Lots happening in the East Bay tomorrow, Saturday, May 16:
World Can’t Wait will protest the University of California, Berkeley Boalt Hall Law School’s “complicity in torture” at 8 a.m. outside commencement ceremonies in the campus’ Greek Theater, and at 11 a.m. outside a reception in the law school’s Clark Kerr Courtyard along Bancroft Way between College and Piedmont avenues. Protesters will denounce John Yoo’s continued presence on Boalt Hall’s tenured faculty (though he’s currently on leave from UC, serving visiting professor of law at the Chapman University School of Law in Orange). Yoo, as a Justice Department lawyer, authored memos that cleared the way for “enhanced interrogation techniques” believed by many to be illegal torture; critics want UC to fire him.
Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi, D-Castro Valley, in cooperation with St. Rose Hospital will host her 2nd Annual Women’s Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the San Leandro Public Library, 300 Estudillo Ave. Women of all ages are welcome to take part in free health screenings and get the latest information on living a healthy lifestyle; topics will include “Feeling Fabulous after 50 From Head to Toe,” “Weight Loss at Any Cost vs. Health at Any Size,” “Fitness at Home: Exercises You Can Do in the Comfort of Your Living Room,” and “Breast Cancer: Latest Statistics, Risks and Treatments.” More than 450 women have already confirmed their attendance; to RSVP, call Hayashi’s district office at 510-583-8818.
United for Change, a “grassroots group of Obama volunteers inspired and empowered by the President,” will host a free foreclosure workshop from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Everett and Jones Barbeque, 126 Broadway near Oakland’s Jack London Square. The workshop will offer homeowners and tenants in foreclosed properties the education, tools and resources needed to help their individual situations; among those scheduled to speak are Assemblyman Sandre Swanson, D-Alameda, and Oakland City Councilwoman Desley Brooks, as well as representatives from Fidelity National Title Insurance Co., the Oakland City Attorney’s Neighborhood Law Corps and Operation HOPE Inc.
Oakland-based TransForm – formerly the Transportation and Land Use Coalition, working “to create world-class public transportation and walkable communities in the Bay Area and beyond” – will hold its 12th Annual Summit from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Laney College, 900 Fallon St. in Oakland. This year’s theme is “Windfall for All: Saving Our Economy, Pocketbooks, and Planet with World-Class Public Transportation and Walkable Communities;” it’s expected to bring together hundreds of local nonprofit and labor leaders, community activists, agency staffers, legislators, students, and policy practitioners seeking the tools, knowledge, inspiration, and connections needed to make change. Registration, available online or by calling 510-740-3150, costs $25 per person, or $15 for TransForm members.
Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, will host the 29th Annual “An Artistic Discovery 2009” Reception and Awards Ceremony from 12 noon to 2 p.m. in the Chiodo Art Development Studio, at 1933 Peralta St. in Oakland. It’s the annual Congressional art competition recognizing emerging high school artists throughout the country; students from the 9th Congressional District – including Albany, Ashland, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Emeryville, Fairview, Oakland and Piedmont – will compete, the winner will be flown to an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., and the winner’s work will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for a year.