Register here: www.tikkun.org/30thcelebration
How can we heal this country after such a divisive election? What’s next for progressives? What will happen to the energy of the Bernie Sanders movement? Will it wither and die?
Tikkun magazine (as a way of celebrating its 30th anniversary), the Network of Spiritual Progressives, and the Metta Center for Nonviolence are bringing some of the nation’s top activists and social change leaders together in Berkeley the weekend after the election to chart a path forward for fundamental change.
What: A two-day strategy conference for liberals and progressives about what direction the left should take after the results of the November election.
The first day will begin with a session led by nonviolent activist Michael Nagler that will focus on “the New Story” of the universe and how that impacts our way of thinking about politics. The afternoon sessions will surround a psychological understanding of American politics and the role a New Bottom Line of consciousness (where our society is built on values of love and justice and not on profit) could add to transforming both the political arena and socio-cultural spheres in coming years.
The second day of the conference will be led by Rabbi Michael Lerner, Tikkun’s Editor-at-Large Peter Gabel, and Cat Zavis, the executive director of the Network of Spiritual Progressives, who will share reflections on the contemporary reality of Western societies and the changes in consciousness necessary to overcome every form of “demeaning the other” and also overcome the forces that are engaged in destroying the environment.
The conference will end with a ceremony to give out the Tikkun Award to a few of the many people whose lives are embodying Tikkun‘s message of global healing and transformation. This year’s awards feature noted peace activist and singer Holly Near, award-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone, Israeli human rights activist Rabbi Arik Ascherman, Stanford history professor and editor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Clayborne Carson, cultural anthropologist Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Aaron Davidman who created the play “Wrestling with Jerusalem,” and Fania E. Davis who founded and is the executive director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth.
When/Where: Veteran’s Day weekend in Berkeley, California. On Saturday, Nov 12, the conference will be from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. at the Northbrae Community Church (941 The Alameda). On Sunday, Nov. 13, the conference will be held from 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. at St. Paul’s African Methodist Episcopal Church (2024 Ashby Ave.). Contact: Staci Akselrod at 510-644-1200 or firstname.lastname@example.org www.tikkun.org/30thcelebration