berkeley, CA
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Cleve Jones: When We Rise: Coming of Age in San Francisco, AIDS & My Life in the Movement
KPFA Radio 94.1FM and St. Johns Presbyterian Church present

WHEN WE RISE: Coming of Age in San Francisco, AIDS & My Life in the Movement
Hosted by Richard Wolinsky
Wednesday, January 25, 2017   7:30 PM
St. Johns Presbyterian Church
2727 College Avenue, Berkeley, CA
advance tickets: $12 : brownpapertickets.com :: T: 800-838-3006  or Books Inc/Berkeley,  Pegasus (3 sites), Moes, Walden Pond Bookstore, Diesel a Bookstore, Mrs. Dalloways  $15 door, KPFA benefit   kpfa.org/events  
"You could read Cleve Jones's book because you should know about the struggle
for gay, lesbian, and transgender rights  from one of its key participants maybe heroes but really, you should read it for pleasure and joy. Its an incredibly vivid evocation of a bygone era and a poignant story of someone who started out feeling like the only gay person in the world and ended up organizing millions of them." -- Rebecca Solnit

"I loved this amazing, inspiring, and sometimes outrageous book. When We Rise is about the building of Cleve Jones, who came to San Francisco as a teenage adventurer and transformed into an activist whose contributions helped change the course of gay history." -- Gus Van Sant

Cleve Jones details the nearly four decades he's spent at vital heart of the groundbreaking Movement, fighting to give voice to people who for much of human history, have been made invisible. You may remember Emile Hirsch's portrayal of Jones in the Gus Van Sant Academy-Award-winning film Milk which depicts Jones close work with Harvey Milk in San Francisco. What you may not know are the extraordinary accomplishments of Jones later work: co-founding the San Francisco AIDS Foundation during the terrifying early years of the epidemic; conceiving the AIDS Memorial Quilt, the largest community art project in history, his recent activism on behalf of hotel workers, and his work to legalize same-sex marriage.  Written entirely in his own remarkable words, When We Rise is the witty, uncompromising account of Cleve's dramatic life, the heartbreak of losing Harvey Milk to an assassins bullet, and countless friends to AIDS  all within the bewitching story of 1970s San Francisco and the magical spell it cast for young gay people during an era free love, electrifying liberation, prejudice and  revolution.  Cleve's book is the inspiration for the ABC television series of the same name.

"Some people witness history; other people actually make it happen. Cleve Jones, planting himself boldly in the eye of the storm, has succeeded brilliantly at doing both." -- Armistead Maupin

Richard Wolinsky, our host - KPFA's widely respected veteran literary interviewer - co-hosted and produced "Probabilities," a program devoted to science fiction, mystery and mainstream fiction, from 1977 to 1995. Subsequently he co-hosted and produced the Thursday edition of "Cover to Cover," now renamed "Bookwaves."


St. John's Presbyterian Church (View)
2727 College Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705
United States



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