Peter J. Honigsberg: A Place Outside the Law: Forgotten Voices from Guantanamo

February 4, Tuesday, 7:30 pm
The Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley

Youre doing Gods work with this book Robert Scheer

Honigsberg combines his impressive research with his persistent advocacy for detainees who clearly played no role in the 9/11 attacks and who almost certainly never posed any threat to American citizens. . . . A well-documented, hard-hitting, necessary exposé. --Kirkus Reviews

What sets Honigsbergs portrait apart is his focus on the lasting effects of isolation and controversial legal process on all involved. The author concludes that the United States broke the rule of law, and is the worse for it. VERDICT A sobering book for audiences interested in law and current affairs. --Library Journal

On January 11th, 2002, the first planeload of twenty detainees from Afghanistan arrived at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. Eventually 780 Muslim men were held at Guantanamo, many for ten years or longer, and nearly all were never charged with a crimea violation of Americas foundational belief in due process and the rule of law. Forty men are still imprisoned at Guantanamo today; twenty-six of them are considered forever prisoners who will likely die at Guantanamo, having never been charged, tried, or convicted of any wrongdoing.

Now, in A Place Outside the Law, Peter Jan Honigsberg, a professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law and the founder and director of the Witness to Guantanamo Project, offers the most comprehensive picture to date of the lives that were deeply and often traumatically transformed by Guantanamo. From how alleged terrorists were captured in Afghanistan and Pakistan and sold to the US to the Bush administrations use of the term enemy combatant to bypass the Geneva Conventions, Honigsberg details how the law was broken in the name of protecting Americansand how that lawlessness was experienced by everyone who came into contact with Guantanamo.

The stories in the bookand the full-length filmed interviews held in perpetuity at the Duke University Human Rights Archiveare the only record of many of the people who were at Guantanamo. Their witness, cautions Honigsberg, will remind future generations not to repeat what has happened there.

Peter Jan Honigsberg is a professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law and the founder and director of Witness to Guantánamo. His research and teaching focuses on the rule of law and human rights violations that occurred in the detention center in Guantánamo, as well as on the study of terrorism and post-9/11 issues. His books include Our Nation Unhinged: The Human Consequences of the War on Terror and Crossing Border Street: A Civil Rights Memoir. Honigsberg lives in Berkeley, California.

International Day of Solidarity with Leonard Peltier Speakout & Protest

Thursday February 06 5:30-7pm
24th + Mission Street, San Francisco

International Day of Solidarity with Leonard Peltier Speakout

hosted by AIM-West + La Riva/Peltier 2020

Thursday, February 6th

5:30pm @ 24th + Mission Street, San Francisco

Join American Indian Movement West (AIM-West) and the La Riva/Peltier 2020 campaign in a speakout demanding freedom for Leonard Peltier and all political prisoners.

February 6th marks 44 years that Leonard Peltier has been persecuted by the U.S. government for a crime he did not commit.

Leonard Peltier is a champion for the rights of Native and all oppressed people. Since his arrest in 1976, an international movement has demanded his freedom while he continues to speak out for justice from behind prison walls.

This year, Leonard Peltier joins Gloria La Riva on the ballot as Vice Presidential candidate on the ticket of the Party for Socialism & Liberation (PSL), seeking also to win the nomination of California's Peace & Freedom Party.

For more information about the fight to free Leonard Peltier, visit the website of the International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee at

To learn more and support the La Riva/Peltier 2020 campaign, please visit

"Kids Caught in the Crackdown," a documentary with Berkeley Professor Andres Cediel

Thursday February 06 7-9pm
Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Ave. Berkeley CA 94704

As the detention of migrant children has climbed to record-breaking levels under Trump, FRONTLINE and The Associated Press investigated what's going on inside federally-funded shelters - and the lasting impact on children held in U.S. custody. The nearly 70,000 migrant children who were held in government custody this year - up 42 percent in fiscal year 2019 from 2018 - spent more time in shelters and away from their families than in prior years.

