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McKinney, Nader coming to the Bay Area

Green Party presidential nominee Cynthia McKinney will be in the Bay Area this coming weekend. First, the former Georgia Congresswoman will take part in a panel discussion — part of Critical Resistance‘s “CR10” anti-prison activism conference — on government counterintelligence efforts against political activists at 11:15 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, at Laney College in Oakland. Then, she has a fundraiser scheduled at 3 p.m. that same day in the home of Fairfax Town Council members Larry Bragman and Lew Tremaine; RSVP to Marnie Glickman at marnie.glickman@gmail.com.

Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader and his running mate, former San Francisco Supervisor Matt Gonzalez, will be a few days behind, arriving next Tuesday, Sept. 30, for a noon luncheon fundraiser in San Francisco; it’s a $200 minimum, with details and RSVPs available from Rob Sockett at 202-471-5833 or events@votenader.org. Later that day, Nader and Gonzalez will hold two rallies with “Peace Mom” activist and independent Congressional candidate Cindy Sheehan — at 2:30 p.m. in San Francisco State University’s McKenna Theater, 1600 Holloway Ave., and at 7 p.m. in Oakland’s Grand Lake Theater, 3200 Grand Ave. The suggested contribution for admission to the rallies is $10 or $5 for students, and more information is available at 510-705-8864 or events@votenader.org.

UPDATE @ 4:05 P.M.: Add to all this a Nader appearance at the Commonwealth Club of California, also next Tuesday, Sept. 30; he’ll be in conversation with former MTV and NBC political reporter Tabitha Soren. It’s a 6:30 p.m. program with a 7:30 p.m. reception (I guess he’ll be getting to the Grand Lake Theater a bit later on, eh?) in the club’s offices on the second floor of 595 Market St. in San Francisco. Tickets — available through the club’s Web site or by calling 415-597-6705 — cost $12 for club members, $20 for non-members and $7 for students with valid ID, but some premium seating in the first few rows is available at $45 for members and $65 for non-members.

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.

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