20 Jan Bay Area political events: Medicare for All, California’s finances
Upcoming political events in the Bay Area:
Medicare for All town hall: With Fremont Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna and Assemblyman Ash Kalra, D-San Jose. 4 p.m., Laborers Local 270, 2195 Fortune Drive, San Jose. More information is here.
California’s finances: State Controller Betty Yee on California’s financial condition. $10. 6:30 p.m., Manny’s, 3092 16th St., San Francisco. More information is here.
King’s vision: Dr. Cornel West and Bakari Kitwana give a keynote address on “The Beloved Community: King, Jr’s Vision, Democracy and Contemporary Challenges,” followed by an audience Q&A. Free. 7 p.m., Carlin Commons at St. Ignatius College Prep, 2001 37th Ave., San Francisco. More information is here.
Rick Wilson: Republican strategist and Daily Beast columnist on “Saving America from Trump (and Democrats from Themselves).” $30 for non-Commonwealth Club members, $10 for students. Noon, Marines’ Memorial Club, 10th Floor: Commandants Room, 609 Sutter St., San Francisco. More information is here.
Path to blue: Strategies for progressive victories in the 2020 elections, presented by Lenore Goldman, consultant with groups including Indivisible, Sister District, Swing Left and East Bay Activist Alliance. Free. Noon, Impact Hub Oakland, 2323 Broadway, Fruitvale Room, Oakland. More information is here.
Ian Haney Lopez: Author of “Dog Whistle Politics” and the new “Merge Left: Fusing Race and Class, Winning Elections, and Saving America,” in discussion with Saru Jayaraman. Benefit for KPFA-FM. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. 7:30 p.m., Kehilla Synagogue, 1300 Grand Ave., Piedmont. More information is here.
Huffman town hall: North Bay Democratic Rep. Jared Huffman holds a town hall meeting for constituents. Noon, Petaluma Veterans Memorial Building, 1094 Petaluma Blvd. S, Petaluma. More information is here.
Swalwell town hall: East Bay Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell holds a town hall meeting for constitutents. 7 p.m., Dublin High School student union, 8151 Village Parkway, Dublin. More information is here.
Huffman town hall: North Bay Democratic Rep. Jared Huffman holds a town hall meeting for constituents. 4 p.m., San Rafael Community Center, 618 B St., San Rafael. More information is here.
Iran protest: A rally against U.S. intervention in Iran, sponsored by ANSWER Coalition. Noon, Powell and Market streets, San Francisco. More information is here.
Food justice: An event devoted to food sovereignty, an organizing concept to create a sustainable, culturally appropriate food supply for historically marginalized communities. Panel discussion with food justice advocates Laila El-Haddad, Reem Assil, and Shakira Simley, followed by a reception with Palestinian cuisine prepared by Reem’s. $35, $15 for students. 2 p.m., Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St., San Francisco. More information is here.
Changing voting: A brief history of voting rights in America and a session with activists working on voter mobilization in 2020. $5. 3:30 p.m., Manny’s, 3092 16th St., San Francisco. More information is here.
Abortion Rights: Veteran abortion rights defender Nancy Reiko Kato analyzes the fight that led to abortion rights and discusses how to expand reproductive justice. Sponsored by Freedom Socialist Party. Brunch at 12:15 p.m. with $8 donation; meeting starts at 1 p.m. New Valencia Hall, 747 Polk St., San Francisco.
Politics and rationality: Two experts in the history of modern science and philosophy examine whether the intellectual history of the past few centuries help reinvigorate reasoned political and cultural debate. Featuring Jessica Riskin, Stanford history professor and Jean-Paul Gimon director of the France-Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Studies; and Justin Smith, philosophy professor at the University of Paris 7. $25 for non-Commonwealth Club members, $10 for students. 7 p.m., Outdoor Art Club, 1 West Blithedale, Mill Valley. More information is here.
Trump’s testing of America: Washington Post journalists Carol Lennig and Philip Rucker on covering the Trump administration. $35 for non-Commonwealth Club members, $10 for students. Noon, 110 Embarcadero, San Francisco. More information is here.
