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Can’t get to DC? Head for SF.

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.
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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.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.