Ian Haney Lopez With Saru Jayaraman Merge Left: How We Win in 2020

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.

David Talbot: Between Heaven and Hell: The Story of My Stroke

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!