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February 2017

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02/02/2017 Transition Berkeley 6th Anniversary: Celebrate & Get Activated!

Thursday, Feb. 2, 6:30 PM-9:00 PM

Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Hall
1924 Cedar (@Bonita), Berkeley www.bfuu.org

Its Groundhog Day! Raise your heads up, celebrate and learn ways you can take action! Transition Berkeley invites you to help us celebrate our sixth anniversary with live Old Time Music by the Share Croppers, a delicious potluck supper, presentation by staff from the fabulous Story of Stuff Project and a panel of some of your favorite Local Change Makers.
Following up on last months film which documented the devastating impact of homo sapiens on Mother Earth, this months two short films The Story of Change and The Story of Solutions, will give us tools to guide our urgent actions for a more just and sustainable world. Well reflect in small groups on methods for organizing, and then hear from the Local Change Makers featured at our Screening the Green film nights. These Transition leaders will bring us up to date on their projects: Wee Bee Gardeners, Transition Streets, Roots of Empathy, Native Plant Neighborhood Building, Consider the Homeless, Dump Wells Fargo and more.
Its time for us all to become active, informed and collegial in the life of our community. YOU can make a difference. Come out, sign up! Potlucks starts at 6:30, program at 7:30.

For more info: info@transitionberkeley.com
website: http://www.transitionberkeley.com

This event is co-sponsored by Transition Berkeley, and BFUU's Social Justice Ctee.
Suggested donation $5-$20. No one turned away.
Wheelchair accessible.

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02/02/2017 Uprising in Egypt: The People's Fight for Freedom

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

6:30-7:30 pm

In 2011, Cairo's Tahrir Square commanded the attention of the world as the Egyptian people demanded their freedom. At the time, President Barack Obama famously declared: Egyptians have inspired us, they have changed the world. But, half a decade later, is this the whole story?

The Arab World's most populous nation remains as volatile as ever and thoroughly enmeshed with a broader moment of political turbulence that is unfolding across the globe. In his new book, "The Egyptians: A Radical Story," former Egypt Correspondent for the Guardian, Jack Shenker, examines the roots of Egypts revolution, arguing for a much more nuanced, and far-reaching view of the forces that are reshaping the region. Egypts revolutionary turmoil has never just been about Mubarak, or his successors, or elections, says Shenker. It is not merely a civil war between Islamists and secularists, nor a fight between backwardness and modernity. Underlying it all, the unrest is about economically marginalized citizens muscling their way onto the political stage to demand sovereignty over domains previously closed to them: factories and urban streets, the houses they live in, the food they eat and the water they drink. The real story is more complicated and, ultimately, more hopeful.

SPEAKER:
Jack Shenker
Author and Journalist, Former Egypt Correspondent for the Guardian

MODERATOR:
David D. Arnold
President, The Asia Foundation

World Affairs members are free.
Non-members are $20 and students are $7.

For tickets, visit https://www.worldaffairs.org/events/event/1683.
For more information, email communications@worldaffairs.org or call us at 415-293-4600.
02/06/2017 The Drone Memos

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

6:30-7:30 pm

President Obama staked his first presidential campaign on a principled opposition to the Iraq War and a restrained, humble view of the use of US power abroad. However, looking back on the past eight years, the same administration has also quietly grown the US drone program, with bombings in Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq and Libya. The vast expansion of the armed drone campaign will go down as one of President Obamas enduring foreign policy legacies.

Jameel Jaffer, renowned civil litigator, led the ACLU legal team that fought for the US government to release the documents underlying the governments legal and policy framework for its drone program. Now, Jaffer evaluates these drone memos in light of domestic and international law. He connects the documents legal abstractions to the real-world violence they sanction, and makes the case that we are trading core principles of democracy and human rights for the illusion of security.

Has the drone war program spun out of control? How much power should the executive branch have to carry out these targeted killings via armed drones? What can we expect as President Trump assumes the power and precedent of Obamas drone war program?

