Surveillance Equipment Regulation Ordinance: Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission @ Oakland City Hall, Hearing Room 1, Oscar Grant Plaza
Jan 17 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Special meeting of the PAC this coming Wednesday 1/17 at 5pm to discuss the Surveillance Technology Ordinance.

3. 5:10pm: Discuss and take possible action on Surveillance Equipment Ordinance.

Jan 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

We will host a mail night at our office to respond to the increasing amount of correspondence we’ve been receiving from people in prisons and jails across the country. Please RSVP to

Defend Aunti Frances! Food Justice Panel & Fundraiser @ La Pena
Jan 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Come out to support Aunti Frances and learn about the relationship between gentrification on the Bay Area food justice movement! At this fundraiser and community panel you will hear from Aunti Frances and other leaders in the fight about the impacts of displacement on our communities!

More info on panelist to come soon!

If you can’t make it, donate today ( and sign the petition at

La Peña is wheelchair accessible. More information forthcoming.

Aunti Frances is a beloved Black disabled activist, elder, Black Panther and community leader who has lived in North Oakland/South Berkeley her entire life. She now faces a no-fault eviction by a notorious loophole in Oakland renter protections. As the founder and force behind the Self-help Hunger Program, a program started in 2010 to support and and feed people in Triangle Park/Driver Plaza in North Oakland, Aunti Frances is an integral leader in the food justice movement in Oakland. The impact of her displacement will not only be felt as a huge loss for her block and her neighborhood, but also for the larger movement that is working to imagine and plant seeds for sustainable and just communities in Oakland.

Our mission is to convince Aunti Frances’ landlords, Natalia Morphy and Morphy’s parents, to end the eviction proceedings and instead support Aunti Frances in staying in her community. We need as much community support as possible to insist that the Morphys drop this eviction. We aren’t going anywhere, because you can’t evict community power!

Visit for more information on the campaign.

Benefit Show for Bay Area Women Against Rape: Sarchasm, Mya Byrne, Lavender Scared @ Octopus Literary Salon
Jan 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
sm_sio1.jpg Come see rad music for a good cause! Scene In Opposition is organizing a benefit concert against sexual violence in the Bay Area, featuring local ponk heroes Sarchasm, singer/songwriter Mya Byrne from the fabulous Homobiles, and queerdo-punks Lavender Scared. Proceeds will go to Bay Area Women Against Rape. January 17th, 2018, from 7pm to 9pm. $10 cover. More details TBA.

Our scenes are powerful and beautiful, and it’s important that we use that power to fight back against our oppressors and look out for each other. The recent outings of predators in Hollywood and beyond have reinforced what we already know; that sexual assault and abuse are rampant in our society. It’s our responsibility to have absolutely zero tolerance for abusers in our scenes.

BAWAR has provided 24/7 free and confidential services and counseling for rape and incest survivors for over 40 years, and was the first rape crisis center in the country at their founding in 1971. They are able to do this amazing work through donations and volunteers, so if you can’t make it to the show, consider donating or volunteering at

(It’s important to note that BAWAR is not just for survivors who identify as women; they have fantastic resources for LGBTQ folks and people of any identity. This event is organized in coordination with the LGBTQ arm of BAWAR).

Scene In Opposition is an organization of musicians fighting back against oppression and structural violence; to get involved, hit us up, yo.

Chiapas Support: Special Oakland Gathering with CIG Members from Mexico! @ Omni Commons
Jan 17 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm


Home of the Compañero Manuel blog on the Zapatistas & Mexico

For More Info:

Zapatista News & Analysis
!. Zapatista women convoke International Women’s Gathering – Zapatista women are calling us to a women’s gathering of sports, politics, art and culture. It will be held in March 2018 in the Caracol of Morelia. Their communiqué is posted on our blog and includes the registration link.

En español:


Chiapas Support Committee/Comité de Apoyo a Chiapas
P.O. Box 3421, Oakland, CA  94609

Anti Police-Terror Project General Meeting @ EastSide Arts Alliance
Jan 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Special guest speaker for January: Chairman Fred Hampton, Jr. Don’t miss this!

APTP meets monthly on the 3rd Wednesday of the month.