Andrés Cediel is a documentary filmmaker and Professor of Visual Journalism. He produced "Rape in the Fields" and was a writer and producer of "Rape on the Night Shift" which brought to light rampant sexual assault of immigrant women in the agricultural and janitorial industries.

Forum - Eyewitness Venezuela Report & Analysis of Palestine "Peace Plan"

Friday February 07 7-8:30pm
2969 Mission St. near 26th
$3-10 donation, no one turned away for lack of funds. Refreshments provided. Wheelchair accessible.

The World Anti-Imperialist Meeting was held in Caracas, January 22 to 24, with 403 international delegates and 2,096 national delegates participating. Party for Socialism and Liberation presidential candidate Gloria La Riva attended as a delegate and witnessed many of the efforts of the Maduro government and the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) to defend the Bolivarian Revolution and their country against U.S. imperialist attacks.

Plus - Trump/Netanyahu colonial “Peace Plan” for Palestine

On Jan. 28, after years of delay, Trump stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Israeli prime minister Netanyahu announcing Part II of his “Deal of the Century", furthering the attacks on the Palestinian people.

$3-10 donation, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Refreshments provided. Wheelchair accessible.

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Oakland Privacy: Against the Surveillance State Meeting

Wednesday February 12 8:30-10:30pm
Omni Commons (check whiteboard near entrance for specific room) 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland, CA

Join Oakland Privacy to organize against the surveillance state, police militarization and ICE, and to advocate for surveillance regulation around the Bay and nationwide.

We fight against spy drones, facial recognition, police body camera secrecy, anti-transparency laws and requirements for “backdoors” to cellphones; we oppose “pre-crime” and “thought-crime,” -- to list just a few invasions of our privacy by all levels of Government, and attempts to hide what government officials, employees and agencies are doing.

We draft and push for privacy legislation for City Councils, at the County level, and in Sacramento. We advocate in op-eds and in the streets. We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and believe no one is illegal.

Check out some of what we worked on in 2019.

Oakland Privacy originally came together in 2013 to fight against the Domain Awareness Center, Oakland’s citywide networked mass surveillance hub. OP was instrumental in stopping the DAC from becoming a city-wide spying network. We helped fight and helped win the fight against Urban Shield.

Our major projects currently include local legislation to regulate state surveillance (we got the strongest surveillance regulation ordinance in the country passed in Oakland!), supporting and opposing state legislation as appropriate, battling mass surveillance in the form of facial recognition and other analytics, and pushing back against ICE.

On September 12th, 2019 we were presented with a Barlow Award by the Electronic Frontier Foundation for our work. If you are interested in joining the Oakland Privacy email listserv, coming to a meeting, or have questions, send an email to:

Check out our website:

Follow us on twitter: @oaklandprivacy

Rooted in Enslavement: History of American Medicine & the Exploitation of the Black Body

Thursday February 13 4:30-6:30
UCSF Mission Hall Room 1407, 550 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94158
Free - no sign up necessary

Rooted in Enslavement: How American Medicine Was Built on the Oppression, Experimentation and Commodification of the Black Body

PEAKER: Dante King

Executive Leader of Diversity, Culture, Equity and Employee Experience for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) (

The Black body has been exploited as a tool by others since the first enslaved Africans were brought to the shores of Virginia in 1619. Many industries such as cotton, sugar cane and tobacco were built on the backs of Black people to create the wealth inequality that we see today.

What is seldom discussed is the many ways in which the fields of healthcare and medicine were also developed and continue to flourish under the same systems of enslavement and Jim Crow.

Dante King, a Bay Area expert in the advancement of equity, inclusion, and equality, will discuss the history and experiences of the enslaved and their descendants, and how the Medical Industrial Complex owes its development, foundation, and success to the experimentation and commodification of Black bodies.

