Hall Movie Nights and Forums
Town Hall Coalition has sponsored movie nights and public forums
throughout the county with panels of experts from government,
business, farm labor, scientists, and non-profit organizations.
These forums are designed to exchange information and provide
community stakeholders and opportunity to speak and listen to
each other as well as organize.
the regional level, we have held seven free public town hall forums.
They are: Your Water, Your Wallet, and Your Health! Cancer
in Sonoma County, Are You Concerned about Vineyard Development?
Pesticides, People, and Healthy Farming, Concerned About
Pesticides? Industrial Vineyard Development, and an
Evening of Water Issues. Each forum teaches communities
about current issues and public policy. Participants meet decision-makers
and those knowledgeable about the issues at hand. The forums are
designed to provide clear steps about how to get involved and
participate in the decision-making process in order to effect
social change and create sustainable healthy communities.
Wed. May 31, 2006 we showed the movie INVISIBLE
BALLOTS is an in-depth exposé of all-electronic computerized
voting. Underneath the radar of public scrutiny, election officials
and voting machine manufacturers are putting into service tens
of thousands of touch screen voting machines that cannot be relied
upon for accuracy or security from tampering. Voting is swiftly
coming under the control of private corporations using secret
software with little or no independent oversight. These companies
and the people who run them are rife with corruption and insider
alliances. Mysterious election upsets are increasing, and verified
recounts are impossible. If we are to preserve representative
government, the public must learn the secrets revealed in Invisible
Ballots and take action quickly. No host pizza and drinks. Defend
Democracy! Stop Election Fraud!
August 18, 2005 we had a Forest Slide Show and Skit in preparation
for August 23 Forest Conversion meeting. At 6:30PM at Coffee Catz,
Sebastopol. Town Hall Coalition presents a Slide Show of Sonoma
County Forest Conversions on Thursday, August 18th at 6:30PM at
Coffee Catz Café in Sebastopol. See what Forest Conversions
look like, and what they do to the landscape, ecology, and habitat.
Find out the latest information and prepare for the Public Hearing.
We will also perform a SATIRICAL skit (inspired by the San Francisco
Mime Troupe) which outlines the issues. Activism and entertainment!
June 30, 2005 we showed "Coastal Clash"
cooperation with Coast Walk.
Whose coast is it, anyway? Coastal Clash, a one-hour, high-definition
documentary produced by KQED Public Television, takes an in-depth
look at the many sides of the struggle for California's shores.
Many Californians believe that the passage of the Coastal Act
in 1976 and the subsequent creation of the California Coastal
Commission and California Coastal Conservancy effectively saved
the coastline for its citizens. But despite the fact that California
leads the nation in its protection and management of coastal resources,
few locations in the United States rival California for its constant,
intense pressure for development or for the politics that plague
the operations of the California Coastal Commission. Coastal Clash
travels the California coastline and features environmental experts,
coastal scientists, government representatives, community leaders
and property owners reveal the state's history of tension between
public vs. private coastal interests, examine the science of sea
walls and their effect on beaches and offer examples of both failed
and successful attempts at coastal development. Featured speaker:
County Supervisor and Coastal Commissioner Mike Reilly.
19, 2005 we showed "Oil on Ice"-
a documentary on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and U.S.
energy policy. Followed
by a discussion: The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. What is
to be done? How to reshape environmentalism to bring in more people,
engage the mainstream, and get past retrograde policies?
March 10, 2005 we showed
a film on Voter Security "Contesting a Stolen Election"
by a discussion with Eve Roberson: Ohio 2004 Voting Irregularities,
Hazards of Electronic (Black Box) Voting, Where were the Exit
Polls, and more
Roberson is a former election supervisor, Vice President of League
of Women Voters, has served on the Sonoma County Grand Jury, and
spent 4 weeks in Ohio this Fall.
first film night was February 10, 2005. We showed the DVD of Professor
George Lakoff called "How Democrats and Progressives can
Win" which discussed the concept of "framing" and
the metaphor of the family in American politics. A lively discussion
Town Hall Forums
Comedy Night- April 2, 2006
Sebastopol Community Center.