The Anti Police-Terror Project began as a project of the ONYX Organizing Committee. We are a Black-led, multi-racial, intergenerational coalition that seeks to build a replicable and sustainable model to eradicate police terror in communities of color. Founding coalition members include the Black Power Network, Community Ready Corps, Workers World, and the Idriss Stelley Foundation.

The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump. @ St. John's Presbyterian
Jan 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Assistant Clinical Professor in Law and Psychiatry BANDY X. LEE

The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump. With Dee Mosbacher, Hosted by Joanna Manqueros.

Advance tickets: $12 :
T: 800-838-3006
or Books Inc/Berkeley,  Pegasus (3 sites), Moe’s, Walden Pond Bookstore, Mrs. Dalloway’s,  East Bay Books

“There will not be a book published this fall more urgent, important, or controversial than The Dangerous Game of Donald Trump.” — Bill Moyers

In this current New York Times’ bestseller, more than two dozen psychiatrists and psychologists offer their consensus view that Trump’s mental state presents a clear and present danger to our nation and individual well-being.  This is not normal.

Since the start of Donald Trump’s presidential run, one single question has quietly yet urgently permeated the observations of concerned citizens:  What is wrong with him?

Constrained by the American Psychiatric Association’s  “Goldwater Rule,” which inhibits mental health professionals from diagnosing public figures they have not personally examined, many of those qualified to answer this question have shied away from discussing the issue at all. The public has thus been left to wonder whether he is mad, bad, or both.

 In The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump twenty-seven psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental health experts argue that, in Mr. Trump’s case, their moral and civic “duty to warn” America supercedes professional neutrality.  They then explore Trump’s symptoms and potentially relevant diagnoses to find a complex – if also dangerously mad – man.

 Philip Zimbardo and Rosemary Sword, for instance, explain Trump’s impulsivity in term of “unbridled and extremepresent hedonism.” Craig Malkin writes on pathological narcissism and politics as a lethal mix. Gail Sheehy, on a lack of trust that exceeds paranoia. Lance Dodes, on sociopathy. Robert Jay Lifton, on the “malignant normality” that can set in everyday life if psychiatrists do not speak up.


His madness is catching, too. From the trauma people have experienced under the Trump Administration to the cult-like characteristics of his followers, Trump has created unprecedented mental health consequences across our nation and far beyond.

 It’s not all in our heads. It’s in his.


Host Joanna Manqueros graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a Phi Beta Kappa before earning a Masters in Social Work at S.F. State University. She worked as a therapist at Kaiser Hospital, where she has been co-chair of the Diversity Committee in Psychiatry for many years. In addition, she has been a host of KPFA’s Music of the World since 2005.


Bandy X. Lee, M.D., M.Div., is Assistant Clinical Professor in Law and Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine. She earned her degrees at Yale, interned at Bellevue, was Chief Resident at Mass General, and was a Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School. She was also a Fellow of the National Institute of Mental Health. Lee has worked in several maximum-security prisons, cofounded Yale’s Violence and Health Study Group, and leads a violence prevention collaborators group for the World Health Organization. She’s written more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, edited eleven academic books, and is author of the textbook ViolencePreviously nonpartisan and politically inactive, she recently held a conference at Yale School of Medicine on the ethical rules about discussing the dangerousness of a presidency due to mental instability


​​Dee Mosbacher, M.D., Ph.D., is a psychiatrist and Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker who was formerly on the faculty of University of California, San Francisco. As a public-sector psychiatrist, Dr. Mosbacher specialized in the treatment of patients with severe mental illness. She served as San Mateo County’s Medical Director for Mental Health and Senior Psychiatrist at San Francisco’s Progress Foundation. The Diane (Dee) Mosbacher and Woman Vision Papers are archived at the Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College. Dr. Mosbacher’s films are also contained within the Smithsonian National Museum of American History collection.


KPFA benefit



Court Support – Antifascists @ Sacramento County Jail, Dept 63
Jan 18 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Omni Orientation for New Commoners @ Omni Commons
Jan 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Come by our open Orientations every First and Third Thursday of the month at 6pm! We’ll introduce you to the variety of ways you can get involved at the Omni, whether through joining a working group or a collective—or starting one of your one. Write our Communications Working Group with questions:

The End of Policing – Author Alex Vitale @ City College of San Francisco
Jan 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The End of Policing with Alex Vitale

Join Center for Political Education and Critical Resistance in welcoming internationally renown expert on alternatives to policing, Alex Vitale, to the Bay Area! Vitale will discuss his new book, THE END OF POLICING in conversation with CPE’s Rachel Herzing. The conversation will be moderated by CR’s Kamau Walton.