African Americans & The Vote: Film Screening & Exhibit Opening

Thursday February 13 6-8pm
San Francisco African American Historical & Cultural Society 762 Fulton Street, 2nd Floor San Francisco, CA 94102

In honor of Black History Month 2020 the Society will be hosting a theme based film screening & art exhibit opening reception. The short film screening will explore the stories of four (4) prominent African Americans in the San Francisco political arena. The film was a collaborative piece done by Citizen Film & the Society. Following the film screening there will be an opening reception to the Society's newest exhibit, highlighting Barack Obama.

Please join us for a night of inspirational & educational history & culture.

Oscar López Rivera at La Peña Cultural Center

Saturday February 22 5:30-7:30pm
La Peña Cultural Center 3105 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley, CA 94705

Join us for an evening of tribute, music and conversation with Puerto Rican patriot and visionary, Oscar López Rivera. This event is part of a national U.S. speaking tour titled “Oscar López Rivera—Two Years Later: Resistance and Resilience”.

Two years after his release as a political prisoner for 36 years, Oscar López Rivera is returning to the Bay Area to share his current work in Puerto Rico post hurricanes Irma and Maria, and against a backdrop of a series of earthquakes that have stricken the island over the last few weeks.

Since his release in 2017, he founded the Oscar López Rivera Foundation, Libertá, through which he has been leading efforts to strengthen grassroots community organizing, demanding the auditing and cancelation of the island’s debt and advocating for the Puerto Rico’s sovereignty.


Speaker Event: Building Hope and Opportunity for Women Around the World

Wednesday February 26 6:30-8pm
World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., Suite 200, San Francisco, CA 94108
Cost: $7 (student rate) - $20

Building Hope and Opportunity for Women Around the World

Speaker Event: Karen Sherman, president of Rwanda’s only women’s college

& author of "Brick by Brick"

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the UN Conference of Women in Beijing, but what kind of progress has really been made? One billion girls and women still lack the skills, education, and rights needed to participate in the labor market. Eighty percent of human trafficking victims are girls. Early marriage is still prevalent in many African countries and women's economic participation rates are now on the decline globally.

One woman who has spent her life working to improve the lives of women and advocate for a just and fair world is Karen Sherman. Sherman has spent her life advocating for women in war-torn and transitional countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Congo, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Sudan, Kosovo, and the former Soviet Union. Sherman now serves as President of the Akilah Institute, Rwanda’s only women’s college, and was a senior executive at Women for Women International, an organization that helps women survivors of war to rebuild their lives.

In her new memoir "Brick by Brick" Sherman tells, not only her own story of moving her family to Kigali, Rwanda in 2012, but also those of women who survived the Rwandan genocide, and how it forever changed her life. She'll join us to discuss the book, how economic empowerment brings choice for women, what role governments and the private sector can play in supporting women, and how women globally can be more connected to one another.

ABOUT: World Affairs San Francisco

We believe that solutions to the world’s most challenging problems are found when the private, philanthropic, and public sectors work together.

Every day, we convene thought leaders, change makers, and engaged citizens to share ideas, learn from each other, and effect change. Connecting people in this way leads to informed thinking, conversation, and actions that transcend traditional boundaries and lead to lasting solutions to global problems.

E. J. Dionne: Code Red: How Progressives and Moderates Can Unite to Save Our Country

February 27, Thursday, 7:30 pm
The Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley

CODE RED provides a blueprint for how progressives and moderates can come together to build a lasting political majority, defeat Trump and Trumpism, and move the country into a post-Trump Era.

In CODE RED, Dionne writes, At the risk of sounding like a perhaps unwelcome counselor attempting to ease a family quarrel, I would plead with progressives and moderates to listen to each other carefully. If they fail to heed each others advice and take each others concerns seriously, they will surrender the political system to an increasingly undemocratic right with no interest in any of their shared goals, priorities and commitments.


*combines careful analysis of voting patterns and public attitudes that explain the outcomes of both the 2016 and 2018 elections

*provides innovative ideas about the economy, identity politics, nationalism, and foreign policy

*shows a way forward that combines a restoration of democratic norms and the transformation the country will need to avoid another Trump Era

*is a fresh take on Americas political crisis, neither an argument for an old bi-partisanship that a radicalized right has made impossible nor a conventional call for a move to the center

*shows how both progressives and moderates can create a new path forward

E.J. DIONNE, JR. is a columnist for The Washington Post, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, university professor at Georgetown University, and visiting professor at Harvard University. He is a co-author of the recent New York Times bestseller One Nation After Trump and author of Why the Right Went Wrong.

