Episode 3: Race: The Power of an Illusion
May
13
6:45 PM18:45

Episode 3: Race: The Power of an Illusion

We will continue our series that we began on May 8, with Episode 3 of the PBS Documentary, “Race: The Power of an Illusion” followed by a discussion.

Episode III – “The House We Live In” focuses not on individual behaviors and attitudes, but on how our institutions shape and create race, giving different groups vastly unequal life chances. Who defines race? In the early 20th century, the courts were called upon to determine who was white, employing contradictory logic to maintain the color line. After World War II, government policies and subsidies helped create segregated suburbs where Italians, Jews and other not-quite-white European ethnics were able to reap the full advantages of whiteness. The episode reveals some of the ordinary social institutions that quietly channel wealth and opportunity, so that white people benefit from a racist system without personally being racist. It concludes by looking at why we can’t just get rid of race.

This event is co-sponsored by Racists Anonymous at the Congregational Church of Sunnyvale

RSVP at https://actionnetwork.org/events/race-the-power-of-an-illusion-episode-3/

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Race: The Power of an Illusion
May
8
6:45 PM18:45

Race: The Power of an Illusion

Over 2 evenings we will screen this PBS 3-part documentary which questions the notion of race as biology.

Scientists tell us that believing in biological races is no more sound than believing the sun revolves around the earth. So if race is a biological myth, where did the idea come from? And why should it matter today? RACE—The Power of an Illusion provides an eye-opening discussion tool to help us examine our beliefs about race, privilege, policy, and justice. Each episode is 57 minutes. This event series is co-sponsored by Racists Anonymous at the Congregational Church of Sunnyvale.

Episodes 1 & 2 will be shown on Wednesday, May 8, 2019.

Episode I – “The Difference Between Us” examines how recent scientific discoveries have toppled the concept of biological race. The program follows a dozen diverse students who sequence and compare their own DNA. They discover, to their surprise, that their closest genetic matches are as likely to be with people from other “races” as their own. The episode helps us understand why it doesn’t make scientific or genetic sense to sort people into biological races, as it dismantles our most basic myths about race, including natural superiority and inferiority.

Episode II – “The Story We Tell” uncovers the roots of the race concept, including the 19th-century science that legitimated it and the hold it has gained over our minds. It’s an eye-opening tale of how America’s need to defend slavery in the face of a radical new belief in freedom and equality led to a full-blown ideology of white supremacy. Noting the experience of Cherokee Indians, the U.S. war against Mexico and annexation of the Philippines, the film shows how definitions of race excluded from humanity not only Black people, but anyone who stood in the way of American expansion. The program traces the transformation of tentative suspicions about difference into a "common-sense" wisdom that people used to explain everything from individual behavior to the fate of whole societies, an idea of race that persists to this day.

Episode 3 will be shown on Monday, May 13, 2019.

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Transportation Politics 101 training series: Part I of III
Apr
20
1:30 PM13:30

Transportation Politics 101 training series: Part I of III

Do you wish public transit in the Bay Area were better? Or that cities were more walkable or bicycle-friendly? Who decides what projects and investments get made? In the Bay Area it can be particularly difficult to figure this out, which means that it's confusing for advocates to figure out how to apply political pressure to make things better.

Learn the basics of transportation politics and governance in this 3-part series from two veterans of transportation politics, with a particular emphasis on the corridor from San Jose to San Francisco.

Part 1: What government bodies are in charge of transportation investments? How are these political bodies structured and related?

Margaret Okuzumi is the former executive director of BayRail Alliance, who spent more than a decade intensely engaged in public transit advocacy. Her past roles in the field of transportation advocacy include being Chair of the MTC Citizens Advisory Commission, member of the VTA Citizens Advisory Committee, board chair of the organization now known as Transform, and a Sunnyvale Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee member.

Gladwyn D'Souza is chair of the Loma Prieta Chapter's Conservation, Transportation and Food Committees, a former planning commissioner, former director at Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition and Walk San Jose, and board member of Carbon Free Silicon Valley. He teaches compost, diversity, and solar cooking.

Co-sponsored by Bayshore Progressive Democrats & Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter Transportation Committee.

