May 15, 2002



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Civil disobedience how-to

Wednesday, May 15, celebrate the release of The Civil Disobedience Handbook: A Brief History and Practical Advice for the Politically Disenchanted, a book from Manic D Press edited by veteran housing activist James Tracy, at a release party featuring a reading by Tracy and live music by Carlos Guitarlos, spoken word by Molotov Mouths, and performance by Los Cybrids. Book sales benefit the Coalition on Homelessness. 7:30 p.m., Holla Bella Gallery, 534 Laguna, S.F. Free. (415) 346-3740, ext. 314.

Protecting civil liberties

Thursday, May 16, Riva Enteen of the National Lawyers Guild and others talk about new FBI powers, the USA PATRIOT Act, and the targeting of Arab and South Asian communities, followed by a discussion of what we can do to protect our civil liberties and an update on the Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney lawsuit against the FBI and the Oakland Police Department, at a benefit for the Earth First! Legal Defense Fund. 7 p.m., La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck, Berk. $5-$15 donation. (510) 548-3113.

Israeli voices for peace

Thursday, May 16 and Saturday, May 18, Ram Rahat of Yesh G'Vul (There Is a Border/Limit) and Ishai Sagi, a member of Ometz Lesarev (Courage to Refuse) and one of more than 450 Israel Defense Forces reservists who've refused to serve in the occupied territories, visit the Bay Area on a speaking tour hosted by A Jewish Voice for Peace. On Thursday, Palestinian journalist Lamis Andoni joins Rahat and Sagi in a discussion of resistance to Israeli hegemony over Palestine. Thurs/16, 7:30 p.m., American Friends Service Committee Meeting House, 65 Ninth St., S.F. $3-$10 donation. (415) 565-0201, ext. 28. Sat/18, 2 p.m., Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar, Berk. (510) 841-4824; 7 p.m., Congregation Sha'ar Zahav, 290 Dolores, S.F. Free. (415) 861-6932.

Youth and identity after Sept. 11

Friday, May 17, the Pacific News Service Youth Communications Team presents "Race, Work, and Religion: Young People's Search for Identity in a Post-9/11 America," a forum for youth and people who work with youth, featuring Youth Outlook editor Kevin Weston, Silicon Valley De-Bug director Raj Jayadev, and Erricka X. Lewis of the Nation of Islam. RSVP required. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Commonwealth Club of California, 595 Market, Second floor, S.F. Free. (415) 438-4755.

Pedestrian and biker safety

Saturday, May 18, walk or ride through the Bayview District to help the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition focus attention on local pedestrian and bicyclist safety issues. Register 9 a.m., ride begins 10 a.m., Young Blood Coleman Park, Newhall and Galvez, S.F. (415) 431-2453.

'Progressive Campaign Training'

Saturday, May 18, learn the basics of how to conduct a progressive campaign from San Francisco public defender Jeff Adachi, Sups. Matt Gonzalez and Aaron Peskin, and Left Coast City author Rich DeLeon at a workshop sponsored by the San Francisco and California Green Parties. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Z Space, 1360 Mission, S.F. $15-$25 (includes lunch). (415) 386-5464.

Reconciliation in action

Saturday, May 18, Glenda Wildschut, former commissioner of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission and executive director of the Desmond Tutu Leadership Academy in Capetown, moderates "Reconciliation Is the Opposite of War: A Day of Meditation and Dialogue," featuring former adversaries Afghan women's rights advocate Fahima Vorgetts and her brother, Aminuddin, as well as Vietnam veteran Lee Thorn, who loaded bombs to drop on Laos, and Bounthanh Phommasathit, founder of the Jhai Foundation in Laos, whose village was destroyed by American bombs. Noon-3 p.m., St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church, 500 De Haro, S.F. $20 suggested donation. (415) 824-4623.

'AIDS Candlelight Vigil'

Sunday, May 19, honor heroes of the fight against AIDS, as well as those living with AIDS and those who've died of AIDS-related illnesses, at this year's San Francisco AIDS Candlelight Vigil. 8 p.m., Market and Castro, S.F.; music, performance, and remembrances after vigil, San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin, S.F. (415) 331-1500, ext. 2437.

Homeless memorial

Sunday, May 19-Tuesday, May 21, Religious Witness with Homeless People holds its annual three-day memorial service commemorating those who've perished homeless in San Francisco and calling for affordable housing, living-wage jobs, and adequate health and social services. Sun/19, opening service, 3 p.m.; Mon/20, prayer services every hour on the hour, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Tues/21, prayer services every hour on the hour, 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Civic Center Plaza, Polk between McAllister and Grove, S.F. (415) 929-0785.

Ruppert on the war on terror

Monday, May 20, the East Bay Coalition Against the War screens a video speech by ex-cop Mike Ruppert on connections between the CIA, big business, drugs, oil, and the war on terrorism. 7 p.m., Fellowship of Humanity, 390 27th St., Oakl. Free. (510) 658-8994.

Stop scapegoating immigrants!

Monday, May 20, Service Employees International Union, Local 790, representatives of thousands of airport baggage screeners being selectively fired simply for not being U.S. citizens discuss their organizing efforts against racist scapegoating and the suspension of immigrants' civil rights at a forum hosted by the Town Hall Committee Against War and Hate. 7-9 p.m., Centro del Pueblo, 474 Valencia, S.F. $1-$10 donation. (415) 705-0693.

Pharmaceutical price-gouging

Tuesday, May 21, the Gray Panthers, Senior Action Network, Stop Patient Abuse Now!, and the California Nurses Association hold a town hall meeting on the skyrocketing prices of prescription drugs, featuring doctors, seniors, and national experts discussing drug company tactics to keep prices high and what we can do about it. 10 a.m.-noon, Zeum Theater, 221 Fourth St., S.F. Free. (415) 552-8800.

Presidio development

Tuesday, May 21, Friends of the Presidio National Park urge San Franciscans to attend today's Presidio Trust meeting, during which the trust's board of directors unveils its "final" plans for the development of the Presidio. 6 p.m., Presidio Officer's Club, 50 Moraga, S.F. Free. (415) 561-5300.

Protect city services!

Wednesday, May 22, join the San Francisco Human Services Network, Peoples Budget Collaborative, Council of Community Housing Organizations, Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth, Coalition to Save Public Health, and others in rallying against budget cuts that threaten San Francisco nonprofit services and in demanding new, permanent funding sources for human services. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, S.F. (415) 668-0444 or (415) 668-0433.

'The New Crusade'

Wednesday, May 22, Rahul Mahajan, cyber-commentator and Green Party candidate for governor of Texas, discusses the war on terrorism and its implications for Palestine, Venezuela, and Iraq at a release party for his new book, The New Crusade: America's War on Terrorism. 7 p.m., Espresso Bravo Café, 663 Valencia, S.F. Free. (415) 385-5956.

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