Author Cecile Pineda, Reading and Discussion @Central.

Author Cecile Pineda reads from her forthcoming book, Three Tides: Writing at the Edge of Being, and shares 40 years of the writing life, the breakthroughs, the discouragements, and the daily practice. She will be introduced by Professor Marcial Gonzalez, UC Berkeley Dept. of English and author of Chicano Novels and the Politics of Form: Race, Class, and Reification. Reading is followed by a robust discussion with the audience and book signings.

Fair Legislation: The Byron Rumford Story

This meticulous, high-quality documentary outlines the life and career of one of the most influential Black Americans in California politics. Former Berkeley resident, pharmacist, and California State Representative W. Byron Rumford was a true Civil Rights Icon. Among his other accomplishments, he created and passed a bill to eliminate unfair housing practices in California and engineered the passage of the 1959 Fair Employment Practices Act.

Berkeley Stories feat. Robert Kaneko @North

Berkeley Stories is a monthly series featuring the extraordinary ordinary people all around us.  The people that make Berkeley the unique place it is, and whose hands have touched our lives in unseen ways.

This month, meet Robert Kaneko. Poster boy for Japanese-American relocation camps. Buddhist. Berkeley High graducate. Probation officer. BUSD teacher and counselor. Husband. Father. Student Advocate. Human Relations and Welfare Commissioner. Third in five generations of Berkeley Kanekos. Proud grandfather of six!

Let's hear his story.