The 5th Annual Spaghetti Dinner and Program honoring activists and sponsored by our UU Social Justice Council was a huge success on Saturday night, January 23. The lively and enthusiastic crowd was very moved by the inspiring words of Tim DeChristopher, climate activist and keynote speaker. While UUSF hosted Mr. DeChristopher, during the week he also spoke to a wide range of climate activist groups in the larger Bay Area, including on talk-radio station programs, made appearances at other UU congregations and public policy groups, all to wide acclaim.
Dinner attendees were likewise impressed by the three local activists, Pennie OpalPlant (climate change), Peter Cohen (San Francisco housing), and Rev. Deborah Lee(immigration rights), who represented their organizations well, describing their work which matches our three UUSF Social Justice Council issue focus areas of Environmental Justice, Economic Justice and Human Rights.
The Program was emcee'd with flair and precision by Janet Weil of Code Pink, with UUSF Rev. John Buehrens assisting and who explained our UU activist heritage and history down to the present time. Everyone enjoyed the food, the ambiance, met a lot of new friends, and were especially enthused by the ideas and insights of all the activist speakers.
Thanks to all who participated in this event to make it a success!
ACTIVIST SPAGHETTI DINNER AND PROGRAM A RESOUNDING AND INSPIRATIONAL SUCCESS!
Here are picture highlights from photographers Meg Whitaker Greene
and Bruce Neuberger.
Here is the YOUTUBE video - with contacts for all presenters and sponsors listed at the end of the video of this presentation by videographer Tony DeRenzo.