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Saturday, June 25th, 2005
2:55 pm
New Website! New T-Shirts!
Dear folks,
This calendar is being discontinued, in favor of the calendar at our new website, http://www.loveandpolitics.org. You can also see, and order, our stunning new Love+Politics T-shirts on that site. You have your choice of two slogans on the back: Love Knows No Gender, or Unchained Desire in Action.

Also, our events are posted on our Yahoo group, accessible at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LoveAndPolitics/ This is a low-volume list primarily for announcing our events.

Please come visit our site and join the announcements Yahoo Group. Hope to see you at our events!

Andrew, AKA Polyprogressive
Wednesday, April 27th, 2005
11:05 pm
Love+Politics May Calender
We have a stellar line up of free events for the Bay Area this month. There's a social women's meeting, a stimulating theory group meeting, and our main meeting features another world renowned
speaker, Loraine Hutchins, co-editor of "Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual people Speak Out" and author of "Erotic Rites: A Cultural Analysis of Contemporary U.S. Sacred Sexuality Traditions and Trends."

Here are the short descriptions of each:
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Sat. May 7th Women's Group 2-4 pm "Fun & Games"

Sat.May 14th 3-6PM Theory Round Table :"Polyamory and Paths to Social Change"

Sat. May 28th Main Meeting & Potluck 6-9pm : Loraine Hutchins, Ph.D. presents
"Sacred Sexualities' Blessed Absurdities, or Building Beloved Communities During War & Patriarchy"
Her website: www.lorainehutchins.com

And the longer descriptions follow:
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Women's Group 5/7 @ 2:00 pm
Love+Politics has meetings just as women involved with the group. We invite any interested women and transfolk to meet for an informal gathering. Our topic this month will be wide open so come prepared
for anything.

We are meeting at the TriPlex, 2426 Burlington, Oakland 94602. This location is not wheelchair friendly. Please contact us several days in advance if childcare will be needed.
Write golden_c_turtle@yahoo.com for more information.

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5/14 3-6PM Theory Group
"Polyamory and Paths to Social Change" Presented by Crista Barberini
We will discuss the options and prospects for social activism regarding polyamory using "Monogamy's Law: Compulsory Monogamy and Polyamorous Existence" By Elizabeth Emens, U of Chicago Law professor as a starting point. Christa will present a brief summary of the paper, so it's not necessary to read it(87 pages), but if you're interested, it is well-written and accessible here http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=506242
We are meeting at a private home in Berkeley. For directions, email crista@stanfordalumni.org or call 510.468.6761
This location is not wheelchair accessible. If you need childcare please contact us in advance.

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Main meeting and potluck Sat. May 28th 6-9PM
"Sacred Sexualities' Blessed Absurdities -or- Building Beloved Communities During War & Patriarchy"
a talk bi queer feminist economic/social justice advocate and sacred sexologist Loraine Hutchins, Ph.D.

The potluck begins at 6:00, and the meeting will start promptly at 7:00 and continue until 9:30.

The location for this event will be in San Francisco at 2139 O'farrell, just 1 block from the intersection of Geary & Divisidaro. The #38 Geary bus (which picks up near downtown SF BART) drops off on Geary about a block away. Parking is free in the evening in the Garage across the street. Be aware the building is behind the Kaiser Shuttle parking lot and can be difficult to see behind the big buses parked in front. This is not wheelchair accessible. Childcare provided.
For more info, please contact Sally at brightfritz@comcast.net or 415.310.8351

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"Love+Politics is a group of people who identify as polyamorous,
queer,or sex-positive, and who regard that identity as deeply
connected to their desire to make the world a better place through
progressive activism."
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"Please forward this announcement freely."
Wednesday, April 6th, 2005
9:32 pm
April Events
Hi everyone,
In April the Womens group, Theory group, and Main meeting are taking a break. We are encouraging people to come to the campout posted below, or come to Andrews and help us plan the rest of the spring.
Warmth,
Sally
A Bay Area Polyfamilies Campout at Mt. Tamalpais State Park.
http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=471

WHEN: Friday April 22-Sunday April 24 The campground check in starts at 2PM Friday, The BBQ will be fired up around 6PM. Everyone should bring something for the grill Friday evening & 1 dish to
share. Checkout by 12noon Sun. Participants may stay 1 or 2 nights. Hosted by the Odd Quad.