Richard Wolff: Understanding Socialism

February 28, Friday, 7:30 pm
First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, 2407 Dana Street, Berkeley

Understanding Socialism tackles the taboos and unveils the often hidden histories of socialism, but most importantly it offers a way forward: a socialism built on democracy in the workplace. A blend of history, analysis and opinion, Understanding Socialism is an honest and approachable text that knocks down false narratives, confronts failures, and offers a path to a new socialism based on workplace democracy.

Understanding Socialism not only explains what socialism is and has meant to various proponents, it also looks at the past transition from feudalism to capitalism as a model to help us visualize the next transition out of capitalism. Understanding Socialism explores how socialist theory was used and applied to shape the histories of countries like Russia and China principally, and many other countries in smaller but important ways. It analyzes the successes and defeats of those countries, the world's reactions to them (anti-socialism and fascism), and how all of those factors offer important lessons for the building of a 21st century socialism.

"Richard Wolff's book is the best accessible and reliable treatment we have of what socialism is, was, and should be. It is clear, concise, and compelling. In a time in which socialism is more popular than capitalism among the young, we now have a strong and powerful case for why socialism is what radical democracy looks like." - Cornel West

Rick Wolff puts the social back in socialism by centering the people, the places and the passions that other economists strip out. In the same accessible style that has made his programs and lectures such a hit, he explains his subject in a way that's not only smart, but makes the rest of us feel smart. It's actionable intelligence for the every person. - Laura Flanders

There are few economists who are the equal of Richard Wolff, which he once again proves with his latest book. Lucid, brilliant and uncompromising in his dissection of the capitalist system he also provides a sane and just socialist alternative to capitalist exploitation, one we must all fight to achieve. - Chris Hedges

Richard D. Wolff is Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he taught economics from 1973 to 2008. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School University, New York City. The graduate of Harvard, Stanford and Yale is the founder of the non-profit Democracy at Work, which produces media and live events that analyze capitalism critically as a systemic problem and advocates for democratizing workplaces as part of a systemic solution. He is the host of their most popular radio and TV show, Economic Update which has been broadcast since 2011.

Leap Day Action - Declare Climate Emergency - extravagant spectacle, roving street party

Saturday February 29 2-5pm
GATHER Berkeley BART station plaza at 2 pm and then rove through downtown Berkeley visiting banks that invest in fossil fuels and other reckless companies contributing to climate catastrophe
Free Bring disguises, decorations, musical instruments, pogo sticks, your heart and dreams

Use your Extra Day to Declare Climate Emergency and keep carbon in the ground

*For life, beauty and joy & against eco-destroying robber barons! *

The earth is not dying - it is being killed.

The corporations killing it have locations near you

(including in downtown Berkeley)

*Roam downtown visiting, decorating and disrupting banks and corporations*

*Build zero waste compostable altars for the 1 billion dead animals at each target*

*Dress as an Australian or Amazonian animal*

*Marching band / mobile bike sound system*

*Kid friendly *

Bring disguises, decorations, musical instruments, pogo sticks, your heart and dreams

To help create this event and for updates: / leapdayaction2020 [at] / FB: Leapday Action 2020 Berkeley

HerFest 2020: International Women's Day Celebration in San Francisco

Saturday March 07 3-11pm
El Rio, 3158 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

HerFest 2020: International Women's Day in San Francisco

Join San Francisco’s Women’s Day kick-off! Enjoy sisterly celebration as we begin a new era with ritual, art and music.

This year of 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment declaring the right to vote for women. However, the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the United States Constitution has still not been ratified.

Join us as we dance, celebrate and demand equality! Live music, playshops, vendors, speakers, and more!

Doors open at 3 pm & ceremony at 6 pm.

