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Fri January 22
Fourth Friday/Films of Vision and Hope – Virtual. ‘Like Any Other Kid’ film and discussion, with special guest Paul Bocanegra. Details… 7-9:30pm.
Third Monday each month
Inner Transition Hearth & Soul, Third Monday – ONLINE THIS MONTHIf you’re interested in this group, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This month Fourth Friday/Film of Vision and Hope starts a new film series on transforming the criminal justice system. This month the series will start with Like Any Other Kid, which provides a rare glimpse into the use of non-punitive, therapeutic programs to change behavior and help youth re-enter their communities.
Special guest Paul Bocanegra will lead a discussion following the film. At age 17, Paul was sentenced to life without parole for involvement in a gang related crime. He served 25 years in adult institutions including 12 in solitary confinement. Released just a few years ago, Paul is now a member of the San Mateo County Juvenile Justice Commission as well as a drug and alcohol counselor and a co-founder of the ReEvolution Group non-profit. Paul will share his remarkable story and his passion for reforming the juvenile justice system.
Like Any Other Kid follows the intimate relationships between incarcerated youth and staff in three unique facilities across the country over the course of three years. Based on the Missouri approach, where love and structure — instead of punishment — are used, these programs guide and teach youth how to take responsibility for themselves.
Through scenes of conflict, vulnerability, reflection, commitment, and joy, the film highlights both the challenges and the promise of humane approaches to working with troubled youth. As the youth transform before our eyes. Like Any Other Kid shows us the great potential of these youth if we let them be just that: like any other kid. See the Trailer…
Time to gather together (virtually) to celebrate our wonderful community and mark the end of the year. It’s been quite a ride this year, between the COVID pandemic, wildfires, economic upheaval, and political turmoil.
Though we can’t gather in person, we can Zoom in for a virtual potluck and celebration!
Bring a candle if you have one to help set the mood.
Come with your own ‘shop-your-kitchen’ dinner so we can dine together virtually.
Bring your favorite holiday beverage (tea, hot chocolate, eggnog, wine) so we can toast to the accomplishment of making it through the year!
Many lives have been lost this year, human and non-human. Is there someone you would like to acknowledge? Bring a photo or something that reminds you of the person or animal, or a memory to share.
And let’s reflect together: How have things been for you this year? What have you learned and how have you grown? What do you want to carry into the new year?
Friday November 20, 2020 7pm-9pm Watch and discussion party Please download and take a look at these questions before we see the film. For the Zoom link, text stepup to 31996
For Third Friday this month, join TPA and Rita Guess from Step Up and Do Something! for a close look at nonviolence and how it works.
The Third Harmony explores the important role that nonviolence plays in the wider struggle to develop a “new story” of human nature. Contrary to the “old story”, scarcity, competition and violence are not inevitable. Rather the universe is conscious and purposeful; we are spiritual beings, and cooperation and collaboration are our natural way of interacting.
The film points out what each of us can do to facilitate the fulfillment of Mahatma Gandhi’s promise that nonviolence could “oversweep the world” and allow us each to find personal fulfillment in the process.
Our first Virtual Halloween Scare Faire was on Sunday, October 25th – and our full lineup was ghastly fun. Thank you to everyone who came and shared their Halloween spirit, showed off costumes, and made it a scarily good time!
We started with some Laughing Yoga with Chris Selberg – including some Bollywood dance moves, lots of fun, with plenty of benefits in times of difficulty. Try it yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcGS7ODfEi8
Razia Mianoor shared a tour of her Farm and the intricate details and difficulties of growing your own farm. Check out her slides here.
Barbara Weinstein gathered us all together to jointly create a creepy Halloween story (read more here)
They threatened us with a great wind,
It was a terrible feeling and everyone was afraid
The wind was howling
An owl perched on a branch overlooking a grave
And the trees where rustling
It was the middle of the day, but dark as night
The shutters creaked
Sam and Mordred the zombie monsters
In the rafters of the attic
The bat wiggled out of Roy’s beard
It's a wild and scary place, full of unknown creatures
The bat began to scare everyone
It felt all squirmy
But a wolf came.