Cost for the campground rental is about 8$ per person if we have the same amount of happy campers as last year, but will go down if we can get more people to come out :)

WHERE: The Alice Springs Group Camp Campground, which will hold 50 people. This is a GREAT campground in the redwoods less then 1 mile from Muir Woods National Monument...nothing beats sleeping next to old growth redwoods.We have 1 of only 2 campsites in all of Mt Tam & the facilities include lots of sheltered picnic space and flush toilets.

Everyone should bring favorite games and instruments to make music with around the campfire. Children are encouraged as the Quad has a strong play ethic.

WHY: Meet up with other local Polyamorists & individuals who support multi partner relationships and families.
For carpooling call Sally 415-310-8351 or email brightfritz@comcast.net
An RSVP is required for this event as the gate to the campground will be locked. For directions and gate combo contact us at the above #
Monday, February 21st, 2005
1:10 pm
Love + Politics February Calender
"Love+Politics is a group for people who identify as queer,
polyamorous, or sex-positive, and who regard that identity as deeply
connected to their desire to make the world a better place through
progressive activism."

This month we're having a theory group meeting, a work crew meeting,
a main meeting and a women's meeting.
Here are the short descriptions of each:

2/19 Theory Round table 3-6 pm : Evolution, human nature, and
social change
2/24 Work Crew 7:00-830 pm
2/26 Main Meeting 6-9pm : A Vision for the Future of Poly
Activism and Organizing in the Bay Area
3/6 Women's Group 3:00-5 pm

And the longer descriptions follow:

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Theory Round table
Sat. Feb 19th, 3-6 pm

Evolution, human nature, and social change


Is there an inh erent, genetic human nature or are people simple what
our environment makes us? Is the view that our nature has a genetic
component inherently racist or sexist? A contentious debate has
arisen around the rapid expansion of a new disciple, evolutionary
psychology, that purports to trace many features of human behavior,
such as aggression, cooperation, hierarchy, and differences in
sexual behavior between men and women, to genetic sources shaped by
evolution. Presenter Andrew Hoerner will explore some of the
concepts of evolutionary psychology, asking what view progressives
should take toward them. He will argue that there is a tension
within progressive thought, and that evolutionary thinking can serve
either progress or reaction. Discussion to follow.


The group will be meeting at 100 Pine Street in downtown
San Francisco (wait outside and Pepper will let you
in). To get there by public transportation, get off at the
Embarcadero BART station, locate Pine Street and walk
to 100 Pine.

There will be childcare at this meeting, so feel free
to bring children. However, if you can, let us know
in advance so we can plan adequately.

For questions or directions, please contact Sally at
brightfritz@sbcglobal.net or call 415-387-8351
Wheelchair accessible.
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Thursday 2/24 7-830 pm Work crew meeting
The work crew is a self-selecting (meaning *you* choose to be in it
or not) group of folks who make L+P happen.
We plan the meetings, set dates, times, location and topics. We're
not weeding gardens or painting walls (whew!), we're talking,
socializing and connecting while we make the everyday decisions that
make event s, meetings, socials and such.
So please feel free to come on out. Love + Politics is what we make
it. This month we are meeting at Andrew's house in Piedmont. It is
not wheelchair accessible . Please let us know if childcare will be
needed. For more info or directions write Sally at
brightfritz@sbcglobal.net or call 415-387-8351
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Main Meeting & Potluck
Saturday 2/26, 6-9pm

A Vision for the Future of Poly Activism and Organizing in the Bay
Area

Join us for a discussion on how nuts and bolts poly activism and
organizing can transform the legal and social reality that
polyamorous people currently deal with on a daily basis.
Thomas Leavitt, a Santa Cruz area activist, will discuss the
pra ctical details of how polyamory activists can organize
themselves, build alliances with other groups, and begin to build
the organizational, legal and political framework that will enable
legal recognition of and protection for the exercise of polyamorous
relationships and families.