Featuring the SF Mime Troupe's Amos Glick as Dubya and Ed Holmes
Also with stand up comedian Johnny Steele. Hilarious political
satire, new songs, speeches, a press conference, and more!
7:00 PM Comedy Show
General Admission Tickets for the show: $20.
Tickets available by calling (707) 824-4371 or stop by the Redwood
Empire Environmental Center at Gravenstein Station in Sebastopol.
Hall Coalition Annual Dinner
"Defend the Commons"
Saturday, December 10, 2005 from 6:00pm-10:00pm
Sebastopol Community Center
are $25, available by calling (707) 824-4371
Hall Coalition, Community Clean Water Institute, and the Redwood
Empire Environmental Center are hosting their annual dinner at
the Sebastopol Community Center on Saturday, December 10, 2005.
Theme of the evening is "Defending the Commons." The
Commons are the shared wealth of our community including our public
schools, wetlands, national parks, forests, air, water, Social
Security, Medicare, libraries, and more. Our collectively held
public properties and social programs are being sold (privatized)
to the highest bidder. Elected officials are relinquishing public
ownership, encouraging privatization and extraction, and destroying
the framework in which community and democracy operate. How can
we defend these Commons?
and journalist Jonathan Rowe will be the keynote speaker. Jonathan
Rowe is the Founder of Tomales Bay Institute, and the author of
"The Common Good: An argument for asserting our rights to
quiet, community, a drink of pure water, and a breath of fresh
air," and an expert on the importance of protecting the commons.
His articles have appeared in The Atlantic, Christian Science
Monitor, Yes Magazine, Utne Reader, and more, and he has been
a contributing editor to the Washington Monthly. A recent
article he wrote appeared in the Sierra Club magazine.
in Sonoma County, the acquisition of 3,375 acres in the Willow
Creek watershed in Western Sonoma County is a positive example
of protecting land for the common good. The environmental activists
who made this park a reality will be honored at the Dinner. For
years of combating excessive logging through lawsuits and organizing,
we will honor Darrell Sukovitzen, Pieter Myers, and Richard Coates.
For the work of Willow Creeks acquisition and permanent
protection, we will honor Caryl Hart, Craig Anderson (Landpaths),
Richard Retecki (Coastal Conservancy), and Sonoma County Open
Space District. A special honor will be given posthumously to
Francie Gallegos for her inspiration and work to initiate Willow
Creeks permanent protection.
dinner menu includes: lasagna, salad, garlic bread and chocolate
mousse cake. Music will be provided by Jeffrey Jon (Whitebear)
who has just released a new CD titled, Honoring Life.
event will also include music, raffle prizes, and silent auction.
are $25 tickets and available by calling (707) 824-4371, or at
the Redwood Empire Environmental Center, 6741 Sebastopol Ave.
Suite 140, Sebastopol. (in Gravenstein Station near Coffee Catz).
This is a benefit for Town Hall Coalition and Community Clean
San Francisco Mime Troupe- "Doing Good"
4, 2005- 7PM
Sebastopol Vets Building, 282 High Street, Sebastopol
Political Comedy Theatre at its best! Oil, coup d'etats, dams
and roads from the TET Offensive to the fall of the Shah, the
Mime Troupe traces history and asks, what price do we pay for
affluence? With humor and original music, you will leave the play
with renewed energy for change. Join us at this year's hilarious
political comedy satire "Doing Good".
Call for information (707) 824-4371.
the Truth Out In Media"
Join us for an afternoon with: WILLIAM RIVERS PITT
Internationally acclaimed author, and journalist from TruthOut.org
by: A COMMUNITY FORUM ON THE MEDIA
Panelists include: Wm. Rivers Pitt, Ron Sundergill-Leadership
Institute and Media Expert, Eve Roberson-California Election Protection
Network, Dawn Pillsbury-Reporter, Kevin Spidel-Progressive Democrats
appearance by Esteemed Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey
and Moderator SHERRY GLASER
Presenting "Imagine That! The News of Infinite Possibilities"
JUNE 5, 2005
547 MENDOCINO AVE., SANTA ROSA
Former UA Theater
- 4:00-$10-William Rivers Pitt, Sherry Glaser, and Panel Only
2:00 - 5:30 EVENT-$35-Including William Rivers Pitt, Sherry Glaser,
Panelists and Reception with wine, hors d'oeuvres, music, special
guests and conversation with the panelists
Tickets available at Copperfields Bookstores, The Last Record
Store, purchase at the door, Or call for reservations-707-586-5913.
