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February 2019

Event Start DateEvent
02/01/2019 Friday, February 1, 2019 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Berkeley Aging: On Death, Dying and End of Life Options
At South Berkeley Library at 1pm to 3 pm
1901 Russell St, Berkeley, CA 94703
Hosted by Rosa E.
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02/02/2019 Free Screening of PRIDE Hosted by QT SURJ

SURJ Bay Area's Queer and Trans (QT) Committee is hosting a free screening of PRIDE, which highlights a true story of solidarity across identities for social and economic justice. This even is open to the public. Everybody is welcome to join us for an afternoon of film and snacks!

About the film: Realising that they share common foes in Margaret Thatcher, the police and the conservative press, London-based gay and lesbian activists lend their support to striking miners in 1984 Wales.

Date: 2/2/19, 2pm-4:15pm
Location: Sierra Club, 2101 Webster Street #1300, Oakland, CA 94612

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02/05/2019 TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5TH @ 7:00 PM
The Whistleblower of My Lai is a unique fusion of opera and documentary that blends the emotional crystallization of a dramatized human story with the concreteness of real life. It tells a story that captures both the best and worst of humanity through the examination of one incident in one mans life: Army helicopter pilot Hugh Thompson and his discovery and exposure of the My Lai massacre in Vietnam.
The New Parkway Theater
474 24th St.
Oakland 94612;3D%3D
02/05/2019 February 5, 5:30 pm Union Square at the corner of Powell and Geary We dont know exactly what Trump is going to say. We do know for sure it is going to be a fascist speech. And we do know that we have to be out on the streets, calling for and mobilizing people to stand up against Trump and the whole fascist regime, contributing to the time, in the not too distant future, when tens of thousands, in cities large and small, won't just protest for a day, or one night, but will come back out, day after day and night after night, growing our protest from thousands to millions, to the achieve the single, unifying objective of driving out the fascist Trump/Pence regime.
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
02/09/2019 Eyewitness Gaza: Palestinian Children Under Siege
Saturday, Feb. 9
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Omni Commons
4799 Shattuck Ave.
Oakland, CA
Heather La Mastro, a school teacher in Berkeley, recently traveled to occupied Palestine. She visited several refugee camps, hospitals and pediatric mental health care programs in the West Bank and Gaza Strip administered by the Palestine Children's Relief Fund (PCRF). Heather will share her stories meeting Palestinian people, especially her students' Palestinian pen pals in Gaza.
She will be joined by Priscilla Wathington, the Managing Editor for Defense for Children International - Palestine (DCIP), an independent, local Palestinian child rights organization based in Ramallah. Priscilla will speak about the most pressing human rights concerns facing Palestinian children living in the Gaza Strip at this juncture and the grave number of child fatalities at the hands of Israeli forces that DCIP documented in 2018.
Free admission - Organized by ISM-NorCal
02/09/2019 Conference for Educators, Students, Activists
Creating a Peaceful School
Saturday, February 9, 2019 9 AM - 4 PM
Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center
1035 Carol Lane, Lafayette
(Springstone School campus)
Topic: Building Bridges Not Walls
A daylong opportunity to explore how we can use our school and classroom practices to connect, to build community, to resolve conflicts, to understand one another, to celebrate diversity, and to build bridges across cultures, languages, races, backgrounds, and borders. We have break-out sessions that focus on sharing learning strategies, skills, and approaches to our work to build community and deepen understandings, and sessions focused on classroom lessons, school-wide programs, and approaches to school culture. We are also encouraging youth activists pursuing peace, justice, and human rights to attend and participate in the workshops.
Keynote Speaker:
LAUREN MARKHAM, Community School Program Manager, Oakland International High School and Author The Faraway Brothers
Markham has worked in a variety of positions over the past decade in support of refugees, immigrants and vulnerable youth, with a focus on the intersection between education and migration. She has served as a caseworker and a resettlement capacity worker for the International Rescue Committee in Oakland, the Senior Programs Coordinator for Refugee Transitions and as a consultant for the Oakland Unified School District's Refugee & Asylee Student Assistance Program. Having worked with youth and families in Boston, Vermont, San Francisco, Oakland, El Salvador and Uganda, Lauren speaks Spanish, French and a fair amount of Luganda.
02/09/2019 Progressive Talk: Shutdown Part 2, Stone Indicted, Shall We Impeach?, and More
Progressive Singles of the SF Bay Area
Saturday, February 9, 2019
7:00 PM
Au Coquelet
2000 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704
02/10/2019 Sunday, February 10th, 5:00 pm
Green Sunday
LOCATION: Niebyl-Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave. at 65th in North Oakland
The Teachers Strike
and the Defense of Public Education in Oakland
Our forum this month will focus on the likely teachers strike in Oakland and the battle against school closures and charters linked to a privatization agenda locally and nationally. This comes on the wake of a very successful strike by teachers in Los Angeles and an educator upsurge spreading elsewhere.
Our presenters will be Mike Hutchinson, long time education activist, school board candidate, and leader of OPEN (Oakland Public Education Network) and Becca Rozo-Marsh, a leader of the Oakland Education Association and co-chair of that union's community outreach committee.
02/10/2019 Artist Reception with Edythe Boone/Film Screening
Sunday February 10 at 12:45 PM in Fellowship Hall at Cedar and Bonita in Berkeley
