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January 2019

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01/06/2019 Sunday, January 6 for our first meeting of the year. We will be meeting from 4 pm to 6 pm at the BFUU at 1606 Bonita near Cedar St and one block off Martin Luther King Way, in Berkeley. Click here to RSVP Please note: this facility is on the second floor without an elevator.
At this meeting, we will be focusing on the Assembly District Election Meeting (ADEM) which takes place in Emeryville on Saturday, January 26. We have invited the 14 candidates from the AD15 Progressive-Labor slate to speak about how they will represent our progressive values as elected Assembly Delegates in the California Democratic Party. Mark your calendar and be ready to vote on Saturday, January 26th!
01/09/2019 Lifeboat: FYC screens in San Francisco
Public · Hosted by 50 Feet From Syria - Documentary Film
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 7:30 PM  9:30 PM PST
Landmark Embarcadero 1 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA 94111
Please join us in San Francisco the evening of Wednesday 1/9 for a special screening of LIFEBOAT. Showcasing the efforts to save asylum seekers seeking refuge from torture in Northern Africa, the film will be followed by a panel discussion with Executive Director of Asylum Access Emily Arnold-Fernandez. Reception to follow.
RSVP to: to reserve a seat.

01/09/2019 East Bay Move to Amend
EBMTA steering committee - first of the year - Wed Jan 9, 5-7PM.
Cafe Leila -- 1724 San Pablo Blvd
2 blocks north of University, between Delaware and Virginia
MTA orientation-organizing and anti-oppression training will begin in February -- not January! Instead we will plan participation in the two marches. Come with ideas and slogans - get creative.
1.) Planning for the Women's March and MLK March. Banner and sign design
2.) Update on the MTA orientation-organizing and anti-oppression training slated to start in February - led by Lawrence and Phoebe.
3.) Update on Lobbying Buffy Wicks (AD 15) to sign the MTA Pledge
4.) Delegating EBMTA tasks
01/11/2019 Friday, January 11, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Film Screening: I Am Not Your Negro
Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Ave. Berkeley
Film Showing and Discussion of "I Am Not Your Negro." Toward the end of his life, James Baldwin, novelist, essayist and poet, wrote notes for a book he had wanted to write about his three assassinated friends, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King. Raoul Peck's film uses these notes to jump through time, in a blazing examination of the history of race in America.
"I Am Not Your Negro, an Oscar-nominated documentary by Raoul Peck, is a must see. If you think you know the reality of the brutal depth and horror of white supremacy in America, if you think you've seen it all and even if you have, you've not seen it delivered like this." Andy Zee, New York Revolution Books
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Email: revolutionbooks [at]

01/11/2019 Friday, Jan. 11, 12:30-1:30 pm
UC Berkeley Law School
2778 Bancroft Way @ College Ave., Berkeley
Meet up in front of the law school, rain or shine.
Gitmo now holds 40 men, including 5 who have long been cleared for release, and it continues to be a moral stain on our nation as well as enormously expensive. "Maintaining the prison at Guantánamo has cost the American taxpayer $4.8 billion since it opened in 2002, and an average of $454 million every year for the last five years." ACLU, 2017
Did you know that UC Berkeley Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky called for prosecuting John Yoo? That's right. A 2014 Nation article said "Chemerinsky's argument is that Yoo has committed a criminal actconspiracy to tortureand that he should be put on trial for it."
At that time Chemerinsky was Dean of UC Irvine Law School.
This Friday at 12:30 we're going to deliver a letter of concern to Dean Chemerinsky making him aware of the community's opposition to John Yoo's complicity in torture and asking him to take action to protect UC Berkeley law students from Yoo's toxic theories and criminal actions.
Please Join Us!
It's past time to shut Gitmo and for Yoo to be held accountable for his illegal actions.
Thank you.
01/12/2019 Bernie Sanders 2020 organizer webcast taking place on Saturday, January 12, from 1-3pm. Be sure to save the date on your calendar! RSVP to join us for the webcast at NextSpace, 2081 Center St in Berkeley, near downtown Berkeley BART!
We are organizing so we will be ready to go when Bernie announces his candidacy. Join Our Revolution East Bay and Contra Costa members along with hundreds of grassroots groups across the nation to participate in this important webcast. Organizing for Bernie #Bernie2020 #FeelTheBern
01/12/2019 On Saturday, January 12, at 9:30 a.m., labor, community and cultural
leaders will hold a press rally to advocate for the preservation of the
Redstone Labor Temple building. The building has been a hub of social
and economic justice organizing since its construction more than 100
years ago.
The press rally will take place in the Lab, an experimental art space,
at 2940 - 16th Street, between Mission and South Van Ness Ave., as part
of the opening session of the Congress of the People which will happen
between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
01/12/2019 U.S. Premiere of the Film
Cubanas Mujeres en Revolución
January 12, 2019, San Francisco
A documentary by Maria Torrellas
Saturday January 12, 5:00pm
518 Valencia, San Francisco
Doors open at 4:30, $10-$20 donations at the door
(no one turned away for lack of funds)
Program moderated by Chelis Lopez

