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WEDNESDAY 26

Report back from George Zimmerman trial First Congregational Church, 2505 Harrison, Oakl. stopmassincarcerationbayarea@gmail.com. 7-9pm, free. Cephus Johnson, the uncle of Oscar Grant — who was fatally shot by a BART police officer in 2009 — will share his observations so far in the murder trial of George Zimmerman. He flew to Sanford, Florida for the trial as part of a delegation of activists who remain committed to demanding justice for Trayvon Martin, the African American youth who was gunned down by Zimmerman. Other speakers at this event will share information about California's Pelican Bay State Prison, where inmates are gearing up to launch a hunger strike in early July. Sponsored by the Stop Mass Incarceration Network.

 

THURSDAY 27

Film screening: "Wild Things" Goldman Theater, David Brower Center. 2150 Allston Way, Berk. Browercenter.org. 6-8:30pm, free. Many ranchers are rejecting the traditional practice of killing large carnivores, like wolves, to protect livestock. They're increasingly turning to new technology, and this new Natural Resources Defense Council film introduces audiences to progressive ranchers learning to coexist with these animals. The film features scientists, conservationists and even former Wildlife Services trappers who believe it's time for a major change in the way we treat our these magnificent wild creatures. Screening is free, RSVP recommended.

Daniel Ellsberg in support of Bradley Manning First Unitarian Universalist Society, 1187 Franklin, SF. sanfranpda@aol.com. 7-9pm, free. Daniel Ellsberg, who released the Pentagon Papers, will speak on the trial of whistleblower Bradley Manning. Michael Thurman, of the Bradley Manning Support Network, will provide information on the Bradley Manning Contingent at the Pride Parade. Sponsored by Progressive Democrats of America San Francisco and Unitarian Universalists for Peace San Francisco.

Stand with Port of Oakland fast food workers Port of Oakland Administrative Building, 530 Water Street, Oakl. www.facebook.com/UniteHere2850. 4-6pm. The National Labor Relations Board has charged Subway and Jamba Juice at the Oakland Airport with breaking labor laws, and a separate Port of Oakland investigation found that these employers violated the living wage and fired workers who complained about it. But so far, the employers haven't complied with orders to pay back wages and reinstate the terminated employees. On the one-year anniversary of the campaign for fair food at the Oakland Airport, workers from Unite Here 2850 and supporters will rally and call on the Port to enforce the law.

 

SUNDAY 30

Joystick warfare: On the legality and morality of combat drones Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. (650) 326-8837. 11am-noon, free. Paul George, a grassroots human rights activist and organizer and the Director of the Peninsula Peace and Justice Center, will speak on the use of drones in U.S. military operations. Sponsored by the Humanist Company of Silicon Valley.