SPEAKER:
Jameel Jaffer
Director of the Knight First Amendment Institute, Columbia University and former Deputy Legal Director, ACLU

World Affairs members are free.
Non-members are $20 and students are $7.

For tickets, visit https://www.worldaffairs.org/events/event/1684.
For more information, email communications@worldaffairs.org or call us at 415-293-4600.
02/07/2017 Interesting Times: A Conversation with Ambassador Chas Freeman

There is a new world order. This isn't the 20th century anymore: shifting coalitions, changing spheres of influence, evolving economic and political powers. A friend one minute; a foe another. To address these challenges, the next US president must reconsider our statecraft and diplomacy. Career Ambassador and renowned expert on US-China and Middle East relations, Chas W. Freeman, will call upon his decades of experience to discuss how US foreign policy must change to suit todays increasingly competitive and disorderly world.

How can the US better navigate its complex relationship with China? What lessons can be learned from our failed interventions in the Middle East, and what steps can be taken to remedy those diplomatic and military errors? How should the US respond to the Arab uprisings and the deteriorating order in the Middle East? Is Israel a strategic asset or liability for the US?

Ambassador Freeman is one of Americas most distinguished diplomats. Providing frank, but graciously rendered observations, he will challenge us to think critically about US foreign policy - how we have erred in the past, and how we might do things differently in the future.

SPEAKER:
Chas W. Freeman
Senior Fellow, Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University; and Chairman of the Board, Committee for the Republic

MODERATOR:
Jane Wales
CEO, World Affairs and Global Philanthropy Forum; Vice President, The Aspen Institute

WHEN
Tuesday, February 07, 2017
6:30- 7:30 PM

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

For more information:
http://www.worldaffairs.org/events/event/1686#.WI-VrlUrKUk
02/08/2017 Asias Rise in a Year of Uncertainty: A Dialogue with The Honorable Kevin Rudd

Join World Affairs and Asia Society Northern California for a dialogue with The Honorable Kevin Rudd, president of the Asia Society Policy Institute and former prime minister of Australia, who will look at some of the critical issues facing the Asia-Pacific region today and the challenges likely to emerge in the coming years. While Asia is home to some of the worlds fastest growing economies and a young, dynamic population, the region is also confronted with a number of issues that threaten to stymie the regions rise. Growing nationalism, enduring security flashpoints in the Korean peninsula and the South China Sea, an ascendant China and climate change are just some of the factors that will demand attention and action in the coming years. The election of Donald Trump as the new U.S. president adds unpredictability to the region given his campaign promises to upend Americas role in the alliance infrastructure that underpins security, economic and political relationships in the region and the world.

SPEAKER:
Kevin Rudd
President, Asia Society Policy Institute; Former Prime Minister of Australia

WHEN
Wednesday, February 08, 2017
6:00-7:30 PM

WHERE
Bechtel Conference Center ASNC
500 Washington Street
San Francisco, CA

For more information: http://www.worldaffairs.org/events/event/1689#.WI-XHlUrKUk
02/12/2017 Together We Can: Post-Inauguration Activism Resource Fair

Calling all justice-seekers and peacemakers! Do you want to join the struggle for rights, access, and dignity for all? Leaders from over 30 progressive organizations will be present & ready to help you find your place in the movement and get involved. There is much work to do to build a world where immigrants, LGBQT+, Muslims and people of color are treated with dignity, where our earth is respected, and where everyone has access to healthcare, a decent home and living. We need us all, and after November, we need one another more than ever.

Come meet leaders and get started building inner peace, organizing campaigns, supporting in-the-street resistance, ensuring legal protections and saving our earth. Attend FREE mini-workshops to stay in the know about current issues and develop your skills. Together, we'll build a strong and supportive network ready and educated to stand united for justice no matter the obstacles we face. Whether you are a long time activist or have never attended a rally in your life, your contributions matter and are welcomed here! We can do it together, and it will take us all.

When: February 12, 2017, 11am-4pm
Where: Oakland Peace Center (259 29th St. Oakland)

Free and open to the public. All welcome!