Co-sponsored by: Women for a Better World, Progressive Democrats
Sonoma County, Town Hall Coalition, Redwood Empire Environmental
Center, Project Censored/North Bay Progressive, Community Clean
a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice
of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the
path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source
of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone
lives in fear." Harry S. Truman
only security of all is a free press." Thomas Jefferson
Political Comedy Night
January 29, 2005- 7:30 PM at the Sebastopol Community Center.
Amos Glick and Ed Holmes from the San Francisco Mime Troupe as
Dubya and Cheney
live music, raffle, silent auction, and awards for grassroots
peace and environmental activists: Pocket Canyon Protection Group,
Coffee Lane Alliance, Coastal Forest Alliance, Healdsburg Peace
Buy $20 advance tickets at Copperfield's Books in Sebastopol,
at the Redwood Empire Environmental Center, or call (707) 824-4371
to reserve tickets by phone.
You Concerned About Dead and Dying Redwoods and Other Trees?
Climate Change, Acid Rain, Global Warming, Clearcuts, Forest Fragmentation
Threaten Tallest Trees in the World.
November 6th, 2003-7 PM Find out what we can do to protect Redwood
Trees-Our National Treasures. A Community Forum and Slideshow
Presentation featuring Dr. Reese Halter of Global
Forest Society. Dr. Halter is President and founder of Global
Forest Society (which is conducting studies of forests around
the world and the effects of climate change and other factors
impacting their health and survival.
Learn about specific threats to the world's largest trees and
the impacts of global climate change on our coastal redwood forests.
Sponsored by Town Hall Coalition. This is the first of a series
of community forums on this issue. Second forum will take place
in January 2004. For more information call 874-9110.
click here to view
the flyer (PDF version)
Corporate Water Theft!
A follow-up to the October 23rd forum, this event on December
9, 2002 took place at the Santa Rosa Public Library.
The crowd of over 120 people heard from an expert panel featuring
Juliette Beck of Public Citizen's Water for All Campaign,
Nancy Price, National Co-chair of Alliance for Democracy, Michael
Warburton of the Public Trust Alliance, and Fifth District Supervisor
Mike Reilly. Of the many issues explored during the evening, the
belief that water is a human right and should not be treated as
private property was central to the discussions. Nor should water
be exploited for the exclusive benefit of a multinational corporation
eager to use the auspice of international trade agreements to
undermine community control of the commons. The event was organized
by a diverse coalition of organizations including Alliance for
Democracy, Community Clean Water Institute, Sonoma County Peace
and Justice Center, Town Hall Coalition, and World Stewardship
and Albion River Water Bags, Water Rights,Privatization, and the
Hall Coalition was actively involved in the successful campaign
to oppose the proposed water export from the mouths of the Gualala
and Albion Rivers for sale to San Diego. On October 23, 2003,
after the 60 Day Notice to Appropriate Water was filed, Town Hall
Coalition lended support to North Coast activists by hosting an
action forum feauturing Fifth District Assemblymember Patricia
Wiggins, Antonia Juhasz of the International Forum on Globalization,
Ursula Jones and Don Kemp from Friends of the Gualala River, and
Bernie MacDonald of the Albion River Watershed Protection Association.
The event was followed by a protest form workshop led by Friends
of the Gualala River in which participants filed the official
water export protest form with the State Water Board.
Activist Convergence: "Our Future, Our Choices"
Activist Convergence: Report Back
The First-Annual Youth Activist Convergence, held on April 12th-14th
in Sebastopol, was a complete success in its efforts to educate,
inspire, and unite emerging activists...
Youth Activist Manifesto
Activist Convergence Participating Organizations
Water Action Forum
The formation of the North Coast Water Coalition was another
successful outgrowth of the Water Forum. On February 9, 2002 over
100 activists representing all the major rivers in Mendocino,
Sonoma and Marin counties, watershed restoration groups, and other
water-impacting interests such as gravel, wastewater and forest
practices participated in this action-packed forum. The North
Coast Water Coalition chose water as their unifying theme for
2002 because water speaks to all of us on an emotional level and
is integral to health--people hear this theme and are compelled
Water, Your Wallet, Your Health!