Thomas Leavitt has been tilting at political windmills since his
mother first dragged him to a school board meeting in elementary
school. He currently serves as co-chair of the GLBT Alliance
(http://www.homosexualagenda.org ), and was recently appointed
National Lavender Greens Caucus representative to the party's
presidential Nominating Process Working Group.
The potluck begins at 6:00, and the meeting will start promptly at
7:00 and continue until 9:30.
The location will be in San Francisco at 2139 O'farrell, just 1
block from the intersection of Geary & Divisidaro. Th e 38 Geary bus
(which picks up near downtown SF BART) drops off on Geary about a
block away. Parking is free in the evening in the Garage across the
street. Be aware the building is behind the Kaiser Shuttle parking
lot and can be difficult to See behind the big buses parked in
front. This is not wheelchair accessible. If you need childcare for
this event please email us. For questions email Sally at
brightfritz@sbcglobal.net or call 415-310-8351
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Women's Group 3/6 @ 3:00 pm
Love+Politics has meetings just as women involved with the group,
with polyamory, with sex-positive/queer-positive and progressive
politics. We invite any interested women and transfolk to meet for
an informal gathering
We are meeting at the TriPlex, 2426 Burlington Oakland 94602
topic pending contact golden_c_turtle@yahoo.com for more information
Sunday, January 23rd, 2005
8:41 pm
Jan 29th: "The User's Guide to Enjoying Sex Parties"
January 29th, 2-6 pm

The next full Love & Politics potluck will be Saturday, January 29th. The potluck begins at 2 pm, and the presentation will start promptly at 3 pm and continue until 6 pm.

Briana and Pepper will be presenting on everyone's favorite topic: Sex Parties!

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Friday, January 7th, 2005
12:14 pm
Love+Politics January Calendar
This month we're having a women's meeting, a theory group meeting, and a main meeting. Here are the short descriptions of each:

1/8 (tomorrow!) Women's Meeting, 2-4 pm
1/16 Theory Roundtable, 3-6 pm
1/29 Main Meeting, 2-6 pm

And the longer descriptions follow:

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Monday, November 8th, 2004
12:49 pm
"Women In Love" film screening Thursday
This is a documentary on polyamory in queer
women's lives. I've seen other work by Karen
Everett, and she films very compelling movies.
She asked me to forward this on.

Here's the official announcement:
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Hi everyone, it is with great pleasure and gratitude that I invite you to a screening of "Women In Love" next Thursday, Nov 11th, at the Film Arts Foundation in San Francisco. We'll have a reception beforehand at 6:30, and the film will screen at 7:30. November 11th is Veteran's Day, so I hope you can end a relaxing day at this special gathering!

INVITATION
"WOMEN IN LOVE"
Premieres Thursday, November 11th
Reception 6:30pm - Screening 7:30pm
Special benefit screening
FILM ARTS FOUNDATION
145 Ninth Street, San Francisco
$10 - $50 donation requested
Sponsored by:
Alternative Mortgage Sources

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12:40 pm
Love+Politics November Calendar (somewhat belated)
Love+Politics has a lot of stuff going on this month!
I've included a summary of our events, followed by
the full descriptions:

Women's Meeting: Nov 6th, 3-5 pm
Main Meeting - Presentation on Consensus: Nov 13th, 2-6 pm
Writing & Vision Group: Nov 16th, 7:30-9:30 pm
Theory Roundtable: Nov 20th, 3-6 pm

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For more information on Love+Politics, please visit
<http://www.livejournal.com/~polyprogressive>http://www.livejournal.com/~polyprogressive or feel free to respond to this email.
Tuesday, October 5th, 2004
10:19 pm
Theory Roundtable and Writing & Vision Group
Hey folks! Over the coming week Love+Politics is holding our theory group and the writing group:

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Wednesday, September 29th, 2004
9:48 pm
Film Night and Women's Meeting this week!
Hey folks, this week we are holding a film night on Friday and the monthly Love+Politics women's gathering on Saturday.

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For more information on Love+Politics, email polyprogressive@livejournal.com.
Wednesday, September 8th, 2004
3:50 pm
Love+Politics September Calendar
Hi folks! This month we will have Shazam giving a fun workshop on nonviolent communication for our main meeting on Saturday, September 25. Take a look below!

We will also be having: a presentation on the intersection of poly and progressive politics on Saturday, September 11; a work crew meeting (a place where you can help us make Love+Politics events happen) on Thursday, September 16; a poly contingent in the "How Berkeley Can You Be" Parade on Sunday, September 19th; a writing group discussion on Wednesday, September 22; a film screening on Friday, October 1; and a women's meeting on Saturday, October 2. There's a lot going on, but feel free to attend whatever you like, even if you've never been to a Love+Politics meeting before!

Love+Politics is a group of queer, polyamorous, or sex-positive folks who see the way we love as tied to our commitment to progressive politics and the quest for a better world. Please join us!

