La Cultura Cura (2015)

Jesus Barraza and Melanie Cervantes
Poster and Postcard Design, May 2015

From social media posting:

Mark you calendars for Cinco de Mayo in Oakland. Join us at the 2015 Reclaiming Cinco de Mayo event to celebrate the community victory of Stopping the Gang Injunctions in Oakland, the soft opening of La Cultura Cura Cultural Arts Cafe as well as the art exhibit opening of Dignidad Rebelde Bring family and friends to enjoy an evening of poetry, live music, teatro, food, Native American drum, Danza Azteca and Dignidad Rebelde art exhibit!

What is La Cultura Cura Cultural Arts Cafe?

La Cultura Cura Cultural Arts Cafe is a social enterprise of Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice that aims to employ and empower systems impacted youth and young adults. We will be reestablishing old Indigenous trade routes by purchasing organic coffee beans directly from our Mayan relatives in Chiapas. We plan to train and employ formerly incarcerated youth and young adults, and provide a community building space that proudly promotes cultural arts and activism. We envision a community space that contributes to the positive economic development of the Fruitvale district, that benefits the long term residents of Oakland, and responds to gentrification in a meaningful and thoughtful way. Our vision is to build a beautiful and inviting cafe, ice cream parlor, smoothie bar, bookstore, and performance space that will be a vibrant gathering space for our youth and the community.

Our coffee is 100% organic certified in both Mexico and the U.S. We drip brew our coffee by the cup to ensure a rich and extremely fresh tasting cup of coffee for each and every customer.