What we're about

Progressives of the SF Bay Area is a group for progressives to find kindred spirits. “Progressive” spans the entire spectrum of philosophy on the left for folks who care about the world, value diversity, and want to make a difference. If you are interested in politics, issues of peace and social justice, sustainable living and energy, the environment, animal advocacy, and other issues, this group can be a home for you. We are about living our beliefs while having fun and spending time with interesting people.

Our activities range from purely political to purely social and every combination in between. Each month, the group holds Progressive Talk meetings to discuss the latest political issues and news stories. There are also meetups to explore and learn about progressive issues (through activities like lectures and film screenings), to do some political activism (with specific issues or elections), and to enjoy life (with things such as concerts, hikes, and many more).

All members are welcome to suggest events for this group, which can become official meetups once at least three people RSVP for the event. We only ask that the event has a specific date, time, and location; identifies a host for the event (yourself or another member of this group); and not involve any business or commercial activity benefiting the event host.

Whether you're at the center, moderately left of center, or even far left on the political spectrum, Progressives of the SF Bay Area is a group that provides a mix of intellectual stimulation and exciting fun for the liberal and progressive mind.

Upcoming events (5+)

NIGHT OF IDEAS: 7-hr marathon of debate, performances, interactive experiences

This seven-hour marathon of philosophical debate, keynotes, panels, performances, and interactive experiences is designed to spur dialogue and creative participation on the theme "Living on the Edge." NIGHT OF IDEAS - Saturday, February 1, 2020 The French Consulate in San Francisco, KQED, San Francisco Public Library, and SFMOMA invite you to the second edition of Night of Ideas. We live in a world balanced on the edge between immense challenges and even grander possibilities. How do we reckon with these tensions and use them to create new visions for how we live together? Each floor of the library is devoted to exploring the different edges on which contemporary life in the Bay Area is balanced: CHAOS + CREATION How do we cope with disorder and disruption to fashion new ways to think and be? WONDER + WORRY What anxieties about the future weigh on us most, and what fascinations will transform the way we live? EXCLUSION + BELONGING How do we find belonging and identity while making space for differences of lived experience? TRUTH + DOUBT With consensus about history and facts increasingly fractured, what narratives should we affirm? CIRCULATION + BORDERS How do we transcend limits on movement for a healthy economy and a just society? Join thought-leaders, creators, storytellers, dreamers, and change-makers as they address these topics in keynote talks and discussion sessions. See a special live broadcast of KQED's Forum with host Mina Kim. Share your own creative voice and exchange ideas in a range of participatory workshops, activities, or open mics. Enjoy spectacular performances and music by local artists shaping the culture of the Bay Area. Featuring diverse voices and talent from community organizations: ACLU, Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, America Magazine, Asian Art Museum, Art in Action, Aurora Performers Bay Area Theater Cypher, Black Benatar (aka Mx. Beatrice Thomas), Burning Man, CAAM, California Humanities, Capoeira Ijexá, Cultural Odyssey, Destiny Arts, Duniya Dance and Drum Company, Equal Justice Society, French Tech San Francisco, Friends of SFPL, Institute for Arts and Science at UC Santa Cruz, Institute for the Future, Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, KQED, L'Obs, Litquake, Loco Bloco, LoudSpring, Lycée Français de San Francisco, New Voices Bay Area TIGQ Chorus, Noise Pop, Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability, Presidio Trust, Qigong Rebecca Grossbard, SETI Institute, The Stud Collective, Townsend Center for the Humanities at UC Berkeley, UC Davis Department of History, World Economic Forum, and more! For more information and full list of speakers, panelists, and performers, visit nightofideassf.com Night of Ideas is co-presented by the the French Consulate in San Francisco, KQED, SFMOMA, and the San Francisco Public Library The event is made possible by the support of the City and County of San Francisco, the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, 836M, Cultural and Scientific Services of the French Embassy in the United States, the French American Cultural Society, the Institut Français, French bee, Microsoft, and the Open Society Foundations. The Main San Francisco Public Library is accessible for wheelchair users. American Sign Language interpreters will be provided. To request other accommodations, please contact [masked] or call (415)[masked]. Requesting accommodations at least 3 business days in advance will help ensure availability. Large bags and backpacks are not permitted. Please plan accordingly. Food and drink will be available for purchase at the event. [Posted by Wendy 1/9/20. Here's an article about last year's Night of Ideas in SF: https://datebook.sfchronicle.com/books/a-marathon-for-the-mind-san-francisco-to-host-night-of-ideas . And here are some photos: https://www.nightofideassf.com/fullscreen-page/comp-jrr36jub/b9c4da81-9474-4f43-90aa-4540ba039504/8/%3Fi%3D8%26p%3Dqwn9o%26s%3Dstyle-jrr36kbp ]

Progressive Talk

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Progressive Talk is a monthly meetup to discuss the important political and social issues of the day. This meeting, which lasts for no more than two-and-a-half hours, combines dinner with stimulating conversation, covering topics brought forth by the Organizer and club members. Within a month before the meeting, the Organizer will decide the two to four topics that will be the main discussion topics for the meeting (even with that, topic suggestions for the Organizer are welcome). The Organizer will then announce the meeting via e-mail, mentioning the major discussion topics within the meeting title (e.g., "Progressive Talk: Presidential Candidates, Gun Control, and More"). During the meeting, attendees will talk about the main topics one by one. Afterward, the last part of the meeting is a round robin segment where everyone other than the Organizer can bring up quick comments about miscellaneous news and topics. (This is what the 'More" in the meeting title refers to.) If you love good food and conversation about current affairs, please join us for a fun evening of progressive talk!

Free Presentation: Wildlife Conservation Awareness ~ Sun., 2/9/2020 ~ San Jose

For Progressives with conserve-ative values that make a positive difference. Come learn the importance of wildlife conservation, how to help injured animals, and the importance of co-existing with wildlife. Wildlife Conservation : Awareness and Education Presented by : Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley This event is free, but please register at Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wildlife-conservation-awareness-and-education-tickets-90529166173?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=esfb&utm-source=fb&utm-term=listing&fbclid=IwAR3Bm-5Xc0UPISuoyEWkz9qGnK9 [Posted by Wendy 1/19/20]

Free film screening: THE GAME CHANGERS - SF Public Library - Wed., 2/19/20

Calling all vegans, veg curious, and seekers of knowledge. James Wilks, elite Special Forces trainer and winner of The Ultimate Fighter, travels the world on a quest for the truth about meat, protein, and strength. Showcasing elite athletes, special ops soldiers, and visionary scientists, Wilks’s journey exposes outdated myths about food that not only affect human performance but the health of the entire global population. Presented by James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jackie Chan, Lewis Hamilton, Novak Djokovic and Chris Paul — a revolutionary new film about meat, protein and strength. Directed by Oscar®-winner Louie Psihoyos. NR, 108 mins., 2018. Official trailer: https://youtu.be/iSpglxHTJVM SF Public Library 5:00 - 7:30 PM - Lower Level - Koret Auditorium More info at https://sfpl.org/index.php?pg=1041521701 [Posted by Wendy 1/9/20]

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