November 20, 2002



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Protest HUD inaction

Wednesday, Nov. 20, join Right to a Roof!, the Coalition on Homelessness, and dozens of other activist groups to protest the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for inaction in the worst housing crisis in decades. Sister demonstrations will be held in cities across the United States confronting the conservative federal housing agenda. 4:30 p.m., Federal Building, 450 Golden Gate, S.F. (415) 346-3740, ext. 314.

Ferry-service expansion

Thursday, Nov. 21, join Sup. Gavin Newsom, state senator Don Perata, and other panelists as they discuss the Water Transit Authority's plan to expand ferry service on the bay. 6-8 p.m., City Hall, Room 263, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, S.F. Free. (415) 597-6700.

Globalization in Mexico

Thursday, Nov. 21, join author, activist, journalist, and poet John Ross for an update on the Zapatista struggle in the face of the Plan Puebla Panama. Ross, a contributing writer for the Bay Guardian and longtime Mexico City resident, has won an American Book Award for the first of his three volumes on the Zapatista rebellion in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas. 7-9 p.m., New College Theatre, 777 Valencia, S.F. $5. (415) 575-5545.

Afghanistan film screening

Friday, Nov. 22, attend a screening of Atiq Rahimi's film (A)fghanistan, an Impossible State?, in which he interviews intellectuals, ministers, and the exiled king to chronicle the country's history and current strife. The film is followed by "The World as We Know It" and Breaking Bows and Arrows, a documentary capturing the aftermath of a 10-year secessionist war on Bouganville Island, Papau New Guinea. 7 p.m., PFA Theater, 2575 Bancroft, Berk. $7, $4-5 for students and seniors. (510) 642-1412.

Grassroots women

Friday, Nov. 22, meet three women working around the globe at the grassroots level for female empowerment. Betty Makoni (Girl Child Network, Zimbabwe), Elvira Sanchez Toscano (Institute for Overcoming Urban Poverty, Guatemala), and Hosneara Ahmed (Social Advancement Through Unity, Bangladesh) will be on hand to share their experiences. 7 p.m., New College Cultural Center, 766 Valencia, S.F. $5-$20 donation. (415) 824-8384, ext. 201.

War and peace

Friday, Nov. 22, hear London Independent Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk speak about the impending war with Iraq and what it means for the Middle East at a talk sponsored by the Middle East Children's Alliance. Fisk is celebrating the reissue of his book Pity the Nation, which chronicles the civil war in Lebanon. 7:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing, Berk. $20. (510) 548-0542.

Harry Hay

Saturday, Nov. 23, attend a remembrance event for late gay movement leader Harry Hay. Hay, who passed away Oct. 24 at the age of 90, was a pioneer in the San Francisco gay rights movement and will be missed by many. 2 p.m., Glide Memorial United Methodist Church, 330 Ellis, S.F. Free. (415) 861-7609.

Christian medicare

Sunday, Nov. 24, hear Dave Kong, California director for American Atheists, discuss the $8 million a year of medicare/medicaid funds disbursed to healing centers run by the First Church of Christ Scientist. American Atheists is teaming up with Children's Healthcare Is a Legal Duty to put a stop to this use of public money. Noon, Fellowship of Humanity, 390 27th St., Oakl. Free. (510) 451-5818.

U.S. and Philippines

Sunday, Nov. 24, attend a 10-year anniversary celebration of the removal of U.S. forces from military bases in the Philippines. The event will include poetry, song, and dance, as well as guest speakers. 3-5 p.m., Oakland YWCA, 1515 Webster, Oakl. $5 donation. (510) 517-7140.

Zapatista film

Sunday, Nov. 24, attend a screening of the documentary The Last Zapatistas: Forgotten Heroes, about the original Zapatista soldiers who fought alongside Emiliano Zapata in the 1910 Mexican Revolution. Director Francesco Taboada Tabone will give a special presentation. 7 p.m., Artists' Television Access, 992 Valencia, S.F. $5. (415) 824-3890.

Indigenous Colombia

Tuesday, Nov. 26, hear Alfredo Acosta, a leader of the Indigenous Guard in the Cauca region of Colombia, speak about the difficulties facing indigenous Colombians, as well as the long-term armed conflict there. 7 p.m., Friends Meeting House, 65 Ninth St., S.F. Free. (415) 565-0201, ext. 24.

Relief for Chiapas

Wednesday, Nov. 27, aid Pastors for Peace in bringing help to the militarized state of Chiapas, Mexico, at this stop on the "Emergency Caravan for Peace to Chiapas, Mexico." The caravan will stop in more than 60 cities before delivering much-needed aid and support to the violence-plagued state. The event is a fundraising dinner sponsored by San Francisco Bay Area Friendshipment and the Marin Interfaith Task Force on Central America. 6 p.m., Unitarian Fellowship, 1924 Cedar, Berk. $10. (510) 527-2522.

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