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This week's highlights:
Thurs.: Cracking the Media Monopoly @ Unembedded Film Series
Sat.: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer @ Golden Gate Park
Mon.: 'Voices of Dissent' @ Grand Lake Theatre
SF Bay Area Diversions
October 21 - 27
Thursday October 21, 11:30 a.m.
PROTECTING CHINA'S RIVERS
Wang Yongchen, a leading environmental journalist and activist from
Beijing, will talk about groundbreaking efforts to stop the
construction of dams on one of China's last free flowing rivers. U.S.
EPA, Mariannas and Palau Rooms, 1st floor, 75 Hawthorne Street (Howard
and 2nd St.), San Francisco. Free. For more information contact
Willard Chin at 415/972-3797.
Thursday October 21, 7 p.m.
THE UN-EMBEDDED FILM SERIES OPENS
The Victoria Theater and Indymedia present "The Un-embedded Film
Series: Eleven days of Cracking the Media Monopoly." For
October 21-31, radical filmmakers will present little-seen stories
that could effect the outcome of the current presidential campaign.
Topics include: the Republican National Convention, the War in Iraq,
the Miami Model, the use of oil resources, outsourcing, and the war on
the poor in the USA. Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th Street, San
Francisco. $9, $5/students and seniors. Tickets are available at the
Victoria Theatre Box Office, by telephone at 415/863-7576, or online
at victoriatheater.org. For more information, or to see the festival
Friday October 22, 1 p.m.
FOOD FIGHT! is a half-day forum presented by the San Francisco
Professional Food Society that brings together renowned experts --
with wide-ranging opinions -- to discuss competing food claims and
policies, their risks and benefits, and the impact of various choices
both globally and in our neighborhood. Tasting break includes drinks
and foods from local and national artisan food companies. The
Commonwealth Club of California, 595 Market (at 2nd St.), 2nd floor,
San Francisco. $75, $65/SFPFS members.
Friday October 22, 5 p.m.
SAY NO TO SAME-SEX BAN WITH GAVIN NEWSOM
Raise a glass -- and a few bucks -- in San Francisco to oppose
Constitutional Amendment 36, a proposed ban on same-sex marriage in a
winnable battleground, Oregon. Space is limited to 200 people.
$100/suggested donation. For more information or to RSVP please
contact Stefanie Roumeliotes at 408/297-4052 x226 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. For transit information and driving
directions visit www.sfpalm.org/about/visiting.htm
Friday October 22, 7 p.m.
TURN THE TIDE
An evening of activism and inspiration to benefit youth action,
combining live music, spoken word, progressive organizations, and
appearances by Julia Butterfly Hill and Randy Hayes. Proceeds benefit
Next Generation, a grassroots organization that promotes local youth
activism through education, leadership, organizing, and action. $12,
$5/students 18 & under. (6 p.m. VIP reception $35, $50/couple.)
Marin Center Showcase Theater, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael.
For tickets, call the box office at 415/499-6800. For more
information, call 415/455-9498.
Saturday October 23, 8 a.m.
STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a nationwide series of
non-competitive walking events that heighten awareness of breast
cancer and raise money for research, education, advocacy, and patient
services. This year's San Francisco event is a 5-mile walk in Golden
Gate Park with a rolling start from 8 to 10 a.m.
volunteers needed, no pre-registration necessary. Speedway Meadows
(off 25th Avenue), Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. For more
information, call Justin Clark at 877/906-7222.
Saturday October 23, 9 a.m.
CRAIGSLIST NONPROFIT BOOT CAMP
Craigslist Foundation Nonprofit Boot Camp welcomes emerging
nonprofits, board members and those new to the nonprofit industry and
activism to an all-day event. Participants will develop new skills
for marketing and running their organizations, build relationships
with potential donors & volunteers, and strengthen ties within the
nonprofit community. Event includes a nonprofit conference designed
to inform, instruct and entertain (9am-5:30pm) a VIP reception for
networking with philanthropists, foundation directors, industry
influencers and journalists, with Craig and guest Mayor Gavin Newsom
announcing Nonprofit Appreciation Day (7-9pm), and a community bash to
dance and celebrate with other members of the Craigslist community
featuring celebrity appearances, top musicians (including Spearhead's
Michael Franti) & DJs, artists, dancers and fashion (9pm-4am).
Metreon, 101 4th St. @ Mission, San Francisco. $50, includes entry to
all three events. For more information contact Darian Heyman,
415/637-5062 or visit
Sunday October 24, 6 p.m.
