The Political Scene in Marin and Beyond
Wednesday, May 15, 6:45 PM
International Ride of Silence
Remembering those killed or injured on their bicycles. The Marin Ride of Silence will meet at Blackie’s Pasture in Tiburon (a Google search will show the spot) at 6:45 p.m. for a 7:00 departure. The 10-mile Tiburon loop is a moderate ride, some of it with bike lanes, some of it through part of Tiburon, some of it on country roads. For general information about Rides of Silence, see http://www.rideofsilence.org/main.php.
Among those who will be remembered are those killed or seriously injured biking in Marin. Friends and family of victims are particularly invited to come and say a few words of remembrance of their loved ones. The ride this year will remember 12-year-old Hailey Ratliff, killed by an SUV on S. Novato Blvd. while riding home from Sinaloa Middle School in Novato on September 27 last year. Friends and classmates of Hailey will be on the ride. Also remembered will be Sylvia Bingham, killed in Cleveland on September 15, 2009, four months after college graduation, while riding to her new VISTA volunteer job. Sylvia lived with her parents in San Rafael until her graduation from Terra Linda High School in 2005. More details about Sylvia and the fund set up in her name can be found atwww.sylviabinghamfund.org . Sylvia’s parents will participate in the Tiburon ride.
Meet at Blackie’s Pasture in Tiburon
Wednesday, May 15, 7:30 - 9 PM
Film, "Escape Fire."
Marin Single Payer
At this month's Single Payer meeting on , we'll show the intriguing Film, "Escape Fire." The film is a little over an hour and a half, so will go beyond the normal meeting time, . We'll be starting right on time. HCA-Marin director Al Lubow will host.
The film advocates for an integrative approach to health care--less high-tech, more high-touch. It makes the case for moving from a "sick care" system to a true "health care" system that would both save money and produce deeper, more lasting results. Andrew Weill and Dean Ornish are featured, along with the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, which has been working with vets suffering from PTSD. While the film does not take on the issue of health care financing, it shows practices that could be broadly incorporated in a single-payer system.
Ellen Karel - HCA-Marin director and co-chair
Sunrise Center (Easy parking, tasty refreshments)
645 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera.
Thursday May 16, 2013 8:00 PM
Friday May 17, 1:00 PM
MPJC Presents,,,, FOUR HORSEMEN
Four Horsemen is the debut feature from director Ross Ashcroft which reveals the fundamental flaws in the economic system which have brought our civilization to the brink of disaster.
23 leading thinkers –frustrated at the failure of their respective disciplines – break their silence to explain how the world really works.
The film pulls no punches in describing the consequences of continued inaction – but its message is one of hope. If more people can equip themselves with a better understanding of how the world really works, then the systems and structures that condemn billions to poverty or chronic insecurity can at last be overturned. Solutions to the multiple crises facing humanity have never been more urgent, but equally, the conditions for change have never been more favourable.
Friday, May 17, 7:30 PM
Venezuela: Challenges Following Presidential Election
Marin's Roger Harris will discuss Venezuela's "The Chavista Movement and The Challenges Ahead," during his PowerPoint presentation. Mr. Harris, president of the Task Force on the Americas, was one of several Bay Area activists who participated in the recent Venezuela Presidential Election Delegation and observed the electoral process in action. How and why was it such a narrowly won victory for the Chavistas, and what lies ahead for the Bolivarian Revolution and 21st Century Socialism?
This program is sponsored by The Task Force on the Americas. A $5-10 donation is suggested. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. The venue is wheelchair accessible. For more information call 415/924-3227 or go to www.mitfamericas.org.
First United Methodist Church,
9 Ross Valley Drive (at Fourth Street) in San Rafael.
Saturday, May 18, 4 PM
Benefit Sea Turtle Art Show
The Low Tide Club art gallery is holding its first Sea Turtle Art show to benefit the Marin County-based Sea Turtle Restoration Project.
The Low Tide Club will be filled with sea turtle inspired art and wares by local artists and craft makers.
Please join us from 4-6 p.m. for a presentation from our very own Chris Pincetich, Ph.D., Outreach and Education Manager for the Sea Turtle Restoration Project. Sea Turtle Restoration Project’s actions have ended the legal slaughter of 40,000 sea turtles in Mexico each year… halted devastation of unregulated industrial fishing on sea turtles and other marine wildlife species in the Pacific and Gulf of Mexico… stopped the WTO from gutting US sea turtle protection laws… and much more. The organization started out protecting Nicaragua’s sea turtles and has grown to take on formidable foes of ocean life … the White House, the Japanese Government, the World Trade Organization and more… and win.
The Low Tide Club, 215, Caledonia Street, Sausalito, CA, 94965.
Saturday, May 18th, 7:00 - 9:30 PM
DEAR IRAN PROJECT
Dedicated to the People of Iran
Suggested Donation: $20-$50 (tax deductible)
Come enjoy, learn, and participate in the Dear Iran Project, created by Jes Richardson (the “Gandhi Guy”) and Mara Chitayat.