Gretchen Sorin: Driving While Black: How African American Life Was Profoundly Changed by the Automobile

March 11, Wednesday, 7:30 pm
Kehilla Synagogue, 1300 Grand Avenue, Piedmont

How the automobile fundamentally changed African American lifethe true history beyond the Best Picturewinning movie.

The ultimate symbol of independence and possibility, the automobile has shaped this country from the moment the first Model T rolled off Henry Fords assembly line. Yet cars have always held distinct importance for African Americans, allowing black families to evade the many dangers presented by an entrenched racist society and to enjoy, in some measure, the freedom of the open road. Gretchen Sorin recovers a forgotten history of black motorists, and recounts their creation of a parallel, unseen world of travel guides, black only hotels, and informal communications networks that kept black drivers safe. At the heart of this story is Victor and Alma Greens famous Green Book, begun in 1936, which made possible that most basic American right, the family vacation, and encouraged a new method of resisting oppression. Enlivened by Sorins personal history, Driving While Black opens an entirely new view onto the African American experience, and shows why travel was so central to the Civil Rights movement.

Gretchen Sorin is distinguished professor and director of the Cooperstown Graduate Program of the State University of New York. She has curated innumerable exhibits-including with the Smithsonian, the Jewish Museum and the New York State Historical Association-and lives in upstate New York.

RUSSELL JACOBY On Diversity: The Eclipse of the Individual in a Global Era

March 26, Thursday, 7:30 pm
Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley

Diversity. You've heard the term everywherein the news, in the universities, at the television awards shows. Maybe even in the corporate world, where diversity initiatives have become de rigueur. But what does the term actually mean? Where does it come from? What are its intellectual precedents? Moreover, how do we square our love affair with diversity with the fact that the world seems to be becoming more and more, well, homogeneous? With a lucid, straightforward prose that rises above the noise, one of America's greatest intellectual gadflies, Russell Jacoby, takes these questions squarely on. Discussing diversity (or lack thereof) in language, fashion, childhood experience, political structure, and the history of ideas, Jacoby offers a surprising and penetrating analysis of our cultural moment. In an age where our public thinkers seem to be jumping over one another to have the latest correct opinion, Jacoby offers a most dangerous, and liberating, injunction: to stop and think.

Russell Jacoby has written essays, op-eds and book reviews for newspapers and magazines from Los Angeles Times to The New Republic and Harper's. The topics of his books range from the place of psychology in American society (Social Amnesia: A Critique of Conformist Psychology) to the role of utopian thought (The End of Utopia: Politics and Culture in the Age of Apathy) and the origins of violence (Bloodlust: On the Roots of Violence from Cain and Abel to the Present). His The Last Intellectuals: American Culture in the Age of Academe introduced a term that has been picked up everywhere"public intellectual"and is considered an essential text in American letters. His books have been translated into a dozen languages. Originally from New York, he has a Ph.D. in history from the University of Rochester, where he worked with Christopher Lasch. He lives in Los Angeles and teaches history at UCLA. In 2017 Jacoby was short-listed for the Times Literary Supplement's All Authors Must Have Prizes Prize.

TERRY MCMILLAN It's Not All Downhill From Here

April 16, Thursday, 7:30 pm
First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley

Terry McMillan has been charming readers with her signature warmth, sharp humor, and fierce female characters for more than thirty years. In her bestselling novels such as Mama, Waiting to Exhale, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Getting to Happy, and I Almost Forgot About You, she writes about our every-day realitieslove and heartbreak, grief and redemption, work, family, friendshipscrafting instantly relatable novels that have earned her legions of devoted readers. In ITS NOT ALL DOWNHILL FROM HERE (Ballantine Hardcover; On Sale 3/31/2020), Terry is back and her trademark style shines in this inspiring story about healing wounds and charting new pathsall with a little help from our friends.

