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The Alameda Public Affairs Forum is a voluntary non-profit, non-partisan educational group whose purpose is to educate the public in Alameda and the wider San Francisco-East Bay Area about issues of local, national, and international concern.

The APAF presents forums, discussion meetings and seminars to which the public is invited free of charge.

Voluntary donations to cover the costs of presenting the meetings and publicity are solicited at the meetings.

We’ve inaugurated a new custom to begin the evening: a reception with snacks and juice and coffee before the Forum, starting at 6PM, in the Library coffee shop – bring your favorite finger food, dessert or juice etc., to share. A good time to chat with the guest speaker(s) and your other friends before the Forum program at 7:15.

For more information,

Contact APAF



You may now listen to the May 9 Forum, “Four Alameda Women Authors“. Click here for: Presentations * Q & A

HaitiAction’s Pierre LaBossiere gave an insightful talk on Haiti, its history, and where it is today. Mp3s of his presenmtation and the Q&A that followed are linked below To learn more, you may go to the Haiti Action Committee website; and if you wish to help, here is the website of the Haiti Emergency Relief Fund. You may learn more about President Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s Foundation.

If you have any difficulty with the media player, the direct links are below the audio panels

Presentation:

Q&A:


The international foreign policy of plantation diplomacy has once again forced the nostalgia of colonization into the Caribbean, where the history of African liberation from enslavement capitalism began in 1804 with the Haitian defeat of Napoleon’s French army. Defeated and humiliated, France embarked on a fanatical campaign of revenge and terrorism against Haiti. Haiti was even forced to pay reparations to France. Since this historic point, many countries (Europe, Canada, the USA) and even the UN have attempted to destabilize the island Republic of Haiti. Between 1915 and 1935, Haiti was invaded, occupied, and exploited by the USA. In 1957, the USA supported the corrupt and brutal regimes of Francois Duvalier (Papa Doc) and his son, Baby Doc (1971) in Haiti. So once again, in order to liberate Haiti from the greed of corruption and the corruption of greed, the people of Haiti took action to restore democracy in their country.

(From and interview with Pierre LaBossier. Full interview; Source.)


Article: The Great War's Ominous Echoes

Now available, mp3s of Giovanni Vassalo’s presentation, The Tibetan Struggle for Freedom


China, the U.S. and the “Pivot to the Pacific”
by Arthur and Gretchen Lipow , November 2012 (For Peace and Justice Caucus November NEA) REA


Mp3s and AIFs of the June 16 Forum with Prof. Jack Rasmus, “Obama’s Economic Plan: Recovery for the Few and Continuing Poverty and Suffering for the Many” are now available:

mp3 Talk and Q&A
AIFF Talk and Q&A

Our earlier talks are archived (see menu button above); for more recent programs, from the May Forum on Fukushima by Andy Lichterman and Michael Eisensher, to our more recent offerings, including a video of the October 15 Occupy Rally, featuring Danny Glover, and our last Forum on the Occupy movement, with speakers from Jack Gershon and Barry Schultz to Gretchen and Arthur Lipow by clicking: Forum Archive.


NOTE: There are text links as well as audio control panels, which include AIF files for Macs. Audio CDs of the talks may be ordered by contacting the Forum.


“The Tibetan Struggle for Freedom”
Giovanni Vassalo
January 11, 2014

Presentation

Text link for Talk mp3

Q&A

Text link for Q&A mp3


“The Occupy Movement”
featuring: Jack Gerson, Andrew Lichterman, Barry Schultz, Gretchen Lipow and Arthur Lipow
November 12, 2012

Presentation

Track 1


Track 2


Q&A

Track 3


Track 4


“Occupy Oakand”
an October 15 event featuring
Danny Glover

Video


“Obama’s Latest Jobs Program:
the Emerging Double Dip Recession and the Glogal Economy on the Brink”

October 8, 2011: Dr. Jack Rasmus

Presentation:

Rasmus Presentation mp3
Rasmus Presentation AIF


Q & A:

Rasmus_Q & A mp3
Rasmus_Q & A AIF


“New Priorities for a New Beginning”

September 10, 2011:
Michael Eisenscher

Presentation:

New Prioities Presentation mp3


Q & A:


New Priorities Q & A mp3


“Fukushima in California”

May 14, 2011: Andrew Lichterman

Presentation:

Fukushima Presentation mp3


Q & A:

Fukushima Q&A mp3


[For an interview with Vanessa Graber, community radio director at the Prometheus Radio Project, on Low Power radio, click HERE.]


