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by camille t. taiara

Mission planning

Wednesday, June 19, the San Francisco Planning Department holds a public Mission District community planning workshop. 6-8:30 p.m., John O'Connell High School, 2355 Folsom, S.F. Free. (415) 575-6810.

Robert Fisk on Jenin

Thursday, June 20, Middle East correspondent for the London Independent Robert Fisk speaks at "Counting the Costs: Jenin, Journalism, and the Desire to Please," an engagement presented by the Middle East Children's Alliance. Proceeds will help rebuild the Palestinian refugee camp at Jenin destroyed by Israel's recent offensive. Advance tickets recommended. 7 p.m., First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berk. $20. (510) 548-0542, www.mecaforpeace.org.

'Women in War'

Thursday, June 20, Zainab Salbi, founder of Women for Women International, speaks about the status of women in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Rwanda, Kosovo, Bangladesh, and Nigeria, as well as the use of rape in war zones and the role of women in war. 7-9 p.m., University of Creation Spirituality, 2141 Broadway, Oakl. $10-$15 donation. (510) 835-4827, ext. 29.

'Remembering Vincent Chin'

Thursday, June 20-Friday, June 21, Asian Improv aRts, the Institute for MultiRacial Justice, and others commemorate the 20th anniversary of the murder of Vincent Chin, a Chinese American beaten to death in 1982 by two former autoworkers who blamed the Japanese for the American auto industry's recession – and who never served a day in jail. Thursday evening features a screening of "Who Killed Vincent Chin?," followed by a panel discussion moderated by Victor Hwang of Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach and including author and journalist Helen Zia, Norman Fong of the Chinatown Community Development Corporation, and San Francisco State University director of development and planning Mabel Teng. On Friday, pianist Jon Jang performs a commemorative concert. Thurs/20, 7 p.m., Japanese Cultural and Community Center, 1840 Sutter, S.F. Free. (415) 353-5732. Fri/21, 8 p.m., Clarion Music Center, 816 Sacramento, S.F. $15. (415) 391-1317.

Gear up for the G8 protests

Friday, June 21, join the Save the Redwoods-Boycott the Gap campaign at a speak-out to kick off actions protesting the G8, whose members will be meeting in Kananaskis, Canada, June 26 and 27. Noon, the Gap, 890 Market, S.F. (415) 731-7924.

A home you can afford

Saturday, June 22, learn how to qualify for affordable home ownership and rental opportunities, at a town hall meeting hosted by Rep. Barbara Lee and featuring housing specialists and bank representatives. Call ahead to reserve a space. 9:30 a.m.-noon, East Oakland Youth Development Center, 8200 International Blvd., Oakl. Free. (510) 763-0370.

U.S.-Palestine primer

Saturday, June 22, Middle East Children's Alliance founder and director Barbara Lubin addresses U.S. involvement in the conflict between Israel and Palestine, recent events, and possible solutions, at a MECA benefit sponsored by FreeWheeler Music Group and featuring a screening of "Intifada: Children of Fire," music by local rock trio Fojimoto, and refreshments. 7:30 p.m., 848 Community Space, 848 Divisadero, S.F. $7-$20 donation. (510) 845-5662.

Labor rally against cuts

Tuesday, June 25, Oakland workers and dockworkers, Oakland and San Francisco airport screeners, and others rally to protect quality public services, defend good jobs and livable wages, and help maintain a safe environment, at a protest organized by the Central Labor Council of Alameda County AFL-CIO, SEIU Local 790, ILWU Local 10, and others. 6 p.m., Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakl. (510) 632-4242 or (415) 776-8100.

Shut it down!

Tuesday, June 25, join Youth Promoting Green Energy in demanding the Independent System Operator (the state agency the manages California's power grid) close down PG&E's toxic Hunters Point power plant, at a speak-out at the ISO meeting at an as-of-yet-undisclosed location in Sacramento. Literacy for Environmental Justice and GreenAction lead a caravan to the meeting and back. Meet 7 a.m., Literacy for Environmental Justice, 6220 Third St., S.F. Depart 8 a.m., return by 5 p.m. (415) 508-0575.

Free Peltier!

Wednesday, June 26, Leonard Peltier attorney Bruce Ellison provides an update on Peltier's case and talks about his client's July 1 parole hearing, at a benefit for Peltier. 7 p.m., New College of California, theater, 777 Valencia, S.F. $5-$15. (415) 648-8427.

Organize for public power

Wednesday, June 26, San Franciscans for Public Power discusses alliance-building efforts and progress on the proposed San Francisco public power charter amendment at this week's meeting. 7-9 p.m., Centro del Pueblo, auditorium, 474 Valencia, S.F. Free. (415) 931-9761.

School board campaigning

Wednesday, June 26, meet San Francisco school board candidates Sarah Lipson, a local teacher, and Whitney Leigh, a juvenile justice advocate and attorney, at their campaign kickoff party featuring guest speaker Sup. Matt Gonzalez, live music, and more. 7-9 p.m., Adobe Books, 3166 16th St., S.F. Free. (415) 431-5631.

Ventresca fundraiser

Wednesday, June 26, former environmental commissioner and public power advocate Joel Ventresca hosts a reception benefiting his campaign for District Four supervisor. 6 p.m., 1278 44th Ave., S.F. $50-$100. (415) 731-1434.

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