Thursday, June 26, Jayson Cainglet, a Philippine farmer and activist, reports back from the World Trade Organization agribusiness summit in Sacramento. Cainglet focuses on how the U.S. agenda on irradiation technology threatens food safety and family farmers around the world. 7 p.m., Asian Cultural Center, Room 5, 388 Ninth St., Oakl. Free. (510) 663-0455, ext. 104.
Thursday, June 26, the District 3 Democratic Club hosts Board of Equalization member Carole Migden for a talk about local politics and the campaigns for the November elections. 7 p.m., Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center, 660 Lombard, S.F. Free. (415) 928-4044.
Potrero power plant
Thursday, June 26, attend the monthly meeting of the Potrero Power Plant Citizens Advisory Task Force for a discussion and public comment period on the city's new four 50-megawatt combustion turbine peakers. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Southeast Community Facility, Alex Pitcher Jr. Room, 1800 Oakdale, S.F. (415) 821-1534.
Friday, June 27, get on the bus and head to the San Francisco Airport Marriott in Burlingame to protest President George W. Bush, where he is speaking at a $2,000-a-head fundraising lunch for his 2004 campaign. Two buses will leave from 21st and Mission Streets and one from the MacArthur BART parking lot in Oakland for the protest, organized by International ANSWER Coalition. Bus leaves from MacArthur BART parking lot 9 a.m., buses leave from 21st St. at Mission 9:30 a.m.; protest 11 a.m.-2 p.m., San Francisco Airport Marriott, 1800 Old Bayshore Hwy., Burlingame. $10 bus tickets. (415) 821-6545.
Beat Bush forum
Saturday, June 28, the John George Democratic Club presents the forum "How Do We Defeat Bush? Recruiting, Nominating and Electing Progressive Democratic Candidates From President to City Council." Featured speakers include Rep. Barbara Lee, Assemblymember Wilma Chan, Assemblymember Loni Hancock, Assemblymember Liz Figueroa, and Sup. Keith Carson. 10 a.m.-noon, Peralta Colleges Administrative Office, 333 East Eighth St., Oakl. Free. (510) 549-1861.
Saturday, June 28, come hear the Lewd, the Straggers, Ezee Tiger, and the Grasshoppers at a benefit for the San Francisco Bike Messenger Association. Proceeds go to funeral expenses for Nestor Guzman, a messenger killed on his motorcycle, and the Bones Memorial Fund for injured messengers. 3-7 p.m., El Rio, 3158 Mission, S.F. $5-$20 sliding scale. (415) 626-1912.
Raise minimum wage
Saturday, June 28, help in collecting 20,000 signatures for the Minimum Wage Initiative. Join San Francisco Board of Supervisor president Matt Gonzalez and other public officials in their attempt to raise the minimum wage from $6.75 to $8.50 an hour. 10 a.m., S.F. Green Party Office, 1028A Howard, S.F. (415) 255-9494.
Peninsula for peace
Sunday, June 29, the 2003 Peninsula Symposium/Benefit for Peace, Justice
and Human Rights features Scott Ritter, former chief weapons inspector
for the United Nations Special Commission on Iraq (UNSCOM); Charles
Liteky of the Iraq Peace Team; Paul Gilbert of the American Civil Liberites
Union of Northern California, and many others involved in the antiwar
movement. 2-6 p.m., San Mateo Performing Arts Center, 600 North Delaware,
San Mateo. $25, $45, $55. www.100yearmarch.org.
Pride against war
Sunday, June 29, celebrate the significant gains in San Francisco's queer community at the San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Parade; at the same time, join Bay Area United Against War in the Out Against the War Contingent to protest the increased harassment of gays in the military. 9 a.m., Mission at Spear, S.F. (415) 487-6431.
Sunday, June 29, activist group Blue Triangle Network discusses Bush administration plans to deport 13,000 Arabs, Muslims, and South Asians who complied with special Immigration and Naturalization Service registrations. 5 p.m., City Blend Café, 3087 16th St., S.F. (415) 713-3103.
Monday, June 30, Dave Berman presents "Tipping Points for Genuine Change," a brainstorming event on creating social and political change, from education to health care, unemployment benefits to campaign finance reform. Whatever is on your mind, Berman will demonstrate how you can achieve your goals. 5:30-9 p.m., Hyatt Regency, Golden Gate Room, 5 Embarcadero, S.F. $11.50. (415) 788-1234.
Stop the power plant
Monday, June 30, show up for the Board of Supervisors' Land
Use Committee meeting to decide whether to let Mirant Corp. build the
proposed Unit 7 power plant and pollute San Francisco Bay even further
or to stop the Georgia-based utility company from building the largest
power plant ever in the city. 1 p.m., City Hall, Room 263, 1 Dr.
Carlton B. Goodlett Place, S.F. (510) 302-0430.
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