Life is good for Loretha Curry. A successful business woman with a thriving beauty supply store, her devoted husband Carl still worships her and she can always count on her circle of lifelong friends for advice and a good laugh. But when an unexpected tragedy occurs that rattles her entire world, Lo is not sure how she will ever move on. Suddenly it feels like her best days are behind her, but Lo has never subscribed to the belief that its all downhill from here. With the support of her loyal girlfriends and newfound connections within her own family, Lo will discover a new strength and slowly begin to put the pieces back together, proving youre never too old to start over and joy is waiting to be found if you know where to look for it.

Featuring an unforgettable ensemble of strong, dynamic women, ITS NOT ALL DOWNHILL FROM HERE shows its never too late to become who you want to be, that family is worth fighting for, and that our best days are yet to come.

Terry McMillan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of I Almost Forgot About You, Waiting to Exhale, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, A Day Late and a Dollar Short, The Interruption of Everything, I Almost Forgot About You, and the editor of Breaking Ice: An Anthology of Contemporary African-American Fiction. Four of Ms. McMillans novels have been made into movies: Waiting to Exhale (Twentieth Century Fox, 1995); How Stella Got Her Groove Back (Twentieth Century Fox, 1998); Disappearing Acts (HBO Pictures, 1999); and A Day Late and a Dollar Short (Lifetime, 2014). She lives in California.

Blair Imani - Making Our Way Home: The Great Migration and the Black American Dream (Past Event)

January 15, Wednesday, 7:30 pm
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 114 Montecito Avenue, Oakland (KPFA Fundraiser)

Blair Imani enlivens African American history for a new generation with her

dynamic and thoughtful account of African American migration and resilience.

Jamia Wilson, Publisher of Feminist Press

Over the course of six decades an unprecedented wave of Black Americans left the south and spread across the nation in search of a better life. This migration sparked stunning demographic and cultural changes throughout twentieth-century America. Through gripping and accessible historical narrative paired with illustrations, author and activist Blair Imani portrays the largely overlooked impact of the Great Migration and how it affected and continues to affect not only Black identity, but this nation as a wholeMaking Our Way Home explores issues such as voting rights, domestic terrorism and segregation, along with the flourishing of arts and culture, new activism, and civil rights. She shows how these influences shaped Americas workforce and wealth distribution by featuring the stories of notable people and events, relevant data, and family histories. The experiences of such prominent figures as James Baldwin, Fannie Lou Hamer, El Hajj Malik El Shabazz (Malcolm X), Ella Baker, and others are woven into the larger narrative to create a truly unique record of this magnificent journey.

Blair Imani is a critically-acclaimed historian, outspoken activist, and dynamic public speaker. The author of Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History (2018) she focuses on women and girls, global Black communities, and the LGBTQ community. She serves as the official ambassador of Muslims for Progressive Values, one of the oldest progressive Muslim organizations supporting the LGBTQ+ community, and she dedicates her platform to advocating for the rights of marginalized people around the world.In 2014, she founded Equality for HER, a non-profit organization that provided resources and a forum for women and nonbinary people to feel empowered. Blair Imani has appeared on television and at progressive conferences around the world. She has been profiled in Teen Vogue, The Advocate, Variety, the Today Show, and by Yahoo! News. From the United States to countries like Kenya and the United Kingdom, Blair Imani has inspired audiences around the world. In 2017, on national television she came out as a queer Muslim woman.

David Talbot: Between Heaven and Hell: The Story of My Stroke (Past Event)

January 27, Monday, 7:30 pm
The Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley (KPFA Fundraiser)

ouching, informative, sometimes funny, sometimes harrowing,

I couldn't put it down Anne Lamott, NY Times bestselling author

My stroke did not just change my life. It saved my life.

So begins Between Heaven and Hell: The Story of My Stroke, the powerful memoir

By celebrated historian, journalist, and bestselling author David Talbot. Stricken with

a debilitating stroke at the age of sixty-six, he was left partially paralyzed, struggling

to speak, to swallow, to stand and required constant monitoring. And yet, despite

his startling new condition, he didn't consider himself a man whose life was really

diminished. He was instead a man whose life was profoundly revived.

