Power to Heal – Sept Fourth Friday/Films of Vision and Hope – film and discussion

Friday September 27, 7:30-9:30pm 
Fireside Room, Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston, Palo Alto

Power to Heal shows both the destructive legacy of racism in American health care and the potential for collective action to redress these wrongs. We should be inspired by Medicare’s role in desegregating our nation’s hospitals, and should insist on further reform…to address the systemic racism that plagues patients of color to this day.” Dr. Claudia Fegan, National Coordinator, Physicians for a National Health Program

As we as a society continue to struggle with persistent, systemic racism and the urgent need for universal, affordable healthcare, Fourth Friday will take a close look at a little known, but remarkable connection between the two issues.

More about the film…

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Power to Heal recounts a poignant chapter in the historic struggle to secure equal and adequate access to healthcare for all Americans. Central to the story is the tale of how a new national program, Medicare, was used to mount a dramatic, coordinated effort that desegregated thousands of hospitals across the country in a matter of months. 

Before Medicare, disparities in access to hospital care were dramatic. Less than half the nation’s hospitals served black and white patients equally, and in the South, 1/3 of hospitals would not admit African-Americans even for emergencies. 

Using the carrot of Medicare dollars, the federal government virtually ended the practice of racially segregating patients, doctors, medical staffs, blood supplies, and linens. Power to Heal illustrates how Movement leaders and grass-roots volunteers pressed and worked with the federal government to achieve a greater measure of justice and fairness for African-Americans. 

After the film, we hope you stay to reflect together on the film and the lessons it might have for the continuing struggles for social justice and equal access to healthcare.

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Perfect Peach Processing Party – Yum!

As a fitting close to this year’s Adopt-a-Tree season, folks gathered at Roy and Bill Kornbluh’s house for a perfect peach processing party.  Some of the delicious harvest from the Masumoto Family Farm was transformed into jam, gazpacho, canned peaches, and even some peach daiquiris.  Yum!

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Green New Deal Town Hall – May 7

Tue, May 7, 2019, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Road, Palo Alto
Free, register at EventBrite

A Green New Deal Resolution has been proposed in Congress by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey. The stated goal is to address climate change by creating millions of new green jobs that will decarbonize our economy.

These broad brush strokes provide a framework for legislative action. Now we as a society get to have a conversation about what we want the details to be.

Join us for a community discussion where you’ll learn about the Green New Deal and how you can help push for meaningful climate legislation nationally and in California.

6:30 – Doors Open
7:00 – 7:05 – Welcome
7:05 – 7:20 – A Solution That Rises to the Scale of the Crisis: A Green New Deal
7:20 – 7:35 – Gearing Up for a California Green New Deal
7:35 – 7:45 – Opportunities for Green Jobs Creation
7:45 – 8:15 – Discussion (in breakout groups then full group)
8:15 – 8:25 – Pathway to Victory
8:25 – 8:30 – Closing & Thank you

Co-sponsored by Transition Palo Alto

2/22 Fourth Friday/Films of Vision and Hope – the Sequel film and discussion

Friday February 22, 7:30-9:30pm 
Fireside Room, Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston, Palo Alto
Free, donations appreciated

‘Every political party in the world bases its program for improving human life on economic growth. But it’s not possible for that to continue indefinitely.’ 

In fact, the signs of civilization collapse are everywhere, generating fears of a terrible future with no resources and no growth.

But what if the fears of no growth aren’t true?  What if there is a way for people and economies to thrive without endlessly growing?

