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We are not planning any in-person events in 2020. All upcoming events and meetings will be held online with Zoom. All Praxis members will be informed of these events and they will be announced on our website. Please consider becoming a member and having access to these virtual events and supporting our work.  For Membership, Click Here.           

All sessions in the Planetary Pause series will include a 25-30 minute presentation and an hour for questions and discussion.
Note: During shelter in place, no one will be denied access due to lack of funds. If you cannot afford to pay or need a discount, e-mail us at info@praxispeace.org
                Please Note: Registrations must arrive one half hour prior to event in order to guarantee entrance.
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Friday, August 14 at 4:00 pm (Pacific Time) Praxis Members' Meeting - Free - Detail sent to members.
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Friday, August 21 at 4:00 pm (Pacific Time)

Tickets: $20 General. * $15 for Praxis Members - Zoom link sent upon Registration.  Click Here to Register.

                                                GEORGIA KELLY

Lessons in Social Transformation from the Mondragón Cooperatives and Basque Region of Spain

Sixty years ago, the Basque region of Spain was the poorest area of that country. Today, it is the wealthiest region of Spain -- not because there is a great wealthy class that builds mansions in the hills -- but because so much of the wealth is distributed, which results in no poverty, no homeless, and no slums. It is a society that understands the concept of "enough," that values people over profit, that believes in and supports ongoing Social Transformation. This program will highlight some of the worker-owned businesses, the research and development sector (the largest R&D complex in Europe), and Mondragón's core principles and values. The Mondragón Cooperatives, which were founded in 1956 with five worker owners, have grown to include over 100 businesses, a banking system, a university system, a supermarket chain, and much more. We will also explore the Basque Department of Co-existence and Human Rights and the role their people played in the dissolution of the ETA (Basque terrorist group) as well as look at some of their ongoing work. This is an extraordinary culture -- one that has evolved a cultural, economic, environmental, and humanitarian model that we can learn from and aspire to emulate.

Georgia Kelly is the Director and founder of Praxis Peace Institute and since 2008, she has brought ten groups to study at the Mondragón Cooperatives in Spain. These week-long seminars have had a positive impact on the growth of worker-owned businesses in the U.S., and Georgia edited a report on how this instruction has impacted U.S. worker-owned businesses. A full bio is posted on the About Us page on this site.
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 Thursday, September 3 at 4:00 pm (Pacific Time)

Tickets: $20 General. * $15 for Praxis Members - Zoom link sent upon Registration.  Click Here to Register.


                                 NORMAN SOLOMON

                                           Report on the Democratic National Convention

Norman Solomon will return to Praxis with an in-depth account of the Democratic Convention, which will take place in late August. As a California delegate for Bernie Sanders, Norman will be a key player at the convention. Since Bernie won 53 out of 58 counties in the California primary, the CA delegation will be chaired by the progressive wing of the Democratic Party: U.S. Rep. Ro Khanna (Silicon Valley) and U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee (Alameda County). This will be a unique convention, one where progressives will really have a voice. Norman will give us the inside scoop of what happened at the convention and what we need to do next to support the establishment of a Green New Deal, Medicare for All, and other progressive measures that will support people and planet.

Norman Solomon is a former associate of the Center for Investigative Reporting and is a long-time associate of the media watch group, FAIR, as well as RootsAction. He is the author of a dozen books, including War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death, The Wizard of Media Oz: Behind the Curtain of Mainstream News, and others. He has been interviewed on all major news programs and channels.

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Praxis Book Club - Sunday, September 6, at 2:00 pm - We are reading Capital and Ideology by Thomas Piketty
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Friday, September 11 at 4:00 pm (Pacific Time)

Tickets: $20 General. * $15 for Praxis Members - Zoom link sent upon Registration.  Click Here to Register.

                                  OSPREY ORIELLE LAKE

There is no Going Back: Dismantling and Restructuring for Justice, Systemic Change, and the Web of Life

Osprey is the founder and executive director of the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN), a solutions-based organization established to engage women worldwide in policy advocacy, activist trainings, and movement building for global climate justice. Their strategies include organizing and supporting on-the-ground community-led climate solutions projects; frontline women's delegations; direct actions and mobilizations; and stategic policy advocacy. They work with indigenous communities throughout the world in advocating for climate justice.

