Upcoming political events in the Bay Area.
Progressive strategy: S.F. Party for Socialism and Liberation discusses opportunities for progressive gains from current events in Washington. 7 p.m., 2969 Mission St., San Francisco. More information is here.
The ‘Forever War’: Journalist Peter Byrne on U.S. military strategy and its identification of much of the rest of the world as “the enemy.” Organized by Peace Action of San Mateo County. Contributions welcome. 7 p.m., Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo, 300 East Santa Inez Ave., San Mateo. More information is here.
Nationalism: Political reporter and author John Judis discusses the underlying causes of the nationalist revolt and its global impact, at the Commonwealth Club. $20 for nonmembers, $8 for students. 6 p.m., 110 Embarcadero, San Francisco. More information is here.
Living off the land: Is it possible to live off the land, fully self-sufficient? A discussion with the general manager of Burning Man’s Fly Ranch. Free. 6:30 p.m., Manny’s, 3092 16th St., San Francisco. More information is here.
Gun violence in schools: A panel discussion with Professor Ron Avi Astor of the University of Southern California; Alisa Crovetti UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education; Alla Lefkowitz of Everytown for Gun Safety; and Emily Ozer of the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Free. 11:30 a.m., Graduate School of Education, Room 1104, UC Berkeley. More information is here.
S.F. Politics 101: United Democratic Club presents San Francisco Politics 101, an introductory course on politics with a panel of experts and activists. Free. 6:30 p.m., Richmond/Sen. Milton Marks Branch Library, 351 Ninth Ave., San Francisco. More information is here.
Phil Ginsburg: San Francisco Recreation and Park General Manager Phil Ginsburg is featured in Manny’s Local Leaders series. Free. 6:30 p.m., 3092 16th St., San Francisco. More information is here.
New citizen voting: Democracy Action volunteers will register new citizens to vote following swearing-in ceremonies. Two sessions, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland. More information is here.
Elections and democracy in digital age: A panel discussion and question-and-answer session with members of the Kofi Annan Commission on Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age. Free. 5 p.m., Koret-Taube Conference Center, Gunn-SIEPR Building, 366 Galvez St., Stanford University. More information is here.
Felony disenfranchisement: Strategy session to campaign for felons to regain rights to vote, run for office and serve on juries. Sponsored by Legal Services for Prisoners With Children. 7 p.m., Booth Auditorium, UC Berkeley School of Law. More information is here.
“The Iron Wall”: Screening of “The Iron Wall,” a documentary with interviews ofr Israeli and Palestinian peace activists and political analysts, as well as Israeli settlers and soldiers, and Palestinian farmers. Followed by discussion with Dalit Baum, director of economic activism for Palestine at the American Friends Service Committee. Sponsored by Mount Diablo Peace and Justice Center. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. 6 p.m., Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 1035 Carol Lane, Lafatyette. More information is here.
Reproductive rights: Socialist analysis of women’s fight for abortion access and reproductive rights. Sponsored by San Francisco Party for Socialism and Liberation. 7 p.m., 2969 Mission St., San Francisco. More information is here.
Women’s Marches: Third annual San Francisco Women’s March and rally begins at 11 a.m. at Civic Center. More information is here. Marches will also be held in several other Bay Area cities; times and locations are here.
Libertarian convention: Libertarian Party of San Francisco holds its annual convention. Agenda includes activist training, speakers and socializing. Free. 1 p.m., ClickUp, 580 Howard St., Suite 101, San Francisco. More information is here.
Race and education: A panel discussion on the impact of race on education, sponsored by the African American Community Health Advisory Committee and the African American Library Advisory Committee. Free. 2 p.m., San Mateo Public Library, 55 West Third Ave. More information is here.
Impeaching a president: Constitutional scholar Alan Hirsch reviews issues surrounding impeachment, history of impeachment efforts and the ways in which President Trump may be vulnerable. Part of Grace Cathedral’s “Forum” series. 9:30 a.m., Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., San Francisco. More information is here.
Bringing the Noise: 22nd annual event Martin Luther King Jr. Day event featuring young poets and multidisciplinary artists who focus on justice issues. Free; advance registration recommended. 7 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., San Francisco. More information is here.
