March 12 2003



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Critical antiwar rally

Saturday, March 15, as President George W. Bush intensifies his defiance of antiwar voices here and abroad, the peace movement desperately needs every conscientious citizen at this important rally. Join thousands as the antiwar movement grows and strengthens in the face of the war machine. 11 a.m., Civic Center Plaza, Larkin between Grove and McAllister, S.F. (415) 821-6545.

If the war begins

Anytime, if and when the war against Iraq begins, Direct Action to Stop the War asks that you call in sick to work or school and tell your friends and family to head downtown and join an impromptu protest the morning of the first business day following the start of hostilities. 7 a.m., Market at Main, S.F. (415) 820-9649,

Activist event

Thursday, March 13, attend this month's installment of "How'd You Become an Activist?," with Kevin Danaher, cofounder of Global Exchange, and Cynthia Johnson, codirector of Women's Strike for Peace, as they share the experiences that lead them to lives of activism. 7 p.m., Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar, Berk. $5 donation. (415) 927-1645.

Octavia Boulevard meeting

Thursday, March 13, find out what the city has planned for the Octavia Boulevard area, from parks to parking, bike lanes, and bus routes. The event, sponsored by the Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood Council, features John Billovits of the Sam Francisco Planning Department. 7-9 p.m., S.F. Public Library, Park Branch, 1833 Page, S.F. Free. (415) 752-8520.

Transbay Terminal planning workshop

Thursday, March 13, the Transbay Citizens Advisory Committee hosts a workshop and comment period for the public to weigh in on the development and design guidelines outlined by the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency and Planning Department for the Transbay Terminal. 5:30-8:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission, S.F. (415) 749-2439.

The United States' role in world affairs

Friday, March 14, join Joseph S. Nye, dean of Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, for a discussion of the United States' role in world affairs. Check-in noon, program 12:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club of California, 595 Market, second floor, S.F. $12, $6 members. (415) 597-6700.

Evening of dissent

Saturday, March 15, wind down after the peace rally with activists, lawyers, musicians, poets, and others. Rive Enteen, program director of the National Lawyers Guild's San Francisco chapter; Sue Sopriano, host of Steppin' out of Babylon; and others for a screening of Aftermath: Unanswered Questions from 9/11, as well as poetry, food, and music. 6:30 p.m., Black Box, 1928 Telegraph, Oakl. $5-$10 (510) 451-1932.

Martin Sheen and Rev. Bill O'Donnell

Saturday, March 15, actor Martin Sheen and Rev. Bill O'Donnell, founding members of the foreign-policy watchdog group the San Carlos Foundation join in conversation following the O'Donnell's release from prison for trespassing at the School of the Americas. 7:30 p.m., First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison, Oakl. $25 donation. (510) 525-3787.

Berkeley delegation reports back from Cuba

Saturday, March 15, the first official Berkeley delegation to Cuban sister city Palma Soriano shares videos, photos, stories, music, and food. 7-10 p.m., 2924 Ashby, Berk. $7-$10 donation. (510) 548-6914 or (510) 644-9260.

Labor vs. War

Sunday, March 16, the impending war against Iraq has brought major developments in trade labor movements around the world. British trade unions are threatening strikes, millions of U.S. workers are attending protests nationwide, and the USA PATRIOT Act and Maritime Security Act threaten all types of labor jobs. To learn more, attend a lecture and discussion titled "The War on Iraq: Repression and Labor," which also features a special screening of a LabourNet video from a Feb. 15 antiwar march in Lahore, Pakistan. 3 p.m., Fellowship of Humanity, 390 27th St., Oakl. Free. (415) 867-0628.

Community workshop to help stop prejudice

Sunday, March 16, learn skills to combat prejudice and discrimination, how various groups encounter discriminations, and ways to build alliances with other groups and break stereotypes. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., California Institute of Integral Studies, Namaste Hall, third floor, 1453 Mission, S.F. $10-$40 sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds. (415) 565-0201.

Biodiesel collective

Tuesday, March 18, the Berkeley Biodiesel Collective and Project Underground present a discussion on the dynamics of oil, war, production, consumption, corporate control, and alternative resources. Discover ways of confronting the global consequences of the oil industry. 7 p.m., Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakl. $5-$15 sliding scale. (510) 594-4000, ext. 107.

Feminism at work

Wednesday, March 19, Patricia Ireland, former president of the National Organization for Women, is the featured speaker at a discussion titled "Are We There Yet? An Exploration of the Pitfalls and Progress of Feminism in the Workplace and Culture." At the event, sponsored by the Commonwealth Club of California, Ireland discusses the current state of feminism in the workplace and culture, as well as the Bush administration's policies regarding women's civil rights. 8:30 a.m., Oakland Marriott, Jewitt Ballroom, 1475 14th St., Oakl. $45, $35 members. (415) 597-6712 or (415) 597-6719.

Women's rights

Wednesday, March 19, moderated by KPIX, channel 5, anchor Dana King, the panel discussion "Women's Rights Are Human Rights" addresses violence in the home, in our community, and throughout the state. Panelists include Sandy Coliver from the Center for Justice and Accountability, Julianne Cartwright Traylor from Amnesty International, and Mangala Sharma, a Bhutanese refugee who was granted U.S. asylum. 7 p.m., Officers' Club, 50 Moraga, Presidio, S.F. $12. (415) 986-1388, ext. 750.

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