Fourth Friday 11/22 – Symbiotic Earth

Friday, November 22, 7-10pm. NOTE TIME CHANGE
Fireside Room, Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston, Palo Alto
FREE, donations appreciated

Fasten your seatbelts for a fascinating, in-depth portrait of one of the most remarkable scientists of the 20th century. Lynn Margulis was a scientific rebel who challenged entrenched theories of evolution to present a new narrative about life evolving through collaboration.  Her brilliant and radical approaches challenged the entrenched, male-dominated scientific community and are today fundamentally changing how we look at our selves, evolution, and the environment.

As a young scientist in the 1960s, Margulis was ridiculed when she first proposed that symbiosis was a key driver of evolution, but she persisted. Instead of the mechanistic view that life evolved through random genetic mutations and competition, she presented a symbiotic narrative in which bacteria joined together to create the complex cells that formed animals, plants and all other organisms – which together form a multi-dimensional living entity that covers the Earth. Humans are not the pinnacle of life with the right to exploit nature, but part of this complex cognitive system in which each of our actions has repercussions.

We’re starting at 7pm this month because Symbiotic Earth is a long film (about 2/12 hours). But if you’re like me, you’ll find all of it fascinating and emerge with a deeper understanding of how life evolves and our relationship to the myriad other life forms on earth.
–Barbara Weinstein

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October Fourth Friday – People Power Solar Coop

Friday October 25, 7:30-9:30pm
Fireside Room, Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston, Palo Alto
FREE, donations appreciated
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Crystal Huang of People Power Solar Cooperative is our partner for October Fourth Friday to talk about how communities are being activated through energy ownership.

We’ll start with a few engaging short videos to kick-start a discussion around energy.

As we’re reminded every time there’s a blackout, energy helps us get things done and is crucial for our survival. If energy is that important, should it be a commodity that companies sell to us? How can we control our own energy sources to survive and thrive?

Communities, neighborhoods, groups – large and small – need to control energy and decide that energy is for everyone. When we actively participate and collectively decide, that’s energy democracy.

Learn how cooperative energy ownership can

  • Enable half of California to build wealth from solar ownership.
  • Encourage people to involve their neighbors, building more resilient communities.
  • Open the door for people to take collective climate action.

Unlike most energy workshops that focus on the technology, the evening will focus on the organizing, financial, and legal aspects of energy ownership.

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Inner Transition – October 21

Inner Transition  – Group Continuing this Month

For Third Monday, on October 21, 2019 the plan is 6:30p potluck, 7p viewing of a session of “Sounds True –  Waking Up in the World”, 8:30p Discussion – in Sunnyvale.

Adyashanti – Embracing Our Totality

“Waking up,” reflects Adyashanti, “is a fundamental alteration in the way we perceive ourselves—in who and what we take ourselves to be.” And this shift can make all the difference in how we bring our truest beliefs into action. Join Adyashanti to explore:

  • Moving from “goodness” to “wholeness”—why we need to question our abstract, utopian visions and stay focused on helping others in our actions
  • How vulnerability and undiluted clarity help us embrace our shadow dimensions, such as rage and despair
  • Bringing our higher “soul values”—including truth and love—to the real-world problems that surround us

To RSVP or ask any questions, please feel free to contact Victoria (varmigo@earthlink.net).

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.

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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