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THURSDAY 24

Benefit for Bradley Manning

Raise funds to support U.S. Army soldier and accused WikiLeaks whistleblower Bradley Manning at this events, which features discussions, updates, and special guests, including Daniel Ellsberg and former Sen. Mike Gravel of Alaska.

7–9 p.m., $5–10 donation

Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists

1924 Cedar, Berk.

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WEDNESDAY 16

Film screening and potluck

Still relevant as ever, Barbara Trent's Oscar-winning The Panama Deception chronicles the complex relationship between the George H.W. Bush administration and former Panamanian President Manual Noriega, showing how the mainstream media helps in winning the American public's approval of foreign occupations despite widespread condemnation abroad. A potluck dinner precedes the film.Read more »

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WEDNESDAY 9

Know your rights

On Sept. 27, 2010, the FBI raided the Chicago home of Arab American Action Network Executive Director

Hatem Abudayyeh and the homes and offices of 22 other pro-Arab and anti-war activists, accusing them of ties to terrorism, which their supporters deny. Abudayyeh will speak about his experiences since the raid and about how the FBI targets domestic political organizations.

7 p.m.–9 p.m., free

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WEDNESDAY 2

Film Screening

See a special screening of South of the Border, Oliver Stone's investigative documentary exploring current social and political movements in Latin America and attempts to expose the mainstream media's misrepresentation of the region by demonizing Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m., $5 suggested donation

Humanist Hall

390 27th St., Oakl.

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 26

Free clinics aren't free

Nothing like eating and drinking for a cause. To help raise needed funds for the Berkeley Free Clinic, Saturn Cafe will donate 10 percent of your bill to this worthy endeavor.

10 a.m.–midnight, cost of food and drink purchase

Saturn Cafe

2175 Allston, Berk.

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 19

 

Money and politics

Alex Gibney's 2010 documentary Casino Jack: The United States of Money discusses the relationship between politics and money and how the almighty dollar is used to manipulate government decisions. The film uses the well known story of lobbyist Jack Abramoff to illustrate the greed, lies, and corruption in U.S. politics by following Abramoff's money trail around the world.Read more »

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 12

 

Bradley Manning rally

Take the streets to protest the Berkeley City Council for backing down on plans to demand the freedom of Bradley Manning, the U.S. Army soldier imprisoned for exposing U.S. war crimes in Iraq by allegedly leaking documents to WikiLeaks. Legendary whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg speaks.

11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., free

Berkeley Old City Hall

2134 MLK Jr. Way, Berk.

THURSDAY, JAN. 13

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FRIDAY, JAN. 7

 

Noam Chomsky interview

Pick the brain of linguist and author Noam Chomsky as Wild Wild West Radio hosts an interactive cyber-convo with the influential professor and political dissident. Listeners may phone in questions or chat with Chomsky online for a unique, collective experience.

3 p.m., free

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 22

Floyd Westerman Retrospective

You may remember him for his role in "Dances with Wolves" as Chief Ten Bears and as a country western singer/songwriter. But Floyd Westerman, a.k.a. Red Crow, was also an outspoken activist for Native Americans and the environment. A new documentary by Steve Jacobson explores his later life and activism. Along with the film, there will also be a social hour at 6:30 and a discussion following the film.Read more »