July 17, 2002




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by julian foley

Lobby for public power

Wednesday, July 17, bring your ideas and support to a San Franciscans for Public Power community meeting and help ensure a strong public power amendment on the November ballot. Now is the time to lobby the supes. 7 p.m., Centro del Pueblo, 474 Valencia, S.F. Free. (415) 931-9761.

'Maid in the Philippines'

Wednesday, July 17, the Pusod Center for Culture, Ecology, and Bayan presents "Maid in the Philippines: The Domestic Diaspora," a screening of the award-winning documentary The Care Chain and a conversation with ethnologist Dr. Rhacel Salazar Parrenas about migrant Filipina domestic workers in Los Angeles and Rome. 8 p.m., 1808 Fifth St., Berk. $5-$20. (510) 883-1808.

Say no to Newsom

Thursday, July 18, join the San Francisco Committee Against Increased Homelessness outside Sup. Gavin Newsom's next "Care Not Cash" fundraiser to protest his proposed ballot initiative. Dinner will be served. For transportation meet 4 p.m., Power, 32 Seventh St., or Housing Not Borders, 2940 16th St., Room 323, S.F.; protest 5:30 p.m., 2311 Taraval, S.F. Free. (415) 864-8372.

'Another World Is Possible'

Friday, July 19-Sunday, July 21, the Institute for Deep Ecology, Global Exchange, the Cultural Conservancy, and others put on a participatory conference to explore "building just and healthy communities." Activities range from swapping stories with community leaders (including Ana Maria Murillo of the U'Wa Defense Project and Mexican activist Queuhtemoc Mendoza) to West African drumming and youth performance art. Learn about gardening, alternative fuel, ecological politics, and more. Child care, scholarships, and work-study are available. Fri/19-Sat/20, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun/21, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., First Unitarian Church, 685 14th St., Oakl. $45-$300. (510) 594-1377.

Doctors Without Borders

Friday, July 19-Sunday, July 21, Doctors Without Borders comes to Golden Gate Park with its Access to Essential Medicines Expo, an exhibit including an evening screening and discussion of Your Money or Your Life to bring attention to the third-world medical crisis. Exhibit Fri/19-Sun/21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Golden Gate Park, Music Concourse, near Lincoln and Eighth Ave., S.F. Free. (310) 277-2793; screening Fri/19, 7:30, California Academy of Sciences, Morrison Auditorium, Golden Gate Park, near Lincoln and Eighth Ave., S.F. Free. (415) 750-7430.

Song and poetry swap

Saturday, July 20, speak out for the worker using music and verse at a song and poetry swap sponsored by LaborFest and hosted by Bernard Gilbert, George Fouke, and the Freedom Song Network. 8 p.m., 885 Clayton, S.F. Free. (415) 642-8066.

How the Argentines did it

Sunday, July 21, former political prisoner Antonio Trossero tells the story of how worker solidarity brought down four presidents in two weeks during Argentina's dramatic economic collapse. Noon, Fellowship of Humanity, 390 27th St., Oakl. (510) 393-5685.

AIDS: global perspectives

Monday, July 22, the Bay Area International Development Organizations' Global Issues Series follows up on the Barcelona AIDS conference with perspectives on AIDS from Africa policy specialist Nunu Kidane, grassroots antipoverty lobbyist Joel Rubinstein, and Rick Lathrop, founder and executive director of Global Service Corps. The organization's general meeting, which precedes the event, is also open to the public. Meeting 6 p.m., speakers 7-8:30 p.m., New College of California Cultural Center, 766 Valencia, S.F. $5-$10 donation. (510) 839-1544.

Day laborers benefit

Monday, July 22, support San Francisco day laborers and the Day Laborer Program at a screening of Los trabajadores, a documentary on Austin, Texas's migrant workers, by filmmaker Heather Courtney. 6:30 p.m., Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission, S.F. $10-$20. (415) 642-8066.

India versus Pakistan?

Monday, July 22, former Indian ambassador to the United States Kayatyani Shankar Bajpai and Ahmad Faruqui, columnist for Asia Times and Lahore Daily Times, lead a discussion titled "India and Pakistan: What Lies Ahead?" Call for reservations. 11:45 a.m., Commonwealth Club of California, 595 Market, Second floor, S.F. Free.

Song and resistance

Monday, July 22, AK Press hosts insurgent musician David Rovics, women's a cappella trio Samsara, and James Tracey, who will read from his Civil Disobedience Handbook. 7 p.m., AK Press warehouse, 674A 23rd St., Oakl. $5 donation. (510) 208-1700.

Campaign finance workshop

Thursday, July 25, the San Francisco Ethics Commission conducts a workshop on the new public financing available for supervisorial candidates. There is up to $43,750 available to each candidate for the general election and $17,000 for a run-off, but the Aug. 9 deadline to qualify is fast approaching. Workshop reservations must be made by July 22. 10 a.m.-noon, San Francisco Ethics Commission, 30 Van Ness, Suite 3900, S.F. Free. (415) 581-2300.

Labor film fest

Ongoing, July, LaborFest's International Working Class Film and Video Festival presents "In the Weeds: Waiting for a Living," by Cheryl Hess and Melissa Thompson; Iron Ladies, the true story of union women ironworkers, by Kennedy Wheatley; Joel Katz's documentary Strange Fruit; and many more. Times and locations vary. For the full schedule go www.laborfest.net/filmschedule2002.html or call (415) 642-8066. Mail items for Alerts to the Bay Guardian Building, 135 Mississippi St., S.F., CA 94107; fax to (415) 255-8762; or e-mail julian@sfbg.com. Please include a contact telephone number. Items must be received at least one week prior to publication date. Call (415) 255-3100, ext. 545, for more information. For more events, see the Benefits listings in the Calendar section.