Meet living treasure Edythe Boone and enjoy the new installation of her works in Fellowship Hall. This bold muralist, activist, and educator tackles poverty, racism, and inequalitywith a paintbrush. She makes murals with all who share her yearning for community. (Note that the reception takes place after the regular 2nd Sunday potluck, which starts around noon.)
As a special treat, we'll be screening the fascinating, award-winning documentary by Marlene Mo Morris, A New Color: The Art of Being Edythe Boone. The filmaker will be in attendance too!
02/10/2019 Sunday February 10, at 1pm
The Lake Merritt Columns
599 El Embarcadero Oakland
U.No U.S. Coup! No US military intervention! No US economic sanctions! Return Venezuelan money to the legitimate Maduro government! No proxy interventions (i.e. through Colombia or Brazil)! Recognize the only elected President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro! S. Hands Off Venezuela Rally in Oakland
02/11/2019 Monday, February 11, 2019, 12:00pm1:00pm
RSVP here to hear Alison Terry-Evans, the Founder of Dirty Girls of Lesvos on Monday, February 11, 2019, 12:00pm1:00pm, near the San Francisco Ferry Building.
Alison Terry-Evans, Founder of Dirty Girls of Lesvos: The refugee crisis and the movement to reuse, recycle, and reduce
For the past three years, CODEPINK activists have traveled to Greece to support migrants and war refugees living in camps. We have delivered much-needed baby shoes, socks, boxer briefs, hats, scarves, and gloves to mainland Greece and the Greek island of Lesbos. We have also met with groups on the ground doing incredible work and filling the need for humanitarian aid normally managed by host governments or Non-Governmental Organizations.
02/12/2019 Tuesday, February 12, 5:30 pm
Outside Council Chambers at the Richmond Civic Center
Bring signs! Protest plans for massive high-end housing development at Point Molate. At 6.p.m. the Richmond City Council will hear the developers but will they hear you? If you want to speak you have to sign up before 6 p.m. Let the City Council and the developers know that we have only just begun to fight.
02/13/2019 Minding the Gap
Bing Liu
United States, 2018
BAMPFA Student Committee Pick
Wednesday, February 13 7 PM
Bing Liu documents his skateboarding friends over ten years as they raise themselves on the streets of a rust belt town. A rich, devastating essay on race, class, and manhood in 21st-century America (New York Times).
PFA Berkeley Ca
02/13/2019 FEB13 7 PM  9 PM
Trust and Deception in the Digital Age
Public · Hosted by CIIS Public Programs
CIIS Public Programs
1453 Mission St, San Francisco, California 94103
Its not easy navigating whats true in a post-truth world. The constant barrage of information enabled by the internet and the 24-hour news cycle is not only disorienting, but has made it difficult to discern news from opinion and fact from fiction. In the era of fake news, Reddit conspiracy theories, and social media echo-chambers, weve been forced to re-examine our relationship with the truth.
Join Stanfords social media expert, Jeff Hancock, and Director of the Trust Project, Sally Lehrman, as they examine the erosion of truth online, how our psychological and social dynamics impact our culture, and what we can do to rebuild our collective grasp on the truth.
02/16/2019 Mentiras Piadosas: Amores y Desamores de Frida Kahlo (Little White Lies: Frida Kahlo's Loves & Heartbreaks).
February 16 2 shows 1st at 7pm and 2nd at 9 pm
La Peña Cultural Center presents:
Dr. Gloria Arjona and Karin Guerra in Mentiras Piadosas: Frida Kahlos Loves & Heartbreaks
Please note: The majority of the performance is in English with songs in Spanish. This performance is NOT suitable for children.
GA Ticket: $18 Advance / $22 Door Students & Seniors Ticket: $16 Advance / $18 Door
La Pena in Berkeley on Shattuck
02/17/2019 Vic Sadot Memorial Open Mic
Sunday February 17 from 3 PM to 7 PM in Fellowship Hall at Cedar and Bonita in Berkeley
Come share memories of Vic, the Broadside Balladeer and Truth Troubador, with a song, a poem, a story, or a dance.
Food provided. Additional dishes are most welcome.
Vic chaired the Social Justice Committee for several years and kept the Open Mic going, often hosting as well as performing. (Phoebe got Country Joe McDonald to move it to the BFUU Hall when Cafe de la Paz closed where Joe had started the popular open mic.)
02/17/2019 Sunday, February 17, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
What's Happening in Venezuela?
Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland
On January 22nd Mike Pence made a phone call to opposition politician Juan Guaidó, essentially offering him the presidency of Venezuela. The next day, Guaidó swore an oath in which he appointed himself "Interim President of Venezuela." Minutes later, Donald Trump officially recognized that self-appointment, in effect instigating a coup against the elected Bolivarian government of Nicholas Maduro. Since then, the mainstream corporate media has been supporting the coup.
Yet in a poll conducted a little more than a week before, 81% of Venezuelans had never even heard of the 35-year-old Guaido! Not mentioned in these news reports are the extremely popular education, health care, and housing programs provided by the Venezuelan government, that the U.S. government has imposed draconian economic sanctions on Venezuela, and that the U.S. has openly spent tens of millions of dollars supporting violent opposition groups. Also not mentioned is that despite all of this, Maduro won re-election in May and thousands have been marching throughout Venezuela in support of the government since the attempted coup; almost every day.
Donald Trump has threatened to use "all options, including military" against Venezuela, a country with the world's largest proven oil reserves that John Bolton has openly said best belong in the hands of American oil companies. The attack on Venezuela foreshadows forthcoming attacks on Cuba, Iran, and Nicaragua, as well as attacks on anyone here in the U.S.
Speakers: Alicia Jrapko, Task Force on the Americas; Mehmet Bayram, Independent Journalist, Allan Miller, Economist, Activist & Writer.
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02/18/2019 Monday, February 18, 2019 7:15 PM to 10:15 PM

