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alerts
by camille t. taiara

AIDS treatment access

Wednesday, March 6, Berkeley vice mayor Maudelle Shirek, Father Bill O'Donnell, and others host "Global AIDS Treatment Access: Victories Won and the New Challenges on the Horizon," a benefit for Health Global Access Project featuring Julie Davids of ACT UP Philadelphia and Critical Path AIDS Project, AIDS Treatment News editor John James, and entertainment. RSVP and donations are encouraged. 6:30 p.m., 1797 Madera, Berk. Free. (510) 533-3314.

Homeless summit

Thursday, March 7, homeless people, service providers, advocates, city representatives, and others come together for San Francisco's first homeless summit, held to craft homeless policy suggestions for the city. Registration 8:15 a.m., program 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Herbst Theatre, Veteran's Building, 401 Van Ness, S.F. Free. (415) 554-7910, www.chrisdaly.org.

Save the fish

Thursday, March 7, the Bay Conservation and Development Commission holds a public hearing on Mirant Corp.'s proposed expansion of the Potrero Hill power plant, the threat posed by the plant's expanded cooling system to approximately 500 million larval fish in the bay, and alternative uses of bay water. 1 p.m., Port of San Francisco Building, Pier 1, Embarcadero at Market, S.F. (415) 642-1091.

Publicize women's history

Thursday, March 7, the San Francisco chapter of the Women's Guerilla History Project invites women, girls, and trannies to participate in its International Women's Day postering run. Bring homemade posters of sheroes, ready-made wheat paste, brushes, and rags. Gather 8 p.m., Café La Bohème, 3318 24th St., S.F. fiercesf@igc.org or members.tripod.com/w-g-h-p.

Domestic workers unite

Friday, March 8, join domestic workers of the Women's Collective of La Raza Centro Legal's Day Laborer program as they march through Pacific Heights to demand fair wages and just treatment on the job. Gather 10 a.m., march 10:45 a.m., Lafayette Park, Gough between Washington and Sacramento, S.F. (415) 553-3406.

'Global Women's Strike!'

Friday, March 8, join the International Wages for Housework Campaign in a march and cacerolazo (banging of pots and pans, as done by women protesters in Argentina) as part of a global women's strike. The march begins at the welfare office and stops at Bank of America and McDonald's on its way to the Federal Building, to protest welfare reform, corporate thievery, the poisoning of land and food, war mongering, INS detentions, and their disproportionate impacts on women and children. Gather 3 p.m., Department of Health and Human Services, 170 Otis, S.F.; march 3:40 p.m.; rally 5:20-6 p.m., Federal Building, 450 Golden Gate, S.F. (415) 626-4114.

'Taco Bell Truth Tour'

Friday, March 8, find out why tomato pickers have called for a boycott of Taco Bell, as the national Taco Bell Truth Tour hits San Francisco. United Farm Workers cofounder Dolores Huerta and others speak at a rally in front of Taco Bell featuring street theater by Art and Revolution, followed by a cultural event including performances by conscious Latino hip-hoppers La Paz and others. Protest: gather 4:30 p.m., Mission and 24th St., S.F.; march 5:30 p.m.; rally 6 p.m., Taco Bell, 2022 Mission, S.F. Cultural event: 7 p.m., 255 Potrero, S.F. $5-$10 donation. (415) 621-8100.

Housing festival

Sunday, March 10, Right to a Roof, Housing America, Religious Witness with Homeless People, and the Council of Community Housing Organizations sponsor a housing festival and demonstration to unveil a grassroots plan for long-term solutions to the housing and homelessness crisis in San Francisco. The event includes speakers, spoken word, capoeira, hip-hop, and more. Noon-5 p.m., Civic Center Plaza, Polk between Grove and McAllister, S.F. (415) 346-3740, ext. 313.

Painting Palestine

Tuesday, March 12, Susan Greene of the Break the Silence Mural and Arts Project presents a slide lecture of her experiences directing a project in which Palestinian youth, Americans, and American Jews designed and painted a four-story mural in Dheisheh Refugee Camp (West Bank, occupied Palestine) depicting the history of Palestine and hopes for the future. Proceeds benefit Break the Silence Mural and Arts Project and KPFA Free Speech Radio. 7 p.m., the Lab, 2948 16th St., S.F. $2-$50 donation. (415) 271-0576.

Colombia in crisis

Wednesday, March 13, Adriana Elisa Parra of Ruta Pacifica de las Mujeres, Jutta Meier-Weidenbach of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, and Peace Brigades International volunteer Kelli Corrigan discuss the political climate in Colombia at a panel sponsored by Peace Brigades, the Fellowship of Reconciliation, Global Exchange, and INS Watch. 7-9 p.m., Centro del Pueblo, 474 Valencia, S.F. $5 donation. (415) 495-6334.

Mail items for Alerts to the Bay Guardian, 520 Hampshire, S.F., CA 94110; fax to (415) 255-8762; or e-mail camille@sfbg.com. Please include a contact telephone number. Items must be received at least one week prior to publication date. 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.