Cubanas Mujeres en Revolución is a 90 minutes film with English subtitles produced by Resumen Latinoamericano.
Organized by Resumen Latinoamericano, the International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity and Task Force on the Americas.
01/12/2019 Saturday, January 12, 2019 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Progressive Talk: Wall/Shutdown, Mattis Departure, and More
Progressive Singles of the SF Bay Area
Au Coquelet 2000 University Avenue Berkeley, CA 94704
Progressive Talk is a monthly meetup to discuss the important political and social issues of the day. This meeting, which lasts for no more than two-and-a-half hours, combines dinner with stimulating conversation, covering topics suggested by the Org...
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01/12/2019 Please help us encourage Bernie Sanders to run for President by joining us this Saturday, January 12, 12:30 - 3pm in Berkeley to kickoff Organizing for Bernie!
Local grassroots groups around the country are meeting to discuss how we can organize for Bernie and we are hosting one of the largest meetings in the country in Berkeley. We will participate in a virtual meeting with the other groups from around the US to listen and capture your input, share ideas and best practices so we can successfully organize for Bernie again!
Please RSVP so we can anticipate how many will attend. Our event will take place at NextSpace Berkeley 2081 Center St, Berkeley (very close to Downtown Bart and inside the Wells Fargo Building). We are planning a potluck and asking attendees to bring a snack and beverage (no alcohol will be permitted).
01/13/2019 Our first General Assembly of 2019 will be next Sunday, January 13, from 7:30 to 9:00 PM (doors open at 7). On the agenda: strategic questions for the IB community about our structure and strategy in 2019 and beyond.
General Assembly  RSVP
Indivisible Berkeley
January 13, 7:30PM  9:00PM (doors open at 7)
Finnish Hall, 1970 Chestnut St, Berkeley
01/13/2019 an event sponsored by Alameda County Green Party on Jan. 13 at 5 pm. I want to thank Alameda Greens for sponsoring and hosting this event which has much potential for bringing people together in a local progressive alliance. Below are further details:Please join me, Gayle McLaughlin, Sunday, Jan. 13, at 5pm in Oakland for:
"Visions of Unity"
Niebyl-Proctor Library
6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland
Joining me for a special panel are:
Shaun McDougal, Community Democracy Project
Marsha Feinland, Peace and Freedom Party
Jack McShane, East Bay Democratic Socialists of America
Dan Siegel, Oakland Justice Coalition
Moderated by Noni Session, East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative
I look forward to sharing about the California Progressive Alliance and our founding convention March 30-31, 2019!

01/13/2019 Please join us for our first organizing meeting of 2019, coming up next Sunday. We hope you can also join us in attending at least one of the four public meetings with EBMUD, the local water provider, to protest its continued use of pesticides, between January 10-30. This coming year we will also have to respond to the City of Oakland Fire Department's release of its revised Vegetation Management Plan and Environmental Impact Report, and continue to mobilize against the East Bay Regional Park District's pesticide use and deforestation activities, which sadly Measure FF will continue to enable for another 20 years unless we stop it. If you submitted comments on the Oakland Vegetation Management Plan, please make sure that your comments were received and included, and resubmit them if they were not. More details below.
General Organizing Meeting - Coalition to Defend East Bay Forests
Sunday, January 13, 2019 (every second Sunday) 3-5pm
The Long Haul
3124 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705
(Across the street from La Pena and the Starry Plough, and 2 blocks from Ashby BART station)
* Please refrain from wearing fragrance products to accommodate the chemically injured *
presents a film and discussion on Middle East peace.
THE IRON WALL (52 minutes)
The Iron Wall is a 2006 documentary film about the establishment of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, which, the film argues, is a strategy for permanent occupation of the territory. Produced by the Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committee and Palestinians for Peace and Democracy, it was the "Official Selection" of the Al-Jazeera Television Production Festival.
Discussion on Middle East Peace
with DALIT BAUM, Ph.D., after the screening.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 17th, 2019 6 PM reception 7 PM screening & discussion
Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center
1035 Carol Lane, Lafayette
01/17/2019 at La Pena in Berkeley
BAD REP Presents: Shortcuts (RENTAL)
January 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Recurring Event (See all)
$15 in Advance / $15 at the Door (Cash or Venmo only)
Doors open 7:30 / Event begins 8pm
Thursday, January 17
Friday, January 18
Saturday, January 19
Lets cut to the chase  BAD REP is hosting their second storytelling showcase! Enjoy an evening of short stories told in a variety of mediums, including stand up comedy, spoken word, and prose. Exploring everything from relationships to mental health, BAD REP gives the stage to a group of Asian American artists who get straight to the point and share what matters to them the most.