More information, full list of tabling organizations and workshops, and RSVP here.
02/13/2017 The Battle for Aleppo: Achieving Accountability for Syrian War Crimes

The Syrian war has left an estimated 470,000 dead, with 4.8 million international refugees and 6.6 million people internally displaced. As peace efforts falter, the world cries out for the respect of human rights and international humanitarian law, seeking accountability for their infringement.

Recent attention has focused on the siege of Aleppo, where intense aerial bombardment by Syrian and Russian forces destroyed all medical care infrastructure, wiped out marketplaces and bakeries and led to thousands of civilian deaths. Unlawful killings remain a hallmark of this blood-soaked conflict. Humanitarian access is blocked. What can be done?

This panel discussion will examine the findings of the the UN Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic special report examining the violations that took place in Aleppo city since late 2015, and debate its impact on any future accountability for victims of the conflict's many crimes.

This event is co-organized by World Affairs and the Center for Justice and Accountability.

WHEN
Monday, February 13, 2017
6:30-7:30 PM

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

For more information: http://www.worldaffairs.org/events/event/1685#.WI-XzVUrKUk
02/16/2017 Alison Weir: 100 Years of Pro-Israel Activism

Thursday, Feb. 16, 7:00 PM

Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Hall
1924 Cedar (@Bonita), Berkeley www.bfuu.org

100 Years of Pro-Israel Activism:
How a Special Interest Lobby Enabled the Colonization of Palestine
The creation of Israel in 1948 was the result of a worldwide movement called Political Zionism, active in the United States since the late 1800s. After Israel was created, this movement  which then became known as the "Israel lobby"  continued to work on behalf of Israel. Today it is one of most powerful and pervasive special interests in the U.S. Among its many achievements has been to re-define the term anti-Semitism to increasingly mean criticism of Israel and/or support for Palestinian human rights. Another accomplishment has been to procure massive aid to Israel: on average, 7000 times more per capita than to others around the world.
Drawing on her best-selling book, Against Our Better Judgment: The Hidden History of How the US Was Used to Create Israel, former journalist Alison Weir will discuss this movement, its history and current reality, media coverage of Israel-Palestine, and the role of Israel partisans in promoting the Iraq War and in the continued demonization of Iran. The lecture will be followed by a question and answer session.
Weirs book will be available at the event.
Weir is executive director of If Americans Knew (www.ifamericansknew.org) and president of the Council for the National Interest (www.cnionline.org).
More info at www.againstourbetterjudgment.com/ and http://ifamericansknew.org/

Sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Ctee

Suggested donation $5-$20. No one turned away.
Wheelchair accessible.

Ph:510-275-4272

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02/20/2017 59th Anniversary of the Peace Symbol

Monday, Feb. 20, 2:00 PM

Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Hall
1924 Cedar (@Bonita), Berkeley www.bfuu.org

Remember on Presidents' Day the origins of the Peace Symbol, which is an essential part of our Peace Movement. Join Arnie Passman and others. Musicians, poets, comedians will perform and offer their thoughts. We will shine light on the history of the Peace Symbol and discuss how we can have a lasting peace and a joyful resistance.
Refreshments, all welcome.

Sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Ctee as

Suggested donation $5-$20. No one turned away.
Wheelchair accessible.

Ph:510-275-4272

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02/21/2017 Resist Trump Tuesday: For Immigrant Rights

WHEN
Tues Feb 21, 11:30 AM  2 PM

WHERE
Meet at Oakland Federal Courthouse, 1201 Clay St., Oakland and march to Sheriff Aherns office, 1401 Lakeside Drive, 12th Floor
02/23/2017 San Francisco Progressive Democrats of America Forum

Progressives: Where do we go from here? A talk by Norman Solomon

In his recent article, The House should start impeachment against Trump now, longtime journalist, media critic, author and activist Norman Solomon argues that From the outset of his presidency, Trump has been violating the U.S. Constitution in a way that we have not seen before and should not tolerate. Norman will address not just the technicalities of the law, but the entirety of the current situation that would cause Nixon White House counsel John Dean to say, I dont think Richard Nixon even comes close to the level of corruption we already know about Trump. And, most importantly, he will talk about what we, the people, can do.

