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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.

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 Victoria Theater and Indymedia present "The Un-embedded Film 
Series: Eleven days of Cracking the Media Monopoly."  For 
eleven days, 
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  For more information, or to see the festival 
schedule, visit


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.

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  For transit information and driving 
directions visit


Friday October 22, 7 p.m.

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. 

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.  
Walkers and 
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 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.

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.  

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.

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. 
$10/members, $15/non-members, 
$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.

"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.

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.

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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