Thursday, January 18, 2018
City College of San Francisco Mission Campus, Room 154

“…we can’t just tinker with the police response, to make it a little bit nicer or to make the police department a little more diverse, because none of that gets at this core problem. We have to really, directly address the politics of the country, that’s largely bipartisan, that says that the only way we can solve problems is to criminalize them. Whether it’s homelessness, severe mental illness, discipline problems in schools, youth violence, etc., we’ve got to break this mindset that policing is the only tool that people can have.”

–Alex Vitale from an interview with FAIR

Link to The End of Policing, on Verso Books:

“Shades of Madness” @ Monkey House
Jan 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

A medley of readings on race, art, politics and sanity.

No Coal in Oakland: Lawsuit Heads to Trial! @ Federal District Court of San Francisco
Jan 19 @ 8:30 am – 2:00 pm

Coal lawsuit heads to trial

Currently-scheduled trial dates/times are:

  • Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018 — 8:30 am until 2:00 pm
  • Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018 — 10:00 am until 3:30 pm
  • Friday, Jan 19, 2018 — 8:30 am until 2:00 pm
  • Tuesday, Jan 23, 2018 — 8:30 am until 2:00 pm

As many of you know from press coverage in the East Bay Express and elsewhere, the coal trial begins this coming Tuesday, Jan 16th in the case that local developer Phil Tagami and his coal industry backers have brought against the City of Oakland.

No Coal in Oakland asks its supporters to attend the trial, even if only for a single day or a few hours. It is important for the court to see our community’s grave concern about the proposed coal terminal’s threat to health, safety, and the environment.

At issue in the trial will be whether the Oakland City Council was presented with substantial evidence of a danger to public health and safety before it voted in 2016 to ban coal storage and handling in Oakland. Constitutional issues raised by Tagami’s lawyers — asserting that the City of Oakland’s jurisdiction over the proposed coal terminal is preempted by federal law — will be considered only if and only after the judge finds that there was indeed the substantial evidence required to authorize the City to ban coal under the terms of its contract with Tagami.

When you come to court, please wear a red No Coal in Oakland t-shirt if you have one; otherwise, any red shirt will signal to the court where you stand. Dozens wore NCIO t-shirts at this past week’s hearing, so Judge Vince Chhabria and the attorneys on both sides recognized how seriously Oakland is taking the decisions before the court.

Any changes to the trial schedule will be posted on the No Coal in Oakland Events Calendar — judges sometimes need to juggle their calendars, so please check for updates before heading to San Francisco! We intend to update the Events Calendar by 5pm the day before any court date for which there is a change or cancelation, but if you check after 8pm you are virtually certain to see any new information.

Location: Philip Burton Federal Building / 450 Golden Gate Avenue (between Larkin and Polk) / San Francisco. The closest BART station is Civic Center. To enter the building you will need to go through a metal detector (airport style security, no boarding pass required). The trial will take place in Judge Chhabria’s courtroom on the 17th floor.

No Coal in Oakland encourages all supporters to respect courtroom decorum: our red shirts will convey our message clearly. Cell phones that go off during the hearing may be confiscated.  To get into the courthouse, you need to bring government-issued picture ID.

We’ll see you in court!


No Coal in Oakland is a grassroots organization founded by the Oakland Fossil Fuel Resistance in 2015 to fight an attempt by local developer Phil Tagami and Kentucky coal company Bowie Resource Partners to convert a corner of the former Oakland Army Base into the largest coal export facility in the Western United States. For the latest information and news of upcoming events, check out our website at or come to one of our open community meetings.

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Land Honoring and Celebration @ Planting Justice
Jan 19 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Sogorea Te Land Trust is partnering with Planting Justice to repatriate a piece of land in East Oakland. The shared vision includes the creation of an indigenous cultural site with a traditional arbor, a place for ceremony, and a place to remain true to the original teachings and pass them onto the next generations. Please Join us to bless this land and celebrate this collaboration.

