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1/21/2013 - Fracking in California

posted Jan 24, 2013, 11:47 PM by ania moniuszko

Citizen Action




Fight Fracking in California
On the evening of MLK day, 35 people gathered for information and discussion on Fracking in California. Transition SF invited four speakers to present information on hydraulic fracturing and how their organizations are opposing it in California. Video and slides from the talk will be posted at transitionsf.org.
Although fracking has been occurring in California for decades, we are now at the beginning of a new wave using aggressive new technologies. Pollution and other impacts are the expected result. Corporate lobbying has the ear of our governments more than concerned citizens are being heard. As the tension mounts here in California around fracking, now is the time for us to act together.
Here are recommendations from the speakers on how we citizens can be heard by our governments and make a real difference.
 
Rose Braz, Center for Biological Diversity
Event: Now is the time to join the Center for Biological Diversity on Friday, February 1, and tell our federal government to protect -- don’t frack -- our public lands. The Center is organizing a creative protest to tell the federal government: "Don't Frack Our Public Wildlands," and we need your support.  We’ll have hazmat suits with props representing fracking fluids.
  • What: Don't Frack Our Public Wildlands
  • When: Friday, February 1, from 12 noon to 1:30pm
  • Where: Federal Building, 450 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco CA 94102 (near Civic Center BART) 

Adam Scow, Food and Water Watch
Ban fracking in California
http://transitionsf.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=31c6fa2f575a4f0e7ab455d22&id=4a0605ad35&e=eb69a3293a
(1) Download the fact sheet; (2) Sign the petition.
 
Andrew Grinberg, Clean Water Action
Event: Joint hearing Senate Natural Resources and Environmental Quality Committees will be holding a joint hearing investigating fracking in CA, and oversight by DOGGR and other state agencies. Clean Water Action and Environmental Working Group will be presenting alongside state agencies, local governments and state regulators. http://transitionsf.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=31c6fa2f575a4f0e7ab455d22&id=9330117f45&e=eb69a3293a
  • What: Joint Hearing Senate Natural Resources And Water And Environmental Quality
  • When: Tuesday, February 12, from 9:30am to 12:30pm
  • Where: California State Senate, John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203)

Shannon Biggs, Global Exchange
Who decides if fracking happens where you live—communities or corporations? Under our current structure of law, communities are not allowed to say "no" to fracking even as our health, safety and welfare is at risk. The Community Rights Program is working with communities throughout California to pass cutting-edge ordinances that BAN fracking at the local level and elevate citizens' rights to decide if they want fracking in their community, not corporations or the state. We are working to write new laws asserting community rights and subordinating drilling companies (and state agencies) to local, democratic rule. The path for these cutting-edge laws was paved by over 150 US communities. Including the city of Pittsburgh, PA and a dozen other towns that banned fracking.
Event: Partnering with fracking allies and communities across California on a two-week statewide speaking tour. Public events, rallies, meetings with community groups ready to ban fracking; Raise awareness of fracking through public education and media attention; Support the statewide anti-fracking coalition.
  • What: California Statewide Frack-down Tour
  • When: April, 2013
  • Where: Interested in holding an event, or hosting in your area to make this a reality? Contact shannon@globalexchange.org

You can help support the fight against fracking
These four organizations are working hard to ban or regulate fracking in California. Those of you who are grateful for the work of these organizations here in California can offer your support.
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Ways to Connect with Transition San Franscisco:
~ In Person: Community Meetings, 3rd Monday's at Gazebo Room (7pm) and 1st Tuesdays at Happiness Institute - see calendar for up to date info & addresses: http://www.transitionsf.org/Home/dashboard
~ Web: http://www.transitionsf.org/
~ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Transition-SF/311449443692
~ Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/TransitionSF
~ BACE Timebank TSF Group: http://timebank.sfbace.org/groups/42

Bay Bucks - Launch and Volunteer Training: Nov. 15th 7 - 9 pm Gazebo at CPMC - Castro and Duboce

posted Nov 8, 2012, 7:46 PM by ania moniuszko


Thursday, November 15th at 7pm! TransitionSF is pleased to be hosting the launch of Bay Bucks.
The effort to build a complementary currency for San Francisco Bay Area has been launched. Our goal is to usher in a new age of economic justice and local resilience by working to have 1% of all local economic activities done in Bay Bucks, and then gradually increase it to 5% and 10%. It will impact everyone.
Come to hear our plans and volunteer to make it a reality.
A key goal of the Transition movement is to usher in a sustainable and just economy. Such a new economy requires a new monetary system - one that does not dictate unlimited and exponential growth in order to stay afloat. But how can we get there? What might such a monetary system look like?

