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Anarcho video bash

Friday, March 1, enjoy independent videos by the Guerrilla News Network and the Independent Media Center, a documentary on Brazil's landless workers' movement, and more at a benefit for the upcoming Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair and the San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center. 7 p.m., AK Press, 674A 23rd St., Oakl. $3-$5 donation. (510) 208-1700 or (415) 430-1269, ext. 9506.

'The Battle of Seattle'

Friday, March 1, editors Daniel Burton Rose, George Katsiaficas, and Eddie Yuen discuss The Battle of Seattle: The New Challenge to Capitalist Globalization at a release party for the anthology. 7:30 p.m., New College of California, Cultural Center, 766 Valencia, S.F. Free. (415) 437-3400.

Media and democracy

Saturday, March 2, New York Daily News columnist, Democracy Now! cohost, and cofounder of the Pacifica Campaign Juan Gonzalez speaks at "Mass Media and the Future of Democracy," a Media Alliance benefit. Private reception 4-6 p.m., Tlahuica Mexican Villa Restaurant, 2391 Mission, S.F.; talk 7 p.m., New College of California theater, 777 Valencia, S.F. $15 talk, $50 reception and talk. (415) 546-6334, ext. 309.

No school budget cuts!

Saturday, March 2, Oakland mayoral candidate Wilson Riles Jr., Lenore Anderson of Books Not Bars, Rachel Quinn of Oakland Education Association, and Jean Whittlesey of the International Socialist Organization discuss Governor Davis's school budget cuts and what is being done to stop them. 3 p.m., YWCA, 1515 Webster, Oakl. Free. (510) 595-7675.

Speak-out on the war

Saturday, March 2, find out how the "war on terrorism" is affecting communities of color and help strategize solutions at a speak-out organized by People's Resistance Against U.S. Terrorism and cosponsored by Black August Organizing Committee, Barrio Defense Committee, and others. Food will be provided. Noon-4 p.m., Oakland public library, West Oakland Branch, 1651 Adeline, Oakl. Free. (415) 789-8298.

U.S.-Arab solidarity

Saturday, March 2, the International Act Now to Stop War and End Racism Coalition presents "Evening for Peace with Justice for the Palestinian and Iraqi People," featuring former U.S. attorney general Ramsey Clark, Mohammed Kanana of Abna al-Balad (a Palestinian organization inside 1948 Israel), Al-Wattan TV founder Omar Nazzal (Ramallah, Palestine), Barbara Lubin of the Middle East Children's Alliance, Elias Rashmawi of the Committee for Justice, and others. 7 p.m., Mission High School, 3750 18th St., S.F. $10-$50 donation. (415) 821-6545.

'Waging Peace'

Saturday, March 2-Sunday, March 3, the American Friends Service Committee, United Muslims of America, Jewish Voice for Peace, and others present "Waging Peace: Shaping a Just U.S. Policy in the Middle East," a two-day conference. Sat/2, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 1187 Franklin, S.F. Sun/3, 2-7:30 p.m. (interfaith dinner 6 p.m.), International House, 2299 Piedmont, Berk. $25-$30 donation, $5 donation Sun. only, $10 donation for dinner. (415) 565-0201, ext. 26, www.afsc.org/wagingpeace.

Michael Moore speaks

Monday, March 4 and Wednesday, March 6, documentary filmmaker, author, and comic provocateur Michael Moore issues his "Sorry State of the Nation" address. Proceeds from Wednesday's event benefit KPFA-FM. Mon/4, registration noon, program 12:30 p.m., book signing 1:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club of California, 595 Market, Second floor, S.F. $10. (415) 597-597-6712 or (415) 597-6719. Wed/6, 7:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berk. $12-$15. (510) 848-6767, ext. 611.

Britt for assembly

Take part in the last big push to get Harry Britt elected to the state assembly. Precinct walks Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.; general volunteering Sun.-Sat., 9 a.m.-midnight; Election Day mobilization Tues/5, 4 a.m., Britt for Assembly campaign headquarters, 2150 Market, S.F. (415) 503-1343.

Help pass Prop. A

Help get the charter amendment to adopt instant-runoff voting passed by volunteering with the Yes on Prop. A campaign. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Yes on Prop. A headquarters, 1910 Mission, S.F. (415) 701-7944.

Mobilize for Adachi and clean elections

Fight the Brown-Burton machine by walking precincts, phone-banking, and providing general support to help get Jeff Adachi elected as public defender. The Adachi campaign also seeks volunteers – especially attorneys – to help monitor Department of Elections workers transcribing paper absentee ballots onto genuine ballots. (The Department of Elections distributed some xeroxed ballots owing to a printing error and must copy the information submitted on them to real absentee ballots.) Sun.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Jeff Adachi for Public Defender campaign headquarters, 799 Van Ness, S.F. (415) 776-7076.

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Call (415) 255-3100, ext. 545, for more information. For more events, see the Benefits listings in the Calendar section or visit the Bay Guardian Action Network on the Web at www.sfbg.com/action.