Past Events





What Is The 28th Movement About?

June 28 at 7 PM - 9:30 PM

Facebook event

In one of the most famous of all Occupy Wall Street images, a lone activist held a cardboard protest sign which said, "Money Is the Root of All Politics." But what does that actually mean?

Before the heroic and unfathomed rise of the Bernie Sanders Revolution, there was another revolution taking place quietly that deserves to be extended and reawkened after Sanders' failure to capture the pledged delegate lead in the Democratic primary race. It is also a people-powered revolution whose time has finally come: The 28th Movement. Coming in many guises, The 28th Movement surfaced from the idea that to accelerate social justice movements, and to have an accountable and transparent democracy that brings forth humane and visionary policies, means that money in politics must be blocked from the 1%.

In the Age of Our Collective Disease--a bought-and-sold democracy--which functions as a cancer upon the lives of so many in the United States who have dreams for a just society, solutions seem as distant as another galaxy. But there are solutions through the forcefield of a Dollar Democracy. What if we could create a congress and a senate that were filled with people just like Bernie Sanders? What if we could shift our democracy so radically that Bernie Sanders was an AVERAGE candidate rather than an EXTRAORDINARY one?

To do this--to transcend the power of the Supreme Court, the Congress and the Presidency--requires a movement made of movements: The 28ers hopes to amend the US constitution to forever sever private wealth from politics. We are in solidarity with several other organizations like Wolf-Pac, Move-to-Amend and 99Rise--all of which hope to create a 28th Amendment to require exclusive public financing for all federal elections.

Please join us to learn about our group and other organizations that want to forge a new paradigm for a 21st Century Democracy. And also learn about the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) that paved the way for our bold new idea.



The Esquivel's Banquet: A Dinner & Community Fundraiser to Aid Riverside for Bernie's Grassroots Office

May 28 at 5 PM - 8 PM

Facebook event

We Have Space Beyond a Place to Barnstorm for Bernie, but Can We Keep It Open Past May?

The Notable and Esteemed Philanthropists, The Esquivel Family, Were So Touched by Candy Doss' Efforts to Open Riverside's First Grassroots Office for Bernie Sanders That They Decided to Host a Fundraiser in Her Honor to Help With the Costs of Opening and Maintaining the Office. While Nathan Kempe's Hard-Fought Effort to Fund the Space on GoFundMe Closed the Funding Gap, We Would Like to Rally Once More for More.

Just weeks into existence, the Riversie for Bernie's Grassroots Office has already become a vital force in our canvassing and phone-banking efforts in the Riverside area. With your community support, we hope to keep it open well-through June.

Please join our gracious hosts, The Esquivels, and your night's Clown Jugglers, The 28ers, for a night of drinks, food and general merriment. The 28ers will be showing clips from Bernie's "Best Hits" and a Dubbed Spanish Version of Bernie's Speech back in August of 2015.

Student Cost for Dinner: $10.00

Everyone Else's Entry Charge for Dinner: $30.00

All of the proceeds raised will go toward the Riverside for Bernie's Grassroots Office. Please Share with Others!



Bernie Sanders' 28th Amendment

April 28 at 7 PM - 9 PM

Facebook event

Join The 28ers for a discussion about Bernie Sanders' forceful rebuke of corporate money in politics as an elected official with over 30 years in public office. We will discuss his life story, his history as a student activist and later politician, and his 28th Amendment for public financing. We will also survey the other amendments that exist as well as ours. We will ultimately ask the following: What should the "Bernie Movement" do in the event that he doesn't win the Democratic Nomination? How can we create a public financing amendment that makes Bernie Sanders an average candidate rather than the extraordianry one he has become?



The Revolving Doors of Moola

March 28 at 7 PM - 8:30 PM

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"Nearly 5,400 former congressional staffers have left Capitol Hill to become federal lobbyists in the past 10 years, according to a new study that documents the extent of the revolving door between Congress and K Street. The data published by the online disclosure site LegiStorm found close to 400 former U.S. lawmakers also have made the jump to lobbying."

~ T.W. Farnam from The Washington Post

EVENT DESCRIPTION:

Voicing off like pre-set answering machines, politicians often call themselves "public servants" ad nauseum. But are they really 'servants' when so much of their greater financial success seems to arrive at their doorstep immediately after they leave office? Why do they so often end up working for companies that have interests opposite from us?

Join The 28ers for a few short videos and a discussion about what we can do to end the revolving door of lobbyists and politicians, who all too frequently make the flip-flop from public advocates to hired profit-sharks.

**Once You Arrive at the UU Church (in Front of the Riverside Library) Look for Signs to the Annex Building**

https://www.facebook.com/events/1743603955875373/

DIRECTIONS AND PARKING TO THE EVENT:

Our Event Location Is in the Heart of Downtown Riverside. The Universalist-Unitarian Church Is a Pro-Love, Pro-Peace and Pro-Queer Space, and as Such, Welcomes All Visitors in Good Faith. This historic church is a deceptively small one and can be found directly in front of the Riverside Library, situating itself along Mission Inn Avenue. Ample parking can be found at the library itself, as well as along adjacent streets and avenues.



Incarceration Nation: Why So Many Chains?

February 29 at 6:15 PM - 8:30 PM

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Please Join the 28ers at UCR & Riverside's 28ers for This Very Special Event! This Talk Will Showcase a Short Docufilm as well as Feature Speakers and a Roundtable Discussion Open to All Participants.

********* FREE FOOD & DRINKS WILL BE PROVIDED *********

At the end of every month, The 28ers discuss a different social justice issue and how our Pay 2 Play campaign system warps and suppresses our ability to solve with already-envisioned solutions. This February, we will be discussing the bad actors and cultures of corruption behind America’s Prison-Industrial-Complex. We will be exploring the how, when, where and what as to why America's school-to-prison pipeline, which especially impacts men of color, so often fails to make us safe, happier and wiser as a nation. Share your insights as to why we have more prisoners than any nation on the Earth and discuss ways we can can do to transform our society away from punishment cultures to healing ones. So skip the rush hour traffic and come to UCR to learn more. Get aware, care and get involved!



RRR, The 28ers & Hey Riverside Proudly Present | Celebrating Our Voice

January 29 at 8 PM

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"Protecting Riverside's Historic Proposition R and Measure C"

Join Residents for Responsible Representation, The 28ers, 28ers at UCR and Hey Riverside for an evening where we can celebrate Riverside's heritage, activism and music.

~ Learn About How Riverside's Legacy Has Been Protected by Proposition R and Measure C.

~ Reconnect with Friends Who Helped Win Against Measure L.

~ Meet Representatives from Active Neighborhood Groups.

~ Regardless of Whether You Live in Riverside or Baghdad, Learn Why Money in Politics Is the Crisis of Our Time and How The 28ers & You Can Solve This Cancer on Our Democracy.

~ Help Us Work Toward a Unified City to Amplify & Defend Your Neighborhood's Voice.

~ Enjoy a Variety of Musical Treats from Riverside Artists.

A Message From "Hey Riverside":

We are proud to be a part of this unprecedented meeting of citizen activists, neighborhood groups, local artists and everyone else who stands for the maintenance and preservation of Riverside's historic Proposition R and Measure C. Save the date and join us!

A $5 donation is requested; food and drinks can be purchased from the restaurant at the event.

For more information about Riverside's natural heritage and the importance of preserving it, please go to:

http://protectriverside.com/



Potluck

December 29, 2015

Facebook event

YOU SAY LEFTOVERS, WE SAY THANKS TO ST. NICK:

If anyone would like to bring leftovers from their Christmas Dinner meals, or bring drinks and food, you are more than welcome to do so. Cups and utensils will be provided in the lobby area of the Church. And while eating or drinking can't happen in chapel area, the lobby is free for breaking bread.



Robin Williams' "Man of the Year"

November 28, 2015 at 7 PM - 9 PM

Facebook event

"Man of the Year" is a 2006 American political thriller comedy-drama film directed and written by Barry Levinson, produced by James G. Robinson, and starring Robin Williams. The film also features Christopher Walken, Laura Linney, Lewis Black, and Jeff Goldblum. In the film Williams portrays Tom Dobbs, the host of a comedy/political talk show, based loosely on the real-life persona of Jon Stewart. With an offhand remark, he prompts four million people to e-mail their support; then he decides to campaign for President of the United States.

