Winter Coat Drive 2014
November 15 - December 15, 2014
Join us in sharing the warmth this holiday season. Donate new or gently used (and cleaned) coats, scarves, hats, socks, tights, sweaters, gloves and sleeping bags for children and adults.
Drop off locations for Nov 15 - Dec 15:
REI, San Carlos (Industrial Rd., near 101)
Kepler's Books & Magazines, Menlo Park (El Camino)
Books Inc., Palo Alto (Town and Country Village)
REI, Mountain View (Charleston near Rengstorff)
Books Inc., Mountain View (Castro St.)
This drive is held in collaboration with One Warm Coat. Collected materials will be distributed to non-profit agencies serving the community in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Alameda counties.
Be the Voice of Freedom in the Bay Area: Mobilizing Anti-Human Trafficking Volunteers
Tuesday, February 25th, 2014, 7:30 PM,
Congregation Beth Am , 26790 Arastradero Rd., Los Altos Hills
Join the Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition and community partners to learn more about trafficking in the Bay Area. Local service providers and volunteers will present on their organizations’ initiatives and share information about how you can help.
Co-sponsored by Congregation Kol Emeth, Congregation Beth Am, Spark Church, Congregation Etz Chaym, and the Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition
Free and open to the public. Find out more.
Film Showing: Unacceptable Levels
Tuesday, February 24th, 2014, 7:30 PM, Aquarius Theater,
430 Emerson St., Palo Alto
Unacceptable Levels examines the results of the chemical revolution of the 1940s through the eyes of filmmaker Ed Brown, a father seeking to understand the world in which he and his wife are raising their children. To create this debut documentary, one man and his camera traveled extensively to find and interview top minds in the fields of science, advocacy, and law. Weaving their testimonies into a compelling narrative, Brown presents us with the story of how the chemical revolution brought us to where we are, and of where, if we’re not vigilant, it may take us.
A Q&A will follow the feature presentation, hosted by the filmmaker Ed Brown, with Annie Sartor, Policy & Campaigns Coordinator Breast Cancer Action; State Assemblywoman Sally Lieber (Ret.)
Tickets must be purchased online and will not be available at the door. Purchase tickets here.
Local Action: Gun Violence Reduction for Local Communities
Saturday, February 8th, 2014, 10:00 AM, Mountain View City Hall, 500 Castro St., Mountain View
A free community forum on gun violence reduction measures at the local level, featuring legal experts and grassroots activists sharing 'lessons learned' on the road to a safer future.
Together we will surface the actions that we can each take to put our values
Doors open at 9:30 AM for coffee and networking and the forum begins at 10:00 AM. The invitation for this event is here.
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Santa Clara County Chapter
Organizing for Action Silicon Valley North
San Jose/Silicon Valley NAACP
Peninsula Peace and Justice (www.peaceandjustice.org)
Sunnyvale Citizens for Sensible Gun Measures
Winter Coat Drive, Dec 1, 2013 - January 30th, 2014
Share the gift of warmth with those who need it most. Drop off locations for December and January include:
Books Inc., Town and Country Village, Embarcadero Rd., Palo Alto
Priority items: coats, scarves, hats, wool socks, sleeping bags, blankets, men's heavy pants, plus-sized women's garments
Diaper Drive, August 1-30th, 2013:
Share the gift of loving care with a baby in need. Donated diapers allow a parent to care for their baby while moving through life transitions or overcoming domestic violence.
The greatest need is for diapers sized 4 or 5.
Drop-off locations for August 1-30:
State Capitol, Sacramento, Room 6005
Frequently Asked Questions:
Why are diaper donations so critically needed?
Nearly a quarter of children growing up in the U.S. and in California live in poverty and one out of every three families struggle to afford diapers. Families in need can’t buy diapers with food stamps or get them through WIC (Women, Infants and Children). Families in need frequently have to choose between buying food, medicine, or diapers. Overuse of a diaper can lead to serious health problems for infants and a lack of diapers can prevent families from accessing childcare.
What kind of diapers are needed?
The greatest need is for diapers sized 4 and 5. Local diaper banks offer cloth and biodegradable, disposable diapers. Disposable diapers are often needed for families that are homeless or in remote areas where laundry facilities are not available.
Can I support our local diaper banks with money rather than giving diapers?
Yes, to give, visit their sites directly at
I have an open package of diapers. Can I donate them?
Yes, new, unused diapers can be donated if they are still in the package, even if the package has been opened.
Monday, April 8th, 2013, 7:00 P.M.
Join State Assemblywoman Sally Lieber (Ret.) for a special showing of Not My Life, the first film to comprehensively to depict the cruel and dehumanizing practices of global human trafficking and modern slavery.
Filmed on five continents, in a dozen countries, Not My Life features more than fifty interviews with trafficking survivors and their advocates in government, law enforcement, civil society, and the private sector. From 10 year-old girls raped in USA truck stops or brothels in India; to street beggars in Africa; to domestic servants in Washington, D. C., Not My Life take viewers into a world that is both difficult to imagine and all too real.
What: Film Showing: Not My Life
Where: Redwood City Downtown Main Library, 1044 Middlefield Rd. in downtown Redwood City
When: Monday, April 8, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Partners in the making of this film include: the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, the Polaris Project, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, End Human Trafficking Now!, the Greenbaum Foundation and End Slavery Now.
This showing is provided by State Assemblywoman Sally Lieber (Ret.). Library meeting space is provided as a community service by the City of Redwood City. The City neither sponsors nor endorses this event nor the presenting individual or organizations
April 1-30, 2013: Book Drive for Women in State Prison
Please join Kepler’s Books and Magazines, Books Inc and State Assemblywoman Sally Lieber (Ret.) in donating new or gently used paperback books for women at the California Institution for Women in Corona and the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla.
How-to books, quality fiction from diverse writers, women’s biographies
and current, quality magazines in good condition are needed. Paperback textbooks that are less than three years old can be accepted. Children’s picture books, easy reading books and teen classics (such as Judy Blume books) are especially needed for women with lower reading levels and children during visitation, as are unopened boxes of Crayola crayons and packs of construction paper.
More than two-thirds of the women in state prison are non-violent offenders and more than two-thirds are mothers. Any reading material that engages the mind will help these women who have few other rehabilitative services.
Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 7:00 PM
Redwood City Main Library, 1044 Middlefield Rd.,
downtown Redwood City
A powerful exploration of what needs to be done to end gun violence in America. Living for 32 is the inspirational story of Colin Goddard, a survivor of the tragic gun shooting massacre which occurred on the Virginia Tech campus.
This showing is provided by State Assemblywoman Sally Lieber (Ret.) and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence of San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. Library meeting space is provided as a community service by the City of Redwood City. The City neither sponsors nor endorses this event nor the presenting individual or organizations
Beyond Thoughts and Prayers: Action, a community forum on gun control, gun reduction and violence reduction
Sunday, January 27th, 2013 1:30 PM,
Mountain View City Hall, 500 Castro St., Mtn View
Come together as we learn the essential facts about guns in America, best practices for gun control and gun reduction and the latest developments at the state, federal and local levels.