Feb Fourth Friday – Short Videos of Resistance and Hope

It’s all hands on deck to make our voices heard, to stay resilient and hopeful as these times call on all to resist the steamroller that’s attempting to turn the clock back on environmental protection, economic and social justice, and human rights.

With your help, we’ve gathered some short videos to make us laugh, think, and get inspired and energized.

Come to Fourth Friday to see some videos together – so much better than watching them alone!

We’ll explore about living in these ‘interesting’ times, and on what resistance and resilience mean to all of us.


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

New Climate Change Book Group

In collaboration with the Palo Alto City Library, Transition is co-sponsoring a new monthly book group about climate change. The group will start in February. Meetings will be held during the day time at the Mitchell Park Library. Group members will select the books to be read and discussed, and the Library will endeavor to provide multiple copies that can be shared. Topics will include: the science behind climate change, how to tak with people who deny it’s happening, what individuals can do about it, and effective government policies in the US and elsewhere. Some of the suggested books are personal, one is a graphic movel, some are more scientific in nature, some more political. We’ll pick what suits the group’s interests.

If you’re interested, please send a note to organizer Nancy Truher at nft@truher.net. Discussions will be led by Nancy Truher and Debbie Mytels. Time and date of the first session will be determined based on those who are interested. If you have a favorite book to share, please bring it to the first meeting, too!

January Fourth Friday – Best of Bioneers 2016

The annual Bioneers Conference features talks by leading innovators with breakthrough solutions to help restore people and our planet. At January Fourth Friday, we’ll show a few of the best talks from the 2016 conference. Get ready to be inspired and energized!


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

Calling for Inner Transition leaders

Are you interested in helping lead a new “Inner Transition” group? 

Inner transition is now more important than ever, as many of us try to come to terms with our concerns about the direction of our country and the world.  We hope the Inner Transition group will be a place where we can express ourselves and support each other.  We can try meeting once per month, and then let the group evolve along with the interests and energy of the participants.

We’re looking now for a committee of people who will help lead the group – to decide on content and take turns facilitating the monthly meetings.  Content could include heart and soul conversations on particular themes,  poetry reading, creative writing, sharing of books or articles, movement, meditation, or anything else that members of the group would like to do.

If you’re interested in helping lead the Inner Transition group, please contact barbaraweinstein2@gmail.comThere will be an initial meeting for potential leaders on the evening of January 23. We’ll send the meeting details when you RSVP.

Sharing the Holidays

Transition Palo Alto’s last Share Faire of the year was a low-key affair, full of holiday cheer and spirit.

The Faire began with a Storytelling Circle, where everyone took there turn describing what the holiday season – no matter which holiday they were celebrating – meant to them.  We heard stories of travel and family and food – a lot of food.

And then the Faire ended with food.  Peter Ruddock taught us a seasonal recipe – cranberry-orange vinaigrette, an easy salad dressing made with winter produce.  (Peter omits the mustard and thinks it tastes just fine).


Photos courtesy of Herb Moore:



Freedom Writers

As a response to our current political, economic, and moral crises, Romola Georgia will be hosting a writing group twice a month. The goal of this group is to produce a regular barrage of written pieces that will influence decision makers and business leaders, as well as folks in media, entertainment, religion, and other fields.

If you are concerned about threats to democracy, economic inequality, climate crisis, targeting of minorities, public education and many more vital issues;
if you would like to build your writing skills in an environment of connection and support;
if you can envision becoming fearless in supporting the earth, our children, and the communities we love; join in and take action.

Some possible ideas about how we’ll use the time:

  • Review and critique a piece that a participant brings to the group.
  • A participant presents a current issue as a topic.
  • 15 minute action items.
  • Best practices for getting Letters to the Editor published.
  • Building blogs, using social media, etc.
  • Your ideas, resources.
  • Can we replicate this idea in other neighborhoods, cities?

Meetings are the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 7:30pm in Palo Alto. To RSVP and for the meeting location, please contact Romola at rgeorgia@gmail.com. 

Local Inauguration Week Events

Events will be taking place around the country during the week of January 16-21 to bring people together and express support for values and policies that may be threatened by the new regime in Washington. Many Transitioners have expressed interest in local events, so we want to share the some with you. Thanks to Debbie Mytels for the information.

Women’s March

On January 21, the day after the Presidential Inauguration, women from all over the country (and men and children, too!) will join in a “March on Washington” to show their support for human rights, civil liberties and social justice for all. “Sister” marches are also being organized in dozens of American cities, including three in the Bay Area:  San Jose (10 am to 3 pm), Oakland (10 am to 3 pm) and San Francisco (rally from 4-6 pm and a march down Market Street, 6 to 9 pm.)  For details about where to meet, click here. If you’re planning to go to one of the Bay Area events, the organizers request that you sign up, so they will know how many to plan for.

Here’s a statement of purpose from the national organizing group:  The Women’s March is a national movement to unify and empower everyone who stands for human rights, civil liberties, and social justice for all. We gather in community to find healing and strength through tolerance, civility, and compassion. We welcome all people to join us as we unite locally and nationally.  Singer Harry Belafonte and women’s rights advocate Gloria Steinem have been named the national co-chairs of this event.

Other Events

Events are being held locally to stand in support of human rights, social justice and environmental protection:

Thursday, January 19, 7 – 8:30 pm — Multifaith Service of Concern and Commitment offered by Multifaith Voices of Peace at the Palo Alto Unitarian Universalist Church,505 E. Charleston, PA.  The website invitation states: We will come together to voice our concerns about the coming four years in our country, to pray for strength and wisdom, and to commit together to act for justice, compassion and equality for the American society and the world. We will share music, readings, prayers, silence and insights to offer guidance, inspiration and courage, and to strengthen the bonds of our beautiful diverse community.

Friday, January 20, 5 to 7 pm — “Not Our President” vigil organized by Peninsula Peace and Justice Center. At the corner of El Camino Real and Embarcadero in Palo Alto. Bring your signs and flashlights.  More info:  http://www.peaceandjustice.org/inauguration-day-protest/