10/26 Fourth Friday/Films of Vision and Hope – Food for Change

October is National Co-op month, and Fourth Friday is joining other communities across the country to show Food for Change, an acclaimed documentary about food co-ops.

Food for Change tracks the ups and downs of cooperatives since the Great Depression through rare archival footage, animation, graphics, and interviews with co-op leaders. You’ll learn about the nation’s longest surviving alternative economic system, which is also a social movement based on principles of cooperation. Food co-ops introduced whole and organic foods to the American diet in the 1970s; today they are the champions of local food systems.

Filmmaker Steve Alves, who narrates the film, sees the story’s theme of cooperation as particularly relevant to today’s political climate. “It’s American history, from the Great Depression to the present, with co-ops as the protagonist,” says Alves.

“Across the U.S. we’re experiencing both a renaissance and a challenge to food co-ops,” says Sean Doyle, General Manager of the Seward Co-op. “As food co-ops have grown to be successful businesses with annual sales of over $2 billion, they are facing fierce competition from corporate chain stores in the natural foods market they created. We want the public to know our story and what we stand for.”  See the trailer…

Friday October 26, 7:30-9:30pm 
Fireside Room, Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston, Palo Alto
FREE, Donations appreciated.

Co-sponsored by Transition Palo Alto and the Green Sanctuary Committee of UUPCA.

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Special event: ‘Sustainability in the Age of Trump’ – Conversation with Asher Miller of the Post Carbon Institute

Monday October 15, 7:30-9pm
Main Hall, Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston, Palo Alto
Free, please sign up at EventBrite

You’re invited for a bird’s-eye view of the sustainability movement in the age of Trump, including where we can and should go, with Asher Miller, head of the Post Carbon Institute.

Through Post-Cabon, Asher has connected the different parts of the sustainability movement.  He was instrumental in helping the Transition Movement get started in the United States. He’s supported the work of Richard Heinberg on energy and peak oil and brought together experts such as Bill McKibben (climate) and Rob Hopkins (Transition).

Post Carbon has published many books, articles, and videos on sustainability, and supports the news site Resilience.org. Transition Palo Alto member Bart Anderson is one of the resilience.org editors and has worked with Asher since 2008.

Bart says, “Asher is that rare combination of idealist and common sense. Working behind the scenes, he is a master at networking the different groups and individuals. I always value his thoughts on strategy. If you want to learn what’s really going on, listen to Asher!”

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September 28 Fourth Friday: California and Local Election Roundtable

Want to make sense of all the California ballot initiatives? Wonder what impact the local measures on the ballot might have on your values and priorities?

Come to the 2018 TPA election roundtable to find out what other folks have learned about the ballot measures. Sometimes there’s more to the story than meets the eye. Let’s crowdsource what we all know, keeping an open mind and welcoming other thoughtful perspectives.

September 28 7:30-9:00pm 
Fireside Room, Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston, Palo Alto

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Rising up for our climate

Check out these sites for details about the Climate Rise March Sept 8 and other grassroots actions for this month.

350.org – Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice
Sunshine Alliance – schedule of people’s climate actions Sept 2-15

Jerry Brown hopes to use the Global Climate Action Summit Sept 12-14 to cement his legacy as a climate leader. But Brown has refused to ban fracking and limit other oil production in the state. Non-violent civil disobedience actions are underway as a last push to encourage Brown to act – and to send a message to the next state administration. Victoria Armigo participated in an action in August and shared this link with information about an action on September 13.

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August 24 Fourth Friday/Films of Vision and Hope Soft Vengeance – Film and Discussion

“An emotive film that recognizes the power and endurance of the human spirit at its best.” – The Guardian (UK)

SOFT VENGEANCE tells the story of Albie Sachs, lawyer, writer, art lover and freedom fighter, set against the dramatic events leading to the overthrow of the apartheid regime in South Africa. His story provides a prism through which to view the challenges faced by those unable to tolerate a society founded on principles of slavery and disempowerment of South Africa’s majority black population.

As a young man, Albie defended those committed to ending apartheid in South Africa. For his actions, he was imprisoned and then forced into exile. In 1988, a car bomb by South African security forces in Mozambique cost him his right arm and the sight of one eye. Miraculously he survived and ultimately recovered. Returning to South Africa following the release of Nelson Mandela, Albie helped write the new Constitution and was then appointed as one of the first 11 judges to the new Constitutional Court.

Friday August 24 7:30-9:30pm 
Fireside Room, Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston, Palo Alto
FREE, Donations appreciated.

Co-sponsored by Transition Palo Alto, the Green Sanctuary Committee of UUPCA, and Peninsula Peace and Justice Center.

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New Book Group Starting Up

–submitted by Victora Armigo
You are invited to join a new book group series focusing on Deepening Resilience. We’ll begin by featuring two books.

The first book will be Prosper! How to Prepare for the Future and Create a World Worth Inheriting 2nd Edition, by Chris Martenson  & Adam Taggart. The book is about how to build personal resilience by developing eight forms of capital (a concept taken from permaculture).

The next book will be Who Do We Choose To Be?: Facing Reality-Claiming Leadership-Restoring Sanity by Margaret J Wheatley. This book is about creating “islands of sanity” and what I see as building emotional and social capital.

I would like to see the first book group do a deep dive together on these 2 books. Space is limited, and everyone in the group should be committed to reading and participating.

My hope is that folks from the first group will lead subsequent book groups. So if you’re not accepted into the first group, you may be able to participate in a subsequent group.

We are thinking 1st,  3rd and 5th Tuesday evenings, beginning on 7/17/18 at 7p at Victoria Armigo’s home. Victoria, Barbara Weinstein, and Paul Heft are leaders of this book group.

 

Dolores – June Fourth Friday/Films of Vision and Hope

June 22 7:30-9:30pm 
Fireside Room, Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston, Palo Alto
All ages welcome! FREE, Donations appreciated.

“Exuberantly inspiring… makes you want to march and dance.” — San Francisco Chronicle

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What makes a consummate activist? What does it take to be someone who dedicates their life and liberty to advancing social, economic, and environmental justice?

This month we’ll take a close look at Dolores Huerta, one of the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century—and she continues the fight to this day, at 87. With intimate and unprecedented access to this intensely private mother to eleven, the film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change. See the trailer…

Co-sponsored by Transition Palo Alto, the Green Sanctuary Committee of UUPCA, Peninsula Peace and Justice Center, and Fools Mission.