11am: Blessing of the Land at 319 105th Ave, Oakland, CA

12:30-3: Walk from Planting Justice to Intertribal Friendship house

3-6 prayer and meal at the Intertribal Friendship House 523 International.

Sogorea Te Land Trust is an Urban Indigenous Women led land reclamation project calling on us all to heal from the legacies of colonialism and genocide, to remember different ways of living, and to do the work that our ancestors and future generations are calling us to do.

To find out more visit

Planting Justice is a grassroots organization with a mission to empower people impacted by mass incarceration and other social inequalities with the skills and resources to cultivate food sovereignty, economic justice and community healing.

To find out more visit

Federal Building Vigil – We Refuse to Tolerate Ethnic Cleansing @ Oakland Federal Building
Jan 19 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The California Sanctuary Campaign, the Alameda County Immigration Legal & Education Partnership, ACLIP, the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, the Council on American Islamic Relations, CAIR-SF Bay Area, the Oakland Justice Coalition, and the Coalition for Police Accountability will come together in front of the Oakland Federal Building to stand vigil against current White House policies which directly threaten the lives of people of color in this country and abroad.

According to Rev J Alfred Smith Jr of Allen Temple Baptist Church, “the president’s stated policies and actions will promote the ethnic cleansing of whole swaths of Black and Brown people whether native born, immigrant or refugee, seeking opportunity and the ability to raise their families in dignity. The president repeatedly makes racist and misogynistic statements which result in directives from his DOJ and the Congress while families are separated by federal authorities, children are left without healthcare, jails fill with our youth, and refugees are refused asylum.  We must take a moral stand against the president and his party before these destructive attitudes and actions do any more damage.”

The vigil is being held the day prior to the historic Women’s March which will take place in cities and towns across the country to assert that women’s rights are human rights. The vigil calls attention to the special jeopardy that women of color face as a result of current policies which threaten not only their economic well-being but their safety in the streets, at their workplaces, and in their homes.

We call on other cities to protest outside local federal buildings at noon on Friday, January 19th. If we cannot look to our president or the Congress to uphold the moral authority of our country’s stated values, then we must do it ourselves.


Book discussion: The End of Policing @ Diesel
Jan 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
How the police endanger us and why we need to find an alternative

Join Alex Vitale for the launch of his new book “The End of Policing” and a conversation on current organizations working to end police violence.

Recent years have seen an explosion of protest against police brutality and repression—most dramatically in Ferguson, Missouri, where longheld grievances erupted in violent demonstrations following the police killing of Michael Brown. Among activists, journalists, and politicians, the conversation about how to respond and improve policing has focused on accountability, diversity, training, and community relations. Unfortunately, these reforms will not produce results, either alone or in combination. The core of the problem must be addressed: the nature of modern policing itself. “Broken windows” practices, the militarization of law enforcement, and the dramatic expansion of the police’s role over the last forty years have created a mandate for officers that must be rolled back.

This book attempts to spark public discussion by revealing the tainted origins of modern policing as a tool of social control. It shows how the expansion of police authority is inconsistent with community empowerment, social justice—even public safety. Drawing on groundbreaking research from across the world, and covering virtually every area in the increasingly broad range of police work, Alex Vitale demonstrates how law enforcement has come to exacerbate the very problems it is supposed to solve.

In contrast, there are places where the robust implementation of policing alternatives—such as legalization, restorative justice, and harm reduction—has led to reductions in crime, spending, and injustice. The best solution to bad policing may be an end to policing.

Alex S. Vitale is Professor of Sociology at Brooklyn College and coordinator of the Policing and Social Justice Project there. He has spent the last 25 years writing about policing and consults both police departments and human rights organizations internationally. He is also a frequent essayist, whose writings have appeared in the NY Daily News, NY Times, The Nation, Gotham Gazette, and The New Inquiry. He is the author of the new book The End of Policing.

Saturday Brunch with AROC
Jan 20 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

In January, 5% of all Saturday brunch proceeds at Reem’s will be donated to the Arab Resource & Organizing Center!

Join AROC at Reem’s on Saturdays and support local Arab organizing!

AROC is a local grasssroots organization that builds power in the Arab and Muslim community through immigration services, organizing and mobilizing against racism, war, repression and Zionism.