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Wednesday, August 25th, 2004
9:59 pm
Wendy-O Matik Presenting Saturday
Main Love+Politics Meeting and Potluck

We are committed to providing childcare at the
main meetings. If you would like to come to this meeting
and wish to bring a child or children, please let us know
immediately so we can arrange care. Call Pepper at
415 305 8766 or email him at inki@atg.com.

The next full Love & Politics potluck will be
Saturday, August 28. The potluck begins at 6:00, and
the meeting will start promptly at 7:00 and continue
until 9:30. Wendy-O Matik, author of Redefining Our
Relationships: Guidelines for Responsible Open
Relationships, will be making a presentation and leading
a guided discussion. Her workshop will focus on the
ways in which all of us, straight or queer, can have
relationships which are revolutionary. Her description
follows:

Loving openly and freely in this day and age, whether
you're straight or queer, is a political act. We are
conditioned by out-moded social norms that limit our
perceptions and shackle us to unhealthy cycles of
dissatisfying relationships. Yet we live in a time where we
can choose our own gender or redefine our own sexual
identity. Isn't it safe to assume that we also have a right
to decide what kind of relationship is more suitable to our
lifestyle? Declare yourself a revolutionary activist of the
heart. Find out how you can expand your potential to love,
radicalize your lifestyle, and together we can threaten the
social fabric of patriarchy!

The location will be in the San Francisco Kaiser Permanente
building, at 2139 O'Farrell, just 1 block from the intersection of
Geary & Divisidaro. We will have someone wait outside the building
before the meeting starts, since it can be hard to see from the
street. The 38 Geary bus (which picks up near
downtown SF BART) drops off on Geary about a block
away. Parking is free in the evening in the Garage
across the street.

Pepper will be picking people up from the Civic Center BART
at 5:30. If you wish to get a ride with him, contact him at
415 305 8766. Justin will be driving from the east bay. If you
want to carpool with him, please give him a call at 510 220 4379.

For more information, contact Andrew at
polyprogressive@livejournal.com or (510)507-4820.
Saturday, August 7th, 2004
12:16 am
Love+Politics August Calendar
Hi folks! This month we will have Wendy-O Matik, acclaimed author and presenter, giving a talk on radical relationships for our main meeting. Take a look below! We will also be holding a planning and vision meeting on intentional communities, in addition to a presentation on queer and poly politics, and the writing group discussion, which has been absolutely amazing the last couple months.

Love+Politics is a group of queer, polyamorous, or sex-positive folks who see the way we love as tied to our commitment to progressive politics and the quest for a better world. Please join us!


Theory Roundtable

On Saturday, August 14th at 3PM, Pepper will be presenting to the Theory Roundtable on the topic of "Lessons for Poly Activism from Queer Politics." The group will be meeting at 100 Pine Street in downtown San Francisco (wait outside and Pepper will let you in). For questions or directions, contact Pepper at 415-305-8766 or inki@atg.com. No RSVP required.

The Theory Roundtable is a discussion group for social analysis around polyamory, bisexuality, sexuality,BDSM, queer theory, feminist theory, class oppression, racism, etc. All are welcome.


Writing & Vision Meeting

The next Writing & Vision group meeting will be on Thursday evening at 7 PM, August 19th. It will meet in Oakland, at 3052 Delaware Street. For more information, please call 510-594-1987.

The Writing & Vision Group is a home for research, writing and discussion about the ways in which our personal styles of living and loving intersect with our political passions. It is a home for trying to envision a better world, and for sharing those explorations through writing.


New Love+Politics Intentional Communities Action Group
Monday, August 16th, 7:30 to 9:30 pm

Many of us dream of living in communities that support our activism and our diverse ways of loving. Are you interested in forming progressive residential communities, ranging from communes to condos, from group houses to co-housing to co-op apartment buildings? Such intentional communities have traditionally been centers for activism, community-building, and personal support.

If you are interested in taking steps to create such communities, come join us for an evening of discussion, August 16th, at 7:30. The meeting will be at 27 Portsmouth Ave. in Piedmont. If interested, please contact Andrew at polyprogressive@livejournal.com. If we get a request at least a week in advance, we can arrange for child care.

Bring a drink or snack to share.

Neighbors are very territorial about parking. Please park near the Annerley intersection at the top of the hill, or on adjacent streets.


