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August 2017

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08/03/2017 INFORUM at the Commonwealth Club is hosting a conversation with Jason Kander and his fight against voter suppression on August 3, and wed love to invite you, your organization, and your network to join us!

After recent elections, the right to cast a ballot has come under close scrutiny, and as the president of Let America Vote, Kander dedicates his time to combating state and national laws that disproportionately disenfranchise people based on their race, ethnicity, gender, age, or income. He was recently appointed to the Democratic National Conventions Commission on Protecting Democracy from the Trump Administration. Kander was elected Missouri Secretary of State in 2012 at the age of 31, making him the first millennial in the nation to be elected to statewide office.

Kander will be in conversation with California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, a fellow advocate of expanding voter registration and modernizing voter tools and technologies.

When: Thursday, August 3, 2017; 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Where: The Commonwealth Club. 555 Post Street, San Francisco, 94102

What: Protect the Vote, with Jason Kander
08/09/2017 ENGAGE | The South Sudan Migration Story

World Affairs Auditorium
312 Sutter Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94108

Imagine if you had no choice but to flee your country. Where would you go? How would you cope? What would you need to rebuild your life in exile? These are the questions that three million South Sudanese have had to ask themselves in the face an unrelenting civil war, famine, violence and persecution.

Join World Affairs as we examine this pressing global issue from both policy and human perspectives. Gabriel Akim, spokesperson for Rebuild South Sudan, Diana Essex-Lettieri, Deputy Director of Asylum Access, and Valentino Achak Deng, co-founder of the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation, will call upon their unique expertise and personal experience to shed light on what it means to be displaced from war-torn South Sudan.


Valentino Achak Deng
Co-founder, Valentino Achak Deng Foundation

Gabriel Akim
Spokesperson, Rebuild South Sudan

Diana Essex-Lettieri
Deputy Director, Asylum Access

World Affairs Members Free
Non-member $20.00
Student $7.00

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08/10/2017 Stanford Repertory Theaters 2017 Summer Festival
The Many Faces of Farce August 10  27, 2017

History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce.

The famous observation by Karl Marx provides the inspiration for Stanford Repertory Theaters 2017 summer festival, The Many Faces of Farce, directed by SRT Associate Artistic Director Alex Johnson. Combining raucous performances of Chekhovs classic farces The Bear, The Proposal, and The Anniversary, with a cutting-edge piece based on Meyerholds 33 Swoons, SRT offers a summer of hilarity and relevance. When each day brings new nonsense from the Oval Office, SRT focuses on the point where political disaster and the joy of humor collide.

To complement these Chekhov classics, SRT presents a new piece based on 33 Swoons, the name that Vsevolod Meyerhold gave to his 1935 production of these same Chekhov plays in Stalins Moscow. Meyerhold dared to make his audiences laugh in spite of the censors claim that There is absolutely no place for satire in Soviet society. These same censors authorized the destruction of Meyerholds theater, his exile to Siberia, and his eventual assassination. SRTs version of 33 Swoons uses his story to question the role of comedy and censorship in our current political world. Mixing archival with contemporary material, 33 Swoons explores the interplay of tragedy and farce, struggle and laughter, in a way that would make even Marx take note.

Information and tickets at or phone (650) 725-5838
Press Contact: Julia Rosedale phone: 610-952-6637 email:
08/10/2017 THURSDAY, AUGUST 10, 2017  7:00 PM(

Richard Dawkins, Legendary Biologist, Provocateur & Author of Science in the Soul

Santa Clara Convention Center
5001 Great America Parkway - Santa Clara, 95054

General: $20 Members; $30 Non-Members;
Premium: $50 Members; $60 Non-Members (Includes a copy of book and priority seating)
Students: $10 (with valid ID)

At a time when science appears to be under attack, Dawkins issues a passionate defense, insisting facts, empirical evidence and reason take center stage. With growing threats of irrationality and hostility, his plea for a return to sanity couldnt be more timely or urgent. Come hear more from the legendary biologist and provocateur as he challenges faulty logic, bad science and climate change deniers.
08/12/2017 Theater of the Oppressed Workshop  

Saturday, Aug. 12, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Hall
1924 Cedar (@Bonita), Berkeley

Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) is a set of techniques, games & practices for using theater as a vehicle for transforming individuals and their communities, and effecting social and political change. It is a method of harnessing the theatrical process as a powerful tool for healing communities and breaking cycles of oppression; resulting in empowered and engaged individuals and groups that have the tools to dialogue, educate, problem-solve, and effect change. TO is a collective, creative, whole-brained problem-posing/solving technique of learning and transformation.
Prof. Jiwon Chung, a student of Augusto Boal, the creator of Theatre of the Oppressed, is faculty at Starr King School for the Ministry, at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. He has been teaching theater and activism around the world for over 3 decades.For more information, please call 510-499-1839.

Admission $30 (more if you can, less if you cant)
Wheelchair accessible.
08/14/2017 August 14: Preserve, Improve, and Expand Social Security
Monday, August 14, 12 Noon, in Oakland's Frank Ogawa Plaza
Broadway and 14th St, 12th St BART Station.
Rally and Two-Block March to Federal Building
Alex Lawson: Executive Director, Social Security Works
Norman Solomon: Author, Columnist, Activist

Social Security is alive and well now, but like Medicaid and Medicare, Social Security is under attack. Join us on Social Security's 82 birthday to celebrate it, and re-dedicate ourselves to defend and improve Social Security.

Social Security is the nation's most effective anti-poverty program, yet it is entirely funded by we who work for a living, through FICA deductions from our paychecks, and by our employers. Not a cent comes from the government. In fact, our $2.8 Trillion Social Security Trust Fund is invested in loans to help the government run. Those loans must be repaid to Social Security. It's our program, our money! Our past, our future!

Stop Raising the Retirement age. Cutting benefits and cost-of-living increases. Turning Social Security into private individual accounts for each recipient, invested in risky Wall Street stock market accounts with expensive management fees.

A better plan: Scrap the $127,000 cap and make the rich pay Social Security tax on all their income. Raise benefits to cover actual cost of living and disappearing pensions. Enact a realistic cost-of-living formula. Provide benefits for caring for young children. Restore student benefits for children of deceased or disabled covered parents.

We must remember that our parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents won Social Security in the mid-1930s, the depths of the Great Depression, when everything looked stacked against us. Social Security must be preserved, improved, and expanded. In the 1930s, Roosevelt said "Make me do it!" We did. We can do it again. We must do it again!
08/15/2017 KEVIN FAULCONER, Mayor of San Diego, talks about "The New California Republicans"

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 | 6:30 PM
Commonwealth Club of California
555 Post Street, San Francisco

General: $15 Members; $25 Non-Members;
Premium: $25 Members & $35 Non-Members (Includes priority seating)

Although Republicans have control of politics on the national stage, their position in California is not as strong. Can San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer change this with his brand of new Republican politics? California Republicans are eager to put forward a strong candidate for governor in 2018  will he be their man? Join the rising conservative star as he visits the Commonwealth Club August 15!

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08/24/2017 San Francisco Progressive Democrats of America

The People's Budgets? Where should our government spend our money? The progressive alternatives.
An evening with Chelsea Boilard, Christopher Cook, Chris Hoene and Eric See
(Four people who think about these things all the time).

For all of the insanity that Donald Trump is bringing to the White House and Capitol Hill, the fact is that there will be a budget this year -- and, if this year is like most, passing it will be the most significant thing that Congress does. Want to know what his proposals would do and alternatives are out there? Want to know what the budget fights are in Sacramento and San Francisco? Want ideas about what you can do? Then come out and hear:

On Washington:
Christopher Cook (author, journalist, and political campaigner) on the Trump budget and the Congressional Progressive Caucus's Peoples Budget proposal.
(See his recent Progressive article Fiscal Fightback: Trumps Budget Could Ignite Progressive Uprising
Eric See, Senior Director, Outreach and Organizing Campaigns
Peace Action.

On Sacramento: Chris Hoene, Executive Director of the California Budget & Policy Center.

On San Francisco: Chelsea Boilard, legislative aide to Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer and past Coleman Advocates budget and tax policy coordinator.

