This is Not a Gun, Presented by 100 Days of Action & TL Museum

This April 30th explore the Tenderloin neighborhood car free at Sunday Streets. Activity Hubs will be located on Ellis and Golden Gate Ave with dozens of free activities in between offered by local merchants (the Tenderloin Museum will be exhibiting at Ellis and Leavenworth). As part of our Sunday Streets activation, the Tenderloin Museum will be hosting a workshop, 100 Days of Action: This Is Not A Gun, at the TL Museum (398 Eddy St) from 11 am - 2 pm.

Throughout these first 100 days, artist Cara Levine has been carving wood replicas of common objects mistaken by police as weapons that resulted in police shootings, based on a list of these objects published in Harper’s Magazine in December 2016. About her sculptural inquiry, the artist says, “We do not know the outcome of these shootings. We do know that none of these items are guns. We want to understand this error. We want to understand through questioning, grieving, looking, and making. We want to understand together, as community.” Amanda Eicher, artist and organizer has engaged in continual dialogue with both Bay Area community and Richmond Police members surrounding this national crisis.

Through a collaborative art making workshop and dialogue, Amanda Eicher and Cara Levine invite the public to honor and try to understand these objects, and the lives they have impacted. Participants will sculpt their own replica objects out of clay and be invited to contribute to an open dialogue as a part of the Tenderloin Museum’s Sunday Streets programming on April 30.

100 Days Action is a counter narrative to the Trump administration’s one hundred day plan. A calendar of activist and artistic strategy, 100 Days Action is a call to thinkers, artists, and writers to propose gestures that can be carried out either at home or in the world. Whereas the president’s 100 Days will seek to dismantle restrictions that protect our environment, public education, health, and jeopardize unprotected minority groups, 100 Days Action is a forum for resistance, an artistic coming together, an exercise in endurance, a call to all bodies that stand against bigotry, xenophobia, racism, sexism, and the destruction of our environment to act together. 100 Days Action has been featured in VICE, San Francisco Chronicle, and KQED's FORUM, and is currently exhibiting at Yerba Buena Arts Center with an artivist gym called 24 Hours Resistance.

For each day of the first 100 days of Trump’s presidency, 100 Days Action has organized one or more participatory events, free or low-cost and open to the public, in a variety of locations throughout San Francisco. On the weekend of April 28-30, scheduled events include a poetry reading at Clarion Alley with more than a dozen poet activists and live printing by the San Francisco Poster Syndicate, a 7-DJ dance party at Grey Area Foundation for the Arts featuring DJs from each of the 7 countries involved with the travel ban, a film screening curated by Craig Baldwin at ATA, and an anti-Trump aerobics class at Alley Cat Books as well as the workshop This Is Not A Gun, facilitated at Tenderloin Museum by artists Amanda Eicher and Cara Levine.

For a full list of Sunday Streets activities, visit:
SundayStreetsSF.com/Tenderloin043017

For a full list of 100 Days of Action activities, visit:
https://100daysaction.net/