Dark Money in Politics:October Gray Panthers Speaker Meeting

We meet every Wednesday at 1:30 by phone or Zoom. 

The fourth Wednesday of each month we host a public program with guest speakers on special topics, along with reports and updates on our ongoing campaigns or new initiatives brought to our attention. Join East Bay Gray Panthers to receive emails about Speaker Meeting programs. 

The last half hour is for continued discussion, general announcements and social time. 

The other Wednesdays of the month, members of the board meet between 1:30 and 3 to make endorsements, plan and share upcoming actions, make executive decisions and shoot the breeze! Members, partners, and newcomers are welcome to drop in! but you may want to call the convenor if you'd like time on the agenda. 

In the fall we often host proposition and candidate forums; The OCTOBER Speakers Meeting is also an annual Member Meeting for Election to the Board of Directors and related business.  We do not meet during Thanksgiving week, so look for other dates on our events calendar. 

October meeting focus: Dark Money in Politics

All are welcome!  Please share widely.  
1:30 Welcomes, introductions 
Dark Money in Berkeley - Outside groups buying into our local elections -  Who, What, Why? and what can we do about it?  Discussions with Igor Tregub, outgoing Rent Board Commissioner and other invited guests. 
2:15 Renter Protections Berkeley Measure MM and Proposition 21  --- presentation and request for endorsement by Julia Cato, and Matthew Lewis, Berkeley Tenants Union.  
2:30  GP Business - member motions; zoom poll opens
2:40 - Reclaiming Nursing Homes from COVID-19 and Capitalism -  with Mike Dark, staff lawyer of the California Alliance for Nursing Home Reform.  See their 10-point plan online at www.canhr.org or at www.eastbaygraypanthers.org event link. 
3:30  Members Business/Final Motions from the Floor and VOTING by ZOOM Poll 
 Endorsements, Motions, and Nominations may still be made and seconded from the floor by voting members.   Thank you to outgoing Board Members:  the Hon. Carole Kennerly, Ms. Shereen Rahmen, Ms. Gracie Jones, Ms. Angeles Gottheil. 

Campaigns/Coalitions/Issues currently tracking - more bird-dogs always welcome!

  • Nursing Home Safety, Accountability, and Worker Solidarity under COVID and beyond
  • California Master Plan on Aging/Community Health Equity
  • Medicare for All
  • Accessibility, Disability, Inclusion Solidarity and Advocacy
  • Eviction Defense/Renters Rights and Rent Control
  • Homeless Solidarity/Landless Peoples Alliance
  • Concerns of Local Senior HUD Housing Tenants/National Alliance of HUD Tenants
  • Racial Justice & Right of Return/Black Lives Solidarity
  • Berkeley Fair and Just Policing Initiatives  
  • Design & Development at BART, Adeline Corridor
  • Climate Emergency Mobilization/Green New Deal/
  • State Legislation tracking with CARA and EBHO

    City of Berkeley:Adeline Corridor mix of images


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October 28, 2020 at 1:30pm - 4pm
Raines Cohen or Betsy Morris · · 510-842-6224
Margot Smith Carole Marasovic sally sommer Norma J F Harrison Robert Magarian Wyndy Knox Carr Shane Krpata Michael Ruchlis Marcia Kimmell Laurie Baker Helen Walsh Raines Cohen Hali Hammer Ericka Maldonado Matthew Lewis Betsy Morris

Will you come?