May 01, 2002



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Labor struggles abroad

Wednesday, May 1, the Labor Video Project holds a May Day celebration featuring videos on labor struggles in Iran, Korea, and Mexico as well as music by Refusal to Disperse, Irish labor poetry, and more. 7:30 p.m., Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission, S.F. $5 donation. (415) 282-1908.

Reclaim May Day!

Wednesday, May 1, take to the streets for the May Day parade and remind the powers that be that capitalism is not eternal. The parade, organized by Mayday 2002 Anticapitalist Convergence: Autonomous Festivals of Resistance, is preceded by a maypole ritual at Precita Park. Maypole ritual 11 a.m., Precita Park, Precita between Folsom and Alabama, S.F. Parade 2 p.m., 24th St. and Mission, S.F. (415) 820-9658.

No more health care cuts!

Thursday, May 2, join caregivers and patient advocates at a rally against health care cuts organized by Service Employees International Union, Local 250, followed by a San Francisco Board of Supervisors' Health and Human Services Committee hearing on proposed budget reductions that threaten public prenatal and early-childhood health care, and mental health and substance abuse programs citywide. Rally 3 p.m., hearing 4 p.m., San Francisco General Hospital, Carr Auditorium, 1001 Potrero, S.F. (510) 773-8950.

Berkeley's next mayor

Saturday, May 4, the November Coalition for a New Mayor holds a convention featuring Berkeley mayoral candidates speaking about their visions for the city. 1 p.m., North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst, Berk. Free. (510) 540-8543.

Give him hell

Saturday, May 4, Rep. Tom Lantos, a supporter of the war against Afghanistan, the USA PATRIOT Act, and other Bush administration misdeeds, holds two town hall meeting. 10:30 a.m., Sunset Recreation Center, 28th Ave. at Lawton, S.F. 1:30 p.m., City Council Chambers, 330 West 20th Ave., San Mateo. (650) 342-0300.

Grief, not war

Saturday, May 4, Oakland resident Kelly Campbell, who lost her brother-in-law in the Sept. 11 attack on the Pentagon, shows slides and talks about her journey to Afghanistan with other family members of people killed that day. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Service Employees International Union, Local 250, 560 20th St., Oakl. Free. (408) 557-7617.

Smart growth for whom?

Saturday, May 4, join Neighbors for Responsible Redevelopment and others in questioning the Association of Bay Area Governments' regional "smart growth" planning process and its impact on working-class residents and the environment at an ABAG public workshop. 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., San Francisco Chinese Culture Center, Holiday Inn, Third floor, 750 Kearney, S.F. Free. For more information call ABAG at (510) 464-7900 or e-mail

Stop the scapegoating

Sunday, May 5, a representative of the San Francisco and San Jose Coalitions to Rehire Alia and Hiam, 14-year veteran San Francisco International Airport screener Erlinda Valencia, and San Francisco Labor Council delegate Nellie Wong speak at "Workers under Attack: Voices of Color Say No to War and Scapegoating," a discussion presented by the Bay Area Freedom Socialist Party in honor of International Workers Day, and followed by a "Chicago-style" buffet supper. Program 3 p.m., supper 5:30 p.m., New Valencia Hall, 1908 Mission, S.F. Program $2 donation, supper $8.50 donation. (415) 864-1278.

Eye on cable

Tuesday, May 7, help improve community access to the media, political and educational programming, and the affordability of San Francisco's cable TV and high-speed Internet service at a Board of Supervisors' Public Works and Public Protection Subcommittee hearing to discuss negotiations between the city and Comcast, the provider set to take over the city's cable franchise from AT&T. 10 a.m., City Hall, Room 263, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, S.F. (415) 546-6334.

School facilities planning

Tuesday, May 7-Wednesday, May 8, the San Francisco Unified School District invites parents to a series of community meetings on the district's Facilities Master Plan. Contact the SFUSD for other upcoming meetings in your area. Tues/7, 7 p.m., Everett Middle School, 450 Church, S.F. Wed/8, 7 p.m., Thurgood Marshall High School, 45 Conklin, S.F. Free. (415) 355-7341,

Protest school budget cuts!

Wednesday, May 8, the Oakland, Berkeley, and San Francisco Unified School Districts and others hold a mass rally at the state capitol and meet with legislators to protest Gov. Gray Davis's decision to cut more than $800 million in education spending. Call for information on a May 4 pre-rally training and on free transportation by bus from Oakland, Berkeley, and San Francisco. 11:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m., State Capitol Building, 1315 10th St., Sacramento. (510) 879-8736.

Ramallah under siege

Wednesday, May 8, International Solidarity Movement activist Adam Shapiro, one of several foreign activists who accompanied Yasser Arafat during the recent Israeli seige of his Ramallah compound, discusses the use of nonviolence to challenge the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. 7:30 p.m., First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berk. $10 donation. (415) 255-7296.

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