01/18/2019 San Francisco Living Wage Coalition Presents
Art of the People
Exhibit and Auction
Friday, January 18, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Featuring the works of prominent Colombian artist Hernando Carrizosa and
Emory Douglass, Calixto Robles, Carina Lomeli, Ricardo Levins Morales,
Michelle Acosta, Ana Colomo, Ling Lu, Talleres Populares 28J, Txutxo
Perez, Doug Minkler, Ray Ormandy, Debra Walker, Rodger Scott, John
Weaver, Ramon Deanda, Sara Thustra, Romeo Osorio, David Duckworth, Nanci
Reese, Adriana Madrigal, Erica Andrews
Larry Lattimore Memorial Art Gallery
2940  16th Street #301, SF
(between Mission and South Van Ness)
free admission - food and drinks
415-863-1225 or
01/19/2019 Oakland Womens March
Saturday, January 19, 10:00 am to 3 pm
Lake Merritt Amphitheater. Join us!
01/19/2019 2019 Women's March + Rally ~ SF ~ Sat., 1/19
Progressive Singles of the SF Bay Area
Saturday, January 19, 2019 11:30 AM to 1:03 PM
Civic Center Plaza
Civic Center San Francisco, CA
Women's March San Francisco 2019 March and Rally, co-hosted by Planned Parenthood Northern California. This year's theme is #TruthToPower and celebrating the #WomensWave. WHEN? Saturday, January 19, 2019 at Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco. Rally s...
Civic Park, 375 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek
Join us for the 3rd Annual Women's March!
Gather: 10:30 / Rally: 11:00 / We March: 11:30
01/21/2019 Monday, January 21, 7:15 AM - 5:15 PM; Gather at 11:00 AM, March at noon
The People's March-5th Annual Reclaim King's Radical Legacy
Oscar Grant Plaza, 14th St and Broadway, Oakland, CA
For the 5th year running, the Anti Police-Terror Project calls the Bay Area into the streets for the People's March to Reclaim MLK's Radical Legacy.
January 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the murder of Oscar Grant. This year, we honor the mothers of those lost to police violence, and lift up their resilience. . .
The People have had enough. On Jan. 21, we march for justice for all victims of police terror and their families. We march for housing as a human right. We march for a just economy that meets everyone's human needs. We march for real community safety, which means defunding the police to invest in our communities. We march for quality education for all our kids. We march for real sanctuary in the Bay. We march for a sustainable climate and healthy environment for all families.
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01/23/2019 HA JIN:
The Banished Immortal:
A Life of Li Po
January 23, Wednesday, 7:30 pm
Hosted by Jack Foley
The Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley
01/24/2019 Wellstone Democratic Club Meeting
Topic to be Determined
Thursday, January 24
Humanist Hall; 390 27th Street; Oakland
potluck at 6PM - meeting at 6:45PM
Please Bring Something to Share
01/24/2019 Thursday, January 24, 7:00 - 9:30 PM
Film Screening of 'The Judge'
Berkeley City College, 2050 Center Street, Berkeley
When she was a young lawyer, Kholoud Al-Faqih walked into the office of Palestine's Chief Justice and announced she wanted to join the bench. He laughed at her. But just a few years later, Kholoud became the first woman judge to be appointed to the Middle East's Shari'a (Islamic law) courts.
WINNER of the Best Bay Area Documentary Feature at the 2018 San Francisco Film Festival, Official Selection of the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival - also featured on PBS Independent Lens. Directed by Erika Cohn.
Watch the trailer!
Benefit for the Middle East Children's Alliance, wheelchair accessible
For info: 510-548-0542, , meca [at]
$15, $25, $50.
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01/24/2019 Thursday, January 24, 7:00 pm
Park Branch Public Library
Community Room 1833 Page Street, San Francisco
San Francisco Progressive Democrats of America
The Yemen Tragedy:
America's Role
How U.S. policy helped undermine a nonviolent pro-democracy struggle, empower extremists, provoke a civil war, and support a bombing campaign resulting in the worlds worst humanitarian crisis.
a talk by Stephen Zunes
Dr. Stephen Zunes, a Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco, chairs the universitys program in Middle Eastern Studies
01/24/2019 San Francisco Progressive Democrats of America
The Yemen Tragedy: America's Role
How U.S. policy helped undermine a nonviolent pro-democracy struggle, empower extremists, provoke a civil war, and support a bombing campaign resulting in the worlds worst humanitarian crisis.
a talk by Stephen Zunes

