Upcoming political events in the Bay Area:
Conversation about race: Reps. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, and Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles, appear at a town hall meeting about racial issues. 6:30 p.m., Diablo Valley College cafeteria, 321 Golf Club Road, Pleasant Hill. More information is here.
Impeachment town hall: Tom Steyer hosts a “Need to Impeach” town hall in East Bay Rep. and Democratic presidential candidate Eric Swalwell’s district. 7 p.m., Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery, 410 Vineyard Ave, Pleasanton. More information is here.
Legal marijuana: Is legalization of recreational use of marijuana a good idea? Panelists talk about the controversies, risks, and challenges surrounding legalization. Free. Noon, online and at Golden Gate University, 536 Mission St., Room 2201, San Francisco. More information is here.
Housing crisis: A discussion about the struggle to build enough affordable housing in California. Panelists include state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco; Kate Hartley of the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development; Matt Schwarz of the California Housing Partnership; Ramon Kochavi of Marcus and Millichap Commercial Real Estate Investment; Chris Martin of Housing California; and Zack Olmstead of the California Department of Housing and Community Development. Free. 4 p.m., online and at Golden Gate University, 536 Mission St., Room 2201, San Francisco. More information is here.
Animal issues: State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, speaks about humane issues to the East Bay Animal PAC. 5:30 p.m., Temescal Works, 490 43rd St., Oakland. RSVP and more information here.
Josh Harder/TJ Cox: Newly elected Central Valley Democratic House members hold a thank-you event with Bay Area campaign volunteers. Free, RSVP required. 6 p.m., Covo, 981 Mission St., San Francisco. More information and registration here.
Gun violence prevention: A community forum with Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, and members of Congregation Shomrei Torah’s Social Action Committee. Free, RSVP encouraged. 7 p.m., 2600 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. More information is here.
Documentary shorts: A screening of five documentary shorts as part of the Appreciating Diversity film series. Screenings include two by Elizabeth Lo, “Mothers Day” and “Hotel 22,” and the Oscar-nominated “4.1 Miles.” Free. 7 p.m., 325 Highland Ave, Piedmont. More information is here.
U.S.-North Korea: Kathleen Stephens, U.S. ambassador to South Korea under former President Barack Obama, discusses U.S. policy toward North Korea. Free. 6 p.m., Room 121, J. Paul Leonard Library, San Francisco State University, 1630 Holloway Ave. at 19th Avenue. More information is here.
Max Blumenthal: Journalist and author of “The Management of Savagery” analyzes how extremist forces that threaten peace across the globe are the end products of U.S. inevitable imperial designs. Benefit for KPFA-FM. $12 advance, $15 at the door. 7:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley. More information is here.
Tom Steyer: Student-led conversation with NextGen American founder on activism, money in politics, and bridging the political divide. Free. 7:30 p.m., Cemex Auditorium, Stanford University. More information is here.
Right-wing studies: UC Berkeley’s Center for Right-Wing Studies holds a three-day conference hosting scholars whose work deals with the right as a social, political andintellectual phenomenon from the 19th century to the present day. $25, $20 for students. Full agenda and more information are here.
John Hickenlooper: Democratic presidential candidate and former Colorado governor speaks at the Commonwealth Club. $30 for nonmembers, $15 for students. Noon, 110 Embarcadero, San Francisco. More information is here.
Conversation about race: Reps. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, and Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, appear at a town hall meeting about racial issues. Noon, Black Repertory Group Theater, 3201 Adeline St., Berkeley. More information is here.
Gun violence town hall: With Democratic Reps. Jared Huffman of San Rafael and Mike Thompson of St. Helena. 1 p.m., Dominican University of California, Angelico Hall, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. More information is here.
Indivisible East Bay: All-members monthly meeting. 1 p.m., Sports Basement, 2727 Milvia St., Berkeley. More information is here.
“Seeing Through the Wall”: A screening of the documentary about a 12-day trip in 2016 by Rabbi Dov Taylor and a group of Americans through Israel and Palestine. Sponsored by Peace Action of San Mateo County. Free. 7 p.m., Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo, 300 East Santa Inez Ave., San Mateo. More information is here.
Neoliberal meet-up: Neoliberals gather for drinks and conversation. Free. 7 p.m., Drake’s Dealership, 2325 Broadway, Oakland. More information is here.
Joyce Carol Oates: Author reads from and discusses her novel “Hazards of Time Travel” in a benefit for Revolution Books. $20-$25, $10 for students. 7 p.m., Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Ave., Berkeley. More information is here.
May Day rally and march: Organized by Oakland Sin Fronteras and others. 3 p.m. starting at Frank Ogawa Plaza, 14th Street and Broadway in Oakland, and ending at Lake Merritt amphitheater. More information is here.
