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Point of View Speaker Series, Spring 2018:

Challenging Perspectives on Current Issues

Our lectures are held generally on the third Thursday of the month (see exceptions below) and starting March 15, 2018, we will meet at Cafe & Brew, 925 Third Street (at J Street)., Sacramento, 6:30–8:30pm..) Please note: we have possibly two events in April, one each in March and May.

Thursday, January 18: Single Payer and the California Legislature.

A panel discussion on the political economy of health care costs
Senate Bill 562 was introduced early 2017 in California by the super-majority liberal democrats. They advanced and then withdrew their support for universal access, including undocumented immigrants, to comprehensive health care resources. For decades, insurance companies have turned billions in profits in the Golden State, while costs soar and premiums skyrocket at three times the rate of inflation. Could a single payer health insurance program in California mitigate such costs and distribute a universal benefit?

Our panel includes two experts who are licensed practitioners and activists. William Bronston, physician with family connections to the Russian Revolution, Hollywood blockbuster films, and a precedent-setting US Supreme Court case cited by Bill Clinton during his impeachment trial. His activism for and promotion of universal health care reaches back decades with Physicians for a National Health Plan. And Keith McCallin is a licensed physician assistant. In his past life, he wrote television scripts in New York and Los Angeles. Now he plays a leading role in creating alternative state health policy with Healthy California, sponsored by the California Nurses Association.

Here is a link to an article on A Marxist View of Medical Care. It's optional reading, but should enrich the January discussion.

February – no POV  -- Marxist School board meeting.   

Starting in March, NEW VENUE: Cafe & Brew, 925-3rd Street (at J Street)., Sacramento

Thursday, March 15: Jewels Smith

Juliana "Jewels" Smith is the creator and writer of (H)afrocentric that features four disgruntled undergrads of color and their adventures at Ronald Reagan University. In 2016, Smith took home the Glyph Award for Best Writer for Volume 4 of her independent series. She was also honored by the African American Library and Museum of Oakland with the first annual Excellence in Comics and Graphic Novels Award. She created (H)afrocentric as a way to challenge students and readers alike about the presumptions around race, class, gender and sexuality through character dialogue. She has given talks about the relationship between comics, humor, racial justice, and gender equity at The Schomburg Center, New York Comic Con, Studio Museum of Harlem, The Cooper Union, and more.

Thursday, April 19: Richard A. Walker

Richard Walker is professor emeritus of geography at the University of California, Berkeley, where he taught from 1975 to 2012. Walker has written on a diverse range of topics in economic, urban, and environmental geography, with scores of published articles to his credit. He is coauthor of The Capitalist Imperative (1989) and The New Social Economy (1992) and has written extensively on California, including The Conquest of Bread (2004), The Country in the City (2007) and The Atlas of California (2013).
Walker is currently director of the Living New Deal Project, whose purpose is to inventory all New Deal public works sites in the United States and recover the lost memory of government investment for the good of all. Walker now splits time between Berkeley and Burgundy.

Walker’s latest book is Pictures of a Gone City: Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity in the San Francisco Bay Area, set to be published in April, 2018. The book is a sweeping account of the Bay Area in the age of the tech boom covers many bases. It begins with the phenomenal concentration of IT in Greater Silicon Valley, the fabulous economic growth of the bay region and the unbelievable wealth piling up for the 1% and high incomes of Upper Classes—in contrast to the fate of the working class and people of color earning poverty wages and struggling to keep their heads above water.

Thursday, April 26: Matthew Lyons (not confirmed). 

Matthew N. Lyons has been writing about right-wing politics for over 25 years. His work focuses on the interplay between right-wing movements and systems of oppression, and responses to these movements by leftists, liberals, and the state. He writes regularly for the radical antifascist blog Three Way Fight, and his work has also appeared in the Guardian, New Politics, Socialism and Democracy, teleSUR, Upping the Anti, and other publications.
Lyons is author of Insurgent Supremacists: The U.S. Far Right’s Challenge to State and Empire (PM Press and Kersplebedeb Publishing, forthcoming 2018). He contributed the title essay to the book Ctrl-Alt-Delete: An Antifascist Report on the Alternative Right (Kersplebedeb Publishing, 2017), and he is coauthor with Chip Berlet of Right-Wing Populism in America (Guilford Press, 2000)

Thursday, May 3: Phil Cohen

Phil Cohen played a key role in the London counterculture scene of the 1960s. As “Dr John” he was the public face of the London street commune movement and the occupation of 144 Piccadilly, an event that briefly hit the world’s headlines in July 1969. He subsequently became an urban ethnographer, and for the past forty years he has been involved with working-class communities in East London documenting the impact of structural and demographic change on their livelihoods, lifestyles, and life stories. Currently he is research director of LivingMaps, a network of activists, artists, and academics developing a creative and critical approach to social mapping. He is also a professor emeritus at the University of East London and a research fellow of the Young Foundation.

Cohen’s forthcoming book, scheduled for publication this summer, Archive That, Comrade! Left Legacies and the Counter Culture of Remembrance (PMPress,) explores issues of archival theory and practice that arise for any project aspiring to provide an open access platform for political dialogue and democratic debate. It is informed by the author’s experience of writing a memoir about his involvement in the London “underground” scene of the 1960s, the London street commune movement, and the occupation of 144 Piccadilly, an event that hit the world’s headlines for ten days in July 1969.

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