July 10, 2002




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Water and power hearing

Wednesday, July 10, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors' Rules and Audits Committee hears public comment on water and power charter amendments. Be there to share your vision. 2:30 p.m., City Hall, Board of Supervisors Chambers, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, S.F. (415) 554-5184.

El Salvador fundraiser

Thursday, July 11, the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador holds a fundraiser – featuring political education, spoken word, a raffle, food, and music – for its delegation's upcoming trip to El Salvador. Proceeds support the country's social movement, community teach-ins, and an ongoing youth organizing video project. 7 p.m., Café La Boheme, 3318 24th St., S.F. Donation requested. (415) 648-8222.

Environmental justice

Thursday, July 11, get an update on the Aug. 2002 World Summit on the Environment and catch a premiere showing of Fenceline, an award-winning PBS documentary on Louisiana's "cancer alley," at an event sponsored by CorpWatch, the National Radio Project, and others. 7-9 p.m., New College Cultural Center, 766 Valencia, S.F. Free. (415) 643-1870.

Organize against fat-phobia

Thursday, July 11, Bay Area Radical Women gather with feminist activists Natalie Boero and Anita O'Shea for a homemade dinner and meeting to discuss fat discrimination, what it means for society, and how to combat it, from a working-class perspective. Dinner 6:15 p.m., meeting 7 p.m., New Valencia Hall, 1908 Mission, S.F. Free ($6.50 with dinner). (415) 864-1278

'A Lifetime of Struggle'

Friday, July 12, AK Press screens "A Lifetime of Struggle," a videotaped discussion with anti-imperialist activist and longtime prisoner David Gilbert, who is serving a life sentence for activities in support of the black liberation movement. 7 p.m., AK Press, 674A 23rd St., Oakl. Free. (510) 208-1700.

Protest corporate media

Friday, July 12, join the Network Against Disinformation for a picket line, a vigil, and street theater in front of the San Francisco Chronicle building to protest media censorship and disinformation from the corporate media. Noon, San Francisco Chronicle building, 901 Mission, S.F. (510) 528-5403.

'Meeting of the Minds'

Saturday, July 13, In-Depth Funktions and CELLspace present "Meeting of the Minds," a community peace summit to unite local and international nonviolence movements, with a mural project, activism and conflict-resolution workshops, food, speakers, and performances. Participants include Food Not Bombs, Community Peace Initiative, and others. Noon-7 p.m., CELLspace, 2050 Bryant, S.F. Free. (415) 920-8053.

Stop the violence

Saturday, July 13, the Bay Area Non-Violence Committee kicks off its efforts to combat crime in the community with a daylong conference that includes speakers, a barbecue luncheon with music, and workshops on prevention, anger management, nonviolence in schools, and more. Breakfast 8 a.m., conference 9:15 a.m.-4 p.m., Laney College, 900 Fallon, Oakl. Free. (510) 568-2815.

'Trading Wilderness' road show

Sunday, July 14, exchange ideas and take action at "Trading Wilderness," a national road show focused on the impact of international trade agreements on forests and biodiversity. There will be speakers and folk music sponsored by Alliance for Responsible Trade, Global Exchange, International Forum on Globalization, and others. 7 p.m., Fort Mason Center, Bldg. C, Room 260, Marina at Laguna, S.F. Free. (510) 251-8800, ext. 302.

Day laborer rally

Monday, July 15, join day laborers in a rally to protest Mayor Willie Brown's decision to remove the San Francisco Day Laborers Program from under the direction of La Raza Centro Legal and find it a new, less political, home. 10 a.m., City Hall steps, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, S.F. (415) 553-3404.

'Locked Out'

Wednesday, July 17, former prisoners, prison activists, and advocates discuss abuses faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender prisoners, with 16-year prison veteran Linda Evans, transgender rights activist Veronika Cauley, and others, at "Locked Out," sponsored by the Trans and Gender Variant in Prison Committee and the HIV/Hepatitis C Prison Committee of California Prison Focus. Food and drink will be provided. 7-9 p.m., San Francisco LGBT Community Center, Ceremonial Room, Fourth floor, 1800 Market, S.F. Donation requested. (510) 665-1935.

Organize for public power

Wednesday, July 17, San Franciscans for Public Power holds a community meeting. 7-9 p.m., Centro del Pueblo, auditorium, 474 Valencia, S.F. Free. (415) 931-9761.

Doctors Without Borders visits

Wednesday, July 17-Thursday, July 18, Doctors Without Borders presents its "Essential Medicines" exhibit, which highlights the medical needs of developing countries, accompanied by an evening screening of "Your Money or Your Life" and a talk titled "Working in a Conflict Zone." Exhibit Wed/17-Thurs/18, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., UC Berkeley, Springer Gateway, Oxford between Center and University, Berk. Screening Wed/17, 7 p.m., UC Berkeley, Dwinelle Hall, Room 145, Berk. (310) 277-2793. Talk Thurs/18, 7:30 p.m., UC Berkeley, International House, Homeroom T, 229 Piedmont, Berk. (510) 642-3438. Free.

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