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Skateboarders' rights

Thursday, April 11, members of the public are encouraged to speak out at a San Francisco Youth Commission hearing with city representatives on skateboarding policies. 4 p.m., Wallenberg High School Little Theater, 40 Vega, S.F. Free. (415) 554-6446.

Stop senior services cuts

Thursday, April 11, Senior Action Network holds a meeting on upcoming budget cuts affecting health care and housing for seniors and the disabled, featuring Sup. Sophie Maxwell, Steve Kawa of the Mayor's Office, Coalition of Agencies Serving the Elderly president Jim Illig, and others. 10 a.m.-noon, St. Mary's Cathedral conference center, 1111 Gough, S.F. Free. (415) 546-1333.

War tax resistance

Thursday, April 11, and Monday, April 15, learn about methods for refusing to pay federal taxes used for militarism and war, redirecting the funds to meet community needs, and possible consequences at two workshops sponsored by Northern California War Tax Resistance and People's Life Fund. Call to RSVP. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Sacramento Street Co-Housing, 2220 Sacramento, Berk. Call for price. (510) 843-9877.

Bush and El Salvador

Friday, April 12-Saturday, April 13, Salvadoran Public Health Care Workers Union secretary general Ricardo Monge discusses the impact of Bush's "war on terrorism" and free trade on the people of El Salvador as part of a CISPES speaking tour. Friday's event includes presenters from the San Francisco Day Labor Program Women's Collective and the California Nurses Association. Fri/12, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Centro del Pueblo, 474 Valencia, S.F. $5-$25 donation. (415) 648-8222. Sat/13, 3-5 p.m., La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck, Berk. $5-$25 donation. (415) 648-8222.

Dump Davis, forget Simon

Saturday, April 13, third-party gubernatorial candidates Peter Camejo (Green Party) and Gary Copeland (Libertarian Party) debate for the upcoming election. 7:30-9:30 p.m., San Francisco LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market, S.F. $5-$10 donation. (415) 701-7091.

U.S. terrorism

Saturday, April 13, Russell Redner of the American Indian Movement, Omali Yeshitela of the African People's Socialist Party, and Jess Ghannam of the Al-Awda Palestinian Right to Return Coalition talk about U.S.-government ethnic-cleansing, terrorism, and genocide campaigns at a community tribunal held by the All People's Coalition to Stop US Terrorism and Occupation. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 7911 MacArthur Blvd., Oakl. $5-$25 donation. (510) 569-9620.

Iraq teach-in

Saturday, April 13-Sunday, April 14, the East Bay Coalition to Stop the Sanctions on Iraq and others host a forum on the impact of U.S. policy on Iraq, including eyewitness accounts and panels. Sat/13 and Sun/14, 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Oakland YWCA, 1515 Webster, S.F. $10-$30 donation a day. (415) 251-2923 or (510) 538-0209.

Gays, lesbians, and immigration

Sunday, April 14, Love Sees No Borders founders Leslie Bulbuk and Marta Donayre talk about the Permanent Partners Immigration Act, which, if passed, would allow lesbians and gays to act as sponsors for immigration purposes for their noncitizen partners, at an event hosted by Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. 3 p.m., St. Francis Lutheran Church, 152 Church, S.F. Free. (415) 921-8850.

Colombia teach-in

Monday, April 15, the Town Hall Committee Against War and Hate holds a discussion on the United States' role in the war in Colombia, featuring Colombian activist and Café Macondo owner Cristina Vásquez and Monica Enriquez of the Committee for a New Colombia. 7-9 p.m., Centro del Pueblo, 474 Valencia, S.F. $1-$10 donation. (415) 285-3433.

Palestinian human rights

Monday, April 15, Palestinian human rights worker and advocate to the U.N. Hanan Elmasu speaks as part of a tour organized by Global Exchange. 7 p.m., New College of California theater, 777 Valencia, S.F. $10 donation. (415) 255-7296, ext. 244.

The road to public power

Tuesday, April 16, state assembly speaker Fred Keeley, Board of Supervisors president Tom Ammiano, a representative of the San Francisco Labor Task Force, and others talk about how to address Pacific Gas and Electric Co.'s bankruptcy filing and bring public power to San Francisco in November, at an event sponsored by San Franciscans for Public Power. 7-9 p.m., San Francisco Public Utilities Commission auditorium, State Building, 505 Van Ness, S.F. Free. (415) 364-1522.

U.N. diplomat speaks

Tuesday, April 16, World Report editor Marsha Van de Berg interviews author and U.N. diplomat Shashi Tharoor, who has served on the U.N. High Commission for Refugees and as executive assistant to U.N. secretary general Kofi Annan, at "The Shape of the Post-9/11 World," sponsored by the University of San Francisco's Center for the Pacific Rim and the Commonwealth Club of California. 5:45 p.m., University of San Francisco, Lone Mountain campus, Room 100, 2800 Turk, S.F. Free. (415) 422-6357.

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