Our project is a card writing campaign, established to build respect and understanding between Iranians and Americans.
Share a Middle Eastern meal catered by the West End Cafe, accompanied by Persian music; watch video clips of Iran;
hear guest speakers, with Q&A afterwards; have your photo taken with the Gandhi Puppet.
Norman Solomon media activist; co-founder: Roots Action; founding director: Institute for Public Accuracy; author: “War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death” and “Made Love, Got War: Close Encounters with America’s Warfare State”.
Anita Amirrezvani Iranian-American novelist: ”The Blood of Flowers” and “Equal of the Sun”.
Persis Karim Iranian-American poet, editor: “Let Me Tell You Where I’ve Been: New Writing by Women of the Iranian Diaspora”; co-editor: "A World Between: Poems, Short Stories and Essays by Iranian-Americans”.
Jes Richardson creator of the Gandhi Puppet; founder:”Bridge of Hearts”; co-creator: Dear Iran Project.
Unitarian Universalist Church,
240 Channing Way, San Rafael, CA
Wednesday, May 22, 7:30 to 9:30 AM
Housing - Marinwood's Support for Affordable Housing & Development
Marinwood Community Center on Miller Creek Rd
The Marinwood Association is hosting a community meeting on housing issues in Marinwood and Lucas Valley.
There will be a number of panel presenters. It is expected that there will be a large interested crowd…so be there early to get a seat.
775 Miller Creek Rd San Rafael, CA 94903
CSD phone (415) 479-0775
Thursday, May 23, 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Immigration in Changing Times
No Dumb Questions
An evening for you to learn more about the legal and community impact of immigration and have your questions answered.
Tom Wilson, Executive Director, Canal Alliance
Alyssa Simpson, Director of Legal Immigration Services
presented by Dominican University's Service Learning Program
Dominican University, Creekside Room
50 Acacia Avenue, San Rafael
Friday, May 24, 7:30 PM
Documentary Film: 1994 Zapatista Uprising
Award-winning Bay Area filmmaker Saul Landau will present his film "The Sixth Sun: Mayan Uprising in Chiapas". The documentary contains rare footage from the 1994 peasant uprising and in-depth interviews with Subcomandante Marcos, the ski-masked "poet-warrior."
Guest speaker Maryann Tenuto of the Chiapas Support Committee, an expert on Chiapas and its autonomous Zapatista communities, will provide a brief historical overview of the nineteen years since the uprising and give an update on the Zapatistas' current situation.
The venue is wheelchair accessible. A $5-10 donation is suggested. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. This event is sponsored by the Task Force on the Americas. For more information please call415/924-3227 or go to www.mitfamericas.org.
First United Methodist Church,
9 Ross Valley Drive (at Fourth Street), San Rafael.
Thursday, May 30 6:30 PM
Plan Bay Area Debate
The debate will center on whether Plan Bay Area is good for Marin and the region. Participants will include Marin County Supervisor Steve Kinsey; Napa County Supervisor Mark Luce; Randal O'Toole, a Cato Institute senior fellow; and Thomas Rubin of Oakland, a mass transit consultant.
Marin Board of Supervisors' chambers at the Marin County Civic Center in San Rafael.
Saturday, June 1, 11 AM
March and Rally!
Fair and Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Preparing for Possible Immigration Reform.
Stop the deportations and separation of families.
Protect yourself from Fraud
Meet at Pickleweed Park. We will follow Canal St., Francisco Blvd, Bellam Ave, Kerner Ave and
return to Pickleweed Picnic Area.
Wear white to show solidarity during the March!
We march because Immigration Reform would strengthen families and the economy of the Country in which
we fight for the American Dream.
Organized by Concilio (CanalCommunity Council/Education Committee.For more Information call (415) 574-1078
Pickleweed Park Picnic Area
50 Canal Street, San Rafael, CA 94901
June 2-4, 2013
FUNDING THE NEW ECONOMY--PUBLIC BANKING 2013 CONFERENCE
Marin Peace and Justice Coalition is excited to be partnering with Public Banking Institute
Special Guests Matt Taibbi-Rolling Stone Magazine, Birgitta Jonsdottir-Member of Iceland's Parliament, Ellen Brown-Author of Web of Debt, and many more thought leaders discussing how best to redesign the banking systems of nation in ways that will create new prosperity for millions and help to rebuild local economies.
Join pioneering policy makers, civic leaders, banking entrepreneurs, innovators and ordinary citizens interested in learning about one of the most critical undertakings of our time: creating a truly prosperous, democratic and sustainable new economy.
Please use this link or the code-mpjc2013 to purchase reduced cost tickets that also benefit our organization.
More about the Public Banking Institute can be found here.
Dominican University in San Rafael, Ca
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