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)

DEEPFAKES, GANs AND VISUAL MISINFORMATION ~ Thurs., Dec. 10, 2020

The rise of Deepfakes has prompted intense coverage in the press, concern from government officials, and fear among the public. Deepfakes, along with GANs (generative adversarial networks), are a class of "generative" neural networks capable of creating highly realistic synthetic images. The widespread availability of open-source Deepfake tools means anyone with access to a computer can potentially create photorealistic fake videos and images. These fakes can, for instance, portray high-profile individuals in arbitrary--possibly compromising--situations. Because of their wide availability, relative ease of use, and harm potential, the technology has been the subject of considerable scrutiny and debate. In this talk, we'll discuss the current state of AI-generated imagery, including Deepfakes and GANs: how they work, their capabilities, and what the future may hold. We'll try to separate the hype from reality, and examine the social consequences of these technologies with a special focus on the effect that the idea of Deepfakes has had on the public. We'll consider the visual misinformation landscape more broadly, including so-called "shallowfakes" and "cheapfakes" like Photoshop. Finally, we'll review the challenges and promise of the global research community that has emerged around detecting visual misinformation. About the Speaker: Nick Dufour is a Senior Software Engineer at Google Research, and a member of the team overseeing research into Deepfakes and visual misinformation. Nick joined Google in 2016 following his graduate work in Machine Learning at Stanford University. This is a free event, brought to you by Bay Area Skeptics. PLEASE RSVP/REGISTER HERE to receive the link: https://www.meetup.com/Bay-Area-Skeptics/events/274884855/?refund_policy=true&rv=ea1_v2&_xtd=gatlbWFpbF9jbGlja9oAJGNlYzk5YTQ2LTgwOWQtNDJjOS1iY2MxLWQ0MDU3NjU2YzUxYw&utm_campaign=event-announce&_af=event&_af_eid=274884855&utm_medium=email&response=3&action=rsvp&utm_source=promo [Posted by Wendy 11/29/20. This event has been scheduled and cancelled several times. Fingers crossed that this time it will actually happen.]

Progressive Talk: COVID-19, Biden Transition, Georgia Senate Runoffs, and More

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!

Georgia Runoff Election Virtual Watch Party

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Although Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have won the White House, there is still the task of Democratic control of the U.S. Senate, for which two more Democrats must win. The only hope for that are the two Senate runoff elections in Georgia on January 5, 2021. Will Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock successfully win their runoffs, guaranteeing a trifecta win for the Democrats? This virtual election watch party is our chance to discuss the candidates' chances, follow the results as they come in, and even talk about what to look forward to with the Biden administration, regardless of Senate control. Hopefully, this will be another night to remember.

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!

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