Main Love+Politics Meeting and Potluck

The next full Love & Politics potluck will be Saturday, August 28. The potluck begins at 6:00, and the meeting will start promptly at 7:00 and continue until 9:30. Wendy-O Matik, author of Redefining Our Relationships: Guidelines for Responsible Open Relationships, will be making a presentation and leading a guided discussion. Her workshop will focus on the ways in which all of us, straight or queer, can have relationships which are revolutionary, instead of

Loving openly and freely in this day and age, whether you're straight or queer, is a political act. We are conditioned by out-moded social norms that limit our perceptions and shackle us to unhealthy cycles of dissatisfying relationships. Yet we live in a time where we can choose our own gender or redefine our own sexual identity. Isn't it safe to assume that we also have a right to decide what kind of relationship is more suitable to our lifestyle? Declare yourself a revolutionary activist of the heart. Find out how you can expand your potential to love, radicalize your lifestyle, and together we can threaten the social fabric of patriarchy!

The location will be in San Francisco at 2139 O'farrell, just 1 block from the intersection of Geary & Divisidaro. The 38 Geary bus (which picks up near downtown SF BART) drops off on Geary about a block away. Parking is free in the evening in the Garage across the street. If you need childcare for this event please RVSP to us one week in advance so that we can set it up.

For more information, contact Andrew at polyprogressive@livejournal.com or (301)325-4460.


September pre-announcement:
Poly Contingent in the "How Berkeley Can You Be?" Parade

Join us on Sunday, September 19 as we march in a poly contingent in the How Berkeley Can You Be? parade. We will be meeting at 10:30 somewhere near the intersection of San Pablo and University. We will be carrying the BIG polyamory banner along with assorted other signs and we are planning on having a truck for those of you who would rather ride. More details will be included in the September calendar.

For more information on Love+Politics, please visit http://www.livejournal.com/~polyprogressive

Please forward this announcement freely.
Monday, July 26th, 2004
5:54 pm
Love+Politics intentional community meeting follow-up
For those of you in the San Francisco Bay Area:

Last night’s Love+Politics presentation by lawyer Jessie Palmer on legal formats for community housing was a big success. We had a large and enthusiastic turnout, and we learned a lot. We also ended the evening with a list of 14 people who are _currently_ interested in exploring the possibility of creating communities of progressive polys, queers, and friends, through mechanisms such as co-housing or limited equity housing cooperatives.

If anyone reading this is also interested in this possibility ­ interested enough to come to a couple of meetings, meet some other good folks, and maybe put some work into making it happen ­ please write to polyprogressive@livejournal.com

Repost this message freely.

Love+Politics is a group for progressive queer, polyamorous, or sex-positive people who see their way of loving as deeply connected to their commitment to make the world a better place.
Monday, July 19th, 2004
9:06 pm
July 24th Intentional Community Presentation by Jesse Palmer
Love+Politics is a group of queer, polyamorous, or sex-positive folks who see the way we love as tied to our commitment to progressive politics and the quest for a better world. Please join us in acting on this vision!

For the Love+Politics July main meeting and potluck, we will be having a lecture and discussion on building group living situations.

Many of our members have expressed interest in forming progressive residential communities, ranging from communes to condos, from group houses to co-housing to co-op apartment buildings. Such intentional communities have traditionally been centers for activism, community-building, and personal support. Attorney Jesse Palmer will make a presentation on legal and financial aspects of making these dreams a reality.

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Saturday, June 26th, 2004
7:50 pm
Love+Politics July Calendar
The Love+Politics group, fresh from organizing poly marchers in SF Pride, has a lot planned for July. There will be a film screening and discussion of a documentary created by one of our members on July 10, a women's gathering on July 13, a Writing & Vision Group Meeting on July 15, a beach party on July 17, and our main potluck and meeting on July 24!

Love+Politics is a group of queer, polyamorous, or sex-positive folks who see the way we love as tied to our commitment to progressive politics and the quest for a better world. Please join us in acting on this vision!

Theory Roundtable Film Screening and Discussion

On Saturday, July 10th at 2:30 pm, the Theory Roundtable will be presenting a documentary produced by one of our own, Karen Everett. The group will be meeting at her house in San Francisco (NOT the usual downtown location) for a screening and discussion. About the film:

"My Femme Divine" is an hour long personal documentary which reveals the contemporary world of butch and femme lesbians through the eyes of a woman mining her own explosive love affair. This universal tale of falling in love explores gender fluidity, sexual power play and Jungian notions of projection and yin/yang chemistry. Made primarily for a lesbian audience, the film also gives straight folks insight into lesbian culture, as well as an interesting perspective on how the dynamics of romantic attraction work in their own lives. A discussion will follow the film.