Alfonso Cuaron's "Roma"

Radical Visions Cinema Club

Castro Theatre

429 Castro St. (at Market)

San Francisco, CA 94110


Join us Monday February 18 when we watch a gorgeous 70 mm print of Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron's award-winning new film, "Roma." "The film follows Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), a young domestic worker for a family in the middle-class neighborhood of ...">

02/18/2019 Presidents Day PROTESTS NATIONWIDE this MONDAY NOON:
The largest Bay Area protest will probably be at the SF Federal Building (90 7th Street)
Address: 90 7th St, San Francisco, CA 94103-6701
When: Monday, February 18, 12:00 PM NOON until 1:00 PM
Details, or to contact your host to offer to help with the event:
02/18/2019 2-18-19 at noon
Human Banner saying "NO WALL!" The Pergola at Lake Merritt, Oakland (arches/columns at the northeast tip of Lake Merritt near the Grand Lake Theater) Don't be late. It'll be over by 12:30
This is an undemocratic power grab from an unhinged man unhappy with a Democratic Congress that will not indulge his temper tantrums.
In response, a number of partners have called for Presidents Day Protests around the country on Monday, February 18 at noon local time (or the time local hosts deem best). The reception to this day of action has been electric: over 150 events with over 10,000 RSVPs are already on the map! Together we will stand against Trump's fake crisis and racist deportation force and stand with immigrant, Muslim, and Black and brown communities.
02/19/2019 Tue, February 19, 2019 6:30 PM  8:00 PM PST
World Affairs
312 Sutter St., Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94108
Documentary Film Night 82 Names: Syria, Please Don't Forget Us
by World Affairs

