TAKING ALCATRAZ: film showing & discussion 7pm Friday 11-23-18

Taking Alcatraz

Directed by John Ferry
Writer: Grace De Soto Ferry

On Nov. 20, 1969, after centuries of being killed, displaced and driven from their land, a group of Native Americans landed on Alcatraz Island and claimed it as their own. For 19 months the media reported every move, the government tried to stop them, and thousands of supporters visited and sent supplies. 

In this 2015 documentary, the story of the historic, audacious takeover of Alcatraz, is told with passion, humor and heart by Adam Fortunate Eagle, the main organizer.
photos © by  Ilka Hartmann 

PERSEPOLIS: film showing & discussion 7pm Friday 11-30-18

Revolution Books is screening this 2007 film at this time to celebrate the spirit of the Iranian people and stand with them against the new severe sanctions on Iran imposed by Trump.
Based on Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel about her life in pre and post-revolutionary Iran and then in Europe. The film traces Satrapi's growth from child to rebellious, punk-loving teenager in Iran. Marjane grows up in a family of left-wing activist intellectuals who, after the CIA coup against Mossaddegh, opposed the brutal Shah’s dictatorship & participate in the 1979 revolution, but are soon are targeted under the rule of the mullahs.

Homemade Iranian dinner fundraiser 6pm Saturday 12-1-18

پلی بسوی رهائی بشریت 
Saturday Dec 1st 6-8pm

Delicious Homemade Iranian dinner!

A Benefit for the Revolution

Become Part of the Bridge to Revolution for THE EMANCIPATION OF HUMANITY

A fundraiser for promotion of the filmed speech by Bob Avakian: "Why We Need An Actual Revolution and How We Can Really Make Revolution."

No Sanctions on Iran!

Come sit down to a delicious homemade Iranian meal, with music and friends. This benefit will help get this important speech heard by people near and far.

"...we have two choices: either, live with all this-and condemn future generations to the same, or worse, if they have a future at all-or, make revolution!" - Bob Avakian

Students: $10
General: $15 and up

Call 510-848-1196 to buy a ticket.

HUMAN FLOW by Ai WeiWei 6pm Friday 11-16-18

65 million people worldwide are migrating: fleeing war, ethnic cleansing, environmental catastrophe. Filmed in 23 countries over two years, director and artist Ai Weiwei brings to life the immense human scale of the worldwide refugee crisis --from the destruction of Mosul by the U.S. in Iraq, sub-Saharan Africa where 26 percent of the world's refugees are located, to the open-air prison of Gaza and, the U.S.-Mexican border.

Ai Weiwei gives voice to the people living through this and to their hopes and their dignified determination to be treated as human beings.

Discussion: A Wave of Fascist Violence & Terror Against Immigrants...Can this rapidly escalating fascism be stopped through the normal process of elections? 6pm 11-4-18

The elections set for November 6 are shaping up to be a major political flash point. Trump has been holding increasingly aggressive and almost daily fascist mass rallies around the country, whipping up his base not only to vote, but to adopt an increasingly aggressive stance to those he has declared to be enemies. At the same time, there has been in the past week a series of violent fascist political acts.
  • 11 people murdered in a synagogue while they worshipped, allegedly by a man with a terrifying record of unbridled anti-Semitism. 
  • 15 pipe bombs sent to former presidents, high ranking officials, media institutions, and others who have been repeatedly targeted by Trump.
  • Two Black people murdered, allegedly by a man who spewed racist epithets and had just been denied entry to an African-American church.
Trump responded to the attacks in an openly callous and, in the circumstances, extremely aggressive way to this, with pro forma calls for "unity" and continued, and in some ways stepped-up, attacks on both the media and political opponents.

Monday Trump announced that thousands of armed troops are to be sent to the U.S/-Mexico border