March of 2001, Town Hall Coalition cosponsored a forum in Santa
Rosa on issues relating to water in the Eel and Russian Rivers
and the role of the Sonoma County Water Agency. Your Water,
Your Wallet, Your Health! Forum was moderated by Daniel Solnit,
Director of Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy;
and attended by over 350 people. Panelists included Assemblywoman
Virginia Strom-Martin; David Keller, former Petaluma City Councilman;
Brenda Adelman, Director of Russian River Watershed Protection
Committee; Nadananda, Executive Director of Friends of the Eel
River; Alex Forman, member of the Marin Municipal Water District;
and Don McEnhill, Friends of the Russian River. Special
thanks go to members of the Working on Water group for organizing
this successful event. Members of the group have continued to
follow up on issues relating to gravel extraction in the Russian
River, water diversions, water rates, and growth.
you Concerned about Cancer in Sonoma County?
April of 2001, Santa Rosa City Councilwoman Noreen Evans moderated
a town hall forum in Occidental titled Are You Concerned about
Cancer in Sonoma County?. Debra Anderson, President of the
Occidental Chamber of Commerce and owner of the Lookinglass Salon,
worked incredibly hard to organize this emotional and informative
event. Anderson has developed a map and a cancer registry where
people with cancer and their loved ones can record information
and put them on the map. Molly Boice and the Juicy Tomatoes presented
a reading from Press Democrat Columnist Susan Swartzs book
by the same name. Panelists included Francine Levien, Founder
and Director of Marin Breast Cancer Watch; Marty DeKay-Bemis,
West County Health Center; Britt Bailey, Center for Ethics and
Toxics; Ginger Souders-Mason, Marin Beyond Pesticides; Dr. Kathryn
Scott, Sonoma County Public Health; and Emmie Morgan, representative
for Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey. Tapes of all the forums are available
at the Town Hall Coalition office.
and Pesticides Forum
On July 27, 2001, in Occidental, hundreds gathered to review farming
practices, pesticides, Pierce's Disease, and the Glassy-Winged
Sharpshooter. The event featured a special panel presentation
of farmers, health and resources experts. They discussed such
issues as the Sonoma County grape industry, land use practices
and how health (especially children's, the elderly, and those
that are chemically-sensitive), wildlife, property rights, and
organic farming are affected by pesticide applications.
Several hundred people participated in the Town Hall Coalition
forum on water at Salmon Creek School on April 26, 2000. Biologist
Brock Dolman presented an excellent slide show about habitat and
watershed protection from the Eel to the Russian Rivers, creeks,
springs and beyond. Brenda Adelman informed us about the Sonoma
County Water Agency, sewers and sewer pipelines planned to support
growth around the county. Attorney Jack Silver explained how people
can test their wells for contamination and Stephen Fuller-Rowell
discussed how to test your own wells, springs and ground water
for quantity and recharge to establish water rights. If you would
like more information about these issues please call the THC Resource
Center at 707 874-9110.
you concerned about vineyard development? Forum #3
On December 7, 1999, the Town Hall Coalition presented a forum
giving the community the opportunity to hear from governmental
included Andy Baker of the State Water Quality; Alan Buckman of
the State Department of Fish & Game; Dr. Andrew Lerand, Professor
at SRJC & farmer; Supervisor Mike Reilly; Bev Wasson, Board
Member of the Regional Water Quality Control Board and grape grower;
and John Westoby, Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner.
you concerned about vineyard development? #2
This follow-up to Forum #1, took place on September 30, 1999,
and dealt with watershed protection, forest conversion to vineyards,
timber harvest plans, soil erosion and sedimentation, noise and
toxic pollution, loss of quality of life, and rural subdivisions.
you concerned about vineyard development?
The Town Hall Coalition spawned from this forum dealing with
forest conversions to vineyards, on September 9, 1999. The gathering
of people discussed such issues as what you can do to protect
your property, family, and community from threats to public health,
safety and the environment.