02/21/2019 Voluntary Services Before
Court-Ordered Conservatorship:
A Public Forum on SB 1045
Thursday, February 21, 6-8 pm
St. Johns Episcopal Church, 1661 15th Street, SF
(2 blocks from 16th & Mission Streets)

Speakers include:
Jenny Friedenbach, Coalition on Homelessness
Susan Mizner, ACLU Disability Rights Program
David Elliott Lewis, Mental Health Association SF

SB 1045 is a bill that passed at the state level to expand conservatorship law, using the number of psychiatric holds initiated by police (5150s) as a measure of eligibility. A conservatorship is a court order that takes away all your civil liberties, including your right to control your own health care, your own finances, and even where you live. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is now considering implementing this new program.

Come learn about how conservatorships now work and how this bill would change the laws, and share your opinions on the proposed change.

Planned by the Voluntary Services First Coalition. We are pushing for expanded, voluntary housing, mental health services, and drug abuse treatment, rather than today's long wait lists for these services. We want people to get the help they need and not just be pushed out of sight.

More information at

To help or find out more, please call Raia at
(415) 546-1333 or email
02/23/2019 Sat. Feb 23 noon til 2pm Oscar Grant Plaza (14th and Broadway in Oakland)
Rally! U.S. Hands Off Venezuela! sponsored by the International Action Center and the Spring Action Coalition.
This will be the 1 month anniversary of the U.S. - backed coup attempt in Venezuela. Internationally coordinated actions in solidarity with the people of Venezuela and against the U.S. Wall Street and Pentagon's drive to war.
02/23/2019 JVP and Co-Sponsored Events
Film: "1948: Creation & Catastrophe"
Saturday, Feb 23, 6:00 - 8:30 pm
The Way Christian Center, 1305 University Ave, Berkeley
Through riveting and moving personal recollections of both Israelis and Palestinians, the film reveals the shocking events of the most pivotal year of the ongoing tragedy. It tells the story of the establishment of Israel as seen through the eyes of the people who lived it. This film is your chance to make sense of what is happening in Israel-Palestine today
6:00 PM Snacks & refreshments
6:30 PM Film screening
8:00 PM Q&A and discussion with the
filmmakers, Ahlam Muhtaseb & Andy Trimlett.
This event is free and open to the public.
Co-sponsored by The Way Christian Center, NorCal Sabeel and Jewish Voice for Peace
02/23/2019 Saturday, February 23, 3:00 PM
KPFA Monthly Movie Matinee, Bamboozled
Bamboozled is a 2000 blistering satirical comedy-drama film highlighting television's pitfalls and prejudices. Pierre Delacroix, a young, Harvard-educated man, is the sole person of color, writing for an upstart network with floundering ratings. Despite several attempts, Delacroix has yet to see any of his concepts go into production. He gets the bright idea, partially in an attempt to get fired, to modernize a minstrel show... and it takes.
Written and directed by Spike Lee the movie merges America's shameful, racist past of minstrel shows (with white and black actors donning blackface to exaggerate and perpetuate the racist stereotypes of the day), to current day "minstrel shows," that exaggerate the black stereotypes of our time, without the actors in blackface
02/25/2019 2-25-19 7;30 pm
Stephen Cohen & Katrina vanden Heuvel
War with Russia? From Putin & Ukraine to Trump & Russiagate
First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley
War With Russia? is an alternative narrative of Donald Trump's US and Putin's Russia, from America's most prominent Russian scholar. America is in a new Cold War with Russia even more dangerous than the one the world barely survived in the twentieth century.
Advance tickets: $12: T: 800-838-3006
or Pegasus Books (3 sites), Books Inc (Berkeley), Moe's, Walden
Pond Bookstore, East Bay Books, Mrs. Dalloway's
02/25/2019 Monday, Feb. 25
SFMT Studio, 855 Treat Ave.
7.20pm Doors Open / 7.30pm Event
Cost: FREE
Everyone Talks About The Weather
But What Are We Gonna Do About It?
To answer that question please join us at the SF Mime Troupe on Monday, February 25 at 7.30pm. Troupe friend Doug Nunn will present his Climate Reality Slide Show, which graphically illustrates why and how our environment is heating up and what we can do about it.
Doug Nunn is a comic/improviser and recently retired teacher who has been an activist/environmentalist since his time at UC Berkeley in the early 1970s and has been a past contributing Troupe writer.
02/27/2019 Wednesday, February 27 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
2940  16th Street, San Francisco
Redstone Labor Temple building
_Honoring 104 Years of Social and Economic Justice Organizing and
Dedicating a Sanctuary Community_
live music, artists, dancers, poets y performers
(corner of Capp St., near 16th St. BART)
free admission - food and cake
Sponsored by the Redstone Labor Temple Association
For more information, contact 415-863-1927,
02/27/2019 1:30-3:30pm, Wed., Feb. 27
RECLAIMING THE ART & SOUL OF BERKELEY - Artists Respond to Homelessness
South Berkeley Senior Center, Ashby & Ellis
Featuring: Edythe Boone, - Legendary muralist and South Berkeley historian, Omari Scott and Jackson Pergamon - (Shanice Kiel Gallery/Youth Spirit Artworks), Yesica Prado, Berkeley Friends on Wheels and others.
Program 1:30-3:30; Social Time & Light Refreshments until 4pm
02/28/2019 Thursday, February 28
Humanist Hall; 390 27th Street; Oakland
potluck at 6PM - meeting at 6:45PM
Wellstone Club Meeting
Conversation With
State Senator Nancy Skinner
Assembly Members Rob Bonta and Buffy Wicks
Please Bring Something to Share
see below for details
02/28/2019 PDA-CA SF presents a free public forum:

Why we need public banks & how will we get them soon

Having learned from the 2008 financial crisis how much damage the big banks can do to ordinary people by investing our money in things we don't want, like fossil fuels and weapons of war, we are in the midst of a movement to create public banks that will allow us to invest in affordable housing, renewable energy, and other essentials for a society that shares and cares.

Our February forum explores the history and progress of four Bay Area public bank projects and how close they are to becoming a reality. We will also learn how we can divest our money from fossil fuels and the war machine now, while waiting for the public banks to become established.


JACKIE FIELDER, co-founder of the San Francisco Public Bank Coalition, lecturer in the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State. She holds a Bachelor's in Public Policy & a Master's in Sociology from Stanford.

SUSAN HARMAN, having fallen in love with public banking 8 yrs. ago, has been instrumental in getting the East Bay Public Bank through its feasibility study and developing its business plan.

JUDY YOUNG, a follower of Ellen Brown's work with the Public Banking Institute for many years, Judy works with the South Bay Progressive Alliance Public Banking Action Team.

LEE CLARK sees the work on a Public Bank as critical for recovery from the severe financial crisis in the aftermath of the Santa Rosa fires, for replacing city infrastructure, and for other social justice uses.

CYNTHIA PAPERMASTER will focus on divestment. She is coordinator of the Golden Gate Chapter of CODE-PINK and a member of the Berkeley Mayor's Task Force on Socially Responsible Banking,

Thursday, February 28 7:009:00 PM
San Francisco Park Branch Public Library Community Room
1833 Page Street.
Muni Buses #6, #7, #33, #43
Street parking limited. Wheelchair accessible.

March 2019

Event Start DateEvent
03/01/2019 March 1
Womens History Month Film: Las Sufragistas with Director Ana Cruz (México)
La Pena in Berkeley on Shattuck
In honor of Womens History Month, La Peña Cultural Center presents: Las Sufragistas (The Sufraggists)  Followed by a Q&A with the films director Ana Cruz!
The Suffragists (Las Sufragistas) tells the story of Eufrosina Cruz, an indigenous woman from the Zapotec community of Santa María Quiegolani in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico.
Friday, March 1, 2019 at 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Doors open 7pm / Show starts 7:30pm
TICKETS $8 Advance / $10 Door
03/31/2019 Sun, March 31 1:00 pm RALLY at the Oakland Federal Bldg, Clay St. FOR PEACE including opposing NATO.
Send organizational endorsements to: judygreenspan1952 "at"
This is the local solidarity action for the previous day's international mobilization to protest NATO as it comes to Washington, DC to "celebrate" its 70th anniversary. Because of the emergency situation and potential war on Venezuela, organizers will make Venezuela a focus. Colombia (borders Venezuela) is the first NATO partner in Latin America. The U.S. and Colombia planned an invasion of Venezuela in the guise of providing "humanitarian aid". Let's make it clear to the U.S. government that we oppose any attempt at regime change from the U.S. and allies. To endorse the March 30 demo:
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