April 23, 2003
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Anytime, antiwar activists ask for your assistance in follow-up demonstrations and acts of civil disobedience targeting corporations profiting from the war on Iraq. Friday, April 25, is the date of two separate actions: Bikes Not Bombs joins this month's Critical Mass to protest the U.S. presence in Iraq; and a protest will be held at the San Francisco office of the Immigration and Naturalization Services (see "INS roundup protest" for more information). Also, check the Life during Wartime section of sfbg.com for daily local and international updates.
Health care fair
Thursday, April 24, find out what's being done to give U.S. citizens access to affordable and adequate health care at the Health and Justice Fair, sponsored by the St. Mary's Center and Women's Economic Agenda Project. 9 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Mary's Center, 635 22nd St., Oakl. Free. (510) 451-7379, ext. 217 or ext. 233.
Thursday, April 24, attend a monthly meeting of the Sierra Club Bay Area Chapter's energy committee, where Tony Jones, a consultant in sustainable ocean-based energy systems, will summarize various technologies (as well as their side effects) that make tidal energy possible for the Bay Area. 7 p.m., Sierra Club National Headquarters, Yosemite room, 85 Second St., S.F. Free. (415) 203-2781.
Citizenship ethics conference
Friday, April 25, this one-day conference explores the role of citizens in shaping, and holding government accountable for, public policy. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., UC Berkeley, Barrows Hall, Lipman room, Oxford at University, Berk. Free. (510) 643-6476.
Energy and Earth Day
Friday, April 25, celebrate Earth Day at an urban sustainability fair at the base of the Hunters Point power plant. Sponsored by Literacy for Environmental Justice, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and more than 25 other groups, the fair will highlight how to make your home and lifestyle more environmentally conscious. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Herons Head Park, Cargo Way at Jennings, S.F. Free. (415) 508-0575.
INS roundup protest
Friday, April 25, join antiwar and civil rights organizations for a rally and press conference protesting special registrations, which have resulted in roundups and detentions of men and boys from various Muslim countries by the Homeland Security Agency and the Immigration and Naturalization Service. 11:30 a.m., 444 Washington, S.F. (510) 288-7432 or (510) 704-5293.
Spiritual women for peace
Friday, April 25, and Saturday, April 26, join scholars and women spiritual leaders from around the country as they discuss the international search for equitable and sustainable peace. This two-day event is sponsored by the Pilgrimage Project for Indiaquest. Fri/25, 6:30-9 p.m., Sat/26, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Common room, 2451 Ridge, Berk. $20. (510) 204-0700.
Friday, April 25, through Sunday, April 27, Democratic Socialists of America sponsors "The War at Home: Organizing for Economic and Social Justice," a conference featuring workshops covering the antiwar movement, globalization, immigrant rights, and more. Speakers will include prominent activists, labor organizers, and journalists. Fri/25, 7 p.m., UC Berkeley, Valley Life Sciences Building, Room 2060; Sat/26 and Sun/27, 9 a.m., UC Berkeley, Barrows Hall, Oxford at University, Berk. $60, $20 students and low-income participants, single-session rates available. (212) 727-8610.
Breast cancer action
Saturday, April 26, attend Breast Cancer Action's sixth annual town meeting, featuring a discussion by social activist Holly Mitchell and KTVU reporter Faith Fancher on the journey from illness to activism, followed by workshops and a dedication ceremony. 12:30-5 p.m., Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th St., Oakl. Free. (415) 243-9301.
FCC and corporate news
Saturday, April 26, the Federal Communications Commission (headed by Michael Powell, son of Secretary of State Colin Powell) is holding a public hearing on the issue of deregulating the media industry even further. Public hearing, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., City Hall, Main Rotunda, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, S.F. Free. Rally and press conference, noon, steps of City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, S.F. Free. (415) 575-5555.
'Politics of Fear'
Saturday, April 26, Global Exchange presents "The Politics of Fear and the Police State," a discussion featuring Riva Enteen of the National Lawyer's Guild, political investigator John Judge, Chilean poet and Pinochet-regime survivor Roberto Leni, and others. Noon-5 p.m., SomArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan, S.F. $5. (415) 575-5542.
Union rally against OPD
Saturday, April 26, attend a rally demonstrating against the Oakland Police Department's April 7 attack on peaceful protesters, which resulted in at least one union worker's arrest and left several others injured. 1 p.m., Jack London Square, 530 Water, Oakl. Free. (510) 632-4242.
Saturday, April 26, Peter Sussman, former president of the Society of Professional Journalists' northern California chapter, presents a workshop on ethics in news coverage during wartime. Sussman will address many of the ethical issues that have arisen since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. 9 a.m.-noon, Fort Mason Center, Bldg. C, Room 205, Buchanan at Marina, S.F. $12, $10 SPJ members, $8 students. (415) 777-8577.
Sunday, April 27, help create a community peace garden and learn how your food choices relate to poverty and violence around the world. Gardening will take place in the morning, followed by a peace ceremony with art, spoken word, and music. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Fellowship of Humanity Hall, 411 28th St., Oakl. Free. (510) 604-1979.
Beyond the war
Sunday, April 27, find out what you can do to help create a sustainable future by attending an open public forum, "The War with Iraq and Beyond: the Future of Democracy and the World." 3-5 p.m., University of Creation Spirituality/Naropa University, 2141 Broadway, Oakl. Free. (510) 548-8703.
Neighborhood peace group
Tuesday, April 29, neighborhood group Mission for Peace discusses the history of U.S. war aims, with emphasis on the Iraq conflict. 7-9 p.m., New College of California, 741 Valencia, Art room, S.F. Free. (415) 566-1062.
Wednesday, April 30, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission general manager Patricia Martel offers an in-depth look at the history of the Bay Area's water delivery system and sources, concluding with the Hetch Hetchy water system, which serves San Francisco today. Martel's lecture, accompanied by more than 40 rare photographs, is sponsored by the Wallace Stegner Environmental Center at the San Francisco Public Library. 6:30 p.m., San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin, S.F. Free. (415) 554-3289.
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