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For questions or directions, contact Karen at
415-641-5614 or keverett@berkeley.edu. No RSVP
required.

The Theory Roundtable is a discussion group for social analysis around polyamory, bisexuality, sexuality, BDSM, queer theory, feminist theory, class oppression, racism, etc. All are welcome.

Women's Gathering

Several women in Love+Politics have talked about meeting just as WOMEN involved with the group, with polyamory, with sex- positive/queer positive and progressive politics. We invite any interested women to meet for an informal gathering on Tuesday, July 13th, at 7 PM, same location as the Writing & Vision group. Therefore, please call Abra at (510) 594-1987 or e-mail aquinn@speakeasy.net for directions.

The meeting will be in Oakland, accessible by MacArthur BART. So far, there is no child care, and it is not particularly accessible -- a long ramp, yes, but at least six big steps. Bring any ideas you have for discussion, from women and poly practice, to body image, to bi identity, to group functioning, to specifically women's activism or the nature of feminism. WHATEVER you would like to discuss.

Writing & Vision Meeting

The next Writing & Vision group meeting will be one week later than usual, on Thursday evening at 7 PM, July 15th. It will meet in Oakland, near the
MacArthur BART. For specific directions, please e-mail aquinn@speakeasy.net or call (510) 594-1987.

The Vision and Writing Group is a home for research, writing and discussion about the ways in which our personal styles of living and loving intersect with our political passions. It is a home for trying to envision a better world, and for sharing those explorations through writing.

Poly Beach Party

On Saturday, July 17 starting at 2pm, there will be a party at Pepper's house, which is just across the street from Ocean Beach.

We will have a BBQ and grill session during the afternoon, just hanging around (in or out of the hot tub), drinking, and listening to music. In the evening, we will have a short celebration for Jen's birthday (Happy Birthday Jen!) and then the party will mutate into a massage party. Later we will move to the beach and have a bonfire if the spirit moves us.

Though will be no formal childcare at this event, the house is kid-friendly, complete with various indoor and outdoor play spaces and crash spaces. There will be nudity both in the hot tub and during the massage portion of the party. Any sexual expression during the massage portion will be confined to a single room.

The enclosed front yard of the house and downstairs are both accessible by wheelchair (one step for the downstairs). The back deck is up four steps, and there are a number of steps to the top floor. Most of the party action will be outside and downstairs.

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Main Love+Politics Meeting and Potluck

The next full Love & Politics potluck will be Saturday, July 24. The potluck begins at 6:00, and the meeting will start promptly at 7:00 and continue until 9:30.

At this meeting we have a special presentation by Jesse Palmer on setting up viable collective living arrangements. The meeting will be at a location to be determined. For more information, contact Andrew at polyprogressive@livejournal.com or (301)325-4460.

Please forward this announcement freely.
Saturday, May 15th, 2004
9:23 pm
Love + Politics May 22 meeting: Sex, Gender & Liberation
The next full Love & Politics potluck will be Saturday, May 22nd. The potluck begins at 6:00, and the meeting will start promptly at 7:00. We started on time last month, and mean to keep it up! The meeting will be at the Temescal Public Library at 5205 Telegraph Ave in Oakland. This is about 10 blocks from MacArthur Bart. The 40 or 43 AC Transit Bus go by it. The front door will be locked; go around to the back. This month’s theme is Sex, Gender and Liberation, with a focus on the challenges in our personal lives and how we want L+P can address them. It will include a men’s and women’s discussion and a brainstorm on how to achieve and maintain gender equality in the group.

This is a child-friendly event. Contact Andrew at polyprogressive@livejournal.com or (301)325-4460.

Love+Politics is a group of queer, polyamorous, or sex-positive folks who see the way we love as tied to our commitment to progressive politics and the quest for a better world. For information, and for a description of our group, check our website at http://www.livejournal.com/users/polyprogressive/ or contact Andrew at polyprogressive@livejournal.com. Please forward this announcement freely.
Friday, April 30th, 2004
5:09 pm
Love+Politics May Calendar
Dear Friends,

Here is the schedule of L+P events for May 2004. Love+Politics is a group of queer, polyamorous, or sex-positive folks who see the way we love as tied to our commitment to progressive politics and the quest for a better world. For information, and for a description of our group, check our website at http://www.livejournal.com/users/polyprogressive/ or contact Andrew at polyprogressive@livejournal.com. Please forward this announcement freely.

