As United for Peace and Justice mounts a large antiwar rally Saturday in Washington, D.C., Bay Area activists will be on the move, too.
A protest against the war and President Bush’s proposed troop surge — and demanding “an end to racist attacks on Arabs and Muslims and a halt to U.S. support for Israel’s occupation of Palestine,” organizers say — will start at noon Saturday at Powell and Market streets in San Francisco, and proceed with a march to Pier 31. The event is endorsed by the San Francisco Labor Council, the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, and other local activist groups.
Later Saturday, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio — a liberal hero who’s running for president in 2008 as he did in 2004 — will speak at 7 p.m. in the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1187 Franklin St. (at Geary) in San Francisco. Introduced by Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, Kucinich will speak on “what can be done to bring the U.S. military occupation of Iraq to an end and return all U.S. troops to their homes and families,” according to a news release from human-rights watchdog Global Exchange, one of the event’s sponsors.