Thursday, August 24 " 7:00 pm

Unitarian Universalist Center, Fireside Room
1187 Franklin St. (Corner Geary Blvd.) San Francisco
08/26/2017 Better World Festival

Saturday, Aug. 26, 3:00 PM-9:00 PM

Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Hall
1924 Cedar (@Bonita), Berkeley

Bay Area stars will perform music, spoken word, theater, dance and more! The event will begin with the Native American group Theatre Movement International. Oaklands fabulous Paradise the Poet will mesmerize with his amazing performance poetry. Local artists will display their work. Festival-goers are invited to share their ideas for a better world. Community organizations will offer opportunities to shape a better world. Produced by the BFUU Music Committee and the BFUU Poetry Committee. Volunteers appreciated!

Suggested donations of $5  $20 No one turned away for lack of funds!

Wheelchair accessible.

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September 2017

Event Start DateEvent
09/05/2017 Inside the Iran Agreement: The Art of the Deal

World Affairs
312 Sutter St., Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94108

President Trump once pledged to tear up the Iran nuclear agreement. Now, the world watches to see the fate of an agreement considered by some to be a pivotal victory in American foreign policy, and by others as a mistake.

Trita Parsi, the preeminent Middle East foreign policy expert who advised the Obama White House throughout the Iran talks, takes us behind the scenes to examine the negotiations. Will the Iran deal survive the Trump Presidency? Parsi provides a nuanced and thoughtful view of the agreement designed to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.


Trita Parsi
President, National Iranian American Council

World Affairs Members Free
Non-member $20.00
Student $7.00

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09/06/2017 Diplomat Luncheon: Consul General of the People's Republic of China

World Affairs Auditorium
312 Sutter Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94108

His Excellency Luo Linquan has been serving as the Consul General of the People's Republic of China in San Francisco since December 2014. Prior to this role, he served as China's ambassador to Ireland and Greece. Please join us for this special event to hear China's top diplomat in Northern California discuss China's economic growth, its important role in the international community and growing links with California in the fields of trade, high-tech, education and people-to-people exchanges.

Doors Open: 11:45 AM
Lunch: 11:45 AM to 12:15 PM
Program: 12:15 PM to 1:15 PM


Luo Linquan
Consul General, Consulate General of the People's Republic of China

World Affairs Members: $25.00
Non-members: $40.00

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09/07/2017 CONNECT | Network After Work

World Affairs Auditorium
312 Sutter Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94108

How can technology tackle the refugee crisis? What are the primary challenges the US faces in its relationship with China? What global issues are you most concerned about? Now more than ever, these discussions are crucial for a better tomorrow. Join World Affairs CONNECT and other globally-minded young professionals groups for a unique convening of doers dedicated to addressing these questions and more. Enjoy light refreshments and learn more about how to get involved with these groups!

World Affairs Members Free
Non-member $10.00
Student $7.00

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09/10/2017 The Sister District Project is organizing progressives in safe blue areas like the Bay Area to support Democrats in other areas so we can take back Congress and stop the Trump agenda.

But we arent waiting for next year. This year, we are targeting state races where Democrats can regain control, and all eyes are on Virginia.
Why Virginia?
--Virginia is the only Republican
controlled state with elections
this year.
--We only need to flip 17 of 100
seats to win Virginia. This is
possible now.
--Virginia Republicans have
extensively gerrymandered
districts so Republicans are in
safe seats for Congress. By
putting Virginias state
legislature in Democratic
hands, we can undo widespread
voter disenfranchisement.

This is where you come in! Sister District member Pete Perry, long time veteran of the wine industry, has organized a tasting of some of California's most respected pinot noir producers, with all proceeds dedicated to Democrats in Virginia. We will be sampling highly rated wines from distinctive appellations known for great pinot noir: Dutton Goldfield in Marin, Peay on the Sonoma Coast, Williams Selyem from the Russian River, and Coho in Carneros. These are rare wines from some of Californias best pinot producers that are not often available for tasting. In addition, Spottswoode Winery will provide their acclaimed sauvignon blanc as guests arrive. Wine will also be available for purchase.
Sunday, September 10th
Piedmont (address will be provided upon confirmation)
$85 per person donation to Virginia Democrats running for House of Delegates in November
2017 (not tax deductible). Higher level donations highly encouraged! To attend or get more information, please email and we will provide
donation instructions. We have a maximum of 25 seats, so don't delay!