Saudi Arabia has come in for worldwide condemnation for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but far less has been said about its much broader war crimes -- and about the U.S. role in facilitating them -- in the four-year war in Yemen that has killed an estimated 50,000 people and threatens as many as 12 million with starvation.
Is there now light at the end of the tunnel? On the one hand, the Senate has invoked the War Powers Act of 1973, which requires the president to consult with Congress in every possible instance before sending troops into conflict. But on the other, the US Air Force has subsequently issued a request for suppliers to provide airplane parts to keep Saudi F-15 jet fighters flying.

Dr. Stephen Zunes, a Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco, chairs the universitys program in Middle Eastern Studies. He chairs the academic advisory committee for the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict and serves as a senior policy analyst for the Foreign Policy in Focus project of the Institute for Policy Studies. A contributing editor of Tikkun, who lectures widely and writes for several leading political blogs, including the Huffington Post, his books include Tinderbox: U.S. Middle East Policy and the Roots of Terrorism and Western Sahara: War, Nationalism & Conflict Irresolution (with Jacob Mundy).

Thursday, January 24, 7:00 pm
Park Branch Public Library
Community Room
1833 Page Street, San Francisco
Wheelchair accessible
01/26/2019 Rebuilding Alliance Benefit Dinner - Solidarity: Stories of Palestine
Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)
San Francisco, CA
Keynote Speaker: Sandy Tolan,
Best Selling author of The Lemon Tree and Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land.
Sandy Tolan is a best-selling author, and an award-winning radio and print journalist who reports on and comments frequently about Palestine and Israel.
01/27/2019 Sunday, 1/27 5:00 p.m.
Another Form of Life Is Possible: Films on resistance in Mexico $5 suggested donation
Omni Commons
4799 Shattuck Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609
Liberated Lens Film Collective and Chiapas Support Committee presents a program of documentary shorts on the anti-capitalist Resistance in southern Mexico.
The Resistance shares many of the principles and goals of the Zapatistas movement: autonomy from the capitalist economy, communalist self-government rooted in indigenous traditions, an end to the subordination of women, respect for the natural world. Indigenous women are at the forefront of many of these ongoing struggles.">

Is the Earth in Hospice Mode?
January 31, Thursday, 7:30 pm
First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley

February 2019

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02/06/2019 Wednesday, February 6, 7:30 PM
Robert B. Reich - The Common Good
First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley
For decades one of the most farseeing, outspoken public intellectuals in the United States has been Robert B. Reich. Now he provides us with The Common Good, his sixteenth book, a passionate, clear-eyed manifesto urging the re-centering of our national economics and politics on the profound idea of the common good. Responding to the prevailing uproar of divisiveness, cynicism and blind self-interest, Reich makes a powerful case for expanding America's moral imagination.
This is a heartfelt statement from a major political thinker devoted to saving America's soul.
Robert B. Reich is Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.
Kathryn Horsley is a retired public health researcher and civil servant who worked on demographic and reproductive health research in Bolivia, East Africa and the Middle East for 16 years. More recently she worked for Seattle-King County Public Health and Alameda County Public Health Departments on community assessment and mapping of health outcomes regarding infant and maternal mortality, teen pregnancy, etc. Kathryn has done community outreach for KPFA Radio, and over the past three years has co-produced benefit events for KPFA.
Advance tickets: $12: :: T: 800-838-3006

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