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Activist video fest

Thursday, April 4, San Francisco Independent Media Center screens more than a dozen videos covering grassroots actions across the world, including "Viva Judi Bari!," New York Independent Media Center's "How the WEF Was Won," Big Noise Films' "Victims of 9/11 Meet Afghan War Victims," and clips from Indymedia Newsreal, a monthly television series covering local community actions. 7 p.m., Artists' Television Access, 992 Valencia, S.F. $5-$10 donation. (415) 430-1269, ext. 9506, or (415) 824-3890.

Colombia teach-in

Thursday, April 4, the Colombia Support Network, School of the Americas Watch West, and others hold a panel discussion about the impact of U.S. policy on Colombian society, featuring Confederation of Unions in Columbia general secretary Ligia Ines Alzate, Sandra Alvarez of Global Exchange, and Witness for Peace delegate to Colombia Ted Sexhauer. 7 p.m., UC Berkeley, 2060 Valley Life Science Building, near Oxford and Center, Berk. Free. (510) 601-7441.

Indy media on Enron

Thursday, April 4, Bay Guardian reporter Savannah Blackwell, Michelle Chihara of AlterNet, and Institute for Public Accuracy founder and director Norman Solomon speak at "Connecting the Dots: The Independent Press and the Enron Scandal," a forum sponsored by the Independent Press Association and others. 7:30 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia, S.F. Free. (415) 643-4401, ext. 103.

Israeli against occupation

Thursday, April 4, Israeli army intelligence reservist and Courage to Refuse member Tamir Sorek talks about why he and more than 300 other Israeli soldiers refuse to serve in the occupied territories. 7:30 p.m., Centro del Pueblo, 474 Valencia, S.F. $10 donation. (415) 255-7296.

Sweatshops in our backyard

Thursday, April 4, Students Organizing for Justice in the Americas holds a teach-in featuring a striking worker from New Era Cap Company, a New York-based sweatshop that manufactures UC Berkeley "bear wear," and a sweatshop employee from San Francisco's Wins garment factory, which owes workers $850,000 in back pay. 7:30 p.m., UC Berkeley, 30 Wheeler Hall, near Bancroft and Telegraph, Berk. Free. (510) 704-8770.

'Global Justice and Media Democracy'

Saturday, April 6, Media Alliance presents Naomi Klein, author of No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies, and Food First codirector Anuradha Mittal at a talk on global justice movements and media democracy, followed by the premiere screening of Crashing the Stock Market, Democracy Now-Style, a video documenting the New York protests against the World Economic Forum and Amy Goodman crashing the forum's most elite party. Proceeds benefit Media Alliance. 7:30 p.m., Brava! for Women in the Arts, 2781 24th St., S.F. $15. (415) 546-6334, ext. 309.

Protest the death penalty

Saturday, April 6, call for a moratorium on executions at a rally at San Quentin State Prison, staged by the Campaign to End the Death Penalty and including speakers from CEDP and friends and family of death row inmates. Car pools leave MacArthur BART station at 10 a.m. Call to RSVP. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., San Quentin State Prison, East Gate, end of East Francisco Blvd. at San Quentin Village, San Quentin. (510) 985-2805.

School reform

Saturday, April 6, Kelly Butler of Parents for Public Schools provides a national perspective on successful, parent-led school reform at PPS's public annual membership meeting. Call to register in advance or to reserve child care. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Monroe Elementary School, 260 Madrid, S.F. $5, $10 for families. (415) 468-7077.

Demilitarize Vieques!

Sunday, April 7, join Comité '98 por un Puerto Rico Libre in protesting the U.S. Navy's intent to resume bombing this month as part of its military exercises in Vieques, despite a local referendum last year calling for the navy's withdrawal from the Puerto Rican Island, environmental restoration, and a return of the lands to their original inhabitants. Noon, in front of Barnes and Noble, 98 Broadway, Jack London Square, Oakl. (510) 389-5660.

'Baby Brigade'

Monday, April 8, parents, child care providers, teachers, and toddlers hold a brief parade around City Hall and meet with city representatives at an action organized by Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth and the San Francisco Providers Association calling for continued funding of quality and affordable child care for low-income and working families. Gather 9:30 a.m., Civic Center Plaza, Polk between Grove and McAllister, S.F.; parade 9:45 a.m.; meet with city representatives 10:15 a.m., City Hall, North Light Court, First floor, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, S.F. (415) 642-1048 or (415) 391-4721.

Justice for Judi Bari!

Monday, April 8, Earth First! activists Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney's lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Oakland Police Department finally goes to trial, 12 years after the car bombing. Join Helen Caldicott, Lisa Bari, and various other environmental, labor, and social-justice activists at a kickoff rally. Noon, Oakland Federal Courthouse, 1300 Clay, Oakl. (510) 548-3113.

Poverty in the media

Monday, April 8, Poor magazine founder and editor Tiny Gray-García, Jennifer Friedenbach of the Coalition on Homelessness, and KQED-FM executive producer Michael Isip talk about media coverage of poverty at a KQED Media Salon forum. 7-9 p.m., KQED, 2601 Mariposa, S.F. Free. (415) 553-2390.

Pacifica update

Tuesday, April 9, Pacifica Radio acting executive director Dan Coughlin and UC Berkeley professor Ian Boal talk about the changes taking place at Pacifica at the first in a series of forums leading up to the Pacifica board meeting in Berkeley this June. 7 p.m., New College of California theater, 777 Valencia, S.F. Free. (510) 527-1884.


Wednesday, April 10, Stanford professor and Middle East Studies Association president Joel Beinin gives a lecture titled "U.S. Support of Radical Muslims and Sept. 11." Lunch noon, lecture 12:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club of California, 595 Market, Second floor, S.F. $22, $17 members. (415) 597-6705 or (415) 597-6706.

Speak out against rogue cops

Wednesday, April 10, join PoliceWatch, community members, and family of five Hunters Point youths brutalized by San Francisco police in demanding that the officers involved be placed on desk duty or administrative leave pending an investigation, at a public meeting of the San Francisco Police Commission. Rally 5 p.m., speak-out 5:30 p.m., Hall of Justice, 850 Bryant, Room 551, S.F. (415) 951-4844, ext. 224.

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