David Fleming was a visionary author and thinker whose work has inspired many and has who been called the granddaddy of the Transition movement. The Sequel draws on Fleming’s work to daringly reimagine a thriving, resilient civilization after the collapse of our current economies.
See the trailer…

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Clean up Oily Wells

From Victoria Armigo:

I know that you share my concern about the impact of climate change and the urgency to act. I’ve struggled to find a way to make a meaningful difference, to bring more of us together to support each other and make our voices heard. Here’s what my friends at 350 Silicon Valley and I have come up with: the  March for Fossil Fuel Freedom.
Details about the march can be found on our website but in a nutshell…
●  When: Sat March 16 – Mon March 18 (join for just a day or half a day)
●  Where: Palo Alto to SF (14 mi/day—or about 5 hours of walking—for a total of 34 miles)
●  Who: Up to 150 people from our partners including  Sierra Club, Climate Reality Project, Interfaith Power & Light, Idle No More, PODER, and many others.

What I look forward to most about the march is meeting kindred spirits who share my hopes and concerns, walking and talking about what can make a difference and also why it’s hard to do so, and learning more from our partners who will provide educational insights and lively entertainment during rest breaks along the way.

The climate emergency will not blow over. We are at that moment. Having you as part of this march would mean so much to me personally and make it a lot more fun! Please join me on the march or sponsor me.
Gratefully,
PS — If you’re on FaceBook,  here’s our event page.

Fourth Friday/Films of Vision and Hope – Demain (Tomorrow)

Friday January 25, 7:30-9:30pm 
Fireside Room, Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston, Palo Alto

For the new year, join Fourth Friday for a look at creative solutions to the ecological crisis. The acclaimed French film Demain (Tomorrow) follows Cyril Di,  Mélanie Laurent, and their team to ten different countries to learn more about the impending disaster how people are working hard to avoid or mitigate it.

A Variety reviewer wrote this about the film:

As ever with this sort of advocacy film, there is a danger that it will only ever preach to the converted. And that’s perhaps why the filmmakers’ approach is so smart: ‘Tomorrow’ wastes little time trying to convince us that that world is ending. It takes that as a known fact, and then highlights the people who are fighting in small but appreciable ways to stop that from happening. Almost inadvertently, it therefore embodies not just the how, but a pretty good reason why humanity ought to survive: It has people like these in it, ordinary people whose example, be it ever so idealized here, makes … tomorrow seem not quite so bleak.

FREE, Donations appreciated.
Co-sponsored by Transition Palo Alto, 350 Silicon Valley, and the Green Sanctuary Committee of UUPCA.

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There oughta be a law

–Peter Ruddock

A few years ago, Joe Simitian, then a California State Senator, started ‘There Oughta be a law,’ a contest to encourage California citizens to propose legislation to improve quality of life in California. Current State Senator Jerry Hill now sponsors the program.

Senator Hill writes:
The contest is open to all constituents of the 13th Senate District and allows residents to submit their ideas for improving the quality of life in our community and/or the state of California. Ideas can vary from local community improvements to statewide reforms. Applicants can create new laws or repeal/revise laws already on the books. I will select a winner in February and work toward implementing the reform during the legislative session. Applications can be submitted online. The deadline for entries will be in January 2019.

Two years ago Transition Palo Alto jumped into the fray and submitted a proposal in our name.  You can read about that effort and some of our proposals here.

We’d like to submit an idea for a new law in 2019, ideally to incorporate one of our core interests:  climate change, local economy, or community resilience.

Send your ideas to transitionpaloalto@gmail.com by Jan 4, then come to the Transition Cafe Friday, Jan 11 to share your idea. We’ll pick one of the suggestions to submit.

To learn more about the contest, go to Senator Hill’s website. To help inspire you, the page includes a description of past contest winners.

Transition Holiday Party – Dec 21

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December 21 7:00-9:00pm
Fireside Room, Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston, Palo Alto

Help celebrate the holiday season at the annual Transition Palo Alto Holiday Party!

Thinking about the past year and the coming year, our theme is gratitude and solidarity. What are your thoughts? Do you have recent examples in your life about gratitude or solidarity, or ideas for the new year?

Please bring yourself, friends, family, and your favorite holiday food/drink to share with others.

Kids of all ages are welcome!

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