February 19, 2003
It's funny in Kansas
Arts and Entertainment
Causes of violence
Wednesday, Feb. 19, Mitch Hall, activist and author of The Plague of Violence, discusses the causes of violence, from neurobiology to child abuse, and ways to prevent it, in "Why Violence? Why Not Peace?" 7-9 p.m., Open Secret Bookstore, 923 C St., San Rafael. Free. (415) 457-4191.
Wednesday, Feb. 19, Rep. Mike Honda, San Francisco public defender Jeff Adachi, and immigration lawyer Banfsheh Akhlaghi present "Unlearned Lessons: Paralleling the INS Special Registrations and the Japanese American Internment," sponsored by the Coalition for Registrant Rights, the Japanese Law Society, and Middle East Law Students. 2:30-4:30 p.m., UC Hastings College of the Law, 198 McAllister, S.F. Free. (510) 704-5293.
Thursday, Feb. 20, gain insight to last year's election results and what they mean for this year, in a presentation by David Binder and Nick Finn of David Binder Research. 7:30 p.m., Delancey Street Discussion Room, 600 Embarcadero, S.F. Free. (415) 923-5252.
Thursday, Feb. 20, Carlos Castresana, prosecutor of Chile's Gen. Augusto Pinochet for human rights violations, lectures on crimes against humanity and their impact on democracy, international courts, and more. 4 p.m., University of San Francisco, Pacific Rim Conference Center, Room 148, 2800 Turk, S.F. Free. (415) 422-2697.
Public school crisis
Thursday, Feb. 20, join Peter Brimelow, columnist for CBS MarketWatch, and John Merrifield, professor of economics at the University of Texas, for a discussion of the decline of public education, as well as the underlying politics. Reception 6:30 p.m., program 7 p.m., Independent Institute, 100 Swan Way, Oakl. $12, $10 members. (510) 632-1366.
INS registrations protest
Friday, Feb. 21, lend your voice to the effort to stop the Immigration and Naturalization Service's registrations, roundups, and detentions of Arab immigrants at a press conference and rally endorsed by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee's San Francisco chapter, the National Lawyers Guild, Not in Our Name, and others. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., San Francisco Immigration and Naturalization Service office, 444 Washington, S.F. (415) 861-7444 or (510) 288-7432.
Conflicts of interest
Friday, Feb. 21, UC Berkeley's Institute of Governmental Studies presents "Navigating Murky Waters: Conflict of Interest and Public Controversies," an all-day event covering everything from lobbyists to local loopholes and featuring distinguished speakers including San Francisco district attorney Terence Hallinan. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., UC Berkeley, Barrows Hall, Lipman Room, Berk. Free. (510) 643-6476.
Mayoral candidate forum
Friday, Feb. 21, join mayoral candidates Angela Alioto, Tom Ammiano, Michael Denny, Susan Leal, Jim Reid, Tony Ribera, and Gavin Newsom for the "Creating a Better San Francisco," a forum presented by the San Francisco Call online newspaper that features local reporters (including the Bay Guardian's Savannah Blackwell), and find out what they think about public power, homelessness, city services, health care, clean streets, and other topics. 7-9 p.m., Goodwill, atrium, 1500 Mission, S.F. $10 donation. (415) 826-0414.
Legacy of Jim Crow
Sunday, Feb. 23, discuss Workers Vanguard writings concerning class struggle, immigration laws, and United Nations sanctions at "U.S. Imperialism's Legacy of Jim Crow," sponsored by the Labor Black League for Social Defense. 3 p.m., 1634 Telegraph, Oakl. Free. (510) 839-0852.
Sunday, Feb. 23, journalist and author Larry Everest discusses the real U.S. war agenda, looking at the lacking proof of the existence of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, the difference between the government's treatment of Iraq and its treatment of North Korea, Iraq's connection to the war on terrorism, and much more. 6:30 p.m., Revolution Books, 2425 Channing, Berk. Free. (510) 848-1196.
Poor Press launch
Sunday, Feb. 23, check out the launch of Poor Magazine's Poor Press, dedicated to publishing books and CDs by low- and no-income writers and artists, at an event featuring music by DJ SAKE1 and readings. 6 p.m., International Longshore and Warehouse Union Hall, 255 Ninth St., S.F. $1-$20 donation. (415) 863-6306.
Tuesday, Feb. 25, attend a forum on the connection between Malcolm X's departure from the Nation of Islam and the Black Panthers' shift from nationalism toward the use of international revolutionary perspectives in the battle for black liberation. 7:30 p.m., International House, 2299 Piedmont, Berk. Free. (510) 642-9460.
Tuesday, Feb. 25, come to a community meeting on power plants and public health sponsored by Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice, Communities for a Better Environment, and other watchdog groups. Learn about efforts to shut down Pacific Gas and Electric Co.'s Hunters Point power plant, the details of the city's new energy plan, and the proposed "peaker" power plants and get involved with the Community Energy Coalition. 6 p.m., Bayview Opera House, 4705 Third St., S.F. (415) 248-5010, ext. 107.
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