Jan 20 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

John Borst, PhD, WISR Alumnus, Presenter

Advocates of neoliberalism or market fundamentalism envision a world free of government
intervention in which self-regulating markets replace political judgements in shaping and
determining economic equity for people.

As the guiding economic narrative/ideology in the United States since the election of President Reagan,
seminar participants will increase their awareness of the dystopian consequences of neoliberal
governance by our country’s ruling and financial elite (e.g., the “1%”), as well as be able to identify,
explore, and/or take steps to build an alternative democratic future intended to create a more just and
healthy “We the People” society.

For more information please see

Please RSVP if you plan to participate by videoconference or phone and provide a
phone# in case of technical difficulties.
Log on:
You can also dial in using your phone.
(872) 240-3311; Access Code: 727-623-581

Women’s March Oakland: “Hear our Vote!” March @ Lake Merrit Amphitheater
Jan 20 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
RIOTcon @ East Bay Community Space
Jan 20 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

RIOTcon (Radical Interactive Open Technology Conference) is a new conference seeking to highlight the intersections between radicalism, art, and technology. Hosted in Oakland, CA

11 am
Main Room:
Advanced Tactics for Guerrilla Eco Street Art By Kasey Smith

Telegraph Room:
Hackerspace and The need for community By Mitch Altman

12 pm
Main Room:
Building a Better Opposition: The Pursuance System and the Second Wave of Online Resistance By Steve Phillips

Telegraph Room:
Free Crack Pipes For Better Public Health Outcomes By Maggie Mayhem

Main Room:
Audience Choice Lighting Talks
Have a talk you didn’t get to submit but still want to talk? Come to this talk to let the audience decide what they want to hear. 15 minutes each.

Telegraph Room:
A History of Fire in California’s Ecosystems By Natalie Wilkinson

Main Room:
F[oia] the Police by Freddy Martinez

Telegraph Room:
Fighting Cyber Dystopia with Tech Solidarity and the Digital Commons By Mai Ishikawa Sutton

Main Room:
Internet Art, Aesthetics, and Activism By Jeff Ray

Telegraph Room:
Using the blockchain to create a token backed by a land trust by Josh Wolf


Advanced Tactics for Guerrilla Eco Street Art By Kasey Smith
Generally, guerrilla gardening is employed to support a narrow range of social causes. How can we borrow from their toolkit to expand our tactics and augment other forms of protest art? We’ll cover the basics, delve into some underutilized tactics, and ideate on additional implementations.

Hackerspace and the need for community by Mitch Altman
The hackerspace movement has grown as big as it has because of the need for community. Community takes a lot of effort, yet the benefits are incredibly rewarding. This talk covers these and other aspects of creating effective communities.

Building a Better Opposition: The Pursuance System and the Second Wave of Online Resistance By Steve Phillips
Our free, open source, and secure Pursuance System software enables participants to: create action-oriented groups called “pursuances”, discuss how best to achieve their mission, rapidly record exciting strategies and ideas in an actionable form (namely as tasks), divvy up those tasks among one other, share files and documents, get summoned when relevant events occur (e.g., when they are assigned a task, or when mentioned), request help from others, receive social recognition for their contributions, and to delegate tasks to other pursuances in this ecosystem in order to harness its collective intelligence, passion, and expertise.

Pursuance can be used for a great many things. But we, its creators, have certain interests. Specifically, we are focused on organizing activists, journalists, and non-profits in order to solve serious problems we face as a society — the surveillance state, the police state, the drug war, and many more.

Free Crack Pipes For Better Public Health Outcomes By Maggie Mayhem
Although controversial, harm reduction strategies have been proven to be successful in reducing infection and negative health outcomes among substance users. The benefits of needle exchanges are numerous: people are tested for HIV and Hep C and linked to care if needed, fewer discarded needles are found in public spaces, people are trained on how to prevent overdoses and what to do if someone is experiencing one, wound care is available, and case management and support is offered. Most of all, infections are prevented by providing people with the clean supplies they need so they aren’t reliant on sharing or re-using equipment.

Although many cities begrudgingly accept the benefits of syringe access programs, providing similar resources to crack cocaine and methamphetamine users is almost uniformly forbidden even in some of the most progressive cities due to stigma and fear of substance users. The risks associated with smoking increase when substance users share pipes, especially when the glass is broken or mouth wounds from burns are present. Given that pipes are classified as drug paraphernalia, they can be difficult to access and costly to carry so ad hoc pipes are made from unsafe materials such as broken light bulbs and discarded trash. This presentation will outline why safer smoking supplies are needed, how they work, and what you can do to support them.