Housing and local control: A UC Hastings symposium on state legislative efforts to restrict local control over housing decision. Features attorneys discussing the background and impact of these legislative efforts, and an academic panel covering the different dimensions of growth and housing in the state. Free. 2:30 p.m., 200 McAllister St., Alumni Reception Center, San Francisco. More information is here.
Reimagining urban housing: David Sobel, CEO of San Francisco Housing Development Corp., on rethinking the real estate development and operations process to create more affordable homes. Free. 7:30 p.m., Manny’s, 3092 16th St., San Francisco. More information is here.
Health and human capital in Russia: A discussion on the extent to which 15 years of Russian investment in improving its education and health care systems has paid off. Free. Noon, William J. Perry Conference Room, 616 Jane Stanford Way, Stanford University. More information is here.
Guantanamo prison: Peter Jan Honigsberg, a law professor at the University of San Francisco and director of the Witness to Guantanamo Project, details the continued U.S. detention of suspected enemy combatants at its Guantanamo naval base in Cuba. Benefit for KPFA-FM. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. 7:30 p.m., Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St., Berkeley. More information is here.
Chronicle experts on 2020 elections: Chronicle Editor in Chief Audrey Cooper, columnists Heather Knight and Phil Matier, and senior political writer Joe Garofoli analyze the March 3 primary election. $15, $10 for subscribers. 6 p.m., Manny’s, 3092 16th St., San Francisco. More information is here.
Spanish for activists: A session on canvassing among the Latinx community, sponsored by Democracy Action. Intended for intermediate and advanced Spanish speakers. Bring a laptop and phone. Free. 10:30 a.m., 80 Liberty Ship Way, Suite 20, Sausalito. More information is here.
Climate politics: A meetup on climate politics to plan for the March 3 California primary and other elections. Speakers include Susan Bolle of Democracy Action Marin and Susan Morgan of Indivisible Marin. 6 p.m., Good Earth Natural Foods, 201 Flamingo Road, Mill Valley. More information is here.
Responsible conservatism: Political analyst William Kristol on whether American conservatism has a future. Free. 7 p.m., Cubberley Auditorium, 485 Lasuen Mall, Stanford University. More information is here.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal: Washington state congresswoman and Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair in conversation at the Commonwealth Club. $30 for nommembers, $10 for students. 1 p.m., 110 Embarcadero, San Francisco. More information is here.
Watch party: For the Democratic presidential debate, hosted by TechEquity Collaborative. Free. 5 p.m., Starline Social Club, 2236 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland. More information is here.
Disinformation and democracy: A forum on the threats to democratic elections from digital disinformation. Panelists include Irina Raicu, director of internet ethics at Markkula Center; Alex Stamos, former chief security officer at Facebook and director of the Stanford Internet Observatory; and Subramaniam Vincent, director of journalism and media ethics at Markkula Center. $10. 6 p.m., Computer History Museum, 1401 North Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. More information is here.
Oscar López Rivera: Puerto Rican independence activist, long imprisoned by the U.S. government for alleged connection to paramilitary actions, discusses his organizing activities as the island tries to recover from 2018 hurricanes. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. 5:30 p.m., La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. More information is here.
W. Kamau Bell: Political comedian teams up with Mother Jones to talk about the 2020 election. $15. 7 p.m., Berkeley Repertory Theater, 2015 Addison St., Berkeley. More information is here.
E.J. Dionne Jr.: Washington Post columnist on how progressives and moderates can unite to win 2020 elections. $25 for non-Commonwealth Club members, $10 for students. Noon, 110 Embarcadero, San Francisco. More information is here.
Gender issues and political identity: Rose McDermott, international relations professor at Brown University, discusses gender issues and leaders’ emotional manipulation of political identity. $5. 7 p.m., 518 Valencia St., San Francisco. More information is here.
Rahm Emanuel: Former Chicago mayor and Barack Obama adviser on “how mayors run the world.” $40 for non-Commonwealth Club members, $15 for students. 6:30 p.m., 110 Embarcadero, San Francisco. More information is here.
To list an event, please email Politics Editor Trapper Byrne at [email protected].