WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30
Help raise money for Fire and Ink, the Bay Area's foremost advocate for LGBT writers of African descent for an evening of readings, soliloquies, music, and more.
7–9 p.m., $5–$100 suggested donation
Z Cafe and Bar
2735 Broadway, Oakl.
THURSDAY, MARCH 31
Justice on the big screen
Enjoy a complimentary screening of Exile Nation: An Oral History of the War on Drugs and the U.S. Criminal Justice System. The film discusses unprecedented imprisonment — more than any other country in the world — in this so-called land of the free, as well as the failed war on drugs.
7–11 p.m., free
1286 Folsom, SF
FRIDAY, APRIL 1
Social Work Advocates for Visions of Empowerment (SWAVE) presents Sounds of Justice: Relief Fund for Japan, a night of local music performances to raise money for the earthquake and tsunami relief efforts of the Japanese Cultural and Community Center.
8 p.m., $15 suggested donation
Community Music Center
544 Capp, SF
Mark Danner presents his latest book Stripping the Bare Body: Politics, Violence, War. The book was written to help Americans understand the U.S.'s role in political conflict and upheaval around the world.
7:30–9:30 p.m., $12–$15
First Congregational Church of Berkeley
2345 Channing, Berk.
SATURDAY, APRIL 2
Join Bay Area localize for a delicious, organic, and locally grown dinner, spirits, and desserts. Expect inspiring words, video premiers, hip-hop, reggae artists, and more to entertain.
6:30–9 p.m., $55–$75
1736 Franklin, SF
This biannual national conference unites supporters and allies for the environment including the Filipino American Center for Environmental Solidarity (FACES), Communities for A Better Environment, and the Philippine Solidarity Task Force for engaging discussions and workshops about the oil industry and accountability. Includes a special report on Chevron.
9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., $10–$30
3878 Ninth St., Room Four Oakl.
MONDAY, APRIL 3
Get help coping with the burnout in the animal protection movement with a bevy of speakers, including Cindy Machado of the Marin Humane Society. Proceeds benefit Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary.
5:30-7–30 p.m., $10/free for students
126 Barrows Hall, Berk.
Facebook: compassion fatigue workshop
TUESDAY, APRIL 5
An expert panel discusses the ramifications of solitary confinement and experimental isolation units in U.S. prisons, as well as prisoners' rights and racial and religious profiling.
6:30–8:30 p.m., free
3543 18th St., SF
Susan Rosenberg, a political activist during the 1960s through the 1980s, discusses her new book An American Radical: Political Prisoner in My Own Country and recounts her journey from the FBI's most wanted list to a 16-year incarceration.
5:30–7:30 p.m., free
2349 Shattuck, Berk. www.pegasusbookstore.com 
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