Point of View Speaker Series, Fall/Winter 2016:
Challenging Perspectives on Current Issues
Our lectures are held generally on the third Thursday of the month (see exceptions below) at the Sierra 2 Center, 2791 24th Street, ROOM 12, Sacramento, CA (between Castro Way and 4th Ave.) Room 12 is back at the south end of the building, opposite end from the restrooms. We apologize for that inconvenience.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15: Can Corporations be People? Thanks to a last minute cancellation, we are showing this video produced by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and the Program on Corporations, Law, and Democracy. It is video of a one-hour workshop given June 2, 2003 at a meeting of the Minnesota Metro branch of WILPF. If 2003 seems a long time ago, consider please consider that since then, things have only gotten worse, with new Supreme Court decisions allowing corporations ever more financial influence in elections, and trade agreements allowing corporations, foreign or domestic, to sue US governments over environmental and other laws that are deemed to negatively impact corporate profits. Imagine if it were illegal to require auto manufacturers to replace defective airbags, or forbidding dumping of toxic waste. This short video shows how we got to this point, a long story going back even before the founding of our country.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20: Substituting for previously announced speaker Andrej Grubacic, we were pleased to present Karen Bernal: the Bernie Sanders Campaign and the way forward. Karen Bernal has contributed to the labor and political movements in California for many years. Her latest efforts have been in the formation of the Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party. Her twelve years with the party has promoted important platform changes: Single Payer Health Care; a Statement of Principles which includes UN Declaration of Human Rights; anti-war policies; repeal of the Death Penalty; and many other Progressive ideas.
Co-chair of California's Bernie Sanders delegates to the 2016 Democratic Convention, Karen explains the difficulties of any grassroots group having an effect on Democratic Party politics. In the Q&A session, she outlines a project being undertaken by some of the returning delegates to mount an independent challenge for control of the Party. Listen to a recording of her talk
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17: Terry Bisson (great sci-fi author) and Carter Scholz (another great sci-fi author) will interview each other on the significance of their genre, which if you didn’t know it, provides a useful way of looking at our own reality from a different perspective. And of course their books will be available!
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1: Peter Linebaugh talking about his new book The Incomplete, True, Authentic, and Wonderful History of May Day. Peter Linebaugh spoke for the Marxist School in March 2014, presenting his book Stop, Thief!
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, Mat Callahan will present his new book The Explosion of Deferred Dreams: Musical Renaissance and Social Revolution in San Francisco, 1965-1975. As the fiftieth anniversary of the Summer of Love floods the media with debates and celebrations of music, political movements, “flower power,” “acid rock,” and “hippies”; The Explosion of Deferred Dreams offers a critical re-examination of the interwoven political and musical happenings in San Francisco in the Sixties. Author, musician, and native San Franciscan Mat Callahan explores the dynamic links between the Black Panthers and Sly and the Family Stone, the United Farm Workers and Santana, the Indian Occupation of Alcatraz and the San Francisco Mime Troupe, and the New Left and the counterculture.
Mat Callahan, with Yvonne Moore, has appeared twice for the Marxist School with their commemoration of the 1916 Easter Uprising in Ireland, and celebration of the life of James Connolly.
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