YOU SAY LEFTOVERS, I SAY POTLUCK:

If anyone would like to bring leftovers from their Thanksgiving meal, or bring drinks and food, you are more than welcome to do so. Cups and utensils will be provided in the lobby area of the Church. And while eating or drinking can't happen in chapel area, the lobby is free for breaking bread.



Film & Cake Night: A Crude Awakening in Ecuador

October 28, 2015 at 7 PM - 9:15 PM

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Join The 28ers for Their 3rd Anniversary as an Organization--Having Now Hosted 36 Monthly Events in a Row! To Celebrate, Beyond Just Having Cake, We Will Be Screening Joe Berlinger's "Crude" (2009) at UC Riverside.

EVENT DESCRIPTION:

Up until now, our previous monthly events have concerned the fraught and despicable costs that come from money in politics, and how it adversely affects a plethora of America's policy debates INSIDE our borders: income inequality, taxation, anti-trust versus monopolies, immigration, prison, environment and food rights, as well as the military-industrial complex.

But WHAT happens when money in politics affects sovereign nations from beyond our borders? What happens when the collusion of corporate and state power is replicated and mimicked inside a very different nation-state altogether?

This event will concern the graft, deceit and suppression of Ecuador's indigenous rights by America's horrific petroleum slop-jar, Chevron. Join us this Wednesday to watch Joe Berlinger's "Crude," (2009) and learn how the democratic rights of the indigenous were suppressed by the wealthy and well-connected--where rapacious demands for profit over people swiped the marginalized off the margins of survival.

This event hopes to elucidate, identify as well as rectify the problems with money in politics. We won't just diagram the disease; we will show all of us can wrest back power from corporations by passing a 28th Amendment to the US Constitution that Forever Severs Private Wealth from Politics.



California: O Why Has Our Wishing Well Run Dry?

September 28, 2015 at 7 PM - 9 PM

Facebook event

"CALIFORNIA: O WHY HAS OUR WISHING WELL RUN DRY?"

Please join The 28ers this month to explore and discuss the problems and causes found in California's water crisis. Above all else, join us to learn how we can create lasting solutions to a state that all-too-commonly auctions off our commons for profit-wallets of the 1%.

EVENT DESCRIPTION:

California Is Beset by Paradox: The land of plenty--the land of ocean water, mountains, forests, snow and restive shores--is also a land beset by savage inequalities. And these divides are harrowing: race, class, gender, education, healthcare, nutrition as well as access to clean air and water. The wealthiest live here, but also the poorest. Some of us our deep-soaking in our golf courses, while some of us beg for bottled water because our wells have run dry. California was built on the dreams of endless water and endless resources, but now that dream is dissolute with disrepair--eaten to the core by petroleum and fracking industries, and by a Big Ag, Meat'n'Dairy vortex that feeds more and more than it should with less and less of what it has to give. We can only grow so much for the rest of the country, but Nestle still wants to take what water remains and send those bottles for states outside of our altered state. We'll celebrate Solar City, but subsidize another round of water-exhaustive fracking. So what then must be done?

PROGRAM SCHEDULE: TBA

EVENT SPEAKERS: Justin Scott Coe & More TBA



Iddo Gets 2 Hours & We Get 3 Minutes

August 28, 2015 at 7 PM - 9 PM

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Co-Sponsored by Moreno Valley Residents for Honest Government & The 28ers. These Organizations Aim to Forever Sever Private Wealth from Politics on Both the Local and National Level of U.S. Politics.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE:

7:00 - 7:30: Networking & Socializing

7:30 - 745: Meet Moreno Valley Residents for Honest Government: What We Do & How We Do It

8:00 - 8:10: Building a Represent.us Chapter in the Inland Empire

8:10 - 8:30: Introducing The 28ers: How to Create a National Movement for a 28th Amendment

8:30 - 9:00: Q & A with Speakers from the Audience

MONEY IN POLITICS IN A NUT SHELL

There Might Be No Greater Metaphor for How Big Money Pulverizes Our Democracy than Moreno Valley's City Council Meeting over Whether to Approve the World Logistics Center (WLC) on August 17, 2015. While Citizens Were Only Given THREE MINUTES to Explore Their Feelings or Debate the Proposed Construction, Iddo Benzeevi Was Given Over TWO HOURS to Sing Profit-Seeking Nursery Songs about His Golden Goose, Effectively Boring Attendees to the Exits or Washing Away the Critical Commentary That Came Beforehand.

With this metaphor on display, we can see that when citizens get 3 minutes to speak, vested and wealthy interests are allowed to bring their boombox to the people's commons for over 2 hours.

WHY SHOULD YOU CARE OR ATTEND?

The 28ers and the folks from the "Moreno Valley Residents for Honest Government" hope to strike anger & righteous action into the hearts of a frustrated community. Citizens in the community are tired of seeing their city council members bought off for the sake of padding corporate profits. Join us for a debriefing about the CAUSES for this proposed warehouse expansion that Moreno Valley's City Council is foisting on it's citizenry. Instead of creating cultures of prevention, using city funds for education and real job training, this new warehouse will Perpetuate Temporary, Low-Wage, Low-Future Jobs in a City that Deserves Far More Than This. This proposed venture will damage our fragile ecology, congest traffic and turn a city into an extended series of industrial wastelands. What is our future when it's buried in trucks and concrete?



Thank You for Smoking: A Night at the Movies

July 28, 2015 at 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Facebook event

A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES: "THANK YOU FOR SMOKING"

SYNOPSIS OF THE FILM:

Considered the most significant satire on politics in a generation, Christopher Buckley's novel, "Thank You for Smoking" rattled the cages of D.C. when it was released. His novel demonstrates--without a doubt--that indeed, "Money Is the Root of All Politics." The story's central protagonist/anti-hero, Nick Naylor (Aaron Eckhart), works as a lobbyist for big tobacco and increasingly discovers difficulty in balancing his duties defending a heinous substance with those of being a good role model for his young son, Joey. Nick's life gets even more complicated when a liberal senator mounts an anti-smoking campaign that he must counter, repel and somehow annihilate--all while increasing the addiction of the drug itself. Nick's job, employment and sense of fatherhood all depend on his ability to find a way through the infested waters of Washington D.C. and Hollywood. This film adaptation is based on Christopher Buckley's novel, and was the directorial debut of Jason Reitman, who would ultimately go on to direct "Juno" and "Young Adult" to even greater fame. Much like Alexander Payne's precious debut with "Citizen Ruth"--a satire on the abortion debates, Reitman's first film showed a marvelous sense of wit and warmth for his woe some characters.

Release Date: March 17, 2006 (USA)

Director: Jason Reitman

Actors: Aaron Eckhart, Robert Duvall, Katie Holms, Rob Lowe, Maria Bello and Joan Lunden

Screenplay: Jason Reitman

Producer: David O. Sacks



Riverside County: Imprisoned by Prisons No More

June 28, 2015 at 7 PM - 9 PM

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Riverside's Chapter of "All of Us for None" Will Be Having a Press Hearing to Resist a Massive Jail Expansion in Riverside County on Monday, June 15th from Noon to 2PM in Downtown Riverside.

AIMS OF OUR EVENT:

Two Weeks After the Press Hearing, Join Us for a Debriefing about the CAUSES for this Proposed Jail Expansion that Riverside County's Board of Supervisors Are Foisting on It's Citizenry. Instead of Creating Cultures of Prevention, Our County Offers More Acts of Punishment in Its Place. The 28ers Will Also Talk About SOLUTIONS to this Dilemma Facing Our Collective Future.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE:

Mahamaya Nithyananda Marie Will Be Speaking for "All Of Us or None" Concerning Riverside County Vote for the $300 Million Jail Expansion.

Elizabeth Ayala Will Be Speaking for The 28ers by Discussing the Role that Money in Politics Plays in Local, City and County Issues.

Matthew Snyder Will Facilitate a Q & A Session Between the Speakers and the Audience.

WHAT'S THE CRISIS IN RIVERSIDE COUNTY?