Norman Solomon is co-founder of the activist group RootsAction.org, which has nearly 1 million supporters online. He was a Bernie Sanders delegate from California to the Democratic National Convention, where he was the leader and coordinator of the Bernie Delegates Network
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Thursday, February 23, 2017  7:00 pm

Unitarian Universalist Center, Fireside Room
1187 Franklin St. (Corner Geary Blvd.) San Francisco

PDA business meeting at 6:00 pm
02/23/2017 SURJ Bay Area Presents: Movement to End the New Jim Crow: Reimagining Justice

2/23/17 7pm at First Congregational Church of Oakland

Join us for a conversation on ending mass criminalization and mass incarceration with leaders in the movement:

" Fania Davis, Executive Director, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth
" Dorsey Nunn, Co-Founder, All of Us or None and Executive Director, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children
" Zachary Norris, Executive Director, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

For many communities, people of color, and activists in the fight for racial justice, the abolitionist movement never ended. Racial oppression was not vanquished by the Emancipation Proclamation, the Civil Rights Act or the election of President Obama. Our society has found new, violent ways to enforce racial inequality.

Michelle Alexander states in her book "The New Jim Crow," We have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it. What can be done? Come hear some solutions from leaders on the frontlines of this struggle to reimagine justice.

Tickets are sliding scale $5 - $20. No one turned away for lack of funds. Buy a ticket here: http://www.surjbayarea.org/movement_to_end_the_new_jim_crow
PROCEEDS BENEFIT PARTICIPATING SPEAKERS ORGANIZATIONS.

Childcare available with reservations. Please email basebuilding@surjbayarea.org
Questions about the event can also be directed to basebuilding@surjbayarea.org

ACCESS NEEDS: This event is wheelchair accessible. If you have specific access needs, please email surjbasebuilding@gmail.com, and we'll be happy to work with you to accommodate them.

SCENT FREE: We ask that guests do their best to be as scent free as possible. Please refer to this resource from the East Bay Meditation Center for more information on what that means. There will be a scent free section of seating offered. http://eastbaymeditation.org/accessibility/PDF/How-to-Be-Fragrance-Free-.pdf
02/28/2017 Energy Policy and Trump: Hope for California and Our Planet?

The United States is a leader in environmental policy, with California at the forefront as a global hub for clean energy technology and investments. With Trump as President, many environmentalists fear this will change. Trump has vowed to bring back coal jobs, withdraw from the Paris Agreement, and reduce clean energy spending  not to mention calling climate change a hoax and selecting climate change deniers to head the EPA and Energy Department.

Californian officials and other international leaders have spoken out and pledged for continued environmental progress, regardless of what happens in Washington. What specific protections can state governments such as California put in place? Are market forces and technology strong enough that current trends towards clean energy will continue despite any potential policy decisions? If the US were to pull out of the Paris Agreement, would other countries continue to hold up their end of the bargain?

WHEN
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
6:30-7:30 PM

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

For more information: http://www.worldaffairs.org/events/event/1681#.WI-YnVUrKUk
02/28/2017 Energy Policy and Trump: Hope for California and Our Planet?

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

6:30PM-7:30PM

The United States is a leader in environmental policy, with California at the forefront as a global hub for clean energy technology and investments. With Trump as President, many environmentalists fear this will change. Trump has vowed to bring back coal jobs, withdraw from the Paris Agreement, and reduce clean energy spending  not to mention calling climate change a hoax and selecting climate change deniers to head the EPA and Energy Department.