With the addition of our first social/party, we are up to five events this month!

The next full Love & Politics potluck will be Saturday, May 22nd. The potluck begins at 6:00, and the meeting will start promptly at 7:00. We started on time last month, and mean to keep it up! Place to be announced (We are still looking for a venue in the city). This is a child-friendly event. Contact Andrew at polyprogressive@livejournal.com or (301)325-4460.

The Vision and Writing Group is a home for research, writing and discussion about the ways in which our personal styles of living and loving intersect with our political passions. It is a home for trying to envision a better world, and for sharing those explorations through writing. 6:30 PM Thursday, May 6 in Oakland, 535 41st St. Buzzer D, apartment 14. Near the Macarthur BART. For information, contact Abra at aquinn@speakeasy.net.

The new Theory Roundtable is a discussion group for social analysis around polyamory, bisexuality, sexuality, BDSM, queer theory, feminist theory, class oppression, racism, etc. All welcome. This month’s discussion is on "Connections between Polyamory and Feminism II: Learning from other cultures & history." Saturday May 8th at 3 PM, 100 Pine St. in San Francisco. Please RSVP to Pepper at (415) 305-8766, or inki@atg.com. Wheelchair accessible.

The Activism Group will be discussing the L+P contingent in the Pride parade and other political actions for a better world. (We think this is the first time an explicitly pro-poly group has ever marched in the parade). It will meet 3-5PM Sunday, May 16 in Berkeley at the Long Haul Center, 3124 Shattuck. Wheelchair accessible. For information, contact Molly at (510) 928-6675.

The Building Loving Community (BLC) Group is for strengthening our community with each other and with allied communities through therapy and personal transformation, spirituality and art, conflict resolution education, massage and sexuality, mentoring and networking, organizing group houses or co-housing, and support around child-rearing, parties and other events. The Building Loving Community group will meet in San Francisco on Sunday, May 2nd, 3:00 to 5:00 PM, at 1247 Potrero Ave at 24th -- about 8 blocks from Mission/24th St BART. If you're coming from the South Bay or East Bay, take the Cesar Chavez/Potrero Avenue exit and bear right onto Potrero. For information, contact Justin at sonicjro5@yahoo.com.

BLC is hosting a hot tub social on Sunday, May 23rd, 5 PM - 9 PM. This adult-only event is for Love+Politics members and their guests only. Bring a towel, beverage, and gourmet dish to pass. Contact Karen at karen@kareneverett.org.

Andrew

P.S. Love+Politics is looking for more places to meet. If you are able to host a group, large or small, please contact Andrew at polyprogressive@livejournal.com.
Wednesday, April 21st, 2004
12:57 pm
Love+Politics April potluck & general meting
The Love+Politics main meeting this month will be meeting at 615 Woodmont Avenue (in the Oakland hills) on Saturday, April 24. Potluck from 6:00 to 7:00, meeting 7:00 to 9:30, _sharp_, so please try to get there before 7:00. Directions are below. This location is not very accessible by public transit, so we will be doing some car-pooling for those that need it. Co-ordinators are:
Oakland: Justin sonicjro5@yahoo.com
Berkeley: Crow 510 486 8141
San Francisco: Gerard gerardp@speakeasy.org

This is a new space for us, belonging to the parent of one of our members. It is a private home, but she is trying to start a small business renting the space out to various groups, so we will be passing the hat for a contribution, and we also want to be sure to leave the space spic & span. Handicap accessibility: Moderate (one step up, standard bathroom).

Note that we are still looking for a place to meet in the City that will hold the full potluck as well.

The agenda for this meeting has 4 parts:
1. Brief reports back from the Action Groups, including requests for help.
2. Massage (optional) & personal sharing
3. Code of ethics and membership policy discussion
4. Brainstorm & planning of future potlucks.

One of our goals for this meeting is to scope out ideas for future meetings. We expect that we will soon begin having a theme for each meeting, with a presenter or leader. Some examples might include:
Using nonviolent conflict resolution techniques in relationships and in social change.
Learn to facilitate meetings.
How to throw a good sex party.
Fishbowl discussion on alternative approaches to social change.
Overcoming internal and external racism, sexism, or homophobia.
Introduction to massage techniques.
Therapeutic approaches to social change. (This could focus on human potentials, gestalt, co-counseling, or other approaches).
Building personal support networks & communities, and making L&P a better one.
Effective consensus process.
Please bring your own favorite examples of things you would like to do at the full group meeting, things you could lead, and people you know who we might be able to bring in as resources.

