February 5, 2003
It's funny in Kansas
Arts and Entertainment
Thursday, Feb. 6, attend the latest installment in a monthly series in which activists share their experiences and influences on the road to change. Barbara Lubin, director of the Middle East Children's Alliance, and Robert Lipton of A Jewish Voice for Peace are the featured speakers this month. 7 p.m., Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar, Berk. $5 donation. (415) 927-1645.
'FBI's War on Black America'
Friday, Feb. 7, view FBI's War on Black America, a documentary that covers the federal government's 1960s COINTELPRO program against black activists including Malcolm X and the Black Panther Party. A dinner will be served for an extra donation at this event sponsored by the Comrades of Color Caucus. Dinner 6:30 p.m., screening 8 p.m., New Valencia Hall, 1908 Mission, S.F. $2.50 donation, $6.50 donation with dinner. (415) 864-1278.
Friday, Feb. 7, a distinguished panel discusses reparations for slavery and what it means for the United States. Participants include Willie Thompson, City College of San Francisco professor of sociology; Cheryl Stevens, legal counsel in Cato v. United States; and Jean Damu, journalist and chair of the California Coalition for HR40. Lunch served before the panel convenes. Lunch 12:30 p.m., discussion 1:30 p.m., First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco, 1187 Franklin, S.F. Lunch $10, program free. (415) 921-3443.
African health activism
Saturday, Feb. 8, attend a teach-in focusing on the HIV/AIDS pandemic spreading across Africa. "Africa's Right to Health Understanding the Facts; Tools for Activism" features four workshops: Impact of the Pandemic on Local Communities, Influencing U.S. Policy, Debt Cancellation to Free Resources for Building Infrastructure, and Saving Lives with Scarce Resources. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., UC Berkeley, 110 Barrows Hall, Bancroft at Telegraph, Berk. Free. (510) 527-4099.
Sunday, Feb. 9, see a new documentary about the impact of the energy crisis on California's most polluted communities. The screening of In the Dark is followed by a discussion of neighborhood-pollution issues with representatives from Giant Productions (which produced the film), the Breast Cancer Action Network, and Communities for a Better Environment. 3 p.m., Parkway Theater, 1834 Park, Oakl. Free. (510) 434-0750.
Monday, Feb. 10, nationally recognized author and columnist Arianna Huffington talks about her latest book, Pigs at the Trough: How Corporate Greed Is Undermining America. Issues Huffington touches on include community solutions to social problems and campaign and election reform. Check-in 11:15 a.m., program noon, Commonwealth Club of California, 595 Market, second fl., S.F. $12, free for members. (415) 597-6705 or (415) 597-6706.
Monday, Feb. 10, join Howard Rheingold, author of Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution, for an installment of KQED's Media Salon. Rheingold examines the relationship between technological advances and how socially progressive groups are able to benefit from new technology. 7-9 p.m., KQED, 2601 Mariposa, S.F. Free. (415) 553-2390.
Tuesday, Feb. 11, hear Penny Schoner, a lifelong activist from the 1960s progressive movement, as she presents "Positive Opportunities in the Movement Today." Schoner shares her knowledge and inspirations from those times to help the current antiwar movement. 7:30 p.m., Fellowship of Humanity, 390 27th St., Oakl. Free. (510) 393-5685.
Tuesday, Feb. 11, William S. Cole, director of governance, law, and civil society at the Asia Foundation, discusses the fledgling Afghan government and its ability to rebuild the country in the wake of U.S. attacks. Registration 11:30 a.m., program noon, World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter, S.F. $5, free for members and students. (415) 293-4620.
'Women and Prisons'
Tuesday, Feb. 11, learn about the issues facing women behind bars at "Women and Prisons: The Unseen Body Count," presented by Prison Forums. This event features a panel presentation moderated by Virginia Resner, activist and coauthor of Shattered Lives: Portraits from America's Drug War, followed by a discussion. Panelists include Barbara Owens, professor of criminology at California State University, Fresno; Marilyn Montenegro, coordinator of the California chapter of the National Association of Social Workers Women's Council Prison Project; and Susan Burton, founder and executive director of A New Way of Life Foundation. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Delancey Street Foundation, 600 Embarcadero, S.F. Free. (415) 753-6602.
Women in politics
Wednesday, Feb. 12, The Feminist Issues Group of the San Francisco Green Party presents "The Future of Women in San Francisco Politics," a panel discussion including Sup. Sophie Maxwell, Superior Court Judge Gail Dekreon, school board member Sarah Lipson, and former District Eight supervisor candidate Eileen Hansen. 6-8:30 p.m., San Francisco Women's Building, 3543 18th St., S.F. $5-$10 sliding scale. (415) 279-1473.
Mary Dunlap memorial
Saturday, Feb. 15, celebrate the work and life of Mary C. Dunlap, the civil rights lawyer and director of San Francisco's police-watchdog agency the Office of Citizen Complaints. Dunlap passed away Jan. 18 from pancreatic cancer. 2-4 p.m., Herbst Theater, San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, 401 Van Ness, S.F. Free. www.marydunlapspancreas.org.
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