In addition to being executive director of WECAN, Osprey is the Co-Director of the Indigenous Women's Divestment Delegations and actively leads WECAN International's projects -- from trainings and work to shift the narrative on climate justice using a feminist lens to engagements at United Nations climate conferences -- from direct actions to campaigns such as the "Women for Forest" program. She serves on the Executive Committee for the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and has been a board member of Praxis Peace Institute. She is also the author of the award winning book, Uprisings for the Earth: Reconnecting Culture with Nature. Her previous career was as a celebrated sculptor and her works are on display in many public places internationally, including Jack London Square in Oakland, CA. www.wecaninternational.org
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Thursday, September 17 at 4:00 pm (Pacific Time)

Tickets: $20 General. * $15 for Praxis Members - Zoom link sent upon Registration.  Click Here to Register.

 

                                                          ERIC UTNE

                                      Feeling Hopeless? Embrace It. And, Then Take Action!

Eric Utne is an entrepreneur, publisher and journalist. He founded the highly acclaimed Utne Reader in 1984 and still writes a column for Utne Magazine. He wrote for the East West Journal (later renamed Natural Health) and was founding publisher and editor of the New Age Journal (later renamed Body and Soul and acquired by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia). He also served two years as a class teacher at City of Lakes Waldorf School in Minneapolis.

In 1991, he formed the Neighborhood Salon Association to "revive the endangered art of conversation and start a revolution in people's living rooms." Over 18,000 people joined, comprising nearly 500 salons across North America.

Utne has a B.E.D. (Environmental Design) from the University of Minnesota. He is a cofounder of the Headwaters Fund and a founding member of the Social Venture Network. In November 2006 he was elected to the Executive Committee of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum. He is a Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality & Healing, where he co-authored a series of courses called Whole Systems Healing that explore the social and environmental dimensions of health and well-being. He is the author of the forthcoming Far Out Man: Tales of Life in the Counterculture.

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Praxis Book!

Uncivil Liberties: Deconstructing Libertarianism


A Praxis Peace Institute book
Uncivil Liberties: Deconstructing Libertarianism


  Taking on the tenets of libertarianism and ideas associated with libertarianism, the authors challenge the American myths that promote rugged individualism, the lone hero, endless economic growth, and American exceptionalism. They explore the role that ideologies play in helping us make sense of the world and revisit the experiment --- still unproved --- of American democracy.

  The six authors place the myths in historical and ideological contexts and explore the makings of civil society, social justice, and economic fairness. One author, who was a libertarian in his youth, deconstructs their philosophy using only their definitions and arguments in a brilliant deconstruction.

Citing successful alternatives to laissez-faire and corporate capitalism, the authors promote existing models that celebrate the dignity of humankind by promoting empathy, cooperation, and respect. This book not only deconstructs, it constructs a possible world using concrete examples that have a proven success rate and high levels of human happiness.
This book is a must-read for anyone invested in modern politics and the future of the United States.

Fill out form on Events page to purchase this book. Click Here.
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Friday, June 26 - GAYLE MCLAUGHLIN, Former Mayor of Richmond, CA
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Friday, May 29, 2020
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May 15, 2020
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Friday, May 7, 2020
JODIE EVANS (Code Pink) & LEONARDO FLORES -
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Friday, May 1, 2020
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Friday, April 24 - Special Earth Day program on Zoom
RICHARD HEINBERG -
Earth Day 50 Under Lockdown: Ecology During and After the Pandemic

Friday, April 17, 2020 - On Praxis Zoom series
FRED FREUNDLICH,
on the Mondragón Cooperatives in Spain

Friday, April 10 - On Praxis Zoom series
TOM GRECO -
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Friday, March 27 - On Praxis Zoom series
JEREMY LENT,
Cultural Historian

Thursday, March 5, 2020
FRANCES MOORE LAPPÉ

Sunday, February 9, 2020
DAVID TALBOT

Sunday, November 10, 2019
GEORGE LAKOFF, Cognitive Scientist, author

June 16 - 22, 2019 - Mondragón, SPAIN
Mondragón Seminar & Tour

Saturday, April 13, 2019
PETER GABEL, author and founder of New College of CA

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
MICHAEL BRUNE, Executive Director of the Sierra Club

Sunday, January 27, 2019
GAYLE MCLAUGHLIN, Former Mayor of Richmond, CA and founder of the California Progressive Alliance

Sunday, December 2, 2018
H. BRUCE FRANKLIN, Cultural Historian and Author

Monday, October 22, 2018
GAR ALPEROVITZ, Historian and Political Economist

October 22, 2018
ELLEN BROWN, Attorney, Co-Founder of the Public Banking Institute, Author


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