For the first time, Talbot invites readers along on his intimate journey through the

life-changing year following his stroke. From that fateful night in November, 2017,

through the harrowing journey from the ER to the stroke center, and ultimately along

his road to recovery, Talbot reveals the painstaking, yet strangely euphoric process

of restarting ones life. And in examining his frenetic past from the frenzied early

days as founder of the online media pioneer Salon, through his successful publishing

career and to his wild journey through Hollywood he offers readers an uncensored

look at a life both shattered and renewed.

Told with Talbots trademark candor and humor, Between Heaven and Hell is a

powerful reminder of how a major health crisis can positively alter ones identity

and shift ones perspective on life itself.

QUINCY McCOY, author of No Static: A Guide to Creative Radio Programing, is the

General Manager of KPFA Radio.

Ian Haney Lopez With Saru Jayaraman Merge Left: How We Win in 2020 (Past Event)

January 22, Wednesday, 7:30 pm
Kehilla Synagogue, 1300 Grand Avenue, Piedmont (KPFA Fundraiser)

With great clarity and thoughtfulness, Ian Haney López shows why the path

to a truly just society lies in a multi-racial coalition of poor, working and

middle-class AmericansPowerful, urgent, and timely.

Robert B. Reich

In Dog Whistle Politics López explained how coded racism in politics tears us

apart. He shows us how we can come together again in his new book, Merge Left.

Van Jones

Ian Haney Lopez teaches in the areas of race and constitutional law. One of the nations leading thinkers on how racism has evolved since the civil rights era, his current research emphasizes the connection between racial divisions in society and growing wealth inequality in the United States. In Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class (2014), Haney López detailed the fifty-year history of how politicians exploit racial pandering to fracture social solidarity and ultimately to convince many voters to support rule by the rich. After publishing Dog Whistle Politics, Haney López co-chaired the AFL-CIOs Advisory Council on Racial and Economic Justice and then co-founded the Race-Class Narrative Project, exploring how to defeat dog whistle politics. His most recent book, Merge Left: Fusing Race and Class, Winning Elections, and Saving America (2019), explains how the political manipulation of coded racism has evolved in the Trump era, while also offering an evidence-based approach to neutralizing political racism and building cross-racial solidarity. Haney López holds an endowed chair as the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Public Law at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the author of White by Law as well as Racism on Trial, books that respectively critique the legal construction of white and Latinx racial identity.

Saru Jayaraman is the President of One Fair Wage, Co-Founder of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United), and Director of the Food Labor Research Center at University of California, Berkeley. Saru is a graduate of Yale Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She was profiled in the New York Times Public Lives section in 2005, named one of Crains 40 Under 40 in 2008, was 1010 Wins Newsmaker of the Year and New York Magazines Influentials of New York City. She was listed in CNNs Top10 Visionary Women and recognized as a Champion of Change by the White House in 2014, and a James Beard Foundation Leadership Award in 2015. Saru authored Behind the Kitchen Door (Cornell University Press, 2013), a national bestseller. Her most recent book is Forked: A New Standard for American Dining. In 2019, she was named the San Francisco Chronicle Visionary of the Year.

Black Lives Matter - All Lives Matter (Past Event)

Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019 – 10:30am-12:30pm
6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland (just North of Alcatraz Ave.)
FREE — but we will pass the hat to support ICSS — FREE

The Oscar Grant Committee Against Police Brutality and State Repression (OGC) was organized in the aftermath of the police murder of Oscar Grant on January 1, 2009. The OGC was formed as an ongoing multi-racial movement, organized democratically, building a united front with others to achieve justice and organize solidarity and political support to the families that have been victimized by police brutality. As part of their multi-racial strategy, the OGC combines the slogans Black Lives Matter and All Lives Matter, something which has generated considerable misunderstanding and controversy within our movement. We have invited two leaders of the OGC, Frank Runninghorse and Gerald Smith, to discuss their position on this matter.

