Nov 17 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Are you thinking about going solar – tapping the sun for your energy needs? But you have so many questions, you don’t know where to start? Solar Simplified will provide a strong foundation for your decision-making. Solar is more accessible and affordable than ever, and the industry is rapidly changing. Solar expert Doug McKenzie will discuss the latest solar products, rebates, and technologies, plus the factors that are advancing or limiting the future of solar in the US. Presentation followed by Q&A, so bring your questions!

Topics include:

Why: The environmental and financial benefits of solar
What: How a PV system works, and the latest technology
Solar Financing: Owning versus leasing, low-income options, rebates
Other Considerations: Contractors, home selling, policies, Community Choice energy
Getting Off Gas: Batteries, electric cars, electric appliances
Jobs: The growth of solar in CA, US, the world, and how to get a foot in the door

Doug McKenzie retired early from HP after almost 20 years in software development and customer support. Before HP, he received a degree in Applied Math from UC Berkeley. After HP, he is living his dreams as a solar educator and consultant and as a career coach helping people through career transitions. He’s the East Bay development manager for non-profit solar installer and is on the Board of NorCal Solar. Doug lives in Berkeley and drives an electric car powered by rooftop solar.

People Get Ready: Charting a path forward to building powerful movements and the radical left @ Dwinelle Hall Room, UC Berkeley
Nov 17 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm


The People Get Ready II planning committee has been hard at work to make November 17 a powerful gathering for learning and discussion. This one day conference is aimed at assessing the post-midterm terrain and charting a path forward to building powerful movements and the radical left. People Get Ready II will include two powerful keynotes, nine discussion sessions, and a workshop featuring dozens of visionary organizers from the Bay and beyond.

At last year’s conference, our comrade Linda Burnham urged us to take up the often-difficult task of balancing our revolutionary imagination with the brutal realities we face.  Amid war, right-wing terror, racist state policy, environmental devastation, and capitalist barbarism, it seems that the fate of our peoples and the planet requires the utmost from our imaginations and our energies on the ground.  And times aren’t without hope. A growing tide of people all over the world are mobilizing, strategizing, and building the liberatory politics and movements necessary for us to live in humane and sustainable societies.

Our goal is to create a space where people in struggle can converge to understand where we are, what we’re up against, how to fight back, build strength, and shift power—now and into the future.  Join us for People Get Ready II.

Details are still being worked out but we are proud to share what we’ve got so far!

People Get Ready II will feature the following sessions:

  • Taking Stock: Analyzing the Political Terrain after the Midterms
  • Hard Work: New Battles, New Organizing in the Workplace and Beyond
  • Spanning the Globe: Internationalist Solidarity vs. US Militarism
  • Land: The Basis of Freedom, Justice and Equality
  • Who’s Got the Power?: A Workshop on Assessing the Balance of Forces
  • Towards 2020: People Power at the Ballot Box and in the Streets
  • No Pasarán!: Strategies to Defeat Fascism and the Authoritarian Right
  • Against Displacement: Freedom to Stay, Freedom to Move, Freedom to Return
  • Deep and Wide: Building Alliances with Teeth
  • Fighting to Win: Cultivating a Successful Left Strategy

Speakers will include:

Aimee Allison (She the People)

Brace Belden (DSA)

Calvin Cheung-Miaw (Left Inside/Outside Project)

Cathi Tactaquin (National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights)

Clare Bayard (Catalyst Project)

Claude Marks (Freedom Archives)

Donté Clark

Ellen Choy (Hella Organized Bay Area Koreans)

Elsadig Elsheik (Haas Institute)

Francesca Fiorentini

Isaac Ontiveros (Center for Political Education)

Kimi Lee (Bay Rising)

Kung Feng (Jobs with Justice—San Francisco)

Lara Kiswani (Arab Resource & Organizing Center)

Leila Sayed-Taha (Arab Resource & Organizing Center)

Linda Evans (co-founder and former staff, All of Us or None)

Maria Poblet (LeftRoots)

Max Elbaum (Organizing Upgrade)

N’Tanya Lee (LeftRoots)

Rebecca Gordon

Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz

Saba Waheed (UCLA Labor Center)

Sara Kershnar (International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network)

Tony Samara (Urban Habitat/Right to the City)

Tur-Ha Ak (Community Defense Corps)

Vanessa Moses (Causa Justa :: Just Cause)

Walter Turner (Africa Today)

As we put the finishing touches on our program, we will share news about more of our exciting guests!