S.F. May Day rally: A rally against racism and sexism in hiring and on the job, unsafe work sites, and abuse of at-will employees. Sponsored by the Ad Hoc Committee for May Day. 5 p.m., Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco.
May Day rally in Santa Rosa: March and rally to support workers’ and immigrants’ rights. 2:30 p.m., 777 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa. More information is here.
Brett McGurk: Former U.S. special envoy in the campaign against ISIS under President Trump and former President Barack Obama talks about his experiences and the direction of American foreign policy. $30 for non-Commonwealth Club members, $10 for students. 6:30 p.m., 110 Embarcadero, San Francisco. More information is here.
Understanding the Mueller report: Professor Hadar Aviram of UC Hastings College of the Law provides an overview and answers questions. $6. Manny’s, 3092 16th St., San Francisco. More information is here.
Politico writers: Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman, senior writers for Politico and authors of “The Hill to Die On: The Battle for Congress and the Future of Trump’s America,” appear at a Commonwealth Club event. $22 nonmembers, $8 students. Cubberley Theater, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. More information is here.
Gender and 2020 politics: Scholars and practitioners discuss gender issues and politics approaching the 2020 election. Presented by the Jack Citrin Center for Public Opinion. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Social Science Matrix Conference Room, eighth floor of Barrows Hall, UC Berkeley. More information is here.
Indivisible S.F.: General meeting. 1 p.m., the Women’s Building, 3543 18th St., San Francisco. More information is here.
Criminal justice: Emily Bazelon, author of “Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration,” discusses the power of prosecutors. $25 for non-Commonwealth Club members, $10 for students. 6:30 p.m., 110 Embarcadero, San Francisco. More information is here.
Green New Deal: A town hall on the congressional climate-change resolution, sponsored by the Sunrise Movement. Free. 6:30 p.m., Rinconada library, 1213 Newell Road, Palo Alto. More information is here.
Israel and Jewish identity: Israeli political figure Avraham Burg discusses his new book, “In Days to Come,” a reflection on Israel’s history, Zionism and Jewish identity in the modern world. $20. 7 p.m., Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael. More information is here.
Commemorating the Nakba: Movement building for collective liberation: Indigenous, Palestinian and Black Liberation. Speakers include Red Nation co-founder Nick Estes, Black for Palestine co-founder Kristian Davis Bailey and Lara Kiswani, executive director of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center. $15-$50. 7 p.m., Berkeley City College Auditorium, 2050 Center St., Berkeley. More information is here.
Oakland budget: Oakland City Councilman Loren Taylor holds a meeting with District Six constituents to discuss the city’s proposed two-year budget. 10 a.m., Rainbow Recreation Center, 5800 International Blvd., Oakland. More information is here.
Secure the vote: State Sen. Scott Wiener and Assemblyman David Chiu lead a campaign kickoff for AB1784, to develop a secure and transparent vote-counting system for California. 1:30 p.m., the Women’s Building, 3543 18th St., San Francisco. More information is here.
“The Arsonist”: Mai Senaar’s theatrical storytelling combines movement, visual projections, trap music and a live cello score to explore the personal implications of social and political theories surrounding justice and safety. $10, $5 for students. 2 p.m., Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St., San Francisco. More information is here.
Newsom chief of staff: Gov. Gavin Newsom’s chief of staff, Ann O’Leary, discusses her job and goals. $15. 7:30 p.m., Manny’s, 3092 16th St., San Francisco. More information is here.
Jacobin magazine editor: Bhaskar Sunkara, editor of Jacobin magazine, makes the case for radical politics in an era of extreme inequality. Benefit for KPFA-FM. $12 advance, $15 at the door. 7:30 p.m., First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley. 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.
Israeli politics and the media: A discussion with Anat Balint, an Israeli scholar who writes about political and economic pressures brought on the Israeli media and questions of journalism ethics and freedom of the press. $15. Congregation Beth Sholom, 301 14th Ave., San Francisco. More information is here.
Green New Deal: A town hall to discuss what’s at stake in the Green New Deal. $6. 11:30 a.m., the Women’s Club, 46 Park Road, Fairfax. More information is here.
Food system equity: A conversation about access, affordability and equity in the food system. Speakers include Danielle Nierenberg of Food Tank, Chronicle food writer Justin Phillips, Tom Philpott of Mother Jones, Leigh Gaymon-Jones of the Castanea Fellowship and Chez Panisse founder Alice Waters. $25. 7 p.m., SFJAZZ, 201 Franklin St., San Francisco. More information is here.
Lateefah Simon and Michael Tubbs: Racial justice advocate Lateefah Simon and Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs in a conversation to discuss politics, spirituality, justice and the future. $6-$12. 7 p.m., Manny’s, 3092 16th St., San Francisco. More information is here.
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