By Jackie Andrews
WEDNESDAY, MAY 4
Robert Reich lecture
Robert Reich — UC Berkeley professor of public policy, former U.S. secretary of labor, and best-selling author — asks the question, "Will corporate social responsibility stop a race to the bottom in labor standards?" Come hear what the man The Wall Street Journal called one of the "most influential business thinkers" has to say.
4–6 p.m., free
SFSU Seven Hills Conference Center
1600 Holloway, SF
THURSDAY, MAY 5
Chabot College walk-out
Chabot College students, as well as middle and high school students and other community members in and around Hayward, will walk out in protest of the construction of the Russell City Power Plant. Meet at Chabot College and march en masse to the proposed site of the plant for a lively rally.
Noon–3 p.m., free
Meet at Chabot College main courtyard
25555 Hesperian, Hayward
Facebook: Powerplanttaskforce Hayward
Hecho en San Francisco
Commemorate the Battle of Puebla while supporting local food vendors at this benefit for La Cocina and CUESA. Taste fresh tortillas, authentic puebla cooking, and the best of las cocinas Nopailito, Mijita, y Tacolicious — not to mention top shelf tequila, beer, and wine.
5:30–8:30 p.m., $50
Ferry Building, North Arcade, SF
FRIDAY, MAY 6
War-tax resistance conference
Any interest in cutting off your own personal funding of America's wars? Join the club. War-tax resisters from around the country are sure to attend this three-day national conference, which begins tonight and ends Sunday (at differing locales, so check the website for more info). Tonight's discussion — following dinner at 6 p.m. — is on strengthening resistance through social networking.
6–9:30 p.m., $15
Berkeley Friends Church
1600 Sacramento, Berk.
SATURDAY, MAY 7
Beyond gang injunctions
Join this community discussion on gang injunctions — a new strategy for policing gangs that has been criticized for siphoning money away from community programs while increasing racial profiling and other attacks on civil liberties. You'll hear from prominent community leaders such as Sagnitche Salazar of Stop the Injunction Coalition and Whitney Young of Critical Resistance, among others, followed by a Q&A.
2:30–4:30 p.m., free
EastSide Arts Alliance
2277 International, Oakl.
TUESDAY, MAY 10
Activism is not terrorism
Attend this reading and discussion of Will Potter's Green is the New Red: An Insider's Guide to a Social Movement Under Siege. In it, the award winning journalist discusses the "green scare" trend in the media and popular culture, which portrays environmental and animal rights activists as so-called ecoterrorists. Even the federal government is flippant with its use the word "terrorism," he says, and it recently convicted a group of animal rights advocates of "animal enterprise terrorism."
7 p.m., free
City Lights Books
261 Columbus, SF
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