It seems that we have the future finally on our side: The successful passage of Proposition 47 will help reverse the trend in California's tendency to "Lock Up First, Solve Never" when it comes victim-less crime. While California largely listened to the for-profit prison mantra of constant expansion, voters dramatically reversed course in 2014, soundly rejecting the Prison-Industrial-Complex.

However, in the Inland Empire, it seems this memo never arrived. While Riverside County is the 4th largest county in terms of population, it sends more people to prison in California when LA county is taken off the table.

And to top it off, Riverside's Board of Supervisors is NOW considering the idea to EXPAND our jail system to the whopping tune of $331 million dollars (with no end in sight due to the always-occurring and unseen cost overruns which happen for most construction projects). To do this EXPANSION, the Board of Supervisors wants to borrow $100 million from OUR bond funds and then request another $100 million from pooled state funds. Why would the board do this? To once again squander our money for a system which has 65% recidivism rate? It should be noted that this Pandora Box of Costs doesn't even include the estimated $50 million it will cost to run and maintain the prison each year.

So where will this money come from? What will have to be sacrificed at the Altar of the Future to make this happen? What austerity measure will be wrought from basic and preventive services and programs that seek to strengthen our county's communities? What will be on the chopping block: College and Vocational Grants to the Formerly Incarcerated? Educational funding? Art programs for children? Libraries? Road and park maintenance?

Join Us to Discuss What Must Be Done.

DO YOU WANT TO ATTEND THE PRESS HEARING ON JUNE 15th?

Please go to Riverside's "All of Us or None" Invite Page for More Information:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1441735289464401/



The Student Debt Bomb Returns

May 28, 2015 at 7 PM - 9 PM

Facebook event

LECTURE HALL LOCATION AT UCR: LIFE SCIENCE 1500

AIMS OF THE EVENT:

This will be a multi-speaker event at UC RIVERSIDE. "The Student Debt Bomb Returns" will be our 2nd annual talk about student debt and The 28ers hope to discuss the origins of this debtor's prison, to assess its damage and discontent, and to provide a two-pronged solution.

EVENT DESCRIPTION: This 'Money in Politics' Discussion Will Focus on the Origins, Costs and Solutions of this American Crisis.

Shackled by bomb debt, college students increasingly find themselves foisted into lose-lose scenarios: 1) go to college in the hopes of acquiring healthcare and a living wage; or 2) don't go to college and face a life of wage-slavery at big box stores, where democracy only exists in the cheese aisle. While students plunge into unfathomed debt - in a kind of Faustian bargain - this bomb amasses to ever-larger proportions, as the costs of the bank-bailouts become 'externalized' onto young debt-citizens, the foreclosed and the poor. The bomb will eventually go off, but who will light its fuse? Will it explode from direct action and student activism? Or from bank malfeasance and loan defaults?

PROGRAM SCHEDULE:

6:45 - 7:00: Conversating & Chair-Riding; A Short Documentary Called "Default" Plays Beforehand

7:00 - 7:20: The Facilitator, Matthew Snyder, Introduces Speakers and Discusses Aims of "Student Debt Bomb"

7:20 - 7:50: CAUSES: Kathryn Stevenson Discusses Her Personal Story with College Debt, It's Systemic Causes, Banking & Loan-Lobby Industries

7:50 - 8:20: EFFECTS: Lazaro Cardena (USAS) Provides a Testimonial of His Experiences with Student Debt After Graduating from UC Riverside

8:20 - 8:45: SOLUTIONS: Matthew Snyder Discusses the Possibilities for Hope: 1) A Coordinated Debt Strike; 2: Bernie Sanders' Legislation to Make College Free for All; 3) And Finally, How a Movement for a 28th Amendment Would Allow for Accountable, Diverse and Honest Political Leaders and Legislation

8:45 - 9:15: A Question & Answer Forum Between the Speakers and the Audience



Peter Mathews Unmasks Our Dollar Democracy

April 28, 2015 at 7 PM - 9 PM

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We Are Proud to Welcome Peter Mathews to UC Riverside & Hear About This Public Intellectual's Recent Book on Money in Politics:

"DOLLAR DEMOCRACY: With Liberty and Justice for Some; How to Reclaim the American Dream for All."

LECTURE HALL LOCATION AT UC RIVERSIDE: LIFE SCIENCE 1500

PROGRAM SCHEDULE:

7:00 - Peter Mathews Speaks about the 'Dollar Democracy'

7:50 - Mathews' Q & A with Audience Participation

8:15 - Matthew Snyder Discusses The 28ers

8:40 - 28ers' Q & A with Audience about Solutions

9:00 - Closing Comments with Event Ending



A Rigged Match: Unions Vs. 'The Job Creators'

March 28, 2015 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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With over two years of monthly events under our brownbelt, The 28ers will have its very first awareness event about unions' past triumphs and current travails. We will also look at the current water-boardings unions now face against the onslaught of Big Money in Politics, where unions are out-funded by 10-to-1 when it comes to lobbying in state and federal congress. With its most recent passage in Wisconsin, how is the current "Right-to-Work" policies damaging worker rights and how do we stop and reverse it's anti-union aims? While American unions used to at least balance the levers of power when it came to the powers of Wall Street, increasingly unions have diminished in parallel fashion to average worker wages. State-by-state, city-by-city, American workers have been outsourced, silenced and marginalized as wobbly knats to neoliberal's deluded feats of imagineering. The increasing money-pollution by the CEO class, coupled with the court cases like Citizen's United have both made the match between unions and corporations a tragically one-sided affair, which relentlessly favors of 'The Job Creators.'

The struggle for union justice is real & the desire for workplace democracy demands all-the-more care and concern. What then must be done?

Please Join The 28ers for This Important Conversation.

FEATURED SPEAKERS:

--> ROBERT C. FROST from "IBEW"

Robert C. Frost is the current Business Manager for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 440. He represents this Riverside Union chapter as a financial secretary involved with apprenticeships, contract negotiations, pension and retirement plans. Mr. Frost is a Navy Veteran and lifelong resident of Riverside. In the past, he has worked on both the Workforce and Development Boards for Riverside County. He will address the traumatic effects of both Citizen's United and the "Right-to-Work" legislation that is devouring union protections.

--> MATTHEW SNYDER from "The 28ers"

Rained-in and educated in the Northwest, Matthew later moved to California, receiving his Ph.D. from UC Riverside's English Department in 2008. He currently works as a Lecturer in UCR's University Writing Program. His activism started with the anti-war movement during the Iraq War, and has continued on with Occupy Wall Street's sister-chapter Riverside, and most recently with his core participation in co-founding The 28ers. A former liberal, now social-anarchist, Snyder's worldview and writings have been deeply shaped by writers and thinkers as various as Kurt Vonnegut, Noam Chomsky, Ursula K. Le Guin, Rebecca Solnit and David Graeber. He can usually be found, yelling at no one in particular, in empty parking lots.



The Dauntless Patterns of Clair Patterson

February 28, 2015 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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An Episode Viewing of "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey"

Have You Ever Wished to See Neil DeGrasse Tyson's Celebrated Revisitation of Carl Sagan's Original Series "Cosmos"? Enjoy Eating Cookies, Grapes, Strawberries and Muffins?

Well, Come, Watch, Listen, Talk and Even Break Bread with The 28ers this coming February. Join Us on this Voyage Forward into Science, Space--the Birth of the Earth--and Their Unlikely Connections to Money in Politics.

https://www.facebook.com/events/337478376460424/

PROGRAM SCHEDULE:

6:30 - Greetings and Introductions

7:00 - Show Cosmos' "The Clean Room"

8:00 - Introducing The 28ers: Our Vision for Change

8:20 - Questions and Answers

8:40 - Refreshments Served

EVENT DESCRIPTION:

We will be showing "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," Episode 7, "The Clean Room." This one-hour episode will detail the origins and mysteries of the Earth's once-contested age (well, still contested for some). Learn about Clair Patterson's Journey of Scientific Discovery, and his determined study on the half-life of Uranium as well as his desire to create a clean room--not only for the world of science labs--but also for the world of America's bought & sold politics. Faced by naysayers in both the scientific community and later dirty oil industries, Clair's compassion and courage stands as a shining beacon on the hill for what's possible--inside of all of us--when the agency for change finds its very own change agents.



