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June 2017

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06/01/2017 Screening of : Dear Governor Brown, Stop Drilling California

Thursday, June 1, 6:30 PM

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

Learn the sobering facts about oil production in California and the damage its doing to families, agriculture, our water and environment. Explore ways we can work together to challenge our Governor to be consistent in his environmental policies. Well watch a short film called DEAR GOVERNOR BROWN, STOP DRILLING CALIFORNIA. The discussion afterward features representatives from Food and Water Watch, a leader in the anti-fracking movement, and several other organizations concerned about fracking in California. Well close out the evening with a postcard writing campaign.
Bring healthy vegetarian snacks or a refreshment to share for meet and greet at 6:30. The program begins at 7:00 pm.

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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06/12/2017 Brexit - there's no turning back. But with staunchly pro-EU forces in Germany and now France, how will British Prime Minister Theresa May's negotiations play out? What will it mean for the UK's relationship with the rest of the world?

As part of our "Engage" series, this event features a post-discussion Q&A, when you will have the chance to participate directly with the speaker and gain incredible insights that you won't get anywhere else.

SPEAKERS
Colin Brown
Chairman, British-American Business Council

Christophe Crombez
Senior Research Scholar at Stanfords The Europe Center and Professor at KU Leuven in Belgium

MODERATOR:
Kausik Rajgopal
Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

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

Details: http://www.worldaffairs.org/events/event/1734#.WTbzNesrKUk
06/14/2017 Adam Lashinsky, Journalist, Fortune; Author, Inside Apple, Wild Ride: Inside Uber's Quest for World Domination

Uber makes complimentary and controversial headlines every day. Since its 2009 launch, its been influencing the minds and phones of millions worldwide. But what do we really know about Uber, and, more importantly, what lies ahead?

In the last eight years as a leader in the on-demand economy, Uber has battled lawmakers and competitors in emerging markets, facing protests and riots in cities from Paris to Mumbai; it has hustled to build the first self-driving car while also responding to major employee allegations. CEO Travis Kalanick is known as a ruthless businessman, appearing in the news almost as often as the Silicon Valley giant he runs. With competition from the likes of Google and Lyft, the company is valued at billionsand now theres talk of an initial public offering (IPO). Uber continues to rise in value and global impact even while questions around finances, leadership, valuation and the future continue to arise. The question remains: What else should the public know?

Join Adam Lashinsky, journalist and best-selling author of Inside Apple, for a conversation about his new book, Wild Ride: Inside Uber's Quest for World Domination. Lashinsky will dive deep into the Uber universe, discussing whats on the horizon for the company the world cant stop talking about.

Location: 555 Post St., San Francisco
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program, 7:30 p.m. book signing

Get Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/take-a-wild-uber-ride-with-adam-lashinsky-tickets-33223085142?aff=Outreach

All ticket sales are final and nonrefundable.
06/15/2017 Photo Opening | Fading Traditions: Papua New Guinea In Color

World Affairs Auditorium
312 Sutter Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94108
415-293-4600

Fran Meckler, award-winning documentary photographer and Bay Area resident, takes us on a journey in Fading Traditions: Papua New Guinea in Color, giving us a taste of the countrys sprawling beauty and deeply entrenched traditions. The land of the unexpected, Papua New Guinea is a country where few tourists journey and where long-held traditions have been preserved. Through Mecklers work, viewers will have the chance to explore this largely uncharted land and gain a broader perspective of life in this corner of the world.

Reception and exhibition viewing from 6:30-8:00 PM. Remarks by Fran Meckler begin at 7:00 PM.

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

More details: http://www.worldaffairs.org/events/event/1729#.WTcZiOsrKUk
06/17/2017 MeatLess Book Talk and Signing with Kristie Middleton

June 17, 2 p.m
Animal Places Vegan Republic
1624 University Ave.
Berkeley, California 94703

Interested in eating less or no meat, but not sure how to start? Want to have a lighter footprint on the planet, but overwhelmed? Countless people are now cutting back on meat by enjoying more plant-based mealsto look and feel better, have a lighter eco-footprint, or to help animals. If you want to eat less meat and dairy without giving them up entirely, MeatLess offers concrete rationale and easy steps for reducing animal products. Kristie Middleton, senior food policy director for The Humane Society of the United States, shares inspirational stories from people whove lost weight, reached their health goals, helped animals, and improved their environmental footprint through plant-based eating. She'll share tips and tricks and answer your questions. Learn more and pick up a copy of this new book that Paul McCartney calls, "a book to inspire positive change!" https://www.facebook.com/events/1469337756450210/
06/20/2017 World Refugee Day Community Open House

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

According to The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, there are more than 21 million refugees around the world, half of whom are under 18. The majority comes from war-torn regions in Somalia, Afghanistan and Syria. But no matter the country of origin or destination of refuge, it is an issue that impacts us all.