And discovered that the bat is ticklish
The zombies adopted the bat as a pet
William Mutch demonstrated a simple sodas recipe made with overripe peaches, and ways to turn it into fruit butter, melomels, and more. Look for more recipes from – Pascal Baudar – The Wildcrafting Brewer, or Sandor Katz – Wild Fermentation
Bart Anderson gave us a primer on Bicycling during the pandemic, how to get your own bike, routes and more. Read his story here.
Peter Ruddock talked to us about COVID Risks. Here is his description: During Sunday’s Share Farie, I showed a video and displayed a chart covering Covid Risk issues that people asked to have. Here are the resources, with a little bit of context. The video appeared in spring 2020 from Vox. It has aged well. The video talks about 3 variables that you should consider in evaluating risk: distance, duration and ventilation. I suggested adding a 4th variable: activity type. As a rule, the greater the distance between people, the shorter the time with people, the better the ventilation and the less strenuous the activity the lower the risk of infection. Of course, wearing a mask lowers the risk even more. The chart is one of many which ranks activities and venues by risk and it is not the original source. It should be used with caution, as activities and venues can vary quite a bit depending upon behavior, specifically the 4 variable mentioned above. For example, a walk on an empty beach is a very different thing that a visit to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. I offer these as personal insights, having no particular credentials to back me up, so please take them in that spirit. Double check them against other sources. Do keep yourself well. – Peter
Film and discussion
Friday October 23, 7pm-9:30pm RSVP to be able to join the Zoom gathering
How do you get engaged, empowered women who can fight for social justice? Start when they’re girls.
‘We Are The Radical Monarchs’ profiles an extraordinary organization based in Oakland that transforms the Girl Scouts model into an force for social awareness and action for girls of color. The film documents the journey of the group as they earn badges for completing units including being an LGBTQ+ ally, preserving the environment, and disability justice. The group was started by two, fierce, queer women of color, Anayvette Martinez and Marilyn Hollinquest, as a way to address and center her daughter’s experience as a young brown girl. Their work is anchored in the belief that adolescent girls of color need dedicated spaces and that the foundation for this innovative work must also be rooted in fierce inter-dependent sisterhood, self-love, and hope.
The film follows the first troop of Radical Monarchs for over three years, until they graduate, and documents the Co-Founders struggle to respond to the needs of communities across the US and grow the organization after the viral explosion of interest in the troop’s mission to create and inspire a new generation of social justice activists. See the trailer…
Film and discussion This Friday 9/25, 7pm-9:30pm RSVP to be able to join the Zoom gathering
Good news! Our very first Virtual Fourth Friday/Films of Vision and Hope screening is this Friday. We are very excited to partner with Rita Guess from Step Up and Do Something to present John Lewis: Get In The Way.
Follow the courageous journey of John Lewis, the civil rights hero, congressional leader, and human rights champion whose unwavering fight for justice spanned the past 57 years. The son of sharecroppers, Lewis grew up in the segregated South and rose from Alabama’s Black Belt to the corridors of power on Capitol Hill. His humble origins have forever linked him to those whose voices often go unheard. See the trailer…
We’ll have skills to share, one after another – a parade of short, bite-sized skillshares and demos in 20 minute increments including 5 minutes for questions.
This will be a Skills-only Share Faire due to the virtual nature of the event.
You can expect to learn:
All about chickens from Victoria Armigo
Managing your nervous system in community from Marna S
Tips about growing cucumbers from Dave Lantz
Rainwater catchment from Randolph Tsien
Make your own mochi from Diane Ruddle
Acorns from William Mutch
Terrazo of Garbage from Roy Kornbluh
how other Transitioners are doing…and more!