"We Can't Breathe!" | An Activist Roundtable |

January 28, 2015 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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This Will Be a Roundtable Discussion on Police Brutality to be Moderated by Maribel Nunez--an Activist with a Deep Legacy of Involvement in the Inland Empire. "We Can't Breathe!" Will Feature Activists and Local Organizations Angry at the Civil Rights Injustices that Are Aided and Abetted by a Militarized Police Force, Which All-Too-Commonly Resorts to Killing Rather than Human Caring.

Various Topics Will Include It's Tragic Causes: White Supremacy--from Slavery to the Prison Slaveship; the Difficulty of Starting Over in a Society that Doesn't Allow for Second Chances; Police & Prison Union Money in Local Politics and the Military-Industrial-Complex's Bribery of Elected Officials to Weaponize Without Caution or Concern.

But to Go Beyond Just Creating Awareness, this Intervention & Discussion Also Hopes to Provide Near, Mid & Long Term Solutions to These Chokehold Injustices.

THE ROUNDTABLE --> FEATURED SPEAKERS:

--> ALESSANDRO MOROSIN from "Stop Mass Incarceration Network"

Alessandro is a current graduate student in UC Riverside's Sociology Department and a visible activist at the university. Beyond academia, he works with the "Stop Mass Incarceration Network," and is a musician with an LA-based band called Alarma.

--> AMINA GONZALES from "Stop Mass Incarceration Network" and the "LA Revolution Club."

Amina is part of the "Stop Mass Incarceration Network" (initiated by Carl Dix, Revolutionary Communist Party and Cornel West); and the Revolution Club L.A. whose principles of organization are "Humanity Needs Revolution and Communism" & "Fight the Power, Transform the People, for Revolution." She will discuss her participation in Ferguson October, and her organizing of students at campuses nationwide for the October Month of Resistance to Mass Incarceration, Police Terror, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation (which includes the 19th annual October 22nd National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation). Currently, she is organizing for the Stop Mass Incarceration Network national meeting in Atlanta to take the resistance to police murder to a higher level (which includes a national Shutdown on April 14).

http://www.stopmassincarceration.net/

--> VONYA QUARLES from "Starting Over Inc."

Formerly incarcerated then actively educated and self-realized, Vonya is an activist working to combat Police Brutality and Mass Incarceration. She is Starting Over Inc. co-founder & Executive Director, a Women Organizing for Justice Fellow in 2010, and a Women’s Policy Institute Fellow for 2012/2013. She was a recipient for the J. Irwin Award in 2013, works as an advocate, a Criminal Law Attorney. She is also active and local member of the All of Us or None Organization in the Inland Empire.

http://www.startingoverinc.net/

--> MATTHEW SNYDER from "The 28ers"

Rained-in and educated in the Northwest, Matthew later moved to California, receiving his Ph.D. from UC Riverside's English Department in 2008. He currently works as a Lecturer in UCR's University Writing Program. His activism started with the anti-war movement during the Iraq War, and has continued on with Occupy Wall Street's sister-chapter Riverside, and most recently with his core participation in co-founding The 28ers. A former liberal, now social-anarchist, Snyder's worldview and writings have been deeply shaped by writers and thinkers as various as Kurt Vonnegut, Noam Chomsky, Ursula K. Le Guin, Rebecca Solnit and David Graeber. He can usually be found, yelling at no one in particular, in empty parking lots.



A Festival of Rights for a Festival of Lights

December 28, 2014 at 5 PM - 11 PM

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Join The 28ers' Impromptu Street Party @ Riverside's Annual Festival of Lights! **Featuring a One-Time Appearance of Matthew-the-Mad-Hatter**

Meet Up Location: The Front Entrance of BACK TO THE GRIND @ 5PM.

https://www.facebook.com/events/809499779111168/

To remember the days of Occupy Riverside in 2011 is to remember when activists called for a "Festival of Rights" during the "Festival of Lights." As holiday visitors gazed & glazed through the Christmas lights, our country had become all-the-more ransacked with problems. Whether it was police brutality, immigrant and reproductive rights, the repression of workers or any other social justice cause, Occupy offered a space to disrupt the status quo found in the commons.

The Problems Haven't Been Addressed, Just Ignored; So, There Is Only the Here & Now: The 28ers, an affinity group formed out of Occupy, intend to re-light the spirit of those past two protest marches by having a certain 'Mad Hatter' doing some soap-box theatrics at random times and random locations. Following this parade of absurdity will be activists (you!) waving The 28ers' banner and passing out brochures full of solutions that are in keeping with the spirit of Occupy:

A 28th Amendment that Will Forever Sever Private Wealth from Politics; and to Reverse the Harms of the 1% Done to Our Education, Healthcare, Unions & Worker Wages, Races, Immigrant Rights and the Environment. Our Amendment Calls for a One-Voice, One-Vote Democracy and Involves the Following:

1) A Fourth Branch of Government that Oversees, Audits and Distributes Campaign Funds to Successful Candidates Based on Public Financing from Volunteer-Only Signatures; Branch Auditors Are Directly Elected by the Public.

2) Proclaims that Money Is Not Speech;

3) Corporations Are Not People;

4) To Encourage Voting, Citizens Who Vote on Election Day Are Immediately Entered into Lottery Where 50 Folks Per State Win $100,000, Tax Free. So Who Pays? The Money Is Taken Entirely from Congressional Pay!

5) And Lastly, Our Amendment Calls for a National Holiday on Election Day.

EVENT DESCRIPTION:

Matthew-the-Mad-Hatter will be bringing his soapbox speeches and drunken poetry of political (dis)abuse, while John Dingler will have his "Rotating Dollar Bill for the NSA" on Wheeled Display. Comrades and allies will pass out brochures and explain that the future is finally here . . . Information on how to join us, get involved or set up your own chapter in your own city will be on hand. Both fliers about our next monthly event and pamphlets will be passed out explaining our vision and organizing principles. Issues and ideas will be discussed by all and for all.



Money in Politics: Youtube Movie Contest, Part II

November 28, 2014 at 12 AM

Facebook event

"You Make A Movie" Contest & Win $ 250.00!

HOW AND WHERE TO UPLOAD:

There Are Two Options to Do This:

1) Simply Paste Your Short Film on This Event Page

2) Or Create an Account on Our Website to Post & Vote:

After completing either (or both) of these tasks, we will later embed your submission onto our youtube channel. In order to vote, you just need 30 seconds to create an account.

DESCRIPTION OF THE 28ERS' NATIONAL EVENT:

This November 28th event will happen during Thanksgiving's Annual Eat, Sleep & Binge Again. Given this cranberry-sauce & conflict-of-interest, we hope to build traffic to our youtube channel instead of meeting in person. As with last November, The 28ers will be having a short-film contest to see who can provoke the deepest conversations about money in politics. In doing so, we hope participants can showcase the tragic acts of bribery hidden in the dark rooms of America's corporate-state handshakes. Unlike our prior events, we aren't having this at a physical space; so just say you're 'going' if you're online and want to watch or participate!

SUBJECT MATTER:

Your video can be funny; it can be personal, confessional, ironic, musical, or just simply, GONZO-fucking strange -- so long as it deals with Money in Politics adverse effects ON . . .

healthcare, immigration, for-profit prisons, military-industrial complex, Big Ag & GMOs, charter schools, tracking, petroleum, corporate tax shelters, fraud & foreclosure, Wall Street, reproductive policies, LGBTQ rights, Big Pharma, nuclear energy, unions, minimum wage And So On, AND SO ON . . .

THE AWARD AMOUNT:

A check of $250.00 buckaroos will be sent out to the clever winner of our youtube contest via snail mail.

THE FINE PRINT (INSTRUCTIONS):

Guidelines | The video must be related to the subject of money in politics and expose the lunacy of America's current state of affairs. The submission must be done by an individual or creative collective in the last three years.

Length Requirement | The Movie Short Can Be No Less than 1 Minute and No Greater than 10 Minutes in Length.

Deadline | Friday, November 28th, 2014 by Midnight (in your region of the U.S.)

THE DECISION: HOW TO VOTE, HOW TO WIN

For voting, participants must first register as members on our website to make their voices heard: www.28ers.org. No core member of The 28ers will vote or influence the results of the online tally. Film creators are able to vote, but only for other contestants' entries.

The results will be announced after midnight, while folks are tripped out turkey & Tryptophan.