Bay Bucks is by design a 0% interest rate currency so that its use will not lead to exponential growth pressure, nor will it be a mechanism to transfer wealth from the have nots to the haves. It will be rolled out in 3 phases:
Phase 1 is for business-to-business (B2B) use. This phase is to help local sustainable business thrive and grow, and to help re-localizing our economy.
Phase 2 is for business-to-consumer (B2C) use. This phase is to enable people to move our spending to sustainable local businesses to ensure that wealth stays in the local community.
Phase 3 is for consumer-to-consumer (C2C) use. This phase will enable everyone to pay each other in Bay Bucks.
This talk will cover the impact of Bay Bucks, how it can help local businesses thrive and grow, and what you can do to help. It will also include training for volunteers to let you start making it a reality straight away.

***** Meet the Presenters ******
Chong Kee Tan had been an activist for more than 15 years, working in the area of Asian democracy, press freedom, censorship, and after coming to the United States, in the area of equal rights and sustainability. He is also a tech entrepreneur, and a website he founded became the subject of study in the book "Contentious Journalism And the Internet: Towards Democratic Discourse in Malaysia And Singapore" (U of Washington Press 2006). After the 2008 financial crisis, he started studying our financial and monetary systems and came to realize that many of the most pressing problems facing the world today can be traced to them. He started Bay Bucks as a TransitionSF project in the hope of address these problems and making SF Bay Area more resilient. Chong Kee received his BA (Hons) in Computer Science from Cambridge University and his PhD in Chinese Literature from Stanford University.

Kendra Shanley has a background in Biology and International Health Sciences. After completing her MS in Parasitology in London, she moved to the Bay Area and worked in STD/HIV prevention & public health research for several years. During this time, she became increasingly concerned for the future of our communities in the face of environmental degradation and a faltering economy. Transition SF led her to attending a workshop with author Charles Eisenstein in Berkeley in December 2011, after which she decided to quit working in public health in order to build a local currency and become active in the urban agriculture movement. After meeting Chong Kee earlier this year, she found a dedicated parter with whom to start Bay Bucks, and together they look forward to launching the Bay Area complementary currency in early 2013.

What: Bay Bucks Launch with Volunteer training at 8:30
When: Thursday, November 15th, 7-9pm Where: In the Gazebo Room at CPMC Davies Campus, Castro Street between Duboce Street & 14th Street in San Francisco
Cost: Free

Emergency Preparedness

posted Jun 17, 2012, 10:39 PM by ania moniuszko   [ updated Jun 17, 2012, 10:40 PM ]



TransitionSF
COMMUNITY
MEETING


 
What type of integration does San Francisco have in Permaculture practices and City Hall's Emergency Management approach? 
On Monday, June 18th (7-9pm), meet Jill Raycroft, Permaculturist AND Exercise Planner for City and County of San Francisco's Department of Emergency Management.
 
As part of the TransitionSF Community Meeting Program, it will be an open dialog and presentation including the topics below. With Jill's extensive knowledge of San Francisco emergency preparation needs/ plans and her roots in permaculture and urban agriculture, this is a dialog not to miss!!
 
* Permaculture & Transition Initiatives in the context of Emergency Preparedness
* Personal Preparedness
* Community Resilience
* Recovery
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Monday, June 18
7-9pm
Gazebo Room, CPMC Davies Campus, Castro St between Duboce St and 14th St, San Francisco
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 Emergency Planning
 
Jill Raycroft is an Exercise Planner with the City and County of San Francisco’s Department of Emergency Management (DEM), Division of Emergency Services (DES).  An exercise is an instrument to train for, assess, practice, and improve performance in prevention, protection, response, and recovery capabilities in a risk-free environment.  The outcome is an improvement plan based on observed deficiencies.
 