Californian officials and other international leaders have spoken out and pledged for continued environmental progress, regardless of what happens in Washington. What specific protections can state governments such as California put in place? Are market forces and technology strong enough that current trends towards clean energy will continue despite any potential policy decisions? If the US were to pull out of the Paris Agreement, would other countries continue to hold up their end of the bargain?
Hal Harvey, the CEO of Energy Innovation: Policy and Technology LLC, and Severin Borenstein, E.T. Grether Professor of Business Administration and Public Policy at UC Berkeleys Haas School of Business, will evaluate the ramifications of potential policy decisions that Trump could make. Are our children doomed to live in a world destroyed by climate change, or is there still hope?

SPEAKERS
Severin Borenstein
E.T. Grether Professor of Business Administration and Public Policy, Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley
Hal Harvey, CEO, Energy Innovation: Policy and Technology LLC

MODERATOR:
Amy Luers
Director of Climate Change, Skoll Global Threats Fund

World Affairs members are free.
Non-members are $20 and students are $7.

For tickets, visit http://www.worldaffairs.org/events/event/1681#.WJ4zulUrIdU.
For more information, email communications@worldaffairs.org or call 415-293-4600.

March 2017

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03/02/2017 Screening of : Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

Thursday, March 2, 6:30 PM

Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Hall
1924 Cedar (@Bonita), Berkeley www.bfuu.org

How do our eating habits affect climate change? Transition Berkeley invites you to view COWSPIRACY: THE SUSTAINABILITY SECRET a ground breaking documentary that takes a sobering look at a destructive industry that is threatening the health of our planet. The film documents this industrys impact on species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution and more. Learn how we can be part of the solution.
Before the film our special guest, attorney Jeff Pierce with the Animal Legal Defense Fund, will talk about efforts to combat the environmental harms of industrial animal agriculture, and highlight ways our individual choice to consume fewer animal products can help solve the problem. He'll also discuss policy changes that can be implemented at the local level to address the impacts of animal agriculture on the environment.
After we watch COWSPIRACY well have a time for discussion and planning local actions. Please bring vegan snacks to share for the social gathering at 6:30. The program begins at 7pm.

For more info: info@transitionberkeley.com
website: http://www.transitionberkeley.com

This event is co-sponsored by Transition Berkeley and BFUU's Social Justice Ctee.
Suggested donation $5-$20. No one turned away.
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03/07/2017 President Trump and the Future of USAsia Relations: A View from the West Coast

6:00 - 8:00 pm

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

Join Asia Society, The Asia Foundation, Commonwealth Club, and World Affairs for a unique dialogue featuring the leaders of four of the Bay Areas most prestigious public affairs and non-profit organizations, who will look at the presidency of Donald J. Trump and what it will mean for Americas relationship with Asia and the world. Held within the first 100 days of the Trump Administration, the dialogue will examine more closely a persistent divide between California and the Bay Area, and the rest of the country, on the future direction of this nation. The dialogue will examine how the Bay Area, and the state more broadly, views Americas relationship with Asia, as well its place in the world on global issues such as trade, security and climate change. What are some of the primary issues of importance to the Bay Areapolitically, economically, culturallyas it relates to US-Asia relations and are they similar or different from the rest of the country? Has the state and the region evolved differently from the rest of the country in how they perceive Americas relationship with Asia and the world, and if so, why?

SPEAKERS
David D. Arnold
President, The Asia Foundation

Dr. Gloria C. Duffy
President and CEO, The Commonwealth Club of California

N. Bruce Pickering
Vice President of Global Programs, Asia Society and Executive Director, Asia Society Northern California, Asia Society

Jane Wales
CEO, World Affairs and Global Philanthropy Forum; Vice President, The Aspen Institute

MODERATOR:
Mina Kim
PM Anchor and Forum Friday Host, KQED

World Affairs members are free.
Non-members are $20 and students are $7.

For tickets, visit https://www.worldaffairs.org/events/event/1683.
For more information, email communications@worldaffairs.org or call us at 415-293-4600.
03/08/2017 Happy Hour with the League of Women Voters of San Francisco

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
6 PM - 8 PM
Tonic SF, 2360 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Are you interested in getting more involved in local issues? Want to meet people who share your concerns about protecting voting rights? Then spend International Women's Day with the League of Women Voters of San Francisco at our FREE happy hour on March 8. Members and non-members are welcome, so invite your friends!

While you're mixing and mingling, be sure to enjoy Tonic bar's cocktailsand tip generously. Tonic will donate the evening's tips to the League of Women Voters of San Francisco's nonpartisan voter education and advocacy programs (www.lwvsf.org).

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/675931005942962/

April 2017

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04/04/2017 Jane Mayer: Behind Dark Money

TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 2017  7:00 PM

Mayer Theatre, Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara

Price:
General: $15 Members; $22 Non-Members;
Premium: $40 Members & $50 Non-Members (Includes a copy of book and priority seating)
Students: $8 (with valid ID)

Who are the people bankrolling our political system?
Mayer, author of Dark Money takes us behind the scenes and exposes the powerful group of individuals who are shaping our country.

She traces the billions of dollars spent by the Kochs, the Scaifes, the Olins, and the Bradleys and uncovers their influences on policies related to climate change, the economy and more.

Mayer also discusses the results of the 2016 election and what the future might entail if these elite billionaires continue to drive decisions at the state and federal levels.

http://www.commonwealthclub.org/events/2017-04-04/jane-mayer-behind-dark-money
04/05/2017 Alyssa Mastromonaco: Running the Obama White House

Join INFORUM for a candid discussion with Alyssa Mastromonacoand learn what its like to be an insider in the competitive world of politics and media. Mastromonaco will answer questions about Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?: And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House, her memoir documenting her career to date as a national political operative and communications expert.

Mastromonaco spent nine years working for President Barack Obama, where she oversaw the planning and setup of presidential events, the hiring of presidential personnel and all Oval Office operations. Early in President Obamas political rise, Mastromonaco established herself as an integral member of President Obamas inner circle, helping Obama with key decisions (such as selecting Joe Biden as his running mate)with lots of lessons learned along the way.

After leaving the White House, Mastromonaco shifted her focus to the global media landscape as COO of Vice Media, helping the company grow its powerhouse brand. Mastromonacos book includes stories about her ascension to Washington, D.C.s political power list and also provides insightful advice for young women who are looking to make their mark on the world.

When: Wednesday, April 05, 2017; 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

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

What: Alyssa Mastromonaco: Running the Obama White House

Get Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alyssa-mastromonaco-running-the-obama-white-house-tickets-31974401295?aff=Outreach

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04/13/2017 Sam Altman: Social Change and Startups

Sam Altman, President, Y Combinator; Co-chairman of OpenAI
Nellie Bowles, Silicon Valley Correspondent; Moderator, Vice News Tonight

Sam Altman, 31, has been one of Silicon Valleys brightest stars for years as a founder, investor and president of Y Combinator. But, more recently, Sam and Y Combinator have both been making headlines for their involvement in some of todays most contentious political and social issues.

Y Combinators new "basic income project," based in Oakland, will give 100 families a minimum wage with the goal of exploring alternatives to the existing social safety net. Sam has also been an outspoken critic of the Trump administration and has backed "track Trump," an online tool that monitors the promises President Trump delivers on, and those on which he comes up short. Y Combinator also recently welcomed the ACLU into their winter 2017 class and will help the ACLU turn its recent $24 million donation haul into concrete actions and organizational growth. Finally, Sam is in the beginning stages of a new project focused on finding a way to reduce housing costs through the creation of a smart city prototype.

Sam was named president of Y Combinator, Silicon Valleys largest startup incubator, in 2014. Y Combinators portfolio includes heavyweights, such as Airbnb, Dropbox and Stripe. Sam began his tech career as CEO of Loopt, which was acquired in 2012 and was included in Y Combinators first round of funded companies in 2005. Sam is also a personal investor in several of todays most successful startups, including Airbnb, Stripe, Reddit, Asana and Pinterest.

When: Thursday, April 13, 2017; 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

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

What: Sam Altman: Social Change and Startups

Get Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sam-altman-social-change-and-startups-tickets-32067007282

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