Attack of the Killer GMOs: A Halloween Costume Spooktacular

October 28, 2014 at 6:30 PM - 9:15 PM

Facebook event

-|- WE DID IT! -|- THE 28ERS Just Hit Our SECOND Anniversary of doing once-a-month community events. So to celebrate . . .

Feel Free to Wear Your Favorite Frankenfood Costume -- or any Costume for that Matter! Activists from the Inland Empire Chapter of LABEL GMOs Will Discuss the Unintended Consequences of Genetically Modified Organisms:

1) Why copyrighting organic life is a moral hazard to us all;

2) How Big Ag dominates the legislative process by bribing elected officials via campaign contributions and by drafting bills favorable to their profit margins;

3) Why GMOs don't increase nutritional content, and instead reduce the diversity of produce offered in stores;

4) How GMOs damage and dismantle the local food sovereignty of both nations and their farmers;

5) How GMOs wreck the Earth's biosphere via pesticides and genetic tampering, which are done with little long-term studies to test for environmental blowbacks;

6) And finally, how GMO seeds often used to benefit the purchasing of pesticides and herbicides from these very same companies, like Monsanto, which owns both ends of the profit cycle.

https://www.facebook.com/events/542677062532405/

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

6:30 - Greetings and Introductions from The 28ers

7:00 - Short Film: "What's Wrong with Our Food System"

7:15 - Film Excerpt: "Genetic Roulette"

7:45 - Robyn O'Brien's TEDtalk: "Patriotism on a Plate"

8:15 - Label GMOs, I.E.: Short & Mid-Term Solutions

8:30 - Peter Mathew's on GMOs & His New Book "Dollar Democracy"

8:45- The 28ers' Vision for Change: Our 28th Amendment

9:00 - The People's Salon: Q&A



Stage-Diving for Dollars: The 28ers Benefit Show

September 28, 2014 at 7 PM

Facebook event

On July 18, 2014, The 28ers filed our last deluge of paperwork for 501(c)3 status for a morally bankrupting and psychically scarring $400.00. With the check now cashed by the IRS, we wait with bated breath for our final certification. From there we hope to build and expand.

In order to replenish funds, and at least have the minimum required deposit at Altura Credit Union, The 28ers kindly ask you to pitch in, or just attend our music fundraiser at the Mission Tobacco Lounge on the 28th of this month. Tragically and paradoxically, we still need money to get "money out of politics." And while money isn't free speech, we all have to fill up our gas tank, print fliers and buy food for our monthly events to make speech happen. With this newfangled dough, we also hope to create T-shirts and startup-kits for other 28er organizations to flower outward in cities across our distraught and distressed nation.

*****Suggested Donation at the Door: $5.00*****

SCHEDULE OF MUSIC & JIVE EVENTS:

7:30PM - 8:00 - DOORS OPEN for LOAD-IN

8:00 - 8:30 - THE 28ERS' TEARY MONOLOGUE

8:30 - 9:00 - GROVE TOWN

9:30 - 10:00 - AUDIO VISUAL CLUB

10:30PM - 11:15 - BLACK MOON DISTRICT



Pay 2 Play: Inland Empire Film Premiere

July 28, 2014 at 7:30 PM - 10 PM

Facebook event

THE 28ERS AND MOVEON.ORG ARE PROUD TO PRESENT: Inland Empire's Film Premiere of "PAY 2 PLAY."

For this FREE VIEWING, both the director and producer of this film will be in attendance: John Wellington Ennis and Holly Mosher!

"PAY 2 PLAY chronicles the corrupting influence of money in politics and what we can do fix the system."

WHAT PAY 2 PLAY IS ABOUT:

"PAY 2 PLAY: Democracy's High Stakes" is a fun, entertaining film, which just happens to focus on the corrupting influence of money in politics and what we the people can do to fix it. We look at what it takes to run for office in this day and age. But to make it fun, we also look at how our national pastime, the game Monopoly, has created a monopoly mindset of winner takes all. And lastly, we look at the power of the people coming together and having their voices heard in the streets, through both protest AND street art.

WHO IS IN OUR FILM?

We have an amazing cast!

Robert Reich • John Nichols • Lawrence Lessig • Noam Chomsky • Jerry Springer • Van Jones • Marianne Williamson • Jack Abramoff • Thom Hartmann • Marge Baker • Mark Crispin Miller • Bob Edgar • Brad Friedman • Lee Fang • Jason Leopold • Jessica Levinson • Rashad Robinson • Kathay Feng • Ciara Torres-Spelliscy • Robert Weissman • Paul Hackett • Subodh Chandra • Surya Yalamanchili • Ralph Anspach

OUR FILM TEAM:

John Wellington Ennis - Writer/Director/Producer (Free For All, Wild Girls Gone, Money Talks: Profits Before Patient Safety, Pay 2 Play)

Holly Mosher - Executive Producer (Vanishing of the Bees, Bonsai People - The Vision of Muhammad Yunus, Hummingbird, Free For All, Money Talks: Profits Before Patient Safety, Pay 2 Play)

Rebecca Lynn Minkin - Executive Producer

Vivian Umino - Editor (Free For All, Pay 2 Play)

Shepard Fairey - Key Art

Rick Ray Perez • Fortunato Procopio • Yvonne McDonald • Dorian Cheah • Lisle Engle • Brody Alexander

With cool music such as The Revolution Starts Now by Steve Earle, and featuring artists such as Oddisee and Saint Eve."

+ The Above Text Is from PAY 2 PLAY's Successful Kickstarter.org Campaign, which Raised $55,000 and Is Currently Being Prepared for Wide Release. See it before anyone else in the I.E.!

For More Information on the Documentary:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/filmmakerforchange/pay-2-play-democracys-high-stakes-getmoneyout?ref=discovery]

WHO ARE THE 28ERS? WHAT DO WE WANT?

The 28ers is a post-partisan justice movement that hopes to join forces with organizations, communities and kindred spirits to evoke the change that America never knew it needed in the first place. The vision of our movement calls for a one-vote, one-voice democracy by creating a 4th branch of government to oversee, audit and distribute campaign contributions. To do this, we created our own 28th Amendment that was envisioned, drafted and revised over a four-month period. Our amendment is a people-powered act of legislation that aims to ban corporations as humans, money as speech, and requires all federal elections to be publicly funded, exclusively:

http://www.28ers.org/28ersAmendment

In doing so, we hope to redress the harms of the 1%, which has held our democracy hostage from the very beginning of our nation's history. We hope you will join us in this "movement of movements."

FOR MORE INFO ABOUT THE 28ERS:

http://www.28ers.org/

https://www.facebook.com/28ers.org

FOR MORE INFO ABOUT MOVEON.ORG

http://front.moveon.org/

MOVEON.ORG'S EVENT

http://pol.moveon.org/event/events/event.html?event_id=142212



America Has a Koch Problem: A Film Party

June 28, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Facebook event

A Film Viewing of "The Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 Edition." Co-Sponsored Move-On.org and The 28ers. Food and refreshments will be provided before the showing.

https://www.facebook.com/events/244213929036392/

JUST AS ENCOURAGED:

Please register on the MoveOn.org event page as well.

http://pol.moveon.org/event/events/event.html?event_id=141712&id=-9346908-JL2csxx

WHO ARE THE 28ERS? WHAT DO WE WANT?

The 28ers is a post-partisan justice movement that hopes to join forces with organizations, communities and kindred spirits to evoke the change that America never knew it needed in the first place. The vision of our movement calls for a one-vote, one-voice democracy by creating a 4th branch of government to oversee, audit and distribute campaign contributions. To do this, we created our own 28th Amendment that was envisioned, drafted and revised over a four-month period. Our amendment is a people-powered act of legislation that aims to ban corporations as humans, money as speech, and requires all federal elections to be publicly funded, exclusively:

http://www.28ers.org/28ersAmendment

In doing so, we hope to redress the harms of the 1%, which has held our democracy hostage from the very beginning of our nation's history. We hope you will join us in this "movement of movements."