Jill received a B.A. degree in Literature from Scripps College and a Masters of Public Administration (MPA), with an emphasis in Non-Profit Management from San Francisco State University.  She also holds a Master Exercise Planner (MEP) designation from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  Jill has worked in Emergency Management for the past five years and has worked in the public sector for six years.  She has been activated in the City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) approximately twenty times during disasters ranging from the Cosco Busan Oil Spill and the Tsunami Warning in March, 2011, to planned events like Bay to Breakers and the Giants World Series Celebration.  Jill recently completed training as a San Francisco Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) member.
 
Prior to her work with the City, Jill worked at various non-profit organizations, ranging from women’s health to organic certification and environmental advocacy.  She has coordinated and directed over 25 exercises in her tenure at DEM, including most recently, as an Exercise Director for the America’s Cup World Series Exercise Program.  Her current exercise planning is centered on Fleet Week 2012 and she continues to collaborate with stakeholders from city agencies, private sector and community based-organizations. 
 
Permaculture and Farming/Gardening/Horticulture
 
Jill is a certified Permaculture Instructor with years of related experience and training. In her senior year of college, Jill helped to start the Pomona College Organic Farm and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.  Upon graduation from Scripps College, she volunteered on an organic farm on the Big Island of Hawaii, through Willing Workers on Organic Farms (WOOF).  In the summer of 2008 Jill completed her Urban Permaculture Design Course (PDC) and worked with a group to redesign a school garden at the San Francisco Community School in the Excelsior.  60% of the children that attend SF Community School are on the subsidized lunch program, so growing food in their school garden could fill a greater need than for educational purposes.   
 
In 2009, Jill went through the year long Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Workshop series at the Rudolf Steiner College.  In the same year, she was in the first Apprenticeship program in Ecological Horticulture at the Alemany Farm and was a Teaching Assistant for the program the following year.  Jillattended the Eco-Farm Conference in 2009 and 2010 and learned more about local food systems, sustainability and organic farming practices and legislation.  In the past few years, Jill has completed approximately 30 Units in Landscape Horticulture from Merritt College.
 
Jill is equally passionate about the sustainability movement and yoga and sees how connected these practices are.  Ms. Raycroft taught yoga to city employees for four years and feels that giving people access to self care could affect legislation, poor management styles, and gender/race imbalances within power structures.
 
As people learn more about the crisis that we face with peak oil, industrial agriculture, and environmental degradation, forward momentum has begun in community-based organizations and this has informed government and the private and nonprofit sectors to also come up with solutions.  Grassroots community groups have been instrumental in announcing these problems and facilitating creative solutions.  Jill helped install the victory garden in front of City Hall which was a direct reminder of the importance of relationship building and leading by example.
Ways to Connect with TransitionSF:
 
~ In Person: Community Meetings, 3rd Monday's at Gazebo Room (7pm) and 1st Tuesdays at Happiness Institute - see calendar for up to date info & addresses: http://www.transitionsf.org/Home/dashboard

~ Web: http://www.transitionsf.org/

~ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Transition-SF/311449443692

~ Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/TransitionSF

~ BACE Timebank TSF Group: http://timebank.sfbace.org/groups/42  (NEW!)


Re-Skilling Panel

posted May 5, 2012, 8:22 PM by ania moniuszko




RE-SKILLING
PANEL




RE-SKILLING PANEL

On Monday, May 21st, we have a *special community meeting* in which we'll have a dialog with 4 panelists on the topic of ReSkilling! 
 
Check out these very short videos to Meet the Panelists!
 
In addition, Meredith Buck is facilitating this community meeting, and Bud Smith is moderating the panel. Stay tuned for their videos coming soon!
 
Hope to see you on Monday, May 21st at 7pm in the Gazebo Room at CPMC Davies Campus (Castro St at 14th St) in San Francisco!
 
 
Mira Luna presents BACE Timebank as a resource to help you in meeting your ReSkilling needs:
 
Lynda Smith presents Nonviolent Communication as a practice to help in communicating our needs and connecting with each other:
 
Lisaruth Elliott presents an Artist and Activist Perspective on ReSkilling:
 
Warren Lake presents the SF Free School, connecting those who want to teach with those who want to learn:

Ways to Connect with TransitionSF:
 
~ In Person: Community Meetings, 3rd Monday's at Gazebo Room (7pm) and 1st Tuesdays at Happiness Institute - see calendar for up to date info & addresses: http://www.transitionsf.org/Home/dashboard

~ Web: http://www.transitionsf.org/

~ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Transition-SF/311449443692

~ Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/TransitionSF

~ BACE Timebank TSF Group: http://timebank.sfbace.org/groups/42  (NEW!)