FERNANDO SUAREZ DEL SOLAR
The Resource Center for Nonviolence annual dinner & program features
Fernando Suarez del Solar, father of Jesus Suarez del Solar, a U.S.
Marine killed in Iraq. Since the death of his son, Mr. Suarez has
been traveling around the country speaking out against the invasion
and occupation of Iraq. He is deeply troubled by the military's heavy
recruitment of Hispanic youth in low-income communities, and has
created a foundation in his son's name to teach young people about the
harsh reality of military service and to provide them with modest
scholarships that will help them pursue alternative careers. Suarez
del Solar's most immediate goals are to assist immigrant families who
have children returning from war and to educate Latino youth about how
they can create a better world. First Congregational Church, 900 High
St., Santa Cruz. $35 - $250 sliding scale donation for dinner &
program; $7 - $20 for program only. For reservations and more
information please call 831/423-1626.
Sunday October 24, 7 p.m.
INTERNATIONAL CARAVAN FOR JUSTICE
The International Caravan for Justice will travel across the United
States and Mexico to fight for justice for the women in Juarez and
Chihuahua. Almost 400 young women -- half of whom work in
maquiladoras opened in Mexico under the North American Free Trade
Agreement -- have been murdered in these two border cities over the
past decade. Government and police officials are inadequately
investigating the growing number of deaths, while maquiladora owners
refuse to acknowledge their responsibility for safety measures. The
caravan will raise consciousness about conditions faced by women along
the border. Hear testimony by Ramona Morales, mother of Silvia Elena
Rivera Morales, victim of the Juarez femicides and Jessica Marques,
representative of the Mexico Solidarity Network, who will discuss the
influence of globalization and neoliberal economic policies on the
femicides. New College of California Cultural Center, 766 Valencia
Street, San Francisco. $3-5 recommended donation, no one turned away
for lack of funds. For more information call 415/621-8100.
Monday October 25, 6 p.m.
COMBATING AIDS IN INDIA
The Asia Society presents a discussion of the myriad forces behind the
spread of AIDS in India -- including gender inequality, poverty, and
lack of access to education and medicines -- and what is being done on
the ground to combat the disease. Will India be the next Africa, with
an AIDS epidemic spiraling out of control? Or will India succeed in
curbing the epidemic at this pivotal moment? Public Policy Institute
of California, 500 Washington Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco.
$5/students with ID. For further
information or to register call 415.421/8707 or visit
Monday October 25, 6:30 p.m.
Screening of the new documentary film by Karil Daniels, "Voices of
Dissent: Activism and American Democracy." The film features Barbara
Lee, Daniel Ellsberg, Will Durst, Martin Sheen, Al Franken, Woody
Harrelson, Arianna Huffington, and many others. Using a montage of
events, interviews, music and other media, "Voices" reminds us of our
roots and the importance of protecting authentic democracy. The
evening will begin with a gourmet reception at 6:30 p.m. sponsored by
chef Cricket Deez of Spettro's Restaurant, where you will be able to
mix and mingle with the director and other special guests. The
42-minute screening will be followed by a discussion and
entertainment. Grand Lake Theater, 3200 Grand Avenue, Oakland. $15,
$10/students and seniors. For more information contact Ami Zins,
Oakland Film Office, 510/238-4734.
Tuesday October 26, 9:15 p.m.
9/11 AND FEAR
"Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear and the Selling of American Empire"
looks at the "radical fringe" of the Republican Party that has used
the trauma of the 9/11 terror attacks to advance a pre-existing agenda
to radically transform American foreign policy while rolling back
liberties and social programs at home. Red Vic Movie House, 1727
Haight St., San Francisco. $7, $4/seniors. For information call
Wednesday October 27, 6:00 p.m.
A HAMILTON HALLOWEEN
The Hamilton Family Center, a shelter for homeless families in the
Haight Ashbury, benefits from Hamilton's Halloween Evening, honoring
restaurateur Harry Denton and featuring a silent auction and cocktail
buffet. Paris Ballroom, Hotel Monaco, 501 Geary St., San Francisco.
$40. For information call 415/409-2100.
Wednesday October 27, 6:30 p.m.
UNPRECEDENTED FAMILY FORTUNES
The Freedom Cinema Festival presents a pre-election movie and music
party featuring "Bush Family Fortunes," a new documentary that follows
the journalist Greg Palast on the trail of the Bush family, from the
Florida elections to the war in Iraq, and "Unprecedented: the 2000
Presidential Election." Plus music from UBZORB. Auctions by the Bay
Theatre, 2700 Saratoga St., Alameda. $10/suggested donation. For
information call 800/503-5923 or visit
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