On World Refugee Day, join us to hear Bay Area organizations tackling the refugee crisis talk about their critical work providing resettlement assistance, legal advocacy and access to education. Learn how you can get involved.

Details: http://www.worldaffairs.org/events/event/1735#.WTc00-srKUk
06/20/2017 World Refugee Day Community Open House

World Affairs Auditorium
312 Sutter Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94108
415-293-4600

Every day, nearly 34,000 people worldwide are forced from their homes due to conflict or persecution. What can be done to help end this global refugee crisis?

On World Refugee Day, join us to hear Bay Area organizations tackling the refugee crisis talk about their critical work providing resettlement assistance, legal advocacy and access to education. Learn how you can get involved.

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

More details: http://www.worldaffairs.org/events/event/1735#.WUMHMOsrIdU
06/22/2017 PDA (Progressive Democrats of America)  San Francisco
Invites you to a free Public Forum:
The DEMOCRATIC PARTYS DILEMMA (and ours)
This forum will focus on the current rift within the Democratic Party--between many of its leaders and mainstream supporters, on the one hand, and progressive activists on the other.
The Democrats rightward drift has placed its leadership in direct conflict with progressives who want to change the system from the grassroots, but who have continued working within the Party so far. How long can that last, given the fact that the Party has offered scant support to progressive candidates while suffering huge electoral setbacks over the past few years?
Are there ways to reconcile this divide? How can the two factions join forces to mount an
effective resistance against Trumps administration?

Thursday, June 22 7:00 P.M.
Unitarian Universalist Center, Fireside Room
1187 Franklin Street (corner Geary Blvd.), San Francisco

SPEAKERS:
BEN BECKER: Co-chair, San Francisco Berniecrats; elected SF Democratic Assembly delegate;
REID CHALKER: Elections & Endorsements Coordinator, SF Berniecrats; Delegate to 2017 California State Democratic Party Convention
JUDY HESS: California State Coordinator, Progressive Democrats of America; Delegate to California State Democratic Party Convention (San Diego 2007 and Fresno 2011); Regional Coordinator, Campaign for Healthy California
HENE KELLY: Longtime officer of both the San Francisco Labor Council and California Alliance for Retired Americans; Region 6 Director, California Democratic Party
MODERATOR: TOM GALLAGHER, President, Bernal Heights Democratic Club; Delegate to 2017 California State Democratic Party Convention

The program will also include a report on the June 2017 Peoples Summit in Chicago.

Co-sponsored by San Francisco Progressive Democrats of America, SF4Democracy ,
San Francisco Berniecrats, and Unitarian Universalists for Peace and Justice-San Francisco
06/24/2017 Theater of the Oppressed Workshop

Saturday, June 24, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

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

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.
Workshop teacher Jiwon Chung studied with Augusto Boal, the creator of Theatre of the Oppressed and has been teaching Theatre of the Oppressed for over 30 years in several countries.
Admission $30 (more if you can, less if you cant)
Wheelchair accessible.

For more info: 510-499-1839
06/27/2017 US, Iran, Saudi Arabia: A New Diplomatic Calculus?

World Affairs
312 Sutter St., Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94108
415-293-4600

Given President Trumps visit to Saudi Arabia, the $110 billion arms deal and his call for a review of the Iranian nuclear deal, there is a notable shift in US policy toward the region that departs from the previous administration. Join us as we hear from a distinguished panel discuss the US-Iran-Saudi Arabia nexus and whether the US is destined for renewed diplomacy or conflict in the Middle East.

Speakers include:

Seyed Hossein Mousavian, Middle East security and nuclear policy specialist, program on science and global security, Princeton University

Banafsheh Keynoush, foreign affairs scholar and author of "Saudi Arabia and Iran: Friends or Foes?"

