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Stacey Abrams, Cory Booker, Tom Perez & Dolores Huerta wrap up final week of Manny’s Super Civic Cyber Conversations April 27 – 30

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Stacey Abrams, Cory Booker, Tom Perez & Dolores Huerta wrap up final week of Manny’s Super Civic Cyber Conversations April 27 – 30

Unprecedented LIVE online gathering of civic leaders continues Manny’s tradition as place for community building and civic engagement

35-40k viewers have tuned in and participated so far in unique online series

27 April 2020 – San Francisco, CA: The unprecedented online gathering of political, business, community and educational leaders, Manny’s Super Civic Cyber Conversations, wraps up this week with conversations featuring Stacey Abrams (April 28th ), David Simas, CEO of the Obama Foundation (April 29th) Cory Booker (April 29th), Jose Antonio Vargas (April 29th), Tom Perez, DNC Chair (April 30th) and Dolores Huerta (April 30th)

“I’m blown away by all of the civic leaders who are rising to the occasion with Manny’s to provide knowledge, inspiration, and hope to our community right now via these civic cyber conversationssaid Manny Yekutiel, founder and owners of Manny’s, the innovative community space, café and bookstore at 16th & Valencia in San Francisco’s Mission District.

Beginning immediately after the COVID-19 Pandemic forced the closing of businesses in San Francisco and around the world, Yekutiel took Manny’s usual programming online. Since then, 100 people have been interviewed and more than 35,000 people have participated online.

Since opening its doors on Election Night 2018, Manny’s has become an epicenter of community involvement, dialogue and civic engagement having served over 50,000 people, staged over 400 events, donated space to more than 150 area nonprofits and charities by hosting 17 presidential candidates. Also, besides receiving copious media and public attention, Manny’s was recognized for his above-and-beyond achievements by the California State Senate as “Small Business of the Year.” In December 2019, Yekutiel was named to San Francisco’s Small Business Commission by Mayor London N. Breed.

Manny’s is a people powered, community focused meeting and learning place in the heart of San Francisco that combines a restaurant, political bookshop, and civic events space. Manny’s goal: to create a central and affordable place to become a better informed and more involved citizen. Manny’s offers its events space to nonprofits, activists and civic organizations to spread their message and do their work as well as hosting its own civic and arts related programming. Manny’s kitchen is run by the non-profit, Farming Hope, which hires formerly homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals and trains them in the food skills needed to work in the restaurant industry.

We’ll be using Zoom to broadcast all of the Manny’s Super Civic Cyber Conversations. Folks can register at and

To continue our mission, Manny’s is hosting over one hundred live civic conversations over video for the public.  We’ll be providing opportunities for the public to continue to be civically engaged all at the convenience of their home for free or with a suggested donation.  With an expected reach of 15,000 – 20,000 viewers with many news outlets also tuning in and participating.

Upcoming LIVE Manny’s Cyber Conversations:  

27 April – Monday, 5pm: Serving SF’s Most Vulnerable Now with Human Services Agency ED Trent Rhorer

27 April – Monday, 6pm: Conversation with SF Goodwill CEO William Rogers: Investing in our Workforce

27 April – Monday, 7pm: Rethinking Jail with SF Assistant Attorney Tai Klement

28 April – Tuesday, 5pm: Conversation with Stacey Abrams in Support of Fair Fight ($25 minimum contribution)

28 April – Tuesday, 6pm: The Need for an LGBT Museum with Terry Beswick

28 April – Tuesday, 7pm: Can Psychedelics Cure Disease? A Conversation b/w Rick Doblin and Joe Green

29 April – Wednesday, 5pm: Continuing President Obama’s Legacy with Obama Foundation CEO David Simas

29 April – Wednesday 6pm: Conversation with Senator Cory Booker: Leading America Through This Time

29 April – Wednesday 7pm: Jose Antonio Vargas: How Undocumented Immigrants are Left Out of Recovery

30 April – Thursday, 4pm: How We Will Win the 2020 Election w/ Democratic Party Chair Tom Perez

30 April – Thursday, 5pm: The Role of a Movie Theater in Community with Lex Sloan

30 April – Thursday, 7pm: Dolores Huerta on 2020 Census and Supporting Farmworkers During this Crisis