Empowering Businesses in the Next Economy

posted Mar 18, 2012, 10:05 PM by ania moniuszko

April 16, 7-9pm: Empowering Businesses in the Next Economy 
"Social justice and environmental justice are important to me. How can I make a positive impact and also make a living?" …… "We have an idea for a new business. How do we get started and define our mission?" …… "I want to do work that's in line with my values while also being able to pay my bills."

Join TransitionSF in the 2nd of 2 special events led by Kevin Bayuk. Kevin will guide us in an interactive dialog exploring these questions of livelihood in the context of our personal and community Transition. This event will focus on business resources and tools in the Next Economy.

Location: Gazebo Room at CPMC Davies Campus, Castro Street between Duboce Street and 14th Street
Cost: Suggested Sliding Scale Donation, 5 to 15 dollars, No one will be turned away for lack of funds


About Kevin:
Kevin Bayuk is co-founder of Lift Economy (http://lifteconomy.com/), a business coaching organization committed to helping structure Next Economy organizations to scale for the benefit of people and planet. Kevin's roots are in entrepreneurship, having spent nearly a decade starting and growing technology companies, and activating projects and organizations that regenerate healthy ecosystems and socially just and joyful environments. After immersing himself in all aspects of starting and growing companies, Kevin focused his attention on learning about and teaching eco-systemic design. Now Kevin is merging his experience in business with his experience in permaculture to help businesses care for people while enhancing the earth.


Loal Resources:

Bay Area Worker Coopertives 
This organization provides resources and templates on how to set up a coop.
http://nobawc.org/
Business Training

Renaissance Enterprenourship Center
Business Training Classes and Incubator Space 
http://www.rencenter.org/

Woman's Initiative
Low cost training and on-going support for Women owned businesses
http://www.womensinitiative.org/

Small Business Development Center
Large selection of classes to get the business off the ground
http://sf.norcalsbdc.org/

Other Local Group helping us Transition:
http://www.transitionsf.org/organizations-transitioning-sf---spreadsheet

Exploring Livelihood in Context of Transition

posted Mar 18, 2012, 10:04 PM by ania moniuszko

March 19, 7-9pm: Exploring Personal Livelihood in the Context of Transition

…… "Social justice and environmental justice are important to me. How can I make a positive impact and also make a living?" …… "We have an idea for a new business. How do we get started and define our mission?" …… "I want to do work that's in line with my values while also being able to pay my bills." …… "I love my current job; how do I integrate the principles of transition where I am?" ……. "Are other people facing this challenge? How do I go about making a change?"

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Join TransitionSF in this special first of two special events led by Kevin Bayuk. Kevin will guide us in an interactive dialog exploring these questions of livelihood in the context of our personal and community Transition. This event (March 19) will focus on our personal livelihood, and the second event will focus on business resources and tools. (April 16) 




Location: Gazebo Room at CPMC Davies Campus, Castro Street between Duboce Street and 14th Street
Cost: Suggested Sliding Scale Donation, 5 to 15 dollars, No one will be turned away for lack of funds


About Kevin:
Kevin Bayuk is co-founder of Lift Economy (http://lifteconomy.com/), a business coaching organization committed to helping structure Next Economy organizations to scale for the benefit of people and planet. Kevin's roots are in entrepreneurship, having spent nearly a decade starting and growing technology companies, and activating projects and organizations that regenerate healthy ecosystems and socially just and joyful environments. After immersing himself in all aspects of starting and growing companies, Kevin focused his attention on learning about and teaching eco-systemic design. Now Kevin is merging his experience in business with his experience in permaculture to help businesses care for people while enhancing the earth.


Loal Resources:

Bay Area Worker Coopertives 
This organization provides resources and templates on how to set up a coop.
http://nobawc.org/
Business Training

Renaissance Enterprenourship Center
Business Training Classes and Incubator Space 
http://www.rencenter.org/

Woman's Initiative
Low cost training and on-going support for Women owned businesses
http://www.womensinitiative.org/

Small Business Development Center
Large selection of classes to get the business off the ground
http://sf.norcalsbdc.org/

Other Local Group helping us Transition:
http://www.transitionsf.org/organizations-transitioning-sf---spreadsheet

Genetically Engineered Foods - What can we do?

posted Feb 13, 2012, 10:45 PM by ania moniuszko

February 27th TransitionSF MeetingLabel Genetically Engineered Foods. It's Our Right to Know.