FOR MORE INFO ABOUT THE 28ERS:

http://www.28ers.org/

https://www.facebook.com/28ers.org

For more information about MoveOn.org please visit:

http://front.moveon.org/



POMONA CITY TOXIC: "How Money in Politics Poisons the Air, the Water, the Land and Our Democracy

May 28, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Facebook event

POMONA CITY TOXIC: "How Money in Politics Poisons the Air, the Water, the Land, and Our Democracy"

EVENT DESCRIPTION: The 28ers is excited to return to Pomona once again for another dastardly exposé on money in politics. Learn how this the corporate bribery of elected officials adversely affects the health and safety of the city's residents.

Members of United Voices of Pomona, the only grassroots environmental justice organization in the region, will unfold the drama that is the struggle for clean air and water in this contaminated city.

{THE POLLUTERS} Pomona is home to some of the worst pollution in the whole state, mainly due to a concentration of waste and recycling facilities in the southern part of the city. But pollution just attracts more pollution, and now other contaminating industries are turning profits in the city at the expense of the mostly-working class and immigrant neighborhood! One of the worst offenders, Valley Vista, has spent years "investing" in the city (mostly with campaign contributions and by with payouts to "for sale" non-profits). The United Voices will take us on a virtual tour of these toxic sites and share their expertise on the matter!

{THE POLITICIANS} Many Pomona-based politicians have made entire careers of voting for dirty projects and ridden the wave of dirty campaign contributions to ever-higher office! Learn who! We will be naming names!

{THE HEROES: Make It Local} The United Voices of Pomona was formed when local politicians and a self-serving non-profit BETRAYED the community they claimed to represent by allowing Valley Vista to open yet another waste transfer facility in the city. Since that historic moment, UVoP has engaged in community-based research, outreach, political activity, lawsuits, and ORGANIZING to bring environmental awareness and health to the city! Learn about their efforts!

{THE 28ERS: Make It National} Lastly, learn about a small and feisty bunch of local activists in Riverside called The 28ers, and how they envision a fundamental solution to the oligarchy we increasingly live in. Central to their aims, The 28ers intend create popular support for a people-based democracy, as seen in their own drafted amendment to the US Constitution:



Kai Newkirk & The Supremes

April 28, 2014 at 6 PM

Facebook event

(With Their New Hit Single, "Time Served.")

UCR EVENT DESCRIPTION (PARKING INFO BELOW): The 28ers return to UC Riverside once again for another dastardly expose on money in politics, so keep your ears close to the tracks and watch for the moonlight to slide along its metal. The train for justice can't be stopped.

{IDENTIFYING CAUSES} Learn about the dubiously funky, foot & mouth organization called A.L.E.C.; watch film clips of Bill Moyers as he elaborates on this organization's state-to-state deception and political bribery (as it xeroxes out legislation to bought-out politicians) and discover how A.L.E.C. passes dastardly bills that citizens don't see or think exist. This is just ONE example of why we are calling for a revolution in politics and its relationship with money.

{CREATING AWARENESS & ACTION} Then learn about how Kai Newkirk & 99Rise's courageous act of dissent riled newspapers and punditry by his outburst during the Supreme Court Hearings, where he demanded a 'return to democracy' over the needs of the 1%. So brave was Kai's arrest and later recording of the event, that even CNN stopped talking about the Kardashian Family's Wedding-to-Pregnancy Cycles, and started talking about the world of ideas. Kai and members of 99Rise will also ask for your support to join, holler and support the organization's "March for Democracy"--this May 17th--where passionate folks will walk from L.A. to Sacramento to demand a one-vote, one-voice democracy.

https://www.facebook.com/events/447568602013113/

{EVERY DISEASE NEEDS AN ANTIDOTE} Lastly, learn about a small and feisty bunch of local activists in Riverside called The 28ers, and how they envision a fundamental solution to the oligarchy we increasingly live in. Central to their aims, The 28ers intend create popular support for a people-based democracy, as seen in their own drafted amendment:



A Lobbypalooza Dance Party

March 28, 2014 at 7 PM - 12:10 AM

Facebook event

The 1% to the 99%: "It's Simply A Coat-And-Tie Affair, Honey."

LORD VOLDEMORT BUYS A PAJAMA PARTY:

PART I: THE MONIED HALO -|- As activists, The 28ers are finally ready to give up and sell our vestal integrity to the highest bidders. After defeat upon indifference from a general public too intent on downloading Superbowl commercials to their Smart Phones, we will, instead, boldly showcase our Amendment. We will let our towering achievement get dry-humped by Big Money's Boney Banana.

This month's event will feature a Public Policy Auction, where 'wealthy' attendees can -- for a choice fee -- despoil our 28th Amendment however they wish. More money means you get to come up with more of the zaniest, silliest, most terrifying additions to our once proud Amendment.

PART II: THE DISCO AFTERGLOW -|- Commencing immediately after the "fundraiser," The 28ers will put on a dance party for the 'winners,' while the un-monied patsies get to sulk in 3rd rate beer. Regardless, of winners and losers, freedom and "un-freedom," everyone gets to dance.



Industrial Prison Complex

February 28, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Facebook event

"Why Make Motel 6s When You Can Make Them Prisons?"

We welcome you to attend our next 28ers' event, which will feature powerful and incisive speakers from activist organizations like Riverside's All of Us or None and California Partnership. Rather than complaining and moping, these activists and community leaders will be offering solutions and alternatives to how the county spends realignment money on expanding these needless jails. The 28ers will take this localized misuse of taxpayer funds and shine a light on the national struggle for a 28th Amendment to the Constitution.

TRUE FACT (C): The Riverside County operates five correctional facilities: Blythe Jail, Indio Jail, Robert Presley Detention Center, Smith Correctional Facility and the Southwest County Jail. Not enough? Riverside is currently applying for $80 million for a 582 person jail. However, there is something else we should tell you . . . THE CAVEAT: The total number of jail beds in Riverside County's prison system IS ALREADY 3,906!

The Riverside County Budget: For 2013-14, its prison-industrial budget is $179,029,238. That's $45,834 per bed per year. . . or $125 a night, from taxpayers, even though there is the prison labor to boot that comes with this.

SCHEDULE OF SPEAKERS:

David Chavez and Vonya Quarles from All of Us or None will describe the affects of mass incarceration on our communities and present alternatives to using jails to address our social problems.

Matthew Snyder and Jeff Green of the 28ers will demonstrate how money's influence in politics drives mass incarceration and what we can do to curb that influence.



Money as Speech: A Debate Worth Buying

January 28, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Facebook event

MONEY AS SPEECH: A DEBATE WORTH BUYING

In this new century, how should the individual - and our society at large - define the notion of free speech when it comes money in politics? Does money deserve the same status as any free speech act? And if so, are political contributions creating more freedom for us all? Some might argue that America's political system is best served by those that receive political contributions from those that can afford it. Yet, if this is truly the case, does it gives some larger voices while leaving others with much smaller ones?

=> Resolved: Limiting Freedom of Speech Guarantees Freedom Speech

Arguing for the above resolution is Dr. Matthew Snyder, of UC Riverside, and arguing against is Gene Berkman, co-founder of the Libertarian Party of California.

Elizabeth Ayala will be moderating the debate.

A limited array of food will be provided by the host, The 28ers, but potluck contributions (in any monetary form!) are greatly appreciated. Food will be served at the end of the event.

SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES:

=> Elizabeth Ayala, Moderator

Raised by hardworking immigrant parents, Ayala received her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University in International Relations with a focus on development & nonprofits. She currently works as a community organizer for the Riverside Food Co-op and as a mentor for Child Leader Project's civic engagement efforts in the Inland Empire.

=> Matthew Snyder, Debate Participant

Rained-in and educated in the Northwest, Matthew Snyder later moved to California, receiving his Ph.D. from UC Riverside's English Department in 2008. He currently works as a Lecturer in UCR's University Writing Program. His activism started with the anti-war movement during the Iraq War, and has continued on with Occupy Wall Street, and his core participation with co-founding The 28ers. A former liberal, now social-anarchist, Snyder's worldview and writings have been deeply shaped by writers and thinkers as various as Kurt Vonnegut, Noam Chomsky, Ursula K. Le Guin, Rebecca Solnit and David Graeber. He can usually be found, yelling at no one in particular, in empty parking lots.

