December 18, 2002

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Alerts

FCC protest rally

Wednesday, Dec. 18, protest the Federal Communications Commission's confiscation of Berkeley Liberation Radio's broadcasting equipment the morning of Dec. 11. BLR has defied the federal government's limit on operating power since summer 1999. Noon, Oakland Federal Building, 1301 Clay, Oakl. (415) 987-6169.

Peace vigil

Wednesday, Dec. 18, join a weekly candlelight vigil and peace walk to raise awareness of and support for opposition to the war on terrorism. 6:30 p.m., downtown Berkeley BART station, Shattuck at Center Streets, Berk. (510) 528-9217.

Desert Storm documentary

Thursday, Dec. 19, see the film that investigates the behind-the-scenes horrors of the Gulf War. The Hidden Wars of Desert Storm looks at the real reasons the United States invaded Iraq, raising questions about the current war drive. 7 p.m., Walden Pond Bookstore, 3316 Grand, Oakl. Free. (510) 832-4438.

Homeless vigil

Thursday, Dec. 19, participate in this year's Homeless Death Memorial with a candlelight vigil in front of City Hall sponsored by the Coalition on Homelessness. 5 p.m., City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, S.F. Free. (415) 346-3740, ext. 311 or 312.

Racial-stereotyping doc 'Ethnic Notions'

Thursday, Dec. 19, attend a screening of Marlon Riggs's documentary Ethnic Notions, which chronicles the history of racial stereotyping. This Emmy Award-winning film has become a standard tool at universities, high schools, and libraries for teaching about racial injustices. An accompanying discussion is led by Black Brother Esteem. 7:30 p.m., San Francisco LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market, S.F. Free. (415) 865-5555.

Sept. 11 commission

Thursday, Dec. 19, attend an organizing meeting for the People's Commission on 9-11. Help decide what direction the group should take in relation to the official commission now headed by ex-New Jersey governor Thomas Kean. 7 p.m., 3220 Sacramento, top floor, S.F. Free. (650) 857-0927.

Argentine rebellion celebration

Friday, Dec. 20, celebrate the first anniversary of Argentina's popular rebellion with global justice advocates, artists, tango dancers, and local Argentines as they make their way from the Montgomery Street BART station to Union Square. Last year Argentina faced economic ruin when the government's International Monetary Fund loan request was denied. Since then, Argentines have organized weekly public assemblies to make their own economic decisions, reinventing popular politics for the future. Gather 4:30 p.m., Montgomery Street BART station; arrive 5:30 p.m., Union Square, S.F. Free. (510) 601-8116.

Public power and LAFCO

Friday, Dec. 20, attend a meeting in which the San Francisco Local Agency Formation Commission discusses and votes on two major steps in San Francisco's move toward public power: first, whether to conduct a study that could help establish San Francisco as a community aggregator, and second, whether to conduct a study examining the costs and benefits of municipalizing Pacific Gas and Electric Co.'s transmission system (see "New Steps for Public Power," 12/11/02). 10 a.m., City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 263, S.F. Free. (415) 554-5184.

Protest the IAO

Saturday, Dec. 21, take part in a day of protest against the government's recently created Information Awareness Office. Do not use credit or debit cards, stay off the Internet, and inform your credit and debit card issuers, as well as your Internet service provider, of your decision.

Support group for activists

Sunday, Dec. 22, participate in a nonjudgmental support group focusing on survival strategies for activists. Topics include social support, burnout, and rewarding actions and strategies for continued involvement. 4 p.m., Long Haul Infoshop, 3124 Shattuck, Berk. Free. (510) 464-4652.

Mayan celebration

Sunday, Dec. 22, join the Bay Area Mayan community in celebrating the completion and beginning of the Mayan sacred cycle, which is finished every 260 days in the Mayan calendar. Spiritual leader David Tipas from Guatemala presides over the ceremony, featuring marimba music and Aztec dancers Xitlali. 6-9 p.m., Dolores Park, Dolores between 18th and 20th Sts., S.F. Free. (415) 824-2534.

Holiday dinner volunteers needed

Wednesday, Dec. 25, help those in need during the holidays by assisting at Tenderloin Tessie's Christmas dinner. Volunteers are needed to serve food and clean up. Tenderloin Tessie's is an all-volunteer organization that has been serving holiday meals to those in need for close to 30 years. Food service 11 a.m.-4 p.m., cleanup 4-6 p.m., First Unitarian Church, 1187 Franklin, S.F. (415) 922-0422.

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