August 21, 2002



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'Garbage and Globalization'

Wednesday, Aug. 21, attend "Garbage and Globalization," a discussion on the waste crisis in Haiti. Ann Leonard from the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives and Tim Krupnik of the Ecology Center speak and show slides depicting recent successes. Proceeds will go to the Zero Waste Fellowship, which is dedicated to training activists in recycling and waste management in the southern hemisphere. 7 p.m., Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo, Berk. $5 suggested donation (no one turned away for lack of funds). (510) 527-5555.

Israeli apartheid

Thursday, Aug. 22, come to the premiere of the documentary "Truth: Exposing Israeli Apartheid," by local filmmaker Wendy Campbell. The film confronts issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and attempts to put the struggle in perspective. The screening is preceded by a lecture by Jeffrey Blankfort titled "Washington: Israel's Most Important Occupied Territory." 7:30 p.m., La Peņa Cultural Center, 3105 Berk. $10 donation. (510) 849-2568.

World community

Thursday, Aug. 22, Kevin Danaher and Huey Johnson lead a roundtable discussion on world communities, offering evolutionary ideas and practical steps toward change. 7-10 p.m., Green Century Institute, 3220 Sacramento, S.F. $10 donation.

Independent media

Friday, Aug. 23, listen to Amy Goodman, host of KPFA-FM's Democracy Now, speak about the role of independent media in time of war. Goodman has reported from troubled areas such as East Timor, Nigeria, Haiti, Cuba, and Israel. 7:30 p.m., College of Marin Kentfield Campus, Olney Hall, College Ave. at Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Kentfield. $7, $3 students. (415)

Save rent control

Saturday, Aug. 24, The Committee to Save Rent Control sponsors "Prop. R Is a Rip-Off," a teach-in on why the condo conversion initiative on the November ballot will hurt San Francisco tenants.11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., New College Cultural Center, 766 Valencia, S.F. Free. (415) 282-5525.

'Stop Police Brutality Day'

Saturday, Aug. 24, The day honors and escalates the resistance to police brutality. Speakers include David Hilliard and Richard Aoki, both founding members of the Black Panther Party, as well as members of the Donovan Jackson Justice Committee, at this event sponsored by the United Front de Liberacion. 12 p.m., De Fremery Park, 18th St. and Adeline, Oak. Free. (510) 836-4321.

Argentina and U.S. workers

Sunday, Aug. 25, Vicente Balvanera, recently returned from Argentina, reports on the corruption scandal gripping that country and what it means for U.S. workers. He will also show a video by Ojo Obrero, a labor video production group in Buenos Aires. The event is sponsored by the Bay Area Workers Democracy Network. 3 p.m., 522 Valencia, third floor, $5 donation. (415) 661-1371 or (415) 641-4440.

Candlelight vigil

Sunday, Aug. 25, support the struggle for medical marijuana at a candlelight vigil for Bryan Epis, the first medical marijuana provider individually convicted for following Proposition 215. Epis, who is in custody and will be sentenced Aug. 26, faces at 10-year mandatory minimum. 7:30 p.m., Jack London Square, Oak. Free. (510) 486-8083.

Farm workers march

Sunday, Aug. 25, join thousands of farm workers and supporters as they march and rally for Gov. Gray Davis's signature on legislation to help them win union contracts, fulfilling the promise of the 1975 law establishing their right to organize. Free buses from the Bay Area to Sacramento provided. Buses depart beginning 7 a.m., UC Berkeley West Circle, University at Oxford; march 9 a.m., Cesar Chavez Plaza, Ninth St. at L, Sacramento; rally noon, State Capitol Building, 10th St. at L, Sacramento. (510) 841-0690 (bus information) or (661) 823-6105 (general information).

Afghanistan reconstruction

Monday, Aug. 26, Tamim Ansary will speak on the possibilities of reconstruction for Afghanistan and its people at the Meridian Gallery. Ansary returned last month from Pakistan, where he was one of five Afghan Americans sent by the American Friends Service Committee to help distribute blankets and clothes to three refugee camps. 7 p.m., Meridian Gallery, 545 Sutter, S.F. Free. (415) 398-7229.

Stop attacks on immigrants

Monday, Aug. 26, come to "Stop the Attacks on Arabs, Muslims, and all our Immigrant Brothers and Sisters," a forum on what has happened to the Arab, Muslim, and South Asian communities since Sept. 11. Speakers include Lilian Garces of the American Civil Liberties Union's Immigrant Rights Project; Joe Kamiya, a Japanese American held in an internment camp during WWII; and Iman, a grassroots organizer for Muslims and Arabs. 7 p.m., Rockridge Library, 5366 College Ave., Oakl. Free. (510) 596-2580 or (510) 704-5293.

'High Tech in Latin America'

Tuesday, Aug. 27, Tuesday, Aug. 27, speaker Jose Luis Sanchez covers issues he encountered while doing business in Mexico, Brazil, and other countries in Latin America. Sanchez provides an overview of his experience at companies he has worked at, including NetScreen , where he is director of sales for Latin America. Registration 11:45, program 12-<\d>1:30 p.m., Pan American Society of California, 250 Montgomery, 14th floor, S.F. $10. (415) 788-4764.

Why public power?

Wednesday, Aug. 28, the Campaign for Affordable Clean Energy holds a teach-in on public power and its benefits: lower rates for consumers, funding for renewable energy, shutdowns of California's dirtiest power plants, and much more. 7 p.m., Meridian Gallery, 545 Sutter, S.F. Free. (415) 398-7229. Mail items for Alerts to the Bay Guardian Building, 135 Mississippi St., S.F., CA 94107; fax to (415) 255-8762; or e-mail alerts<\d> Please include a contact telephone number. Items must be received at least one week prior to publication date. Call (415) 255-3100, ext. 573, for more information. For more events, see the Benefits listings in the Calendar section.