Monday, may 14th


Join community members and movement leaders to discuss how California can be a global model for the transition from a major oil-producer to a 100% renewable energy economy based on equity and justice.


Reserve your seat

When: Monday, May 14th | 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Where: Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland

Who: Bill McKibben, Juan Flores, Pennie Opal Plant, Antonia Juhasz & Gloria Ushigua Santi

Reserve your seat

Doors open at 6:15pm. The program starts at 7:00pm sharp, and ends by 9:00pm.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available on a sliding scale. No-one will be turned away for lack of funds. No tickets available at the door. Please contact [email protected]​ for comp ticket and if you have accessibility or translation needs. All tickets are general admission seating.


Antonia Juhasz (author, investigative journalist)

Antonia Juhasz is a leading energy analyst, author, and investigative journalist specializing in oil. An award-winning writer, her articles appear in Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Harper’s Magazine, The Atlantic,, The Nation, Ms., The Advocate, and many more. Antonia is the author of three books: Black Tide: The Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill (2011), The Tyranny of Oil (2008), and The Bush Agenda (2006). Her investigations have taken her a mile below the ocean surface in the Gulf of Mexico to the rainforests of the Ecuadoran Amazon, from the deserts of Afghanistan to the fracking fields of North Dakota, from the Alaskan Arctic to the oiled beaches of Santa Barbara, and many more places in between.

Bill McKibben (author, co-founder of

Bill McKibben is a co-founder of the grassroots climate campaign and the Schumann Distinguished Professor in Residence at Middlebury College in Vermont. He is a 2014 recipient of the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the ‘alternative Nobel’ and is a founding fellow of the Sanders Institute. He has written a dozen books about the environment, including his first, The End of Nature, published 25 years ago, and his most recent, Radio Free Vermont.

Pennie Opal Plant (Idle No More SF Bay)

Pennie Opal Plant, (Yaqui, Choctaw, Cherokee, European), has been an activist for over 35 years, working on anti-nuclear, environmental, and indigenous rights issues. Pennie is a founding member of Idle No More SF Bay & cofounder of Movement Rights. She works ceaselessly to address climate change, fossil fuel extraction, and environmental injustice locally and internationally. She is active in the Rights of Nature movement which is working to align human laws with the natural laws of Mother Earth.

Juan Flores (Center on Race, Poverty, & the Environment)

Juan Flores is a community organizer in Delano, California with the Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment (CRPE), where he works on issues ranging from civic engagement to community farming. At CRPE, Juan also advocates on behalf of communities who are disproportionately affected by air and water pollution in Kern County, which generates over 75% of California’s oil output. He organizes residents in Kern to fight fracking (hydraulic fracturing) for oil and gas in their communities. Juan has spoken at, and been central to organizing, numerous actions and marches in California for climate and environmental justice, including the March for Real Climate leadership, Stand With Kern, and Break Free 2016.

Gloria Ushigua Santi (leader of Sápara Indigenous Nation in Ecuador’s Amazon and the President of the Association of Sápara Women)

Gloria Ushigua Santi is a leader of Sápara indigenous nation in Ecuador’s Amazon and the President of the Association of Sápara Women. She works tirelessly–often at great personal risk–to protect her community’s ancestral territories and culture from oil extraction. Roughly half of Ecuador’s Amazon crude exports make their way to California. That crude oil is then processed in California refineries and sold around the state, meaning that oil drilled in Sápara territory would likely come to California and be consumed by California businesses and residents.


Can California become the first major economy to go completely fossil free?

Join community and movement leaders to discuss how California can be a global model for how to transition from a major oil-producing state to a new economy based on equity, justice, and 100% renewable energy. From wildfires, droughts, oil spills, refinery and pipeline explosions, and deadly pollution – Californians already know how serious the climate crisis is, and have felt its impacts firsthand. The fossil fuel era is ending, and this is our opportunity to lead a global transition that protects our health, our environment, and our communities.

As Governor Jerry Brown hosts the Global Climate Action Summit this September 12-14 in San Francisco, we must be be clear about what real climate leadership looks like, and how California can lead the way on building a Fossil Free economy based on sustainability and justice.

Transit & Parking

Public Transit:

The venue is 0.6 miles (12 minute walk) from 19th Street BART Station, and 0.4 miles (8 minute walk) from Lake Merritt BART Station.



There is very limited parking onsite (off of Madison St), but there are several nearby garages.