Archive for January, 2013

Camp Skye Presents Filmmaker Shakti Butler

Posted in Culture, Transnat'l Feminism/Solidarity on January 29, 2013 by skyeviewtraveler

On Sunday January 27th in Oakland, CA Camp Skye  featured filmmaker Shakti Butler and a screening of her latest video Cracking the Codes:The System of Racial Inequity.  The video illuminates the institutional and structural aspects of inequity.

Video trailer


Shakti Butler, PhD, filmmaker and Founder & Creative Director of World Trust, is a dynamic educator in the field of racial equity.  Dr. Butler engages her audience with participatory keynotes and seminars, often using clips from her films. She is frequently hired by organizations seeking a catalyst for change.

Dr. Shakti Butler is a multiracial African-American woman (African, Arawak Indian, and Russian-Jewish) whose work as a creative and visionary bridge builder has challenged and inspired learning for over two decades. She is the producer and director of groundbreaking documentaries including The Way Home, Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible,and Light in the Shadows.  Her latest film Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity uses story, theater and music to illuminate the larger frame of structural/systemic racial inequity.


Sistah Budget Travel: Los Angeles, CA

Posted in Resources, Travelogues with tags , on January 29, 2013 by skyeviewtraveler
View from MegaBus window along highway 5 in route to L.A.

View from MegaBus window along highway 5 in route to L.A.

My estranged city of birth is winning me over with affordable European style lodging, improved metro service and a lively downtown night life.


MegaBus express service from new hubs in Oakland,  San Francisco and Los Angeles with advance fares as low as $1.00 (one dollar) make frequent trips to SoCal a breeze.  It is a pleasure and delight to roll along Highway 5 taking in the scenery and leaving the driving to a professional.  The bus from Oakland departs from the West Oakland BART station and terminates at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles.

L.A. public transportation has improved considerably over the years and Union Station is the perfect place to get your bearings upon arrival.  L.A. Metro offers an economical $5 day pass that allows unlimited rides on the subway and buses.  The bus and metro night services still leaves a lot to be desired so I recommend reserving a Zipcar for late night transportation.

European Style Lodging

On a recent trip to SoCal I discovered an economical and convenient place for lodging less than 2 miles from Union Station.  I recommend budget travelers consider Stay On Main Hotel.  For room rates and other details log on here.