April 24, 2002




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District Six budgeting

Wednesday, April 24, Sup. Chris Daly invites District Six residents to voice their opinions on how city funds should be allocated next year, at a town hall meeting with public officials. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Tenderloin Elementary School, 627 Turk, S.F. Free. (415) 554-7970.

'Jihad vs. McWorld'

Thursday, April 25, Benjamin Barber, who warned of the imminent collision between capitalism and religious fundamentalism in 1995's Jihad vs. McWorld, talks at "Confronting Terrorism: Smart Bombs or Smart Concepts?" Registration 11:45 a.m., program noon, Commonwealth Club of California, 595 Market, Second floor, S.F. $10, $7 members. (415) 597-6705 or (415) 597-6706.

Parenti on terrorism

Thursday, April 25, Michael Parenti expands on themes from his latest book, The Terrorism Trap: September 11 and Beyond, at a talk benefiting the Peace and Freedom Party voter registration drive. 7:30 p.m., St. Joseph the Worker Church, 1640 Addison, Berk. $10 donation. (510) 465-9414.

Violence against activists

Thursday, April 25, learn about recent instances of state-sponsored violence against activists, including the use of pepper spray against nonviolent protesters and the death of forest activist David "Gypsy" Chain, at an event featuring speakers, video, live music, and an update by attorney Tony Serra on Earth First! activists Judi Bari (now deceased) and Darryl Cherney's lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Oakland Police Department. 7 p.m., Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar, Berk. $5-$15 donation. (510) 548-3113.

Colonialism and fundamentalism

Thursday, April 25-Friday, April 26, Pakistani exile, author (The Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihad, and Modernity and others), and New Left Review editor Tariq Ali speaks. Thurs/25, 5:30 p.m., UC Berkeley, North Gate Hall, Room 105, Hearst and Euclid, Berk. Free. (510) 847-2503 or (510) 543-7086. Fri/26, 7:30 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia, S.F. Free. (415) 282-9246.

Solidarity with day laborers!

Thursday, April 25 and Tuesday, April 30, stand in solidarity with Mission District day laborers suffering increased repression by local police (see Life during Wartime, 4/17/02). On Thursday, Hogares Sin Barreras and Right to a Roof hold a cop watch to prevent police abuse of day laborers on Cesar Chavez Street. On Tuesday, La Raza Centro Legal's Day Labor Program invites community members to speak out in support of day laborers at the Mission Police Station's monthly community meeting. Thurs/25, meet at noon, Cafe La Boheme, 3318 24th, S.F. (510) 346-3740, ext. 302. Tues/30, orientation 5:30 p.m., La Raza Centro Legal, Room 295, 474 Valencia, S.F.; speak-out 6:30 p.m., Mission Police Station, Community Room, 630 Valencia, S.F. (415) 553-3406.

Bethlehem report-back

Friday, April 26, Kate Raphael presents a firsthand account of the current situation in the occupied territories and shows slides and photos of areas journalists have been unable to visit, at a report-back from her recent trip to Bethlehem and the Aida refugee camp. 7:30 p.m., San Francisco Women's Building, 3543 18th St., S.F. Free. (415) 334-4386.

Ten years of free radio!

Friday, April 26-Sunday, April 28, celebrate 10 years of micropowered radio broadcasting in the Bay Area at an anniversary party featuring Free Radio Berkeley founder Stephen Dunifer, Luke Hiken of the National Lawyers Guild, San Francisco Liberation Radio founder Richard Edmonson, and Pierre Laboissier of the Haiti Radio Project, along with videos and music, followed by an FRB open house and a hands-on micropower broadcasting workshop. Fri/26, celebration 7-11 p.m., AK Press, 674A 23rd St., Oakl. $5-$10 donation. Sat/27, open house 3-8 p.m., Free Radio Berkeley, 1244 23rd Ave., Oakl. Free. Workshop Sun/28, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., AK Press. Free. (510) 533-0401 or (510) 208-1700.

Rally for Palestine!

Saturday, April 27, the San Francisco chapter of the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Al-Qalam Institute, Al-Awda S.F., and Students for Justice in Palestine hold a march and rally in solidarity with the people of Palestine. Gather 11 a.m., 24th and Mission, S.F. March noon. Rally 1:30 p.m., United Nations Plaza, Market between Leavenworth and McAllister, S.F. (415) 821-7444.

Young men at risk

Saturday, April 27, Infusion-One hosts the first annual Young Men at Risk Summit for young men ages 13 to 18 to address issues affecting the health and well-being of urban youth. The summit features opening remarks by Mayor Willie Brown, presentations by Omar Butler of Omega Boys Club, attorney Damone Hale of the Bay View Hunters Point Foundation, and United Playaz gang prevention program founder Rudy Corpez, and closing remarks by Sup. Sophie Maxwell. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Community Bridges Beacon Center, Everett Middle School, 450 Church, S.F. Free. (415) 641-1704.

Struggle for freedom

Sunday, April 28, Elias Rashawi of the Free Palestine Alliance, Barbara Lubin of the Middle East Children's Alliance, Richard Becker of the International Action Center, and members of International Solidarity Movement Observers speak at a forum on Palestine's struggle for freedom sponsored by International Act Now to Stop War and End Racism. 5 p.m., San Francisco Women's Building, 3543 18th St., S.F. $5-$10 donation. (415) 821-6545.

Tobacco-industry imperialism

Monday, April 29, Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids hosts international tobacco control advocates Eva Kralikova (Czech Republic) and Mary Assunta (Malaysia) discussing U.S. tobacco companies' harmful practices and aggressive search for new customers overseas. 7-9 p.m., San Francisco Women's Building, 3543 18th St., S.F. Free. (415) 452-9322.

Bush in the Bay Area!

Tuesday, April 30, decry George W.'s program of war, racism, and poverty and show your support for the Palestinian people, at a protest organized by International Act Now to Stop War and End Racism outside a lavish fundraiser attended by President Bush himself. 11 a.m., Foster City Crowne Plaza, 1221 Chess Dr., Foster City. (415) 821-6545.

Colombia in struggle

Wednesday, May 1, learn about oil exploration, militarization, labor and indigenous struggles, and human rights in Colombia at a benefit for U'wa youth featuring presentations by Sandra Alvarez of Global Exchange, Colombian activist Monica Enriquez, Kevin Koenig of Amazon Watch, and labor organizer Francisco Ugarte as well as native drumming, dance, and screenings of "Kajka Ika: From the Heart of the World" and "Audiencia U'wa." 7-9 p.m., La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck, Berk. $5-$20 donation. (510) 849-2568, ext. 20.

District 10 meeting

Wednesday, May 1, District 10 residents have the opportunity to voice their opinions about city funding for city departments and local nonprofit contractors at a town hall budget meeting held by Sup. Sophie Maxwell. 6-8 p.m., Southeast Community Facilities, Alex Pitcher Community Room, 1800 Oakdale, S.F. Free. (415) 554-7670.

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