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Progressive Talk

  • Mar 8, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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Progressive Talk is a monthly meetup to discuss the important political and social issues of the day. This two-hour meeting combines dinner with stimulating conversation, covering topics suggested by both the Organizer and club members.

If you would like to suggest a topic, please post it in the comments section below, with a link to a related webpage (such as a news article) that people can review before attending. The Organizer will also announce topics in the same manner. To ensure that everyone has a chance to review the upcoming discussion topics, please post your suggestions at least three days before the meeting.

The first hour of the meeting will center on topics suggested by the Organizer, while the second hour will focus on topics suggested by members. If there are many topics suggested by members, a quick informal vote will take place during the meeting to decide the topics for the second hour.

If you love good food and conversation about current affairs, please join us for a fun evening of progressive talk. Hope to see you there!

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  • Andrea A.

    Im coming, it just wont let me click it.

    March 8, 2014

  • Andrea A.

    Hey Anthony, i thought it was full, im eating dinner home and would love to join you all for hot chocolate..,ok?

    March 8, 2014

  • Julie G.

    So sorry to bail--my dog has taken sick suddenly...

    March 8, 2014

  • Anthony

    Quick announcement: Going forward, the RSVP limit for all Progressive Talk meetings, including tomorrow night's, is now 20, not 15. Those of you on the waiting list now are free to join us. :-)

    1 · March 7, 2014

  • Jon H.

    The student movement is coming out of hibernation. How can we nurture it and "Grow the Revolution" ?
    (GtR) is a new Berkeley student organization.

    March 7, 2014

  • Jon H.

    With the Wednesday night vote by the Albany City Council to unanimously reject our appeal, the development project for the Gill Tract Farm has a green light/ Pave over paradise and put up a parking lot. Here is a comment from one of the students who came to the meeting:

    March 7, 2014

  • Jon H.

    "Tonight I spoke against the commercial development of the Gill Tract at the Albany City Hall meeting, but was limited to 1 minute to sum up the value of a piece of farmland that people have been fighting for for more than 15 years.

    What I said was that I am told again and again by adults I am the future, that the youth are the future. I then see the youth demonstrate again and again the future they want to create, only to be shot down again and again by these same adults, who hide behind arbitrary power and bureaucracy.

    If I had been able to continue, I would also have said that when I put my body and sanity on the line, when my young friends put themselves in harm's way to send a message about the future they want to create, it isn't because we like being in jail, being beaten by police, being tracked by the NSA, but rather because we don't feel like we can wait 15 years just to have someone else make critical decisions for us.

    1 · March 7, 2014

  • Jon H.

    Climate change is imminent. Food insecurity, homelessness, racism, surveillance, wage slavery, alienation, exploitation is immediate. We can't wait any longer for someone else to listen. We need to take action to reclaim our right to grow our own food, to build our own homes, to strengthen our own communities.

    This same night we were also ignored by another group of grown-up bureaucrats at the Sierra Club meeting, who just stared blankly as a resident of the Albany Bulb told her story and called out the City of Albany for absolutely mishandling the impending eviction of 42 Bulb residents who have called this place home for decades.

    Tonight the City of Albany voted to write itself out of the history books, to forgo an opportunity to embrace an urban farm and participatory research lab in favor of a parking lot and corporate chain.

    This is just another chance for us to make history fighting back.

    And we will win."

    #occupythefarm

    #sharethebulb

    March 7, 2014

  • Paula

    Happy International Women's Day

    2 · March 7, 2014

  • Anthony

    Don't forget that you have two days to suggest discussion topics for the second half of the meeting. I would suggest backup topics like I've done before, but this time around, I can't think of any. Therefore, if nobody suggests topics, we'll just do a free-for-all political chat for at least part of the second hour.

    Otherwise, if you have RSVPed Yes for the meeting, please make an effort to attend. If you know you won't be attending, please change your RSVP to No so that people in the waiting list can have a chance to attend the meeting.

    Thank you. :-)

    March 6, 2014

  • Anthony

    Here are the three topics that I have chosen for the first hour of this month's Progressive Talk meeting.

    #1: Crisis in Ukraine - In the past several weeks, riots in Ukraine have erupted in response to anti-protest laws passed in the country. So far, there was a move to repeal those laws (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-25923199), but the crisis has still reached a point where Russia has sent military forces into the Crimea region of the country (http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ukraine-crisis/crimea-standoff-russian-gunmen-surround-ukraine-military-base-n42406). How should this crisis be resolved and prevented from happening again in the future? What role should the United States have?

    March 2, 2014

  • Anthony

    #2: Stand Your Ground - With George Zimmerman receiving a not-guilty verdict for killing Trayvon Martin (supposedly in self-defense) and, more recently, Michael Dunn receiving a guilty verdict for attempted murder but a mistrial for first-degree murder in killing Jordan Davis (supposedly in self-defense), the debate of state-level "Stand Your Ground" laws allowing people to use deadly force in self-defense goes on (http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/2/17/dunn-trial-blamethelawnotthejuryexpertssay.html). Should such laws be written more carefully or be repealed altogether? What can one do politically to help enact legislative change?

    March 2, 2014

  • Anthony

    #3: Religious Freedom in Business - Recently, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a controversial bill that would allow businesses to exercise religious freedom, which critics fear could lead to all kinds of discrimination, including but not limited to businesses refusing to serve gays and lesbians out of religious belief. Despite this move, other states are considering similar bills (http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/26/politics/religious-freedom-states/). Do you think Governor Brewer's veto sets the stage for what is to come for the rest of the country? In general, should organizations of any sort ever be allowed to have religious liberty (for example, how about Catholic hospitals refusing to offer birth control)?

    March 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Julie G., I'm of the same mind set, service w/ fun! I enjoy going door to door w/ a commondreams or truthout article and help educate people. People are predominately grateful. I think it's the people connection factor. + like making yummy food to pass out to those in need.

    1 · February 15, 2014

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