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District Six zoning

Wednesday, Feb. 20, help shape permanent zoning controls in the South of Market neighborhood at the Planning Department's first Community Planning Workshop, featuring Sup. Chris Daly, planning director Gerald Green, and others. 6-8:30 p.m., South of Market Recreation Center, 270 Sixth St., S.F. Free. (415) 348-1945.

Candidate debate

Thursday, Feb. 21, the Central City SRO Collaborative sponsors a debate featuring District 13 assembly contenders Harry Britt and Mark Leno and public defender hopefuls Jeff Adachi and Kimiko Burton. 4-6 p.m., Seneca Hotel, 34 Sixth St., S.F. Free. (415) 775-7110.

The future of housing

Thursday, Feb. 21, state assembly candidates for Districts 12 and 13 discuss local and state housing issues at a forum sponsored by the San Francisco Tenants Union, Senior Housing Action Coalition, St. Peter's Housing, and other tenant- and homeless-advocate organizations. 6-8 p.m., State Office Building, 455 Golden Gate, S.F. Free. (415) 282-5525.

Oakland mayoral debate

Thursday, Feb. 21, Oakland mayoral candidates share their positions on housing, public education, economic development, youth programs, living wages, and more, at a forum sponsored by People United for a Better Oakland and others. Child care and transportation available. 6-8:30 p.m., Oakland Asian Cultural Center auditorium, 388 Ninth St., Second floor, Oakl. Free. (510) 452-2010, ext. 17.

'Truth and Lies about 9/11'

Thursday, Feb. 21, From the Wilderness newsletter publisher Mike Ruppert exposes glaring holes in the official story about Sept. 11. Darryl Cherney, the Earth First! organizer injured alongside Judi Bari when a bomb went off in her car, opens with original songs and an update on the Earth First! case against the FBI. 7 p.m., Fort Mason, Bldg. A, Golden Gate Room, S.F. $15. (707) 824-9933.

Public power hearing

Friday, Feb. 22, the San Francisco Local Agency Formation Commission holds its first public hearing on public power, a workshop with members of the California Power Authority, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, and others. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., City Hall, Board of Supervisors Legislative Chamber, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, S.F. Free. (415) 329-7702.

Antiwar march and rally

Saturday, Feb. 23, demand money for jobs, health care, and education – not war and attacks on civil liberties – at a march and rally sponsored by the Bay Area Anti-war Coalition and dozens of others. Assemble 11 a.m., Dolores Park, 18th St. between Church and Dolores, S.F.; march noon; rally 1 p.m., Precita Park, Precita between Folsom and Alabama, S.F. (415) 661-6695.

Barsamian on media lies

Saturday, Feb. 23, Tuesday, Feb. 26, and Wednesday, Feb. 27, Alternative Radio producer and author David Barsamian hits the Bay Area. Barsamian speaks at "Corporate Media Lies, Bush's War and the Role of the Alternative Press," a panel discussion featuring Todd Chretien of International Socialist Review, Bay Guardian executive editor Tim Redmond, and a speaker from AK Press Feb. 23. Barsamian joins other South End Press authors at the press's 25th-anniversary celebration Feb. 26. On Feb. 27 he provides a radio-production demonstration at a celebration of the National Radio Project's new office, then talks about his new book, The Decline and Fall of Public Broadcasting, at Black Box, followed by performances by Company of Prophets, Message One, and Art and Revolution Convergence. Black Box event proceeds benefit NRP. Panel discussion Sat/23, 6 p.m., San Francisco Women's Building, 3543 18th St., S.F. Free. (510) 333-4604. South End Press celebration Tues/26, 7:30 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia, S.F. Free. (415) 282-9246. Radio-production demonstration Wed/27, 5-7 p.m., National Radio Project, 1916 Telegraph, Oakl. Free; talk and performance 7 p.m., Black Box, 1920 Telegraph, Oakl. $7-$70 sliding scale. (510) 251-1332, ext. 101.

Mobilize for Adachi and Britt

Saturday, Feb. 23-Sunday, Feb. 24, help get out the vote for public defender candidate Jeff Adachi and state assembly candidate Harry Britt by walking precincts. Call for other volunteer opportunities throughout the week. 10 a.m., Adachi for Public Defender campaign headquarters, 799 Van Ness, S.F. (415) 776-7076. 10 a.m., Britt for Assembly campaign headquarters, 2150 Market, S.F. (415) 503-1343.

Social justice in the classroom

Saturday, Feb. 23, Teachers 4 Social Justice holds a one-day conference, including workshops on antibias curricula, high-stakes testing, youth leadership, legislation and district policy, and more, with guest speaker Stanford professor, author, and progressive educator Linda Darling Hammond. Food and child care provided. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Horace Mann Middle School, 3351 23rd St., S.F. Free. (510) 434-1671.

Town hall meetings

Saturday, Feb. 23, Sups. Jake McGoldrick, Sophie Maxwell, and Gerardo Sandoval hold town hall meetings in their respective districts to garner public input on neighborhood issues. District One: 10 a.m.-noon, Richmond Recreational Center, 251 18th Ave., S.F. (415) 554-7410. District 10: 10 a.m.-noon, Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, 350 Girard, S.F. (415) 554-7670. District 11: 10 a.m.-noon, Sheridan Elementary School auditorium, 431 Capitol, S.F. (415) 554-6975.

Greens election forum

Sunday, Feb. 24, meet progressive candidates – including Green gubernatorial candidate Peter Camejo and public defender hopeful Jeff Adachi – and hear the latest on the March ballot propositions at a Green Party election bash. 4-7 p.m., Zodiac Club, 714 14th St., S.F. $5 suggested donation. (415) 386-2706.

Legacy of resistance

Sunday, Feb. 24, School of the Americas Watch founder Father Roy Bourgeois gives a talk titled "Colombia: A Study in U.S. Terrorism" at the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade's annual commemoration of the Spanish Republic, which also features appearances by surviving veterans of the brigade (a group of U.S. citizens who fought against Franco's forces during the Spanish Civil War) as well as songs and stories by the San Francisco Mime Troupe. Proceeds benefit the Abraham Lincoln Brigade archives and memorial and School of the Americas Watch. 2 p.m. (buffet luncheon at noon), Calvin Simmons Theatre, 10 10th St., Oakl. $20. (510) 548-3088.

Brazil's landless workers

Monday, Feb. 25, Wanusa Pereira Dos Santos, leader of Brazil's Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra, Latin America's largest social movement, speaks at a screening of the documentary Raiz forte (Strong roots). 8 p.m., New College of California theater, 777 Valencia, S.F. $5 donation. (415) 255-0795.

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