This year’s presidential elections caused a wide-scale stir with both national and foreign audiences around the globe. Since President-elect Joe Biden emerged victorious from the intense polling competition, political happenings within the country would take interesting turns for what the new administration has in store.
Due to these new changes, the Bay Area is also no exception. As such, here are several upcoming political events happening in the Bay Area this December:
December 3, 2020 – Thursday
The Commonwealth Club would host an interview with newly elected Hawaii House Representative Adrian Tam on Thursday at noon. The latter is the chamber’s first gay Asian American member in its entire political history. Tam would talk about his plans and reforms during his term starting next year.
At 6 p.m. on Thursday, the Slash SFPD Stash would hold a strategy meeting concerning the “Defund the police” movement. Invited administrators would further discuss their plans on cutting San Francisco’s police funds to address the controversial police shootings and George Floyd’s untimely murder months ago. During the same time slot for the strategy assembly, California’s secretary for environmental protection Jared Blumenfeld would discuss the state’s coronavirus goals. Both the Sunnyvale Sustainability Commission and Sunnyvale City would host the entire discussion. During the consultation, Blumenfeld will focus on explaining how to reduce how to implement carbon neutrality in the state and create additional jobs for unemployed citizens.
By 5 p.m., the Commonwealth Club would also supervise a live discussion regarding the race in America with several invited political experts. The confirmed speakers for the conference include CEO of Impact Strategies Angela Rye and Georgetown University sociology professor Michael Eric Dyson.
Moreover, former CIA director John Brennan would talk about the release of his new book titled, “Undaunted: My Fight Against America’s Enemies, at Home and Abroad.” The Commonwealth Club would host the book promotions by 10 a.m., before Adam Tam’s 12nn interview.
December 5, 2020 – Saturday
At 10:30 a.m., a protest on wheels would occur at Oakland’s Lake Merritt auditorium to fight against evictions. The rally’s sponsors include the SMC Tenants Council and JDW Tenants Union.
December 7, 2020 – Monday
At noontime on Monday, San Francisco Democrat and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would have an in-depth discussion for her next political plans next year. Pelosi has invited Commonwealth Club President and CEO Gloria Duffy to participate in the scheduled talk with her.
December 9, 2020 – Wednesday
The Commonwealth Club would host a conversation with Stanford University’s Pulitzer-Prize winning historian David Kennedy at noon one Wednesday. Kennedy would speak about America’s future democracy.
Meanwhile, there is a conference involving non-profit organizations’ struggles to help Middle Eastern aid workers and refugees during the COVID-19 crisis. The Commonwealth Club arranged the assembly, and its panelists would consist of UC Berkeley’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies research associate Niveen Rizkalla and Collateral Repair Project’s CEO Amanda Lane. The said talk would commence on Wednesday at 10 a.m.
December 10, 2020 – Thursday
By 10:30 a.m., the Public Policy Institute of California has organized a strategy forum for Cabinet Secretary Ana Matosantos and Gov. Gavin Newsom. The two political figures would further expand on their planned strategies to help California’s economy rise again from COVID-19’s inflicted severe recession.
December 11, 2020 – Friday
Delaware state senator-elect Sarah McBride would have an interview with the Commonwealth Club at 6 p.m. on Friday. As of the latest election results, McBride is the nation’s first transgender senator.
December 12, 2020 – Saturday
The United Nations Association’s San Francisco chapter would host a discussion on Human Rights Day. The talk participants consist of advocates, reformers, and researchers discussing how modern digital technologies impact racial justice-related problems. The conference would begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
December 13, 2020 – Sunday
By noon, the Commonwealth Club would arrange a conversation concerning systematic racism and inequity’s effects amid the coronavirus crisis. The discussion would cover impacts related to economic, social, physical, and psychological factors.