What: A night of Richmond storytelling about people power, climate justice, and reimagining the world, with author Madeline Ostrander, Urban Tilth executive director Doria Robinson, and Rich City Rides executive director Najari Smith. Emceed by local poet, author, and educator Ptah Tracey Mitchell. With an open mic, a book talk, food, and music.
When: Sunday, October 2, 2022. Music and mingling at 4:00pm. Open mic at 4:30pm. Talk at 5:00pm.
Where: Rich City Rides Gallery, 1500 MacDonald Ave, Unit C, Richmond, CA 94801
The Details: Rich City Rides and the University of California, Berkeley’s Othering and Belonging Institute host a night of storytelling with Madeline Ostrander, author of At Home on An Unruly Planet, a new book that focuses on what it means to face climate change at home. The book reports from four communities across the country, including efforts in Richmond to transform the city in the wake of the disastrous 2012 refinery fire. Richmond’s experience is featured alongside Okanogan County, Washington, and its journeys through wildfire and recovery; a Yup’ik village in southwest Alaska that is relocating because of severe coastal erosion; and a historic city in Florida facing flooding from sea level rise. The book explores Richmond’s legacy of environmental discrimination and the story of Doria Robinson, Urban Tilth executive director, and Najari Smith, Rich City Rides executive director—and how the radical act of growing healthy food in a refinery town is changing what’s possible there. It reflects on the power of reimagining a city—especially one whose story is intertwined with an oil industry giant—in a time of climate emergency. Starting at 4:00pm, we’ll host music and mingling followed by an open mic for Richmond storytellers at 4:30pm.
At 5:00pm, Madeline Ostrander, Doria Robinson, and Najari Smith will talk about hope and resilience—and how what happens in Richmond is part of an important national conversation.