Reject Cordileone St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough, SF; tinyurl.com/cordileone. 1:30pm, free. The new San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has caused a stir. The guy was the major force behind Prop. 8, which banned gay marriage in California. As Bishop of Oakland, he led “pro-life boot camps” that trained hundreds of high school youth to fight against reproductive rights. And that was after he was Bishop of San Diego, a Diocese he left as they dealt with lawsuits following 150 claims from sexual abuse victims. Back in San Diego, the man was arrested for a DUI last month. Come on, The Pope! This guy? A group will be protesting his installment ceremony, letting him know right off the bat that he is bringing his hatred to the wrong city.
Upheavals in the Middle East South Berkeley Senior Center, 2939 Ellis, Berk; firstname.lastname@example.org. 7pm, $5 requested donation. What caused the civil war in Syria, what’s happening with it now, and is intervention from the United States and other countries affecting the crisis? Learn the answers to these questions and more from- Dr. As’ad Abukhalil, professor of political science at Cal State Stanislaus and writer at angryarab.blogspot.com.
Feminist Vigilante March 19th St. and Telegraph, Oakl; Facebook: Feminist Vigilante Gangs. 7pm, free. As the Guardian feminism panel made abundantly clear, we’re in dire need of roving feminist gangs. As rapes go unsolved and sexual assault unpunished — by a justice system that is itself oppressive and police officers that, themselves, commit rape and sexual assault — it’s time to take back some power from the patriarchy. At the first feminist vigilante march in Oakland, people took that message to the streets. There was fearlessness, and there was glitter. Join them again Friday.
Affordable housing day citywide, SF; www.affordablehousingdaysf.com. 1-4pm, free. We all love San Francisco, but with exorbitant housing prices that just keep rising, our neighbors keep leaving by droves. But many organizations love the city and its diverse residents so much that they’ve done something about this displacement, fighting for affordable housing throughout the city. What are affordable housing developments, what do they look like, and how can you learn more about obtaining it? Come to affordable housing day to find out. Neighborhood organizations throughout the city will be giving tours of affordable housing in their area, including SoMa, the Richmond, the Mission, the Excelsior, Bayview and the Western Addition.
United in Anger Artists’ Television Access, 992 Valencia, SF; www.othercinema.com. 8:30pm, $6. It’s the West Coast debut of United in Anger, a documentary about the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, or ACT UP. The legendary group used fearless direct action tactics to put AIDS on the national agenda and support those surviving it. The documentary is based on an oral history project carried out to help preserve the stories of those who fought in the movement. This screening is presented by current local ACT UP chapter member Cyd Nova, and a portion of the proceeds go to the group.
My heroes have always killed colonizers Eric Quezada Center, 552 Valencia, SF; www.politicaleducation.org. 6-9:30pm, free. A night of celebration for Indigenous Peoples Day. The movement to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day instead of Columbus Day takes back the day for the Native Americans who lived in what is now the United States instead of the colonizers who perpetrated genocide against them. This night of poetry, music and storytelling is in the spirit of remembering and honoring the power of those who fought back against the genocide of Native Americans.