And we’ll share each other’s good company while building a stronger community – as always, as it is needed even more now.
Everyone is welcome – so please share this event with your friends near and far.
Our first ever Virtual Share Faire kicked off on Father’s Day to a small but enthusiastic set of skillsharers and eager participants.
We started with a beautiful poem by Esther Kamkar, a local poet and skillsharer in her own right: estherkamkar.com
Then, Bart Anderson gave us a round up of why e-books are wonderful, especially in these times when libraries and stores may be closed, where and how to purchase them, and some tips and tricks. resilience.org
Lauren Goodkind told us all about chess – from the very basics of how each piece can move up to the more advanced techniques that can help you win, though the fun is in how you play the game. laurengoodkindchess.com
Robin Means took us through the ins-and-outs of making scones – vegan! She shared info on making your own vegan substitutes, tips for perfect texture, and even how to make vegan pepperoni. vegandollhouse.com
William Mutch next demonstrated (along with Charlotte Day) his grain mill – showing us how it works (and works you out!), where to find – or even grow – whole grains, the many advantages, and more. Country Living Grain Mills
Next, Diane Ruddle shared a recipe from Happy Girl Kitchen‘s new book – for making a drinking vinegar or shrub. She gave lots of alternatives and also showed how to make nasturtium capers.
We ended with Roy Kornbluh‘s demo on the amazing properties of paper with regular paper circles, mobius strips, and mobius crosses – which, when cut, resulted in oohs and ahhs all around. Numberphile Mobius
Thank you to all the talented presenters and all who attended and asked great questions, participated in the discussion, and helped put the share in Share Faire. We are looking forward to seeing you at the next one!
Session 15: Train Matthew Fox, PhD Recovering Our Sense of the Sacred
In this session, Matthew Fox discusses the importance of reconnecting with the sacred in a technological world. Drawing on many faith traditions, Matthew shares how working with difficult emotions can awaken new energies in us and how specific practices can deepen our connection with the sacred. He also shares a newly forming movement called the Order of the Sacred Earth. Join Matthew to learn:
How working with anger and grief can awaken our creativity
How practices like gratitude can bring renewal and courage
The power of taking a vow to defend and protect Mother Earth
How to discover your unique contribution in today’s world
For Third Monday, on April 20, 2020 we will try something different. The plan is to watch the presentation of “Sounds True – Waking Up in the World” on your own BEFORE our 7p discussion online.
RSVP to Victoria (varmigo at earthlink dot net) and she will send the mp4 presentation to you via Hightail.com so that you can view it before our discussion. Then she will send the video conferencing link to you.
It’s a time of extraordinary need in our local community. Everyone’s life has been turned upside down by COVID but none more so than undocumented families who have lost work in construction, restaurants, landscaping, child care, and maintenance. These families face enormous struggles in the best of times, but now the need is much greater, especially because they can’t get unemployment benefits or stimulus checks.
As part of my work with the Kafenia Peace Collective, I helped surveyed undocumented families in our network about their needs. We learned that the overwhelming need is for rent assistance. The statewide moratorium on evictions provides a little breathing room, but that’s all. Back rent will still be due once the moratorium is over.
To pitch in and help, Kafenia is raising money with partners Live in Peaceand Dreamers Roadmap in East Palo Alto. In our first round of fundraising, we were able to help a dozen families meet their rent requirements for April.
The need is much too great to be solved by any one person or organization, but it’s very rewarding to be taking action and helping ease the pain for real families in our community.
You too can help out and be part of the COVID solution, even as you shelter in place.
Look at the practical suggestions in this Palo Alto Weekly column that I co-authored with others on the Kafenia team.
Help out financially if you can. Go to the Live in Peace website. After adding your credit card information, select ‘Kafenia’ under Additional Information.
Help with COVID response. If you’d like to roll up your sleeves and help out with the COVID effort, please send me an email (email@example.com). We especially have a need for Spanish speakers who can help with phone and text outreach.