=> Gene Berkman, Debate Participant

He is the long-time owner of Renaissance Books in Riverside, California. Berkman was around during the actual founding of the Libertarian Party in late summer and fall of 1971. Berkman, from Riverside, himself, was an early activist against the Vietnam War, but was also a close friend and ally with 1960's Young Americans for Freedom Libertarian Caucus Chair and current US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher. Together Berkman and Rohrabacher helped to launch the Libertarian Party in California in early 1972. He continues to be activist in Libertarian causes and a public speaker on policy issues ranging from taxation, the military-industrial complex and marijuana legalization.

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El Resuelve: Limitanando la libertad de discurso garantiza la libertad de discurso

Un Debate sobre la libertad de expresion

En este nuevo siglo, ¿cómo deberían los individuos y la sociedad en general, definir la noción de discurso, especialmente en el caso del dinero? Argumentando para la resolución es el Dr. Matthew Snyder, de la Universidad de California Riverside, y argumentando en contra es Gene Berkman, co-fundador del Partido Libertario de California.

En caso Dick Kavit no pueda asistir, Elizabeth Ayala sera la moderatora.

CALENDARIO DE EVENTOS:

06:30-7:15: El Debate Sobreviene

7:15-7:45: Entretener preguntas de la audiencia

07:45-08:05: Presentación de la 28ers y El Libertario Capítulo de Riverside





"Beyond Money in Politics: Sustainability Thrives @ EcoAcre"

April 28, 2013 at 5 PM

Facebook event

EcoAcre is an ecologically aimed, demonstration project featuring the future-possible of the environmentally sound. As the first of its kind in the Inland Empire, the event's site will showcase Gerald Katz's solar power, off-the-grid and rammed earth home. This local activist's project shows how green buildings can provide affordable, safe and comfortable alternatives. In the Age of the Ecology Collapse, EcoAcre represents a powerful solution to the increasingly unsustainable construction methods found in America's material, energy and water use.

BRING YOUR MOJO OR BRING YOUR BALLOONS:

Feel free to bring, buy or make your own dish for the event's multi-hour potluck. Set in a pristine desert environment of 1.5 acres, EcoAcre is open to anyone wishing to camp out and stay the night. Gerald welcomes you to stay the night and use his facilities. A meteor shower is expected at 2AM for those with the gumption to wake up (quietly) for the event.

SCHEDULE FOR THE 28ERS APRIL EVENT:

* * * 5PM to Meteors-in-the-AM * * *

5:00 - Gerald Katz will speak about 'Money in Pollution' for 20 minutes, which will be followed by a 10-minute Q&A period.

5:30 - Janessa will speak about nuclear power for 20 minutes. A 10-minute Q&A period will follow.

6:00 - 10-minute break

6:10 - Amber Jones will speak about extreme weather and global warming with 10-minute Q&A afterwards.

6:40 - Sierra Club's Allen Hernandez Speaks

7:00 - Group Discussion with the Speakers

7:30 - Light a bonfire, networking, live music, and food!

8:00 - The Kleztafarians Will Be Performing

FYI: The Band's Website:

http://www.reverbnation.com/kleztafarians

Camping, More Food & Celestial Fireworks (AKA Meteor Showers) @ 2AM

DIRECTIONS TO ECOACRE FROM RIVERSIDE:

Take 215 S. towards San Diego go 11.3 miles. Exit: D Street 1 block make right turn at San Jacinto; cross railroad tracks make a left turn at stop sign on C Street. Go 5 blocks to 4th Street (Hwy 74) turn right and go 2.2 miles past three signal lights. The third light is Ellis Ave. A few hundred yards past Ellis make a left turn on to David Jones Road (the sign is quite small and listed on some e-maps as Edwards). From that point on, please follow the event signs

23139 Gertrude is on the left before the road's fence, which is a dead-end.

* * * For More Information on EcoAcre -- A SolarPowered Earth-Construction Sustainable Living Demonstration Site, Please Click to the Following Link Below * * *

http://ecoacre.wordpress.com/



Riverside Money In Politics (2013 City Council Election edition)

May 28, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Facebook event

The city of Riverside is holding city council elections on June 4th. Who is funding the campaigns of our local politicians? Which persons and groups are the most prolific donors across the city of Riverside?

Just one week before the election, join us for a potluck & come see the hard data on how the problem of money in politics permeates every level of government, down to a humble city council race.

Sponsored by the The 28ers * The Social Justice Committee of the Universalist Unitarian Church of Riverside * The Riverside League of Women Voters

Pre-Agenda Items Include:
+ Meet & Greet @ 6:30
+ Potluck (feel free to bring your own dishes--made or premade)

Agenda Items Include:

+ A proposal from the 28ers on how to change the role of money in politics at the national level
+ A data presentation on local elections
+ Discussion amongst groups who care about their community on the issue



Cannons for Cash: Money + Politics = War on Terror

July 28, 2013 at 6 PM - 8:30 PM

Facebook event

WHY WE FIGHT | DIRECTED BY EUGENE JARECKI |

Please join The 28ers for our next monthly event, which will explore the theme of "money, politics and Colonialism, INC." For June 28th, we will focus on why money + politics ends up perpetuating the Military Industrial Complex (MIC) and what ways they have unlikely and adverse effects on economies beyond the blurry-blind rage of missile fire and mass media.

From America's gun-for-hire coup of Hawaii to Age of the Atomic Bomb to the War on Terror, private wealth, military contractors, Hollywood actors and their booster films (John Wayne's 'Sands of Iwo Jima'), retired generals and politicians have found clever ways to justify increased expenditures in this death-based industry. Towering above all US budgetary concerns, the MIC ends up heedlessly growing at the expense of life-based concerns like social security, education and healthcare. Find out why for-profit and private money ends up damaging the foreign policy aims and the domestic needs of the Red, White & Blue.

EVENT SCHEDULE:

7:00 - Film Presentation: Eisenhower's Farewell Address
7:30 - GARY CHARTIER'S PRESENTATION:
* * * "P A R T N E R S I N P L U N D E R: Politicians and Plutocrats in the Corporate State." * * *

8:00 - TOM SWANN, Veterans for Peace
8:15 - 28ers Speaker on 'The Solution' to Money + Politics
8:35 - Discussion: Questions & Answers
9:00 - Breakdancing, Beach Balls and Phone-texting
SPEAKERS FOR THE EVENT:

GARY CHARTIER | A Professor of Law and Business Ethics and Associate Dean of the Tom and Vi Zapara School of Business at La Sierra University. He is the author of four books, including 'Anarchy and Legal Order' and 'The Conscience of an Anarchist,' and of nearly forty articles in journals including the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Legal Theory, and Law and Philosophy, as well as the co-editor of 'Markets Not Capitalism: Individualist Anarchism against Bosses, Inequality, Corporate Power, and Structural Poverty.' His fifth and forthcoming book, 'Radicalizing Rawls' has just been accepted for publication by Palgrave. He is a senior fellow of the Center for a Stateless Society (http://www.c4ss.org/) and holds both a PhD from the University of Cambridge and a JD from UCLA. All proceeds from his books on political and legal theory go to antiwar.com.

http://www.garychartier.net/

TOM SWANN | A legally blind, veteran-activist who has been a leader in civil rights and political causes since 1972. From 1976-80, he served in the United States Marine Corps and later the U.S. Naval Air Reserve reaching the rank of E-6. He received the Navy Achievement Medal. Tom was later appointed to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs HIV and AIDS Community Advisory Board. He is also the founder, activist and organizer for Riverside County's Veterans for Peace. He is the author of the 'The Tom Swann Story: For a Greater Good.'

http://www.tomswann.com/bio.html



ALEC Stands Its Ground

July 28, 2013 at 6 PM - 8:30 PM

Facebook event

"ALEC STANDS ITS GROUND: How a Secret and Disgraced Lobby-Group Continues to Legislate"

SHORT FILMS TO BE VIEWED & DISCUSSED:

SYNOPSIS: Moyers & Company presents “United States of ALEC,” a report on the most influential corporate-funded political force most of America has never heard of — ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council. A national consortium of state politicians and powerful corporations, ALEC presents itself as a “nonpartisan public-private partnership.” But behind that mantra lies a vast network of corporate lobbying and political action aimed to increase corporate profits at public expense without public knowledge.

SYNOPSIS: Updated coverage includes new examples of corporate influence on state legislation and lawmakers, the growing public protest against ALEC’s big business-serving agenda, and internal tactics ALEC is instituting to further shroud its actions and intentions.



