December 6, 2013 (All day) - December 8, 2013 (All day)
In this retreat we will call upon a potent legacy of selfless action that models a way to work effectively without burnout, empowering each of us to find our calling and make our best contribution to our families, our communities and our world.
December 6, 2013 - 1:00pm - 7:00pm
Our program this year will feature several streamed programs from the TEDWomen 2013 event as well as small group discussions to share ideas and insights, and gain a deeper understanding of the subjects and issues presented. Refreshments will be served throughout the afternoon.
December 6, 2013 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trails
“The beast is a community that moves in solidarity through the darkest crevices of Mexico,” El Salvadoran journalist Óscar Martínez recently said of the community formed by the thousands of Central American migrants who risk life and limb aboard La Bestia, or The Beast—the rusted out freight trains they ride up through Central America and Mexico to el norte.
December 6, 2013 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the health insurance bill has been a subject of constant controversy. Misleading rhetoric in the corporate media has referred to it as "socialist," and the right-wing Tea Party went so far as to shut down the government to block its funding. But what's the real story? How will the program truly affect working-class people, and who will benefit most from it? We will discuss what a truly socialist approach to healthcare would look like—and how it's very different from "Obamacare."
Join us for presentations and discussion.
December 6, 2013 - 7:00pm
Barby and Vic Ulmer of our developing world will share the stories of the non violent activists they met in Palestine who are committed to non violence and have been working for years to end the occupation.
December 7, 2013 - 9:00am - 3:00pm
With fair trade gifts from around the world to empower artisans and farmers to lift themselves out of poverty, plus art, crafts, gift baskets, and baked goods from our own community - join activist churches in Vallejo, Benicia, and American Canyon for this unique craft and gift faire where all the proceeds go to 17 nonprofit organizations.
December 7, 2013 - 10:00am - 6:00pm
Join 99rise for an empowering training and become a leader in the grassroots nonviolent struggle for democracy. The training will cover:*How to share your own story to mobilize supporters and build community*The basic dynamics of nonviolent conflict*The strategy and principles of 99Rise*Organizing 101*Effective action planning*Much more
December 7, 2013 - 10:15am - 12:15pm
Join the City of El Cerrito Environmental Quality Committee for a free showing of the award-winning film “Rebels With a Cause”, a stunning documentary that reveals how some of our prized bay area natural open spaces came to be public and protected. Learn how you can help a local open space campaign in El Cerrito!
December 7, 2013 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
In remembrance of Pearl Harbor Day, we are inviting two veterans of WWII to share their thoughts. Harry Siitonen is a retired union printer and a member of the IWW and Veterans for Peace, as well as the Peace and Freedom Party. Howard Keylor is a retired longshoreman and a supporter of the International Bolshevik Tendency.. Topics will include profiteering in U.S. weapons production, unnecessary endangerment of troops as well as the slaughter of civilians, and the use of the atomic bomb. After Harry and Howard share their views, we will have open discussion.
December 7, 2013 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Hear John Parker, Workers World Party National Committee and International Action Center West Coast Coordinator, lead a class on Lenin, Self-Determination and The National Question. There will be lots of opportunity for discussion and questions.