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Legal lockout

Wednesday, Feb. 6, federal Magistrate Judge Edward M. Chen moderates a forum on how new laws and policies restrict access to the courts for immigrants, prisoners, and the poor and the legal alternatives for vindicating the harm caused, featuring speakers from Hastings College of the Law, the National ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, and others. Reception 5:30 p.m., program 7 p.m., Hastings College of the Law, Louis B. Mayer Lounge, 198 McAllister, S.F. Free. (415) 543-9444.

End the drug war

Thursday, Feb. 7, help the California Coalition for Women Prisoners and Legal Services for Prisoners with Children launch a collaborative to combat the war on drugs and its concomitant criminalization of marginalized communities. 7:30 p.m., Centro del Pueblo, 474 Valencia, S.F. (415) 255-7036, ext. 4.

LAFCO vote

Thursday, Feb. 7, support your favorite candidate for an open seat on the Local Agency Formation Commission, the agency in charge of conducting a public power feasibility study, at a LAFCO meeting held to select one of six applicants. 9:30 a.m., City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 263, S.F. (415) 554-5184.

'Let Haiti Live!'

Thursday, Feb. 7, the Haiti Action Committee holds a rally and vigil calling for the lifting of economic sanctions imposed by the United States on Haiti after Jean-Bertrand Aristide won the presidency last year. 4:30-6 p.m., Oakland Federal Building, 1301 Clay, Oakl. (510) 483-7481.

'Rogue State'

Friday, Feb. 8, Former U.S. State Department member and author of Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions since World War II, William Blum presents his new book, Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower. 7-8 p.m., Revolution Books, 2425 Channing Way, Berk. (510) 848-1196.

District Three meeting

Saturday, Feb. 9, Sup. Aaron Peskin hosts a town hall meeting for District Three residents, including representatives from the Police and Fire Departments, the Department of Public Works, Muni, the Department of Parking and Traffic, and the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services. 10 a.m.-noon, Spring Valley Elementary School, auditorium, 1451 Jackson, S.F. Free. (415) 554-7453.

'Live from Death Row'

Saturday, Feb. 9, the Campaign to End the Death Penalty hosts San Quentin death-row inmate Kevin Cooper (via speakerphone), exonerated death-row inmate Shujaa Graham, and members of Murder Victims' Families for Reconciliation in a forum on Cooper's case as well as that of Stephen Wayne Anderson, executed Jan. 29. 3 p.m., Walden Pond Bookstore, 3316 Grand, Oakl. Free. (510) 985-2805.

Terrorists are us

Saturday, Feb. 9, the Bay Area Labor Black League for Social Defense and the Partisan Defense Committee protest the repercussions of antiterrorist laws such as the USA PATRIOT Act and the Maritime Security Act for immigrants, African Americans, and labor. 2 p.m., Frank Ogawa Plaza, 14th and Broadway, Oakl. (510) 839-0852.

Voices of dissent

Monday, Feb. 11, Nisha Anand, Ruckus Society development director and member of Desis Rising Up and Moving (a South Asian activist group in New York City), speaks about the domestic war on terrorism, Challenging White Supremacy organizer Chris Crass talks about antiwar organizing, and David Rovics and Folk This! provide live music. 8 p.m., AK Press, 674A 23rd St., Oakl. $5. (510) 208-1700.

Youth, media, and justice

Monday, Feb. 11, KQED Media Salon presents "Youth Media Voices in the Juvenile Justice Debate," a forum with members of the Youth Media Council, KQED Youth Media Corps, Youth Radio, and the Beat Within. 7-9 p.m., KQED, 2601 Mariposa, S.F. Free. (415) 553-2390.

Sept. 11 and the law

Tuesday, Feb. 12, Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute executive director Ann Fagan Ginger gives a talk titled "September 11th, the United Nations Charter, and the U.S. Constitution." 6-8 p.m., San Francisco Public Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room, 30 Grove, S.F. Free. (415) 241-1314.

California's power industry

Wednesday, Feb. 13, Global Exchange's Power to the People campaign presents a forum on the future of California's electric utility industry, with Nettie Hoge of the Utility Reform Network and renewable-energy consultant Peter Asmus. 7 p.m., California Public Utilities Commission Building, auditorium, 505 Van Ness, S.F. Free. (415) 255-7296, ext. 251.

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