'Sueños Encarcelados: Migrants for Sale'

August 28, 2013 at 6:15 PM - 9 PM

Facebook event

Moderator: Elizabeth Ayala

6:15 - 6:40 | Elizabeth Introduces Speakers and the Event's Purpose

6:40 - 7:15 | Latin@ Roundtable & the Dream Coalition Will Inform Attendees on S 477 and AB 60 Issues (or more specifically, the 'Driver's License' aspects of AB 60 & the Next Steps of Action Worth Taking)

7:15 - 7:30 | The Justice for Immigrants coalition (JFI) Discusses the Detention Centers and Their Profit-Motives

7:30 - 8:00 | A 28er & immigrant activist, Maribel Nunez, will reveal the Wizard of Oz curtains on what interest groups are involved with S 477 and how the 28ers' 28th Amendment to the US Constitution is both feasible and an important long-term vision for attaining just immigration policies. Some her discussion will detail the groups plan for a People's Convention.

8:00 - 8:15 | The Inland Empire's Immigrant Youth Coalition (IE-IYC) Speaks on Nationwide Youth Activism & Its Recent History of Direct Actions

8:15 - 8:25 | The moderator, Elizabeth Ayala, will lead with questions to the presenters

8:25 - 9:00 | The Floor Opens to General Questions from the Audience & Answers Can Come from Anyone or All.

-| More Food Munching |-

EVENT DESCRIPTION:

THE 28ERS are proud to be hosting this timely event in solidarity to some very courageous Partner-Organizations: 1) Latino/Latina Roundtable; 2) Inland Empire Immigrant Youth Coalition; 3) The Justice for Immigrants Coalition.

This community event will explore the role of lobbying in the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill. More specifically, it will additionally shed light on the role of corporate lobbying and special interests in the Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill S-744, and who stands to benefit the most from this act of legislation if it were to pass (hint-hint: neither the undocumented nor dispossessed).

This profit-scheming bill ultimately goes beyond the decency and shared beliefs of the nation's present values. In April of 2013, the Associated Press-GfK poll found that 63% of Americans support "providing a legal way for illegal immigrants already in the United States to become U.S. citizens." Conversely, this same poll found that only 34% of US citizens would deny this pathway to equality.

So who and what is standing in the way of the common good in CIR for their own profit? Why does such an oppressive bill appear so disconnected from Americans' shared values?

The event will talk about what's in the current bill that's good, bad and truly ugly. The latter portion will diagram what for-profit interests led to such a dilemma in the first place and how both the direct actions of Dreamers and a 28th Amendment can provide the best possible solutions for making just immigration policies.

What would immigration bills look like if we lived in a one-vote, one-voice democracy? What would the US feel like if people's needs stood high above prison expansions, surveillance industries and Wall Street profits?



'WHY WE FIGHT': Gunboat Diplomacy from Hawaii to Syria

September 28, 2013 at 7 PM - 10 PM

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WHY WE FIGHT | DIRECTED BY EUGENE JARECKI |

Originally released in 2005, the film talks extensively about America's Military-Industrial-Complex (MIC), why it continues unabated and how this apparatus adversely affects its domestic 'sharing and caring' needs. The movie will also showcase how the MIC buys politicians, lobbies for war, perpetuates death-domination, and effectively controls other nations' sovereign resources.

"Why We Fight" is 98 minutes long. The viewing of the film will be followed by an hour of free-flowing discussion.



The Student Debt Bomb: Who Will Light Its Fuse? |

October 28, 2013 at 7 PM - 9 PM

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* A Special Thanks to Our Event Sponsors: Sustainable UCR & United Students Against Sweatshops (UCR’s Local 19) *

AIMS OF THE EVENT:

This will be a multi-speaker event at UC RIVERSIDE "The Student Debt Bomb" hopes to discuss the origins of this debtor's prison, to assess its damage and discontent, and to provide a two-pronged solution.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE:

6:45 - 7:00: Food, Eating & Chair-Riding; A Short Documentary Called Default Plays Beforehand

7:00 - 7:20: The Facilitator, Matthew Snyder, Thanks USAS and Sustainable UCR & Introduces The 28er’s Mission and Aims

7:20 - 7:50: Kathryn Stevenson Discusses Debt Origins, UC's Relations w/ Banking & Loan-Lobby Industries

7:50 - 8:00: Lazaro Cardena (USAS) Provides a Testimonial of His Experiences with Student Debt

8:00 - 8:15: Amber Jones Provides a Tragic Account of Her Enrollment at a For-Profit College in Riverside

8:15 - 8:30: An 'Open Mike' for Students to Discuss Their Student Debt Anxieties

8:30 - 8:40: Solution 1: Lazaro Cardena (USAS) Discusses Student Debt Protests & Future Direct Actions

8:40 - 9:00: Solution 2 & 3: Elizabeth Ayala Discusses Other Alternatives: 1) A Coordinated Debt Strike (as seen in Chile in 2011); 2) How a Movement for a 28th Amendment Would Allow for Accountable and Honest Political Leaders and Legislation

9:00 - 9:30: A Question & Answer Forum Between the Speakers and the Audience

EVENT DESCRIPTION: This 'Money in Politics' Discussion Will Focus on The Student Debt Bomb.

Shackled by bomb debt, college students increasingly find themselves foisted into lose-lose scenarios: 1) go to college in the hopes of acquiring healthcare and a living wage; or 2) don't go to college and face a life of wage-slavery at big box stores, where democracy only exists in the cheese aisle. While students plunge into unfathomed debt - in a kind of Faustian bargain - this bomb amasses to ever-larger proportions, as the costs of the bank-bailouts become 'externalized' onto young debt-citizens, the foreclosed and the poor. The bomb will eventually go off, but who will light its fuse? Will it explode from direct action and student activism? Or from bank malfeasance and loan defaults?



Money in Politics: Youtube Movie Contest |

November 28, 2013 at 7 PM

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THIS MONTH'S EVENT IS ONLINE: "You Make A Movie" Contest & Win $100.00

This November 28th is Thanksgiving. Given this cranberry-sauce-conflict-of-interest, we hope to usher in our new youtube channel instead. The 28ers will be having a short-film contest to see who can provoke the deepest conversations about money in politics. In doing so, we hope participants can showcase the tragic acts of bribery hidden in the dark rooms of state-corporate handshakes. Unlike our previous events, we aren't having this at a physical space, so say you're 'going' if you're online, want to watch or participate.

For participants: your video can be funny; it can be personal, confessional, ironic, musical, or just simply, Gonzo-fucking strange.

THE AWARD:

A check of $100.00 buckaroos will be sent out to the clever winner of our youtube contest.

WHERE TO UPLOAD:

Upload the film short onto your own video-hosting account, such as Vimeo or Youtube, AND THEN EMBED this work onto our event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/627899080581684/

After completing this task, we can later embed your submission on our website, event page and youtube channel.



Film Night: 'The Milagro Beanfield War'

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The 28ers invites you for a December screening of "The Milagro Beanfield War," which was directed by Robert Redford in 1988. The film explores indigenous farming, water and land rights, and the meddlesome aspects of money in politics.

Admission and Food for the Film Are F-R-E-E !!!!

Costco pizza, popcorn and movie snacks will be provided. Directly following the film and bread-breaking, an open-air discussion will take place about how money in politics affects water and property rights.

FILM SYNOPSIS:

"The Milagro Beanfield War" (1988) begins with one angel dancing out of a sunrise and two angels dancing into a sunset. Three, if you count Robert Redford, who produced and directed it and, most importantly, adroitly balanced its tricky elements to fashion it into a endearing and enduring -- populist fable. Nobody at the time thought to refer to Redford's dip into contemporary folklore, magic realism, quirky characters and simpatico rapport with pre-Anglo culture as avant-garde. Perhaps more to the point was that critics and the public at the time were a bit derriere-garde in their grasp of how a flattened indigenous subculture, instead of being dispossessed and dispersed once and for all, regenerates itself in a beanfield, replenished by the natural world, defeating its would-be despoilers. Although guns are drawn, and in a few instances actually fired, this isn't a body-count film. It's a celebration of activism raised to self-empowerment.


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