[SFGP] SF Green Party Weekly - World Environment Day events

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Tue May 31 22:19:28 PDT 2005

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The Staff of The San Francisco Green Party Weekly
Is Proud To Present:

The SFGP Guide to
June 1- June 5

Here are the up-to-the-minute World Environment Day events! Please plan on 
attending and participating as much as possible during this historic 5 day 
(Cause we're never gonna survive unless we get a little crazy!)

Pre-WED Events:

Banner-Making Party
Date: May 31, 7-9 pm
Location: Greenpeace Warehouse at 698 Indiana, cross street and entrance is 
on 19th. What: Banner making party for World Environmental Day events. Come 
show your creativity and support!

Day One:

Banner Drops
Date: June 1 6:15 am (Yes, that is 6:15 in the MORNING!)
Location:  16th and Bryant Streets, Peet's Coffee parking lot
What: Meet with activists from Coalition to Shutdown PG & E to hang banners 
in off high visibility overpasses. Meet at 6:15, teams will leave by 6:45 to 
locations to hold banners for the morning commute.

Day Two:

World Environment Day Opening Ceremonies followed by festival at the
Civic Center
Date: June 2, 9 am
Location: Civic Center, across from City Hall
What: Kick off event for World Environment Day and the International
Conference of Mayors. This event will be an opportunity for activists to 
bring their own message to compliment the official World Environment Day 
events and sponsors. Look for activists representing efforts to shutdown the 
dirty power plant in Hunter's Point, stop the proposed Muni fare hikes and 
service cuts, preserve Hetch Hetchy, implement public power in San Francisco 
and stop wars for oil. The Green Party will be doing voter registration at 
the event, please contact Susan King for more info: 823-5524.

Protest With the Green Party and the Coalition for Transit Justice
Date: June 2, 9am
What: We will be greeting mayors from around the world who are attending the 
UN World Environment Day events.
Our protest will demonstrate the irony of Gavin Newsom as an environmental 
host, among other things.  We hope to have signs from last week's Coalition 
for Transit Justice press conference on the steps of City Hall as well as 
signs and fliers indicating Newsom's Sierra Club environmental scorecard (a 
"D").  Please feel free to bring your own sign.

San Francisco Green Party Press Conference
Date: June 2 1:00 pm
Location: In front of the Main Library, Larkin St.  (moved from steps of 
City Hall)
What: The SF Green Party will be presenting our vision for a Green Future 
with Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, former Oakland City Council Candidate Aimee 
Allision, New Paltz, New York Mayor Jason West, School Board Member Sarah 
Lipson, and many other Green elected officials and leaders. We will discuss  
the Green Party vision for the future, our history  present policy papers on 
a range of issues including sustainable transportation, public power, 
electoral reform and how that impacts our environment, the environmental 
impact of war,  reducing solid waste, and land use.

Green Institute Reception
Date: June 2, 5:30-7:30 pm
Location: Soluna Cafe,  272 McAllister St, SF (across from the Asian Art 
What: Bay Area Greens are cordially invited to a reception hosted by the 
Green Institute,
Please join Executive Director Dean Myerson and Senior Fellow Charlene
Spretnak for an informal presentation of the projects and activities of the 
Green Institute, the first national-level institute dedicated to explicitly 
Green policy studies and initiatives. Appetizers and wine will be provided. 
A special guest will be the Green mayor of New Paltz, New York:  Jason West, 
whose attendance the Green Institute is sponsoring at the UN World 
Environment Day conference that week. Also attending will be Peter Camejo, 
Matt Gonzalez, Jo Chamberlain (GPUS Co-Chair), Mark Sanchez (San Francisco 
School Board), and others.

Day Three:

Demonstration with the Coalition to Shutdown PG & E
Date: June 3, 2:00
Location: Metreon, 4th and Mission Streets
What: The Green Party is working in solidarity with activists working to 
shut down the polluting power plant in Hunter's Point. The official event is 
the "Our Reality Tour" showcasing some of SF's worst environmental issues, 
sponsored by Greenaction and other Environmental Justice organizations. The 
baby clothes project (baby clothes on a clothes line to graphically remind 
our leaders of the 11% infant mortality rate for babies born in Bay View 
Hunter's Point) will be displayed, along with banners and signs urging the 
shutdown of the power plants. Street theater and creative forms of action 
encouraged!!  For more info, contact Greenaction at:

Day Four:

Rally for Environmental Justice
Date: June 4, 11 am
Location: Steps of City Hall
What: Environmental Justice grassroots community groups, organizations and
individuals from Bayview Hunters Point to communities around the world-the
people demand environmental justice!  Sponsored by over 40 Environmental
Justice Grassroots Community Groups and Organizations-Street Theater by the
Coalition to Evict PG&E.

San Francisco Ecological History Tour By Bicycle
Date: June 4 12-4pm
Location: Reservations required.   Please RSVP to 626-2060
What: Local historian and director of Shaping San Francisco Chris Carlsson
will lead a four-hour bicycle tour of San Francisco?s ecological history. On
bicycles we will reconnect to the subterranean flows of water that percolate
beneath us, see where towering sand dunes once stood, learn about the
first-ever citizen?s environmental movement (that saved Telegraph Hill from
quarrying), discuss the changing flora and fauna of the city and explore the
concept of ?nature? as it applies to San Francisco (and how San Francisco
was built on its rapacious exploitation). Wild parrots make their home on
what was once a deep garbage dump and is now one of the most beautiful
gardens in the city. Today?s shoreline obscures a long history of ?making
land?, which includes a fascinating story of saving the bay from San
Francisco's own garbage; that same garbage in turn helped to ?save? one of
the last ecological treasures of the SF peninsula. Donations to CounterPULSE
requested but not required.

Benefit for Environmental Justice
Date: June 4 7pm
Location: St Boniface Church, 133 Golden Gate Ave (between Leavenworth and 
What: join Greenaction and other residents from Bayview Hunters Point for a 
celebration of the struggles and victories for Environmental Justice at 7 
p.m. on Saturday evening. An amazing lineup of entertainment, including our 
own Malcolm X Polynesian Dancers and the Huntersview Youth Choir will 
headline the event! It will be a fun evening with raffles, food and cultural 
presentations by the Mohave Bird Singers, Aztec Dancers and community 
environmental justice leaders. Proceeds will go to fund the struggle to 
close the PG&E Hunters Point Power Plant.

Day Five:

Eco-Parade to Celebrate the Environment
Date: June 5, noon
Location: City Hall (meet in front of City Hall at noon)
What: Everybody loves a parade! Join Code Pink, the Green Party, Greenaction
and others for a parade around City Hall to celebrate environmental
successes, observe (and protest) the failures and plan our future! This is a
kid-friendly event, and all are encouraged to bring banners, signs, floats
(non-motorized only) to participate as we march around City Hall to
commemorate the Mayor's signing of the new environmental accords inside.  
Costumes, decorated bikes, strollers, and all kinds of fun creativity 

Celebrating Women's Leadership in Sustainable Development
Date: June 5, 2-5 pm
Location: Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, San Francisco, CA
What: A United Nations World Environment Day 2005 Event Convened by the
Women?s Global Green Action Network and Local Partners. Come listen to
inspiring speakers, & amazing musicians! Learn about local initiatives in
the Bay Area, & hear the stories of  grassroots environmental women leaders
working tirelessly for positive  change!
Confirmed Speakers Include: Marta Benavides,  Rev. Sally Grover Bingham, 
Sharon Fuller, Julia Butterfly Hilland, others. $15 (Sliding Scale) at the 

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