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The Green New Deal w/ Congressman Ro Khanna and local activists
Mar
23
3:00 PM15:00

The Green New Deal w/ Congressman Ro Khanna and local activists

Join us for a special joint meeting of the Bayshore Progressive Democrats and the Democratic Club of Sunnyvale, complete with light refreshments, to discuss the Green New Deal - what it is and how we can help make it happen.

We'll start with an overview of the Green New Deal at the national level. Then Mary Hsia-Coron of Protect Monterey County* will share her work and ideas to implement a Green New Deal at the state level. Kristel Wickham, Vice Chair of the Sunnyvale Sustainability Commission* will discuss what the GND means at the local level.

*Titles and Organizations for identification purposes only

(Rep. Khanna was originally scheduled to attend, but needed to cancel to support a Bernie 2020 campaign rally in LA. We hope you will still join us for an informative event.)

Thanks to Sankranti Restaurant for their generous sponsorship of this event!

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“FIX IT – Healthcare at the Tipping Point” Film Screening in Sunnyvale
Jan
19
2:00 PM14:00

“FIX IT – Healthcare at the Tipping Point” Film Screening in Sunnyvale

After the Women's March, relax your feet and join us at a joint event of the Bayshore Progressive Democrats and the Democratic Club of Sunnyvale for a screening of “FIX IT – Healthcare at the Tipping Point”.

This 58-min documentary reaches across the political and ideological divide to look at the advantages and challenges of a Single Payer Healthcare system. Our expensive and dysfunctional health care system damages our economy, suffocates our businesses, discourages physicians, and negatively impacts the nation’s health, while remaining unaffordable for a third of our citizens.

Following the film, we'll discuss next steps for supporting the creation of an expanded Medicare for All system, including upcoming local events.

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Jan
5
1:45 PM13:45

Voter Registration Training

  • Park Place apartments clubhouse room (map)
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It's not too early to get voters ready for the March 2020 primary! Join us for an in-depth voter registration training--learn about changes in the law about who can vote, how to engage people, common mistakes—and make plans to sign up new voters! 

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Sep
19
7:00 PM19:00

BPD Member Meeting

Got Health?

What’s happening at the State and Federal levels re: Health Care?

Who are the Democratic representatives and candidates who support Single Payer Health Care?

Come hear a talk and discussion by Lynn Huidekoper, RN.

Co-Chair of the Legislative Committee for Healthcare for All California

Bayshore Progressives Democrats Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018 @ 7PM

Location: Democratic Volunteer Center

960 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto

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Mar
31
3:30 PM15:30

Revival of the Democratic Party Fundraiser with Norman Solomon and Karen Bernal

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The Democratic Party has been in crisis. Not only has the Democratic Party lost control of both houses of Congress and more than 1,000 state legislative seats since 2008, the GOP now controls the governorship as well as the entire legislature in 26 states, while Democrats exercise such control in only eight states. The party has seen a decline in support from people of color, particularly African American women, and working class voters. Many progressive voters are choosing to register as no party preference rather than as Democrats.

What are some specific steps that the Democratic Party can take to revitalize itself again? Come and learn about what grassroots activists are doing to rebuild the party and engage voters in our nearest swing district, CD-10, and how you can support their efforts. Our featured speakers are journalist Norman Solomon and California Democratic Party Progressive Caucus Chair Karen Bernal, co-authors of the report "Autopsy, the Democratic Party in Crisis" http://democraticautopsy.org and Vecky Elliott of the Tracy Volunteer Center, with emcee Mountain View Mayor Lenny Siegel.

This event, organized by the Bayshore Progressive Democrats http://bayshoreprogressive.org is a fundraiser and ticketed event. Proceeds will benefit the Tracy Volunteer Center's work working to flip CD-10 from red to blue.

Date of Event: 

Saturday, March 31, 2018 -

3:30pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

Democratic Volunteer Center

960 San Antonio Rd Suite 100

Palo Alto, CA  94303

Register Here

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Jan
20
11:00 AM11:00

Global Women's March

Global Women’s March is THIS Saturday, January 20

SVCR members and friends and family will be marching in either San Francisco or San Jose. Click for more info.  