Directions to 615 Woodmont Avenue

615 Woodmont Avenue is a few blocks southish from the corner of Spruce and Grizzly Peak—you turn onto Woodmont Avenue just barely into the entrance to Tilden Park.

To get there from I-80, take the Albany/Buchanan exit, and go right. Eventually Buchanan becomes Marin. Aside from one little kink in the street it’s a straight shot west. You’ll hit a traffic circle, at which point you should continue up Marin in exactly the same direction you were going, in other words, from 6:00 to 12:00, exactly halfway around the circle, as if it weren’t there. It’ll be STEEP, VERY STEEP. The first stop sign facing you (after about 3-4 blocks) will be Spruce. Turn left on Spruce and drive for about five minutes, being careful to STAY on Spruce. You’ll hit a big wide intersection with a reservoir (that looks paved) on your left, and the Shepard of the Hills Lutheran Church across the street on your right. That’s where Grizzly Peak crosses Spruce. You’re still on Spruce. Do not, I repeat DO NOT TURN onto Grizzly Peak. CROSS Grizzly Peak. All the way across, that’s right! Then, almost immediately, turn a very soft, diagonal right onto Woodmont Avenue, and go about 20 houses down to 615, which is a very large house on the left.

It has a row of evergreens out front, a Tudor-style façade, and the driveway entrance is on the far right as you face the house. For group events, park on the street outside the house, as cars get parked in very quickly otherwise.

Warning: cell phones tend not to work very well up here in the hills.
12:51 pm
L+P April schedule
Dear Friends –

Here is the schedule of L+P events for April. We are up to five events per month!

The next full Love & Politics potluck will be Saturday, April 24. The potluck begins at 6:00, and the meeting will start promptly at 7:00. Place to be announced. This is a child-friendly event. For information, and for a description of our group, check our website at http://www.livejournal.com/users/polyprogressive/ or contact Andrew at polyprogressive@livejournal.com.

Please forward this announcement to any person you think would be interested.

The Vision and Writing Group is a home for research, writing and discussion about the ways in which our personal styles of living and loving intersect with our political passions. It is a home for trying to envision a better world, and for sharing those explorations through writing. 8:00 PM Thursday, April 8 in Oakland, 535 41st St. Buzzer D. Near the Macarthur BART. For information, contact Abra at aquinn@speakeasy.net.

The new Theory Roundtable is a discussion group for social analysis around polyamory, bisexuality, sexuality, BDSM, queer theory, feminist theory, class oppression, racism, and so on. Anyone is welcome – the group will be deriving theory from the truth of our own experiences, and everyone's personal history and thoughts are valuable. The first discussion is on "Connections between Polyamory and Feminism." Saturday April 10th at 3 PM, 100 Pine St. in San Francisco on Please RSVP to Pepper at (415) 305 8766, or inki@atg.com. Feel free to call him if you have any questions. Wheelchair accessible.

The Activism Group is for political action for a better world, whether it takes the form of self-education, dealing with the press, non-violent direct action, electoral work, and so forth. It covers queer liberation, polyamory activism, feminism, work for racial justice, liberty and privacy, class and worker rights, environmentalism, global equity and more. The Activism Group will meet at 3-5 PM Sunday, April 11 in Berkeley at the Long Haul Center, 3124 Shattuck. Wheelchair accessible. For information, contact Molly at (510) 928-6675.

The Building Loving Community Group is for strengthening our community with each other and with allied communities. Its promotes therapy and personal transformation, spirituality and art, conflict resolution education, massage and sexuality, mentoring and professional networking, building group houses or co-housing, and support around child-rearing. Also for throwing parties and other fun events! The Building Loving Community group will meet in Berkeley 3:00 to 5:00 PM Sunday, April 18, at Dreamcatcher House, 2185 Acton Street (4 blocks south of the N. Berkeley BART Station). For information, contact Justin at sonicjro5@yahoo.com.

Hope to see you there. And bring a friend!

Andrew

P.S. Love+Politics is looking for more places to meet. If you are able to host a group, large or small, please contact Andrew at polyprogressive@livejournal.com.
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