A History of Fire in California’s Ecosystems
Natalie Wilkinson presents historical context of fire in California’s ecosystems utilizing several texts by experts such as Neil Sugihara, Stephen Pyne, and Raymond Clar. An analysis of the history of fire practices of the Native American Era and how they changed during colonization up until present practices, will address governor Jerry Browns statement, that the state faces a “new normal” of fire risk exacerbated by climate change. The talk will end with a discussion about steps forward; what should be expected from our national resource agencies after such a catastrophic fire season.

F[oia] the Police by Freddy Martinez
F[OIA] the Police is a high-level overview of different techniques used when sending Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to police departments in the United States. The talk tells the story over the last two years of using public record to inform activism, drive journalism, and help change laws. FOIA laws, like all systems, can be hacked and worked around using creative tricks, some of which this talk will highlight. Finally we will address the need for democratizing this internal knowledge and spreading it throughout civil society.

Fighting Cyber Dystopia with Tech Solidarity and the Digital Commons By Mai Ishikawa Sutton
These days it seems impossible to go a week without news of a major scandal involving a large, networked computing platform. Infamous stories include Google image search algorithms that return racist and sexist results to users, or Twitter’s repeated failure to moderate aggressive trolling and systematic intimidation that aim to silence marginalized voices. Why do many tech companies neglect to address (or foresee) such glaring problems with their user platforms, even despite good intentions? What does a different approach to technological innovation look like?

This talk will explore some recent trends and innovations within the tech solidarity movement, such as platform cooperativism and digital commoning projects. It will explain how they may offer an alternative to the dominant model of profit-fueled tech development — projects and enterprises that instead center equity, diversity, and democratic control by design. It will end with ideas on how technologists and artists can help bolster this movement to democratize control over our internet infrastructure.

Internet Art, Aesthetics, and Activism By Jeff Ray
In this lecture and visual presentation, we will be exploring current and past internet art and artists including the political collage animations of Ken Tin Hung, the digital interventionist work of Paolo Cirio, and the computer game manipulation of Jodi (art collective). We will talk about the genre as a whole and its capacity to be one of the most political of all art genres. We will discuss some of the tools to create this kind of work including open source, inexpensive software tools and various other resources including Bay Area classes and organizations. There will be a 15-minute questions and answers period at the end of the presentation. My artist website is

Bio: Jeff Ray is an artist, musician, digital arts instructor, and arts activist. He is currently teaching net art and web design at Cal State University San Marcos. He recently taught Game Art at the University of Nevada, Reno, and in the past has taught sound art and conceptual information arts at San Francisco State University. He currently helps develop the programming and artist outreach at Escondido’s “A Ship In The Woods” art gallery.

Using the blockchain to create a token backed by a land trust by josh wolf
While much of the attraction to cryptocurrency is its ethereal nature, is it possible to apply the technology to build a real-world intentional community that relies on a new form of cryptocoin as its primary currency? A round-table discussion.

The hidden history behind segregated cities @ Richmond City Hall
Jan 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Richmond: Author to discuss hidden history behind segregated cities

RICHMOND — The process that led to segregated cities is not what most people think. That’s the contention of author Richard Rothstein, who will present his case at a free talk.

“The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America” is the title of both the talk and the 2017 book by Rothstein that is a nonfiction finalist for the National Book Award.

“In this groundbreaking history of the modern American metropolis, Rothstein explodes the myth that America’s cities came to be racially divided as the result of individual prejudices, personal choices to live in same-race neighborhoods, income differences, or the actions of private institutions like banks and real estate agencies,” notes an announcement from the Richmond Museum of History and the Richmond Public Library, which are hosting the talk.

“Rather, ‘The Color of Law’ uncovers a forgotten history of how racially explicit policies of federal, state, and local governments created the patterns of residential segregation that persist to this day. ‘The Color of Law’ concludes that because residential segregation was created by government action in violation of the constitution, we are obligated to remedy it.”

Rothstein is a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute and a fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and at the Haas Institute and the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at UC Berkeley.

Admission to the talk is free and an RSVP can be made at