MLK Day in Piedmont: Celebration features Oakland’s youth poet laureate, Leila Mottley; Black Sheroes of Young Gifted and Black; Oakland Jazz Workshops; Together We Slam of Piedmont High School; and Oakland Interfaith Youth Choir. Free. Noon, Piedmont Veterans Memorial Building, 401 Highland Ave., Piedmont. More information is here.
Indivisible Sausalito: Inaugural 2019 meeting of Indivisible chapter. 7 p.m., Studio 333, 333 Caledonia St., Sausalito. More information is here.
Female Shariah judge: Screening of “The Judge,” a documentary about Kholoud Al-Faqih , the first woman to be appointed to the Middle East’s Shariah (Islamic law) courts. Benefit for Middle East Children’s Alliance. $15-$50. 7 p.m., Berkeley City College, 2050 Center St., Berkeley. More information is here.
Money and politics: A discussion on fixing our tattered democracy, sponsored by Central Conta Costa County MoveOn. Free. 1 p.m., Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 1035 Carol Lane, Lafayette. More information is here.
Restorative justice: A panel discussion on implementing restorative justice, sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California. Free. 2 p.m., Embassy Suites by Hilton, 101 McInnis Parkway, San Rafael. More information is here.
Feminist resistance in Brazil: A forum discussion with four feminist leaders of the resistance to the radical right in Brazil. Free. 4 p.m., 220 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley. Registration and more information are here.
We Rise Women: 2020 strategy session featuring Sister District co-founder Lala Wu, Lisa Bennett of Swing Left and Indivisible, Sarah Grewe of Sister District and Airlift.fund founder Danny Altman. 6 p.m. Zephyr Real Estate, 350 Bon Air Center, No. 100, Larkspur. More information is here.
Feminism in China: Journalist and author Leta Hong Fincher discusses the rise of feminism in China. Sponsored by the World Affairs Council. $20 for nonmembers, $7 for students. 6:30 p.m., 312 Sutter St., Suite 200, San Francisco. More information is here.
Negotiating with terrorists: Joel Simon, author of “We Want to Negotiate: The Secret World of Kidnapping, Hostages, and Ransom,” discuss the conflicts and consequences of negotiating with terrorists and paying ransom, in a World Affairs Council event. $20 for nonmembers, $7 for students. 6:30 p.m., World Affairs Auditorium, 312 Sutter St., Suite 200, San Francisco. More information is here.
“Watergate” documentary: Screening of the film “Watergate” and an appearance by director Charles Ferguson. Sponsored by Center for Latin American Studies at UC Berkeley. Free. 7 p.m., Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center, UC Berkeley. More information is here.
Rep. Jared Huffman: North Bay Democratic congressman holds a town hall meeting. 7 p.m., Buck Institute for Research on Aging, 8001 Redwood Blvd., Novato. More information is here.
Carbon neutral: Can California go carbon neutral? A conversation with Mary Nichols, chair of the California Air Resources Board, and Greg Dalton of Climate One. $20 for non-Commonwealth Club members, $7 for students. 6:30 p.m. 110 Embarcadero, San Francisco. More information is here.
Jose Antonio Vargas: Journalist and activist discusses immigration reform and being undocumented in America. $6. 6:30 p.m. Manny’s, 3092 16th St., San Francisco. More information is here.
Segregation by Design: UC Merced political science Professor Jessica Trounstine discusses her book “Segregation by Design: Local Politics and Inequality in American Cities.” $5. 7 p.m., O’Malley Hall, St. Kevin’s Catholic Church, 704 Cortland Ave., San Francisco. More information is here.
Robert Reich: Writer, public policy professor and former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich discusses his new book, “The Common Good,” in a benefit for KPFA-FM. $12 advance tickets. First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley. More information is here.
Chris Christie: Former GOP governor of New Jersey discusses his new book, “Let Me Finish,” and his relationship with President Trump. $30 for non-Commonwealth Club members, $10 for students. 6:30 p.m., 110 Embarcadero, San Francisco. More information is here.
Stacey Abrams campaign: Ashley Robinson, political director of Stacey Abrams’ campaign for Georgia governor, and Genny Castillo, director of the campaign’s Latinx constituency efforts, discuss the lessons they learned and how to engage people of color in the political process. Sponsored by Democracy Labs. Free. 6:30 p.m. at Manny’s, 3092 16th St., San Francisco. More information is here.
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