Cynthia Johnson

Cynthia Johnson, Social Justice Committee Vice Chair of BFUU and director of the Hal Carlstad Social Justice Committee

Cynthia was Hal Carlstad’s partner.

Left to right Cynthia Jean Johnson, Vic Sadot, Gene Herman, Carol Ann Amour, and Gail Penso. The photo on the wall above Gene is Hal Carlstad, the late-legendary activist.

The Hal Carlstad Social Justice Center will have a two-year celebration on Sunday, June 8, 2009 at 1 p.m. in the Fireside Room after the Second Sunday potluck. We really have something to celebrate as we grow in our collaborative efforts with Fukushima Response, Transition Berkeley and others. We remain open Monday through Friday from 1:30 to 5 p.m. with great support from our wonderful office staff as well as IT support from Ole and Abbott.

New members of the SJC have also really made our ongoing film and speaker series shine. Cynthia Papermaster brings us Ann Wright, who will speak on the Pivot to Asia on Sunday, March 2. She also brings us a great film on preserving our privacy and internet freedom, Terms and Conditions May Apply (see the calendar). Elana Levy on the Speakers and Film Committee last month shared a profound screening of the film Rosa Luxembourg and brought us wonderful speakers on the rights of nature. In April we’re hosting Kathy Kelly of Voices for Creative Non-Violence and in May we’ll welcome Richmond Mayor Gayle MacLauglin.

Upcoming films include Project Censored in April, and American Revolution: Beyond Capitalism and State Socialism in May. We will also screen documentaries by Oliver Stone and Peter Kuzick on the National Security State in the coming months. Recently, the SJC provided a home for participants in the Longest Walk 4: the Return to Alcatraz, a 3,000-mile walk to support indigenous rights. On a deeper level we are in solidarity with the spirits of our ancestors for the present and for the future generations. We are so grateful to be a part of the larger Fellowship and to work in collaboration with our New School friends and hear those next-generation voices every day. https://www.bfuu.org/images/stories/newsletters/bfuucommunicatorMarch2014.pdf

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