Thursday, May 6

Bay Area political events: Anti-hate rallies, cult politics

Upcoming political events in the Bay Area. Events take place online unless otherwise noted:

Berkeley anti-hate rally: An Asian American Pacific Islander “Youth Rising” rally and march, starting at 2 p.m. at Aquatic Park, Bolivar Drive and Addison Street, in Berkeley. More information is here.

Dublin anti-hate rally: A rally against anti-Asian American violence and hate crimes. 3 p.m., Emerald Glen Park (in front of the Wave) at Central Parkway and Glynnis Rose Drive, Dublin. More information is here.

Fremont anti-hate rally: An event centered around supporting Asian American women and elders. 4 p.m., Central Park performance pavilion, 40204 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont. More information is here.


Climate displacement: Representatives of Earth Refuge, the International Refugee Assistance Project and Climate Refugees discuss climate-induced displacement in the U.S. and globally and what can be done to deal with it. Hosted by Earth Refuge and the Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality and Anti-Discrimination Law. 10 a.m. More information is here.

Cult politics: Stephen Hassan, a mental health professional and author of “The Cult of Trump: A Leading Cult Expert Explains How the President Uses Mind Control,” discusses cult-like behavior in politics. Sponsored by the Commonwealth Club. Noon. More information is here.

COVID and education: Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, hosts a virtual town hall meeting on school safety, learning loss, and mental and behavioral health support during the pandemic. Participants include Tony Thurmond, state superintendent of public instruction; Lynn Mackey, Contra Costa County schools superintendent; and Dr. Petra Steinbuchel, director of the UCSF Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Portal. 1 p.m. Submit a question in advance here; join meeting here.

Cass Sunstein: Author of “Liars: Falsehoods and Free Speech in an Age of Deception,” discusses how government and private institutions can control false information. Hosted by the Commonwealth Club. 3:30 p.m. More information is here.


Rights and justice: Columbia University law Professor Jamal Greene, author of “How Rights Went Wrong: Why Our Obsession with Rights Is Tearing America Apart,” discusses recoupling rights for all with justice for all. Hosted by the Commonwealth Club. Noon. More information is here.

Politics of immigration: A discussion with Sarah Coleman, Texas State University assistant professor of history and author of “The Walls Within: The Politics of Immigration in Modern America,” and Marshall Fitz, managing director of immigration at the Emerson Collective. Hosted by the Commonwealth Club. 3 p.m. More information is here.


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