Want a way to support KPFA without any funds going to Pacifica? Proceeds of KPFA’s local events go solely to KPFA. Check out this list of upcoming KPFA benefit events (and important co-sponsored events) – we’ll see you there!  Advance tickets are usually available via :: 800-838-3006 or Marcus Books, Pegasus Books (3 locations), Mrs. Dalloway’s, Moe’s Books, Walden Pond, DIESEL, A Bookstore, and Modern Times.


laurence_tribe_in_berkeleyJune 11, Wednesday, 7:30pm
“Uncertain Justice: The Roberts’ Court and the Constitution”
Hosted by Norman Solomon
Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St. Berkeley

The Supreme Court is more influential than ever. The Roberts’ Court is currently re-shaping this nation’s laws, shaking the very foundation of our former democracy. From Citizens United to the momentous rulings regarding Obamacare and gay marriage, this Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts has profoundly affected American life. Yet it remains a mysterious institution. The motivations of the nine men and women who serve for life are often obscure.  At last, however, at a make-or-break moment for the court and this entire country, Laurence Tribe and Joshua Matz in Uncertain Justice reveal the astonishing extent to which this court is revising the meaning of our Constitution.

Political gridlock, rapid cultural change, and major technological progress mean that the court’s decisions on crucial topics—including free speech, privacy, voting rights, and presidential power—could be uniquely durable. Acutely aware of their opportunity, the present justices are rewriting critical components of constitutional law  and revising the basic ground rules of American government. Laurence Tribe, long one of the country’s leading constitutional lawyers digs deeply into this court’s recent rulings, going well beyond tired debates over judicial “activism” to draw out hidden meanings and silent battles. The undercurrents reveal a strikingly different vision for the future, a vision sure to be hotly debated.

The authors explore exactly how the Court’s approach to immigration, the vaunted war on terror, GPS tracking, and secret usage of databases of everything from our DNA to our phone records will affect our privacy rights and presidential power itself in these increasingly unstable years.

Laurence Tribe has taught constitutional law at Harvard for four decades and has written widely about the law. He has argued dozens of cases at the Supreme Court, including the first argument in Bush v Gore. Norman Solomon, a journalist and media critic, was a candidate in 2012 for the United States House of Representatives. A founding director of the Institute for Public Accuracy, Solomon is also co-founder of His books include “War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death.”

KPFA benefit


June 19, Thursday, 7:30pm
“Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals and Reagan’s Rise to Power”
Hosted by Richard Wolinsky
St. John’s Church, 2727 College Ave, Berkeley


June 26, Thursday, 7:30 pm
“The Systems’ View of Life: A Unifying Vision”
Host: TBA
First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley


July 30, Wednesday, 7:30 pm
“Unstoppable: Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State”
Host: Harry Kreisler
First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley



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