The Forum had an online archive through our host, GoDaddy. It was discontinued and, unfortunately, content was lost. Here is what we were able to recover:

FILE: Moveable10-20of84:

TITLE: Fukushima Presentation
DATE: 7/2/2011 11:30:48 PM
Presentation by Andrew Lichterman May 14, 2011
Fukushima in California

TITLE: Rebirth of the American Labor Movement from Wisconsin to California
DATE: 4/8/2011 11:43:00 PM
This forum, delivered on March 12, 2011, featured Sal Rosselli, Steve Early, Carl Fenimore and Cal Winslow, and was moderated by Arthur Lipow

TITLE: Resisting McCarthyism: To Sign or Not to Sign the Loyalty Oath
DATE: 7/1/2010 12:29:00 AM

Alameda Public Affairs Forum, May 8, 2010

Bob Blauner

TITLE: Bob Blauner
DATE: 7/1/2010 1:17:00 AM

TITLE: Bob Blauner audio clip (no longer available)

TITLE: Resisting McCarthyism: To Sign or Not to Sign the Loyalty Oath

DATE: 7/1/2010 12:29:00 AM

 

Alameda Public Affairs Forum, May 8, 2010

Bob Blauner

Prof. Emeritus. U.C. Berkeley, on his new book.

Prof. Emeritus. U.C. Berkeley, on his new book.

TITLE: Bob Blauner audio clip (NA*)

*no longer available

TITLE: Jack Rasmus returned to the Forum to speak on the economic crisis we are experiencing

DATE: 6/30/2010 10:08:00 PM

Jack Rasmus, professor of economics at St. Mary’s, has written extensively on the global economic crisis. He presented his

findings on the recent downturn and where the economy is heading; and offered a program for emerging from this crisis.

He has recently authored a book, “From Epic Recession to Economic Depression” – his book is available for sale.

 

File: Moveable20to30of84

 

 

TITLE: Behind the Tea Party Movement - Where the red Highway Took Me and Where it is Going

 

DATE: 4/23/2010 12:39:22 AM

 

April 10 Alameda Forum: Rose Aguilar

Three years ago, Rose Aguilar packed her VW bus and set out on a journey to the Red states of America. The result was

her amazing book, RED HIGHWAYS: A LIBERAL'S JOURNEY INTO THE HEARTLAND. Well before the "Tea Party" made its

formal appearance, Rose had discovered the people and the discontents behind it and documented it all in her book.

Rose, who is the host on KALW's "Your Call" spoke to the Alameda Public Affairs Forum over a year ago. Now she agreed to

return and talk about the "tea party" in light of her historic journey into American heartland.

Those of you who have read her know she is a great speaker and has a lot to say about the upheaval in American politics

that has given birth to the "tea party". Just what is it?

 

 

TITLE: Behind the Tea Party Movement (Part II)

 

 

 

 

DATE: 4/23/2010 12:23:00 AM

 

This is the Q&A portion of the event.

Listen to the Podcast: (NA)

 

TITLE: Behind the Tea Party Movement - Where the red Highway Took Me and Where it is Going

 

DATE: 4/23/2010 12:07:18 AM

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FORUM LOCATION

Unless otherwise noted, the Forum is held every second Saturday evening from 7 to 9:30 pm in Conference Rooms A/B at the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. (Oak & Lincoln), Alameda, California. Come at 6:30 to snack and socialize. Bring something to share.

Enter the Library through the back entrance off of the parking lot.

Wheelchair accessible!

Map/Directions

On Public Transit:

From Fruitvale BART, take AC Transit 50 to SW Corner of Park St. at Santa Clara. Walk NW one block to Oak St. Turn right.