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SKIPPING CHURCH Brown Bag Lunch and TED Talks Discussions

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Riverside Main Library

3581 Mission Inn Avenue · Riverside, CA

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We're upstairs in the auditorium. This event is free to members. Suggested donation for bottomless beverages and desserts $3 each. Bring your own brown bag or order now from Marisa's Italian Deli. More detail is found at the end of the event details.

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Filmed November 2009 at TEDxBerlin
Peter Eigen: How to expose the corrupt

As a director of the World Bank in Nairobi, Peter Eigen saw firsthand how devastating corruption can be. He's founder of Transparency International, an NGO that works to persuade international companies not to bribe.

Some of the world's most baffling social problems, says Peter Eigen, can be traced to systematic, pervasive government corruption, hand-in-glove with global companies. In his talk, Eigen describes the thrilling counter-attack led by his organization, Transparency International.
Why you should listen
From the website of Transparency International comes this elegant definition: What is corruption? Corruption is the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. It hurts everyone whose life, livelihood or happiness depends on the integrity of people in a position of authority.
Peter Eigen knows this. He worked in economic development for 25 years, mainly as a World Bank manager of programs in Africa and Latin America. Among his assignments, he served as director of the regional mission for Eastern Africa from 1988 to 1991. Stunned by the depth and pervasiveness -- and sheer destructiveness -- of the corruption he encountered, he formed the group Transparency International to take on some of the main players in deals with corrupt officials: multinational corporations.
Eigen believes that the best way to root out corruption is to make it known. Thus, Transparency International works to raises awareness of corruption, and takes practical action to address it, including public hearings.


Filmed Jun 2013 TED Global 2013 · 14:27
Charmian Gooch: Meet global corruption's hidden players

At Global Witness, Charmian Penelope Gooch,the 2014 TED Prize winner is a British anti-corruption campaigner and activist. She is a co-founder and board member of the NGO Global Witness, where she works to uncover and fight corruption in the developing world as she exposes how a global architecture of corruption is woven into the extraction and exploitation of natural resources.

Why you should listen

Charmian Gooch co-founded the watchdog NGO Global Witness with colleagues Simon Taylor and Patrick Alley in 1993, in response to growing concerns over covert warfare funded by illicit trade. Since then, Global Witness has captured headlines for their exposé of "blood diamonds" in Uganda, of mineral exploitation in the Congo, of illegal timber trade between Cambodia and Thailand, and more. With unique expertise on the shadowy threads connecting corrupt businesses and governments, Global Witness continues its quest to uncover and root out the sources of exploitation. In 2014, Gooch and Global Witness were awarded the $1 million TED Prize, along with the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, for their campaign to end anonymous companies. Gooch's TED Prize wish: for us to know who ultimately owns and controls companies and launch a new era of openness in business. Global Witness highlighted the importance of this issue in an investigation, aired on 60 Minutes, where they sent an undercover investigator into 13 New York law firms. The investigator posed as an adviser to a government minister in Africa and asked for thoughts on how to move money into the United States for a plane, a yacht and a brownstone. All but one firm offered advice.

The Panama Papers, released in April of 2016, further demonstrate the need for transparency. The papers paint a picture of how the rich and powerful around the world use offshore accounts and anonymous companies to move money. "This secretive world is being opened up to global public scrutiny," said Gooch on the day the papers were released.

When the son of the president of a desperately poor country starts buying mansions and sports cars on an official monthly salary of $7,000, Charmian Gooch suggests, corruption is probably somewhere in the picture. In a blistering, eye-opening talk (with several specific examples), she details how global corruption trackers follow the money — to some surprisingly familiar faces.

Bring your own Brown Bag Lunch or Order now your Marisa's Deli lunch. Please note that these prices, except sides include tax and a about a $1 donation to the IEAA.


$2 Sweet Red Slaw, Coleslaw, Pasta salad, Fruit salad, marinated mushrooms, potato salad or side salad.


$11 Antipasto Salad - Salami, Mortadella, Capicolla and Jumbo Pepperoni with tomatoes, olives and pepperoncinis on a bed of lettuce

$10 Marinated Veggie Salad - Roasted Peppers, Artichoke Hearts, Kalamata Olives, Marinated Mushrooms & Goat Cheese on a bed of lettuce

$10 Caprese Salad - Fresh Mozzarella, Basil & Fresh Tomato on a bed of mixed greens $7.99

$8 Burrata Plate - Creamy Burrataserved with Tomato, Basil and Speck (smoke cured proscuitto)


$12 includes a small deli side

Available on Wheat, Squaw, Sourdough or Rye

All served with lettuce, tomato and Marisa’s oil and vinegar blend

Club Sammich - Roast Beef, Sundried Tomato Turkey Breast, White American Cheese, and Mayo

Diane’s Veggie Sammich - Cucumber, Artichoke Hearts, Red Onion, Spinach, Pepe Rossa and Havarti Cheeses

Oven Roasted Sundried Tomato Turkey with Provolone

Roast Beef on Squaw - with Swiss and Mayo

Rosemary Ham and Swiss on Rye - with mayo and mustard

Pastrami on Rye - Pickles, Onions, Provolone, Mustard

Specialitas Sandwiches

small: $9 large: $13

“Forgettaboutit”- Shaved Roast Beef, Hot Giardiniera, Onion, Pepe Rossa Cheese and Mayo. Seasoned and Toasted.

Tonno - Marisa’s Recipe Tuna Salad, Lettuce, Tomato and Aged Provolone

Muffuletta - Salami, Capicolla and Mortadella with Marisa’s Olive Spread

Prosciutto and Fresh Mozzarella - drizzled with Extra Virgin Olive Oil *add $2 for Buffalo Mozzarella

Caprese - Fresh Mozzarella, Basil and Tomato drizzled with Extra Virgin Olive Oil Toasted Veggie - Roasted Peppers, Artichoke Hearts, Kalamata Olives, Marinated Mushroom & Goat Cheese.

Meatball Sub - Homemade meatballs, marinara and Provolone

Hot Pastrami - Pickles, Onions, Provolone, Mustard

Italian Submarinos

All served with aged provolone, lettuce, tomato and Marisa’s oil and vinegar blend

“Tommy Gun” - Salami, Mortadella, Capicolla & Jumbo Pepperoni

“Gabagool” - Capicolla (RIP James Gandolfini!)

The “Gusto” - Buon Gusto Salami

The Whole Molinari - Finnochionna and Toscano Salami’s and Jumbo Pepperoni

The Calabrese - Hot Calabrese Flat Salami

The Yard Bird - Capicolla and Oven Roasted Sundried Tomato Turkey Breast

Soppresatta - Available in Hot or Sweet