For info or to subscribe to our weekly announcements, Call Gene Ruyle at 510-332-3865 or email: For our full schedule, go to

Fruitvale Vigil To Mark 11th Anniversary Of Oscar Grant's Death (Past Event)

Wednesday January 1, 2020 Noon-4pm
Fruitvale BART station

ALAMEDA COUNTY, CA — A vigil was planned for Wednesday at the Fruitvale BART station to mark the 11th anniversary of the fatal shooting of Oscar Grant III by a BART police officer.

The noon rally at the station at 3401 E. 12th St. will celebrate the life of Grant, who was fatally shot by former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle on New Year's Day in 2009.

It is being organized by the Oscar Grant Foundation, which is headed by Grant's mother, the Rev. Wanda Johnson.

A mural of Grant was unveiled at the Fruitvale BART station in June and a previously unnamed street next to the station has been renamed Oscar Grant III Way.

Mehserle was charged with murder and a jury eventually convicted him of involuntary manslaughter. He was sentenced to two years in prison.

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No War with Iran - Rapid Response Rally (past event)

Thursday, January 9, 4:00 PM
Corner of Civic Dr. and Ygnacio Valley Rd. in Walnut Creek, CA

Assassinations don't make us safer and Trump’s unhinged foreign policy has needlessly endangered the lives of U.S. troops and Iraqi, Iranian, and countless other civilians. We will not be led into another illegal war.

Join one of the hundreds of demonstrations happening across the country today to say: No War with Iran. Let's make the anti-war, pro-diplomacy majority of Americans visible and loud. Where Trump acts with ignorance, fear, war, and moral weakness, we will show up with diplomacy and political courage. We are the majority, we stand united, and we oppose Trump’s war with Iran.

2020 California Progressive Alliance Annual Meeting (past event)

Saturday January 11, 2020 8:30am-9:00pm
UC Berkeley University Pauley Ballroom 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA


Chesa Boudin, SF District Attorney-elect and progressive leader for fundamental criminal justice reform

Lee Camp, political comedian, writer, activist, and host/head writer of Redacted Tonight with Lee Camp on RT America

Aaron Glantz, award-winning journalist, senior reporter with Reveal News, and author of HOMEWRECKERS

Donté Clark, SF Bay Area spoken word artist, performer, and author of a collection of his poems called KNOWFREEDOM

Jane Kim, California Political Director for Bernie Sanders for President 2020, and Senior Fellow at the Young Elected Officials Network

Kshama Sawant, Seattle City Council Member, Socialist, member of Socialist Alternative, and a member of American Federation of Teachers 1789

You won’t want to miss an exciting panel discussion on California Progressives – Unifying and Mobilizing for the Work Ahead!


Cat Brooks (moderator), KPFA co-host of UpFront, former Oakland mayoral candidate, and long-time performer, organizer and activist

Maureen Cruise, RN, Director of Healthcare for All– Los Angeles Chapter

Manuel Barajas, Professor of sociology at CSU-Sacramento and Chair of the Task Force on the Center for Race, Immigration and Social Justice

Trinity Tran, Co-founder and lead organizer of California Public Banking Alliance, Public Bank LA and Divest LA

Estee Chandler, Board member of Jewish Voice for Peace Action (JVPA) and host/producer of KPFK’s Middle East in Focus

Ben Grieff, Campaign Director for Evolve California (campaign to restore funding for California’s public schools by reforming Prop 13)

Mari Rose Taruc, Coordinator of California Utility Justice Campaign and organizer for environmental justice and climate solutions

Women's March Contra Costa 2020 (Walnut Creek) (Past Event)

Saturday January 18 10am
Civic Park, 1375 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek, Contra Costa County, CA 94596


Women’s March Contra Costa is a local movement dedicated to empowering, educating and mobilizing citizens of Contra Costa County to stand together in support of civil liberties and protecting our planet. As women, we stand in solidarity as the unifying force that binds families together and unites communities. Our focus is to support, educate and organize events providing meaningful connections, and to speak out against intolerance.

All community members dedicated to preserving human rights, respect for diversity and compassion for our shared humanity and planet are encouraged to participate and join together.

This year we focus on getting out the vote!