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Progressive Talk

  • Sep 13, 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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  • Kirsten

    Sorry, I had food poisoning last night. Next time though!

    September 14, 2014

    • Andrea A.

      Hope you feel better. Try some peppermint tea, and eat some oatmeal or yogurt!

      1 · September 14, 2014

  • alan b

    Odd that so many people signed up who just didn't show, but it was a lively set of discussions. Thanks Anthony for what obviously is all the thought & work you put into organizing these & posing subjects for people to ponder & play pundit.

    September 13, 2014

  • Andrea A.

    Very nice. We had a conversation about terrorism, recent shooting, racism, police corruption.

    September 13, 2014

  • Andrea A.

    Very nice. We had a conversation about terrorism, recent shooting, racism, police corruption.

    September 13, 2014

  • hen h.

    I'm not feeling well either. Hopefully will get to a meeting at another time.

    September 13, 2014

  • Julie G.

    I will be there.

    September 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    So sorry to bail at the last moment, but I am just not feeling good. Catch you all next time.

    September 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Another meetup I attend often proposes several discussion topics in advance, but when we get together, go with the flow and even talk about something completely different that comes up. There is so much to talk about we could never cover everything all the time, so maybe should just see how the conversation develops and let the organizers guide it if we veer too much off course.

    September 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Three topics seems like too many given how meaty they are. I personally would prefer to focus on Ferguson, because I feel that is what most people can relate to or have feelings about it, especially if we include the militarization of police.

    September 12, 2014

    • Anthony

      They are big topics, yes. But hopefully, it'll be like past meetings, where plenty of time will be devoted to each topic. Sometimes, we have no second-hour topics, so we just focus on the first-hour ones. :-)

      1 · September 12, 2014

  • alan b

    I signed up because i've been wanting to join this series of discussions for a while. And while i think the 3rd topic is of major importance & impacts a lot of our lives, even whether some of our "rights" are ephemeral, i'm wondering how the 1st 2 will go. (I mean, does ANYone in a group like this have enough information to be able to make a judgment on the likelihood for "success"? ...whatever that is.)

    I'm also a bit over-loaded with almost back-to-back events & obligations for days around this. So, as a die-hard introvert, not sure if i'll have to bow out; but if i do i'll try to give as much notice as possible, if there's a waiting list.

    Look forward to checking out the talk here.

    September 12, 2014

    • Anthony

      You don't have to be an expert to join the discussion. Even if it's related to, let's say, military issues, we're still American citizens who have opinions. The point of the question is to get a conversation going. All it matters is that the conversation stays on topic. :-)

      1 · September 12, 2014

  • Anthony

    The three topics that I've selected for the first part of the meeting are as follows:

    #1: The Threat of ISIS - President Obama has laid out a strategy against the terror group ISIS in Iraq and Syria, involving airstrikes and support for a coalition in the region. (http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/09/10/transcript-president-obama-address-to-the-nation-on-isis-and-terrorist-threats-september-10th-2014-isil/) This comes as we are hearing about Westerners joining ISIS. (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/iraq-war-on-terror/losing-iraq/why-are-so-many-westerners-joining-isis/) What is the likelihood for success in defeating ISIS?

    September 11, 2014

  • Anthony

    #2: Racial Tensions in Ferguson - Following the incident in which a Ferguson, MO police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African-American, while he was unarmed, the U.S. Department of Justice will conduct an investigation into the Ferguson police department, which has a history of racial tensions with the mostly black residents. (http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/justice-dept-to-probe-ferguson-police-force/2014/09/03/737dd928-33bc-11e4-a723-fa3895a25d02_story.html) Will we eventually see change in police departments, in Ferguson and elsewhere?

    September 11, 2014

  • Anthony

    #3: Privacy in the Digital Age - In light of a recent incident in which hackers successfully stole private nude photos of celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence, there is concern that nothing shared in the digital world is ever private. (http://bigstory.ap.org/article/photo-hacking-rekindles-digital-privacy-worries) Is there such a thing as privacy in our current digital age? Should we ever assume that anything shared digitally with privacy settings enabled is indeed private?

    1 · September 11, 2014

  • jeannette

    Hi....open to carpool from tri city area (union city, hayward).

    August 19, 2014

  • Liz H.

    Hello,
    For anyone who is interested in the All Party system where the person who started this is trying to support the option of a third party. Very worthwhile organization. They now have an International Parliament. James Ogle is the one who started this-lives in Monterey. Has people all over the world interested in this.

    August 16, 2014

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