June 05, 2002




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Public power organizing

Wednesday, June 5, attend San Franciscans for Public Power's organizing meeting and help prepare for the impending campaign. 7 p.m., 255 Ninth St., S.F. Free. (415) 931-9761.

'Big Brother Is Watching'

Thursday, June 6, investigative journalist, author of Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency, and visiting professor at UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy James Bamford discusses the NSA and Congress's decision to grant the agency a "monstrous" budget and drastically expanded authority, at an Independent Institute policy forum. RSVP is recommended. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Independent Institute, 100 Swan Way, Oakl. Program and copy Body of Secrets $35, $30 members; program $14, $10 members. (510) 632-1366.

'Not in Our Name!'

Thursday, June 6, join thousands nationwide in pledging your resistance to the war on terrorism and U.S. policy abroad at a march and rally featuring live music, spoken word, food, and more and endorsed by the Berkeley Stop the War Coalition, the San Francisco chapter of the Filipino Workers' Association, the International Socialist Organization, Middle East Children's Alliance, Refuse and Resist!, and others. Gather 6 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, MLK Jr. Way between and Center and Allston, Berk; march 7 p.m.; candlelight pledge and speak-out 8:30 p.m., MLK Jr. Memorial Park. (510) 594-4076, www.notinourname.net.

Digna Ochoa update

Friday, June 7, Jesus Ochoa visits San Francisco to provide an in-person update on the investigation into the death of his sister, internationally respected Mexican human rights attorney Digna Ochoa, widely believed to have been the victim of a politically motivated murder last October. Ochoa also addresses the current political and human rights climate in Mexico. Proceeds from the event – sponsored by Global Exchange, Casa Bonampak, and the Mexico Solidarity Network – benefit a human rights center founded in Mexico in Digna's name. 7-9 p.m., San Francisco Women's Building, 3543 18th St., S.F. $5-$20. (415) 642-4079 or (415) 255-7296, ext. 239.

Housing, not parking!

Friday, June 7, speak out against Hastings Law School's plans to build an eight-story parking garage in the Tenderloin at the Hastings Board of Directors' meeting during which directors are expected to grant their final approval for the project. (See "A Lot of Problems," 3/6/02.) 9 a.m., Hastings Law School, 200 McAllister, S.F. (415) 771-9850.

Crisis in Colombia

Saturday, June 8, Carin Anderson of San Francisco Friends Meeting (the local chapter of the American Friends Service Committee) and Jutta Meier Wiedenbach of the Fellowship of Reconciliation hold a presentation on the escalation of violence in San Jose Apartado, Colombia, the recent incursion by right-wing paramilitaries into the community, the United States' role, and locals' courageous experiment in nonviolence in the midst of a war zone. 8 p.m., Tuva Space, 3192 Adeline, Berk. $5 donation. (415) 495-6334.

Focus on parks

Saturday, June 8, the Neighborhood Parks Council holds its fourth annual Parks Caucus, featuring former Bogotá, Colombia, mayor and a leader in open-space development Enrique Peñalosa, Elizabeth Goldstein of San Francisco's Recreation and Park Department, Mayor Willie Brown, and several workshops. Breakfast and lunch are provided, and RSVP is required. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Delancy Street Town Hall, 600 Embarcadero, S.F. Free. (415) 621-3260, akershner@sfneighborhoodparks.org.

Free Palestine

Saturday, June 8, Bay Area Women in Black hold a silent walking procession protesting 35 years of occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem that ends at Dance Mission Theatre for a performance, Tears of Rock. Wear black. Gather 7 p.m., 24th and Mission, S.F.; procession 7:15 p.m.; performance 8 p.m., Dance Mission Theatre, 3316 24th St., S.F. Performance $16-$18. (510) 486-2744 or (415) 273-4633 (Dance Mission Theatre).

Peace with justice in Africa

Saturday, June 8, the American Friends Service Committee kicks off the 18th annual Africa Peace with Justice Educational Tour with an event emceed by Wilson Riles Jr. and featuring Rev. Molefe Tsele of the South African Council of Churches, Wilhelmina Trout of South African Women Domestic Workers, and other expert activists from Africa and the United States, as well as workshops on debt cancellation for sub-Saharan countries; the global impact of HIV/AIDS; gender, violence, and power; youth and activism; and more. Free shuttle service is provided every 20 minutes from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. from the Oakland Coliseum BART station. Registration 2 p.m., program 2:30-6 p.m., dinner and music 6-7:30 p.m., Allen Temple Baptist Church, Family Life Center, 8501 International Blvd., Oakl. Free. (415) 565-0201, ext. 15.

Queers against the occupation

Saturday, June 8, join Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism at its monthly protest against Israeli occupation and aggression against Palestine. 2-3 p.m., Harvey Milk Plaza, 17th and Castro, S.F. (510) 434-1304.

Israel divestment

Tuesday, June 11, help strategize against U.S. funding of apartheid in Israel/Palestine to the tune of $3 billion a year, the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories, and the killing of Palestinian civilians, at a kickoff meeting and potluck for the Bay Area chapter of Stop U.S. Tax-funded Aid to Israel Now! 7 p.m., Oakland YWCA, Second floor, Room 2, 1515 Webster, Oakl. Free. (415) 364-1831.

Middle East conflict

Tuesday, June 11, George Bisharat of Hastings Law School talks about Israel, Palestine, and the law; Stanford University professor Joel Benin discusses the origins of Zionism; and Nancy Hormachea of the National Lawyers Guild provides a report-back from the guild's recent delegation to Palestine at a forum presented by the NLG and cosponsored by the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Students for Justice in Palestine, the Middle East Children's Alliance, and others. 7-9 p.m., Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union, Local 2850, 548 20th St., Oakl. Free. (415) 285-1055, ext. 12.

Tenant rights in the East Bay

Tuesday, June 11, the East Bay Community Law Center offers a free workshop to assist low-income residents with their housing concerns. Noon-2 p.m., Oakland Public Library, Eastmont Branch, Eastmont Town Center, 7200 Bancroft, Suite 211, Oakl. Free. (510) 238-6713 or (510) 238-3271.

Boycott the Gap

Ongoing, join the Save the Redwoods-Boycott the Gap Campaign in a vigil at the Haight-Ashbury Gap protesting the Fisher family's plans to log 235,000 acres of redwood forestlands in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties and convert the area into housing developments. The Fishers are the founders and major shareholders of Gap Inc., which includes the Gap, Old Navy, and Banana Republic stores. Daily, noon-8 p.m., the Gap, 1485 Haight, S.F. (415) 269-7738.

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