San Jose March Registration is now open (event is free) - 11am march, noon rally.

San Francisco March Registration is now open (event is free).  Noon rally, 2pm march

We’re planning a big group for the San Jose march.  SVCR members and friends and family will meet at the corner of 7th & E. San Fernando in San Jose starting at 10:45am on Saturday.  March starts at 11am.  Here’s a map with public transportation info.

Here’s the link to the logistics page for the San Jose march with more on transportation, accessibility, FAQs.  And here’s the in depth information for marching. And here’s the detailed information for marching in San Jose.

Here are logistics and information for San Francisco march

Here’s how to make a poster  and a file with slogan and graphic designs

To ensure a safe and peaceful event for all, Women’s March Bay Area organizers are seeking volunteers for the day of the march in San Jose and San Francisco.  Learn more and sign up here

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Meet Dotty Nygard! Help flip district 10!
Oct
29
2:00 PM14:00

Meet Dotty Nygard! Help flip district 10!

  • Congregational Church of Sunnyvale (map)
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Meet Dotty Nygard, Democratic candidate for Congress in California CD-10. This is one of about 7 "swing" districts in CA that could be flipped from red to blue in 2018, located in the Tracy/Modesto area.

Doors open at 1:30 PM. The meeting will start promptly at 2 PM (Please note, no food or drink other than water is allowed in the sanctuary where Dotty will be speaking).

No admission fee will be charged, but attendees are urged to join as members of Bayshore Progressive Democrats to support the club's work and make sure we can hold more great events like this!

[This event was originally scheduled for September 11, but Dotty was called away to do hurricane relief work.]

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Sep
23
4:00 PM16:00

BPD Potluck at Rengstorff Park!

In the Red BBQ area: http://www.mountainview.gov/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=12610

Save the date for a Bayshore Progressive Democrats club social potluck! This will be a great chance for us to meet in a more social setting and get to know each other.

Please come even if it doesn't work out to bring something. We would rather see you than your food, and we always end up with way too much. :)

We'll provide plates, utensils and cups. If you're bringing food, please label the ingredients on your dish for food allergies and special diets. This is a no-alcohol event.

For rules about dogs please visit the city of Mountain View page:
http://www.mountainview.gov/depts/cs/parks/parks/dog.asp

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Sep
11
9:15 PM21:15

A More Democratic Society: The Right to Vote and the Right to Privacy

  • Congregational Church of Sunnyvale (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us to learn about two timely issues affecting our ability to participate in a democratic society: how electoral reform can more meaningfully guarantee the right to vote, and how we can protect our right to data privacy.

Steve Chessin of Californians for Election Reforms will speak about fairer election methods that can guarantee proportional representation to underrepresented groups such as women and ethnic, linguistic, or political minorities. These methods include party list voting and the ranked-choice Single Transferable Vote (STV) system. The city of Santa Clara has given tentative approval to putting the issue of STV on the ballot, and Menlo Park may have the opportunity to consider this in the future.

Privacy and digital rights advocate Rhona Mahony will lead us in a data privacy workshop. Bring your phones and laptops! As our world has become increasingly digital and interconnected over the last few decades, that interconnectedness has also meant increased vulnerability to hacking and surveillance - whether by governments or corporations. As activists, it's on us to stay current on the best ways to mitigate those threats.

NOTE: We have postponed our event featuring CD-10 swing district candidate Dotty Nygard because she was called to do flood relief work in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. We thank her for her dedication and humanitarianism, and hope to see her soon!

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BPD July Meeting at Cuesta Park (Potluck - Bring a Snack!)
Jul
19
6:30 PM18:30

BPD July Meeting at Cuesta Park (Potluck - Bring a Snack!)

Wednesday, July 19th, 6:30pm
Cuesta Park, Mountain View - BBQ area

Our first regular meeting will be on Wednesday, July 19th, at Cuesta Park in the BBQ area. We have some exciting plans:

  • A report-back from the People's Summit - lessons for our work
  • Next steps towards single payer healthcare in California
  • Measure V (rent control in Mountain View), housing, and tenants' rights

Bring your ideas, too! Let's build a bottom-up, membership-driven organization. (Oh, and bring snack foods if you have a chance! )

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