Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

A conversation with Dick Walker on his latest book, Pictures of a Gone City: Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity  in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The San Francisco Bay Area is a jewel in the crown of capitalism—the tech capital of the world and a gusher of wealth from the Silicon Gold Rush. The Bay boasts of being the Left Coast, home of green cities, and the best place for workers in the USA. So, what could be wrong?

Join us to examine the dark side of this success: overheated, exploding inequality, and severe environmental damage—and how Pictures of a Gone City can help us build power and win in these changing and challenging times.

Dick Walker is one of those rare scholars who helps us understand the world in order to change it. A professor emeritus of geography at UC Berkeley, he has long been a resource for Bay Area activists seeking to understand where we live and work, its local dynamics and global context. Pictures of a Gone City—sweeping in scope and exquisitely detailed—examines the political economy and class structure of the region; displacement, internal migration and the growth of its cities; and its history of environmental and political organizing.

Join LeftRoots and the The Center for Political Education for an evening with radical geographer Dick Walker. He will be joined by on-the-ground organizers against gentrification, displacement, and exploitation by the tech industry in the Bay Area, including:

• Vanessa Moses, of Causa Justa Just Cause
• Alex Tom, of Chinese Progressive Association
• Divya Sundar, of ASATA – Alliance of South Asians Taking Action

You don't want to miss this important conversation on the political economy of the Bay Area and what grassroots community organizations are doing today to reclaim it for working people and communities of color.

Wheelchair accessible.

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Friday, September 14, 2018 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Celebrating 10 years of community defense, movement building and resistance.

For all those crossing borders, fleeing US-led wars, attempting to provide for, reunite with, and take care of our families, these days have been quite difficult. And each living breath an act of resistance to attempts to strip us of our dignity.

As trying as these times have been, they have also illustrated that we will fight to protect and defend one another. And we will win. Because grassroots organizing — strategy and resistance, connected to the struggles of all oppressed people, and following the leadership of those most impacted — is how we build power, and change the course of history. We resisted the Muslim Ban and freed our families at SFO. We fought back against militarization and ended Urban Shield. And we defended Arab youth and defeated Islamophobic attempts to shut down AROC programming in SF schools. Each time we fought and won, we did so understanding that our struggles are one, and are enemies are the same; that racism has no borders. And similarly, our solidarity must have no borders, and have no limits.

Join us as we continue to fight together for a new world. Not a world mirroring the genocide, slavery, internment, war and imperialism that this country was built on. A world mirroring our values, our commitments to defending and protecting each other from state violence, and all harm. And to fighting for all our freedoms to move, freedom to stay and freedom to return.



Angela Davis
Nadine Naber

DJ Emancipacion
Al Juthour Dabke Troupe


ILWU Local 10
Nancy Hormachea
Stop Urban Shield Coalition
Teachers 4 Social Justice

Celebrate 10 years of grassroots organizing, cross-movement building and community defense.  

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:30am
Learning By Doing flyer

Discussion and group dialogue on promoting social change through education and community service learning. View flyer to register. (PDF)

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 5:00pm

Discussion with Liz Kroboth and Jade Rivera on the Public Health program's push for the American Public Health Association to recognize police violence as a public health issue.