Since 1989, the ACLU of Sonoma County has honored Sonoma County residents who’ve “furthered the cause of civil liberties.” This year, they honor David Grabill, a 40-year law veteran who’s worked on civil rights cases from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota to housing discrimination cases in Napa County. A Santa Rosa resident, Grabill participated of the March on Washington in 1963; he’s currently focused on the struggle for affordable housing in the North Bay. Keynote speaker Jeanne Woodford, former San Quentin warden turned anti-death penalty activist, will talk about why she decided to buck her career and fight the death penalty. The ACLU awards celebration is on Friday, April 27, at the Friedman Center. 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa. $55; $21 low income. $70 ($25 low-income) after April 17 and at door. 5:30pm. 707.765.5005.
Teaching for the 99%
Occupy Santa Rosa continues its “Spring Awakening” with a series of public teach-ins coordinated by members of the Free School Working Group. The eight-week-long series kicked off last week with “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Occupy But Were Afraid to Ask.” The teach-ins are open to the public on Thursdays, from noon to 1:30pm, in Santa Rosa’s Courthouse Square. Upcoming sessions include “Occupy Your Food Supply” on April 19, “Global Workers and the Global Economic Crisis” on April 26, “