09/14/2017 The Cyberthreat

World Affairs
312 Sutter St., Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94108

Why have we been unable to defend against recent cyber attacks, such as those from North Korea and Russia? What is being done to prevent and protect us from potential future threats? The "WannaCry" attack and most recent "Petya" attack have caused damage on a global scale, and have even taken lives. Further, it appears such attacks have made use of stolen NSA cyber weapons previously distributed on the dark web and available for sale.

Nicole Perlroth, cyber security reporter for The New York Times, will discuss these attacks and what to expect for the future of cyber warfare.

World Affairs Members Free
Non-member $20.00
Student $7.00

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09/18/2017 The Future of Post-ISIS Iraq

World Affairs Auditorium
312 Sutter Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94108

While the shadow of violent extremism still looms large over the Middle East, many in and outside of Iraq have begun to contemplate the divided nation's future. While the military campaign against the Islamic State is winding down after the liberation of Mosul, the Iraqi government and its partners now face the daunting task of stabilizing the country, rebuilding its cities and rooting out additional ISIS elements while nurturing a delicate sectarian balance.

Dr. Peter Bartu, expert and former adviser in Middle East political transitions, discusses the future of post-ISIS Iraq. How can the Iraqi government begin to move beyond the most recent phase of violence? How will security forces contend with a legacy that blurred the lines between insurgency and ideology? How can sectarian tensions be managed? And what lessons can Iraq's recovery provide for a region roiled by unrest?


Peter Bartu
Lecturer, International and Area Studies, University of California, Berkeley

World Affairs Members Free
Non-member $20.00
Student $7.00

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09/23/2017 WISeR Presents: Inspiring Stories of Forgiveness, Resilience and Courage Film & Speakers Event

Marine's Memorial Theater, San Francisco

Saturday, September 23, 6 p.m.

TICKETS $29 - $40, Student, Senior, Military, Disabled Multi-Ticket purchase Discounts Available

The focus on resilience for this event is extremely empowering, positive, hopeful. It articulates a goal... hope... a positive outcome and acknowledges strength, rather than weakness... wholeness rather than brokenness.

September 23 Celebratory Speaker Event features Inspiring stories of Forgiveness, Resilience and Courage
Dr. Edith Eva Eger, eminent psychologist, prolific author and Auschwitz survivor 'Dr. Edie' will speak about her experiences as a survivor of Auschwitz, as a wife, a mother, educator, human dignity advocate, inspiring speaker, author and internationally renowned psychologist. She will also discuss her highly anticipated memoir, The Choice: Embrace the Possible.

The Choice weaves Dr. Egers personal story with case studies from her work as a psychologist. Her patients and their stories illustrate different phases of healing and show how people can choose to escape the prisons they construct in their minds and find freedom, regardless of circumstance.

"Important, gripping, not just another Holocaust book but a universal message of hope" - from the foreword by Phil Zimbardo, Ph.D.

A powerful, moving memoirand a practical guide to healingwritten by Dr. Edith Eva Eger, an eminent psychologist whose own experiences help her treat patients and allow them to escape the prisons of their own minds.

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09/27/2017 Ellen Pao: Resetting Silicon Valley

INFORUM at the Commonwealth Club is hosting Ellen Pao and Laura Weidman Powers. Ellen Pao sent shock-waves throughout Silicon Valley when she sued her former employer for workplace discrimination against women and other minority groups. Pao will share her experiences as a long-time entrepreneur, lawyer, angel investor, and activist advocating for diversity and inclusion in tech in her new book Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change.Laura Weidman Powers is the Co-Founder and CEO of Code2040, a nonprofit organization that builds pathways to educational, professional, and entrepreneurial success in technology for people of color, specifically Black and Latinxs.

Get tickets:

WHEN: Wednesday, September 27, 2017; 5:30 PM Check-in, 6:30 PM Program

WHERE: Marines' Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St, San Francisco

- Ellen Pao, Partner, Kapor Capital Investment; Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, the Kapor Center for Social Impact; Co-Founder, Project Include; Author, Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change

-Laura Weidman Powers, Co-Founder and CEO, Code2040

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