We are excited to have People Get Ready II endorsed by the following organizations:

Alliance of South Asians Taking Action (ASATA), Arab Resource & Organizing Center (AROC), Ambedkar King Study Circle, Asians 4 Black Lives, Bay Resistance, California Coalition for Women Prisoners, Causa Justa :: Just Cause, Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice, Dignidad Rebelde, East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy(EBASE), Freedom Archives, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, GABRIELA–SF, Generative Somatics, Haiti Action Committee, Hella Organized Bay Area Koreans (HOBAK), International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, Jobs with Justice San Francisco, Labor and Community Studies–City College of San Francisco, LeftRoots, Movement Generation, National Lawyers Guild–SF, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Organizing Upgrade, Palestinian Youth Movement, PODER, Race and Resistance Studies—SFSU, Teachers for Social Justice, Underground Scholars Initiative, Viet Unity.

To pre-register or sign up to volunteer at the conference, click here.

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Free Workshop: Divest from War and Fossil Fuels @ Berkeley South Library
Nov 17 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Align your money with your values– stop funding war and fossil fuels!

Free Workshop to help you align your money with your values, break up with your Wall Street bank (Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Citibank, Chase, etc.), and divest from investments in fossil fuels and weapons. Join the growing movement for a “Peace Economy” and withdraw financial support from the War Economy.

Optional: Bring your laptop or other wi-fi-enabled device for a hands-on experience.

Learn to:
Identify local banks and credit unions where you can move your money with confidence. Break up with your Wall Street bank and keep your money local and used for community needs.

Use tools such as the online “As You Sow” program to discover if you’re invested in weapons and fossil fuels, plus identify socially responsible funds that perform as well as funds invested in weapons and fossil fuels.

Form support groups for continued mutual assistance on how to move your money.

Presenters include Cynthia Papermaster of CODEPINK, Sandy Emerson of Fossil Free California, Dave Peattie and Steve Murphy of Indivisible Berkeley Economic Justice Team.

Handouts, refreshments, hands-on workshop.

Difficult Dialogues Workshop @ Sierra Club
Nov 18 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

Exploring the difficult conversations in our lives around race and power. How do we approach the challenging conversations, whether it’s about confederate flags, Donald Trump, cultural appropriation, Palestine/Israel, or even just racism and racial justice in general?

Members of the White Noise Collective will facilitate a workshop exploring the difficult conversations in our lives around race and power. How do we approach the challenging conversations, whether it’s about confederate flags, Donald Trump, cultural appropriation, Palestine/Israel, or even just racism and racial justice in general?

This workshop is an opportunity to dive in much deeper with structured time to practice a range of difficult conversations around highly-charged racial issues. We will be sharing some basic skill-building tools in how to approach conversations, and then explore scenarios relevant to the lives of participants. This will include examination of some of the ways that internalized sexism can impact our courageous speaking capacities.

Small group work, role-plays, and Theater of the Oppressed techniques will support seeing tough communication blocks in a new light. We’ll try out what feels challenging, in a relatively low-stakes and supportive environment, allowing ourselves time to debrief, reflect, and learn from each other.

Contact with ticket requests or questions.

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION The space is wheelchair accessible. We ask that you do your best to arrive at the event scent/fragrance free to keep the space as low-scent as possible to support people with chemical and scent sensitivities – please see for helpful information.

Waffles & Zapatismo @ Omni Commons
Nov 24 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Waffles & Zapatismo is a free space for learning about and discussing the history, ideas, values and practices of the Zapatista National Liberation Army, EZLN or Zapatistas. We serve waffles at the start of the class to those who want them.