Adult RE Discussion Group

Join us Wednesday nights through August 19 for a TED Talk Watch Party and Discussion Group on topics of interest related to Current Events.  Each week, a new TED Talk or similarly styled video presentation will be chosen for group viewing. Participants may watch the presentation on their own, or as part of a Watch Party preceding the Discussion portion of the meeting. . Watch party at 6 pm; Discussion at 7 pm. Registration is free; click here to register. Join anytime. Email Lily Walker at if you have questions.

For August 5, topics are Antifa, Protests and Defund the Police
There is a growing list of places to research these topics. Register (above) to receive the final word on the Watch Party Video.
Here are those so far:
Olly Thorne’s overview of the philosophy of fascism and Antifa:
Ian Danskin’s The Alt-Right Playbook, perhaps for these topics/audiences placing specific emphasis on his Endnotes, which tend to focus on directly exploring Danskin’s research:
And the entire first season of Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas, which focuses on accessibly explaining the current state of policing in the United States:
Shared by Megan Roller
John Oliver on the Police
Shared by Sharon Pierson
From the Brookings Institution:
From Police1:
I spent almost 2 hours trying to find a video that I thought contained anything insightful.  I gave up on that.  Then I found this really wonderful article in The Atlantic.  It’s not really about “defunding” as such.  It’s a white paper on what needs to be done to reform policing in the US.  It presents things that can be done at the federal, state and local level.  It’s very long, but (imo) worth the time.  (Probably less time than a 50 minute video…)
Shared by Beth Ann Huffine
PBS Newshour video on defunding the police 
Shared by Lily Walker
This one is a TED Talk on Extremest Groups.  It is interesting to notice their marketing campaigns and how they are using them
Antifa vs Proud 2019 summer vice interview
Oregonian interviewing local people about Antifa in 2019
Rose City Antifa interview
NBC interview from 2019
CNN interview 
FOX news recent interview — i know!  Fox news?!!!  however, it is interesting to see the perspective of what other people are watching.
defund the police — the guardian
CNN on defund the police
VOX on Defund the Police
nY Times on escalation of violence at recent protests by Feds
Attachments area

Preview YouTube video The Philosophy of Antifa | Philosophy Tube

Preview YouTube video Police: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Preview YouTube video What Happened When Right and Left-Wing Protesters Talked it Out in Portland

Preview YouTube video What do Portlanders think about Proud Boys, antifa protests?

Preview YouTube video Rose City Antifa: A year in Portland Protests

Preview YouTube video Antifa Members Talk Protest Tactics: ‘We Don’t Depend On Cops’ | NBC News

Preview YouTube video CNN Interviews Rose City ANTIFA

Preview YouTube video ANTIFA: The truth behind the mask

Preview YouTube video What does defund the police actually mean?

Preview YouTube video What defunding the police could look like

Preview YouTube video What “defund the police” really means