Fred H. Lawson, senior fellow, Centre for Syrian Studies, University of St. Andrews

The panel discussion will be moderated by Jessica Tuchman Mathews, distinguished fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

More info: http://www.worldaffairs.org/events/event/1737#.WUgxzusrKUl
06/29/2017 Artificial Intelligence and Open Data: A Conversation with Sir Nigel Shadbolt

World Affairs Auditorium
312 Sutter Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94108
415-293-4600

Can humans and computers work together to solve some of the worlds biggest challenges? Sir Nigel Shadbolt, principal of Jesus College and professor of artificial intelligence at Oxford University, draws on his multidisciplinary expertise to share insights about how open data and AI are fundamentally changing the way we live and work.

SPEAKER:

Nigel Shadbolt
Professor, Computer Science, University of Oxford; Principal, Jesus College

MODERATOR:

Quentin Hardy
Head of Editorial, Google Cloud

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

More details: http://www.worldaffairs.org/events/event/1736#.WUmR7usrIdU

July 2017

Event Start DateEvent
07/06/2017 Al Franken, US Senator (D-MN) & Author of Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

THURSDAY, JULY 6, 2017  12:00 PM(
Schultz Cultural Hall, Oshman Family JCC
3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto

Price:
General: $20 Members; $27 Non-Members;
Premium: $50 Members & $57 Non-Members (Includes a copy of book and priority seating)


How did an award-winning comedian defy the odds and get elected to public office? Hear more about Sen. Frankens journey as he shares behind the scenes moments of his foray into politics and working in Washington DC.

Sen. Franken has represented the state of Minnesota since 2009. He serves on several committees including the Judiciary, Energy and Natural Resources, Indian Affairs, and Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Before entering the political scene, Sen. Franken was a popular Saturday Night Live writer and featured player, comedian, and radio talk show host.


http://www.commonwealthclub.org/events/2017-07-06/senator-al-franken
07/06/2017 Screening of : The Smog of the Sea

Thursday, July 6, 6:30 PM  9:00 PM

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

Please join us for a film screening of Smog of the Sea, followed by a discussion with San Franciscos Senior Commercial Zero Waste Coordinator, Jack Macy, who will share info about local efforts to reduce single use plastics. Smog of the Sea follows the crew of @5Gyres SEA change research expedition, as they discover that the great ocean garbage patch is actually a fog of microplastics  trillions of barely visible shards  permeating the worlds oceans. The crew includes renowned surfers Keith & Dan Malloy, musician Jack Johnson, spearfisher woman Kimi Werner, and bodysurfer Mark Cunningham. Using sparkling underwater cinematography and live-action footage of the crews research, Smog of the Sea makes an artful call to action for rethinking single-use plastic.
You are invited to meet and greet at 6:30. Please bring healthy snacks to share if you can. The film will begin at 7:00 and discussion will follow. Co-Sponsors: Transition Berkeley, The Ecology Center and BFUUs Social Justice Committee. This event is part of The Ecology Center series for Plastic-Free July: http://ecologycenter.org/plastic-free-july/

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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07/07/2017 On Friday, July 7, 2017 8:30-9:30 pm:
In the plaza in front of the federal courthouse, 1301 Clay Street, Oakland

The Orwell Gobo Project will celebrate George Orwell's 1984 with gobo projection onto the federal courthouse.

Trumps a liar, but its worse than that. He thinks in Doublethink, tweets in Newspeak, and throws inconvenient facts down the memory hole.

Live Music and Dance by Bandelion!
07/13/2017 Screening of: The River Ran Red

Thursday, July 13, 7:00 PM

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

The violence that erupted at Carnegie Steels giant Homestead mill near Pittsburgh on July 6, 1892, caused a congressional investigation and trials for treason, motivated a nearly successful assassination attempt on Frick, contributed to the defeat of President Benjamin Harrison for a second term, and changed the course of the American labor movement. This film is gripping account of the summer of 1892, in which a bitter conflict erupted at the Carnegie Works in Homestead, Pennsylvania. The nations largest steel maker took on its most militant labor union, with devastating consequences for American workers. Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick head a fascinating cast of characters, which includes 300 armed Pinkerton guards and the would-be anarchist assassin, Alexander Berkman. This American tragedy still resonates 125 years later, especially in communities hard hit by the decline of heavy industry and labors diminishing clout.
Also, labor singer Jimmy Kelly will lead a sing-along song salute to Woody Guthrie, the dustbowl balladeer.

Sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Ctee and LaborFest 2017 as part of our Conscientious Projector series.

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

For more info, contact: laborfest@laborfest.net or call: 415-642-8066

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07/13/2017 China's Rise: From Farms to Cities

World Affairs Auditorium
312 Sutter Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94108
415-293-4600

In just a couple decades China has grown from a largely agrarian society to the worlds second largest economy. How has China managed to lift more than half of its population out of poverty and become one of the most prosperous countries in the world?

Sharing insights from his recent book, Bradley M. Gardner shows how the migration of 260 million people from Chinas rural countryside to its giant cities transformed the nation. He draws on his extensive experience as a journalist and researcher working in China to explain how the largest economic migration in the history of the world transformed China into the industrial powerhouse it is today.

SPEAKER:

Bradley Gardner
Research Fellow, Independent Institute; Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State

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

More details: http://www.worldaffairs.org/events/event/1740#.WUmwZ-srIdU
07/18/2017 For-Profit Punishment? The Private Prison Question (with Shane Bauer and Alysia Santo

On July 18, were hosting For-Profit Punishment? The Private Prison Question. Joining us will be Shane Bauer, senior reporter at Mother Jones and co-author of A Silver Light, and Alysia Santo, staff reporter at the Marshall Project, who will offer their takes on the state of the American criminal justice system and for-profit prisons.

Get tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/for-profit-punishment-the-private-prison-question-tickets-34086926916?aff=EvenCalenders

WHEN: Tue, July 18, 2017 at 6:30 PM

WHERE: 555 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94102

WHO:
- Shane Bauer, Senior Reporter, Mother Jones; Co-Author, A Sliver of Light
- Alysia Santo, Staff Reporter, the Marshall Project
- Mina Kim, News Anchor and Friday's "Forum" Host, KQED-Moderator
- Additional Panelists TBA

For more information, contact aaissi@commonwealthclub.org or call (415)597-6719.
07/20/2017 The Rise and Fall of Good Jobs: Prospects for the American Dream?

World Affairs
312 Sutter St., Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94108
415-293-4600

The American dream used to be founded on the goal of finding a good, stable job to spend the majority of ones career  but this is no longer the norm. Companies no longer offer the same level of job security, regular pay increases, guaranteed pensions, robust health benefits and other social benefits as they did in the past.

Senior Advisor and former Executive Director at the Drucker Institute, Rick Wartzmans recent book, "The End of Loyalty: The Rise and Fall of Good Jobs in America" chronicles the erosion of the relationship between major American businesses and their workers. Have these new workplace practices decreased morale and productivity? How can America revitalize its middle class? What is the new American Dream?

SPEAKER:
Rick Wartzman
Senior Advisor and Former Executive Director, The Drucker Institute

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

Details at: http://www.worldaffairs.org/events/event/1739#.WU1NJesrJhE
07/25/2017 Active Hope: What Must We Do Now?

Tuesday, July 25, 6:00 PM

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

Joanna Macy, Starhawk and Ahmed Salah present "Active Hope: What Must We Do Now?", with live music, organic vegetarian potluck dinner, and multiple rapid-fire presentations by environmental and social justice organizers.
Join us to explore ways to respond to these challenging times with love, compassion, and strategic activism. Let's get out of our silos and unify to create a powerful nonviolent force for change-- for all beings. Homemade pie sales will benefit Codepink Women for Peace. Event is a benefit for Ahmed Saleh, author of "You Are Under Arrest for Master Minding the Egyptian Revolution (A Memoir)", now living in SF after escaping brutal Egyptian repression. Book signing, information tables, opportunities for action and networking. 6 pm potluck dinner; 6:30 pm Program.

Sponsored by Codepink Golden Gate: https://www.facebook.com/CodepinkGoldenGate/

Suggested donation $10-$20. No one turned away.
Wheelchair accessible.

For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1439665376079919/


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.


https://www.eventbrite.com/e/protect-the-vote-with-jason-kander-tickets-35157780869?aff=outreach61

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
08/10/2017 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 http://stanfordreptheater.com/ or phone (650) 725-5838
Press Contact: Julia Rosedale phone: 610-952-6637 email: stanfordrep@stanford.edu

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