What are genetically engineered foods, and why should they be labeled? Find out at the February 27th TransitionSF meeting, where Frank Plughoff and Liz Kroboth, San Francisco coordinators for the Committee for the Right to Know, will be presenting.

The Committee for the Right to Know is a grassroots coalition of consumer, public health, environmental organizations, and food companies in California that is working to put an initiative on the 2012 California ballot requiring labeling of genetically engineered foods (also known as GE foods, or GMOs). Prompted by growing concerns about the impacts that genetically engineered foods may have on human health and the environment, the demand for labeling from consumers, and the lack of response from lawmakers, this coalition is taking the question of labeling to the people.

Location:
February 27th,  7pm - Gazebo Room at CPMC Davies Campus, Castro btw 14th & Duboce. 

Community Meeting: Monday, Oct 24: 7-9 pm

posted Oct 21, 2011, 11:29 AM by Beverly Pitzer


DATE & TIME:
Monday, October 24
7:00-9:00pm
 

LOCATION: 
The "Gazebo", at CPMC Davies Campus, on Castro between 14th and Duboce 
San Francisco, CA 94114 

From the Duboce Street entrance, follow the driveway in and curve around the building on your left onto a large patio area.  The Gazebo is the glass-walled structure in front of you.  Or look at this Google map: http://tinyurl.com/2fql2xe

COST: FREE

About TransitionSF: 
    

We are a community group working to catalyze a resilient and relocalized San Francisco that can proactively address Peak Oil and Climate Change and transition to a low-energy, high-satisfaction future.  We are also part of the global Transition Towns movement.

http://transitionsf.org 
http://www.transitionnetwork.org

June 27 Community Meeting - Creating an EDAP for San Francisco

posted Jun 20, 2011, 11:02 PM by ania moniuszko   [ updated Jun 20, 2011, 11:06 PM ]


During this month's community meeting we'll continue discussions about creating an EDAP (energy descent action plan) for San Francisco.

Also please bring seeds to the meeting for a seed swap.  Any leftover seeds will be donated to the SF Seed Library at Hayes Valley Farm.

Feel free to bring snacks or something to share as well.

DATE & TIME:
Monday, May 27
7:00-9:00pm
 

LOCATION: 
The "Gazebo", at CPMC Davies Campus, on Castro between 14th and Duboce 
San Francisco, CA 94114 

From the Duboce Street entrance, follow the driveway in and curve around the building on your left onto a large patio area.  The Gazebo is the glass-walled structure in front of you.  Or look at this Google map: http://tinyurl.com/2fql2xe

COST: FREE

About TransitionSF: 
    

We are a community group working to catalyze a resilient and relocalized San Francisco that can proactively address Peak Oil and Climate Change and transition to a low-energy, high-satisfaction future.  We are also part of the global Transition Towns movement.

http://transitionsf.org 
http://www.transitionnetwork.org

May 22 Community Meeting - EDAP and Community Map

posted May 22, 2011, 10:45 PM by ania moniuszko   [ updated May 22, 2011, 10:49 PM ]

This month's community meeting will feature a presentation about the EDAP (energy descent action plan) process and roots of Transition as well as a working session on community mapping.

Also please bring seeds to the meeting for a seed swap.  Any leftover seeds will be donated to the SF Seed Library at Hayes Valley Farm.

Feel free to bring snacks or something to share as well.

DATE & TIME:
Monday, May 23
7:00-9:00pm
 

LOCATION: 
The "Gazebo", at CPMC Davies Campus, on Castro between 14th and Duboce 
San Francisco, CA 94114 

From the Duboce Street entrance, follow the driveway in and curve around the building on your left onto a large patio area.  The Gazebo is the glass-walled structure in front of you.  Or look at this Google map: http://tinyurl.com/2fql2xe

COST: FREE

About TransitionSF: 
    

We are a community group working to catalyze a resilient and relocalized San Francisco that can proactively address Peak Oil and Climate Change and transition to a low-energy, high-satisfaction future.  We are also part of the global Transition Towns movement.

http://transitionsf.org 
http://www.transitionnetwork.org

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