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January 2017

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01/05/2017 Screening of : The Root Cause

Thursday, Jan. 5, 6:30 PM

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

The Root Cause is a documentary film about the impact humans have had upon the earth and its creatures. In the film scholars present their research about changes that are already taking place on earth and those we can expect in the future.
The scholars conclude that human activity on the planet is a geological force, changing the climate and the oceans, reshaping the landscape, causing pollution, and driving extinctions of other species. As a result, human civilization as we know it is facing its own demise. Can humans change the way we interact with the environment and change our future to avert disaster, or are we bound by our innate nature to continue as a destructive geological force?
Please join us for this thought provoking film and meet the filmmakers Julia Buss and David Millett. We are also fortunate to have notable climate experts from the film with us. UC Berkeley Geography Department Chair Nathan Sayre and Stanford Anthropocene expert Michael Osborne will join the filmmakers for a panel discussion that seeks solutions and audience participation.
Come at 6:30 for meet and greet, bring healthy snacks to share if you can.
The film begins at 7:00 and will be followed by the panel discussion.

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

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01/07/2017 Come to Mass Meeting: SF United Against Trump
A Panel Discussion, A Speakout, and Making Plans to Fight Back
Saturday, January 7, 1-4 PM
Women's Building, 3543 18th St., SF
(Betw Valencia & Guerrero)
16th St BART, Muni 14, 22, 26, 33, 49, J Church.

SF United Against Trump invites you to a mass meeting to fight the Trump agenda.

" Defend minorities and women's rights
" Stand together against hate
" No deportations, No Muslim registry
" Defend civil liberties and workers' rights
" Defend public education and health programs

Panelists will discuss how Trump's proposed attacks will affect their communities and all of us, and how we can fight back. Then we'll open the floor for discussion. Help build solidarity to defend each other from bigotry, hate, and extreme austerity and poverty. Find out about upcoming actions, particularly January 20 and 21 inauguration actions, and help plan future actions or events.

SF United Against Trump has recently formed out a meeting at the Howard Zinn Book Fair in December. We want to launch a broad, open activist front dedicated to resisting Trump's agenda in San Francisco.

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01/10/2017 Letters to a Young Muslim: Countering Extremist Narratives

What does it mean to be Muslim today? While the vast majority of Muslims are moderate and peaceful, media coverage of terrorist attacks by radical Islamist organizations such as ISIS has increasingly contributed to stereotyping and unfair targeting. How can moderate Muslims today reconcile their faith and place in the world despite the negative attitudes they are often confronted with?

Omar Saif Ghobash is the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Russia and has roots in both countries. Having lost his own father in a terrorist attack when he was just a boy, he now has two young sons of his own. His recent book Letters to a Young Muslim is a series of letters offering them advice on how to navigate these challenges. Ghobash believes youth are critical to improving the world, and we must support them in finding a voice that is true to Islam while actively and productively engaging in the modern world. Only then will we be able to counter extremist narratives.


Omar Saif Ghobash
Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Russia


Fred H. Lawson
Professor and Department Head, Government Department, Mills College

Thursday, January 10, 2017
6:30PM - 7:30PM

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

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01/11/2017 US Development Aid: What Does the Next Administration Hold?

In November, the international community watched as Americans elected Donald Trump the next President of the free world, leaving many with unanswered questions about what lies ahead for international development. The United States government is currently the biggest foreign aid donor in the world. Washingtons actions also influence how much other governments contribute to global efforts to eliminate poverty, reduce hunger, empower women and local actors, and increase access to education and healthcare.

Trump said little about his stance on international aid throughout his campaign. Republicans have supported foreign aid in the past because it contributes to national security at home, which is also one of Trumps biggest priorities. However, if his nationalist ideologies and Make America First rhetoric are any indicators of future actions, foreign aid  despite representing less than 1% of the national budget  may be on the chopping block.

If the next administration discontinues or significantly reduces funding, what other options do aid organizations and developing countries have for support of critical projects? What progress has been made, and what hope is there for the worlds most vulnerable people? Dana Hyde, the CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and Richard Leach, the President and CEO of World Food Program USA, will share insights about major achievements in recent years and shifting priorities for the future.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
6:30PM - 7:30PM

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

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01/12/2017 Inside Silicon Valley

The Silicon Valley mythos describes a steady stream of young, idealistic startup founders who have made it big. No longer content on joining the next unicorn (the unprofitable startup with a billion dollar valuation), entrepreneurs now chase the goal of the deca-corn - the 10 billion dollar startup. But what about the rest of those many unknown entrepreneurs battling to make it to the top?

Alexandra Wolfe, staff reporter for the Wall Street Journal and author of Valley of the Gods, takes us on a journey into the unique Silicon Valley culture, turning her relentless gaze and unflinching wit on the life and times of the startup bubble. What makes these Silicon Valley entrepreneurs tick? How do these young up-and-comers balance Silicon Valleys endless optimism with its lofty expectations? Who are these men and women of Silicon Valley, whose hubris and ambition are changing the world?


Alexandra Wolfe
Author and Staff Reporter, Wall Street Journal

Thursday, January 12, 2017
6:30PM - 7:30PM

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

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01/30/2017 A World in Disarray
January 30, 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Disorder is on the rise: in the Middle East, in Europe, across Asia and even on the home front. It is not merely that the players in the international arena have changed, but the rules of the game itself have changed too. Old approaches to world affairs are now rendered obsolete.

Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations and author of the upcoming book, A World in Disarray, will provide a compelling diagnosis of the most pressing global challenges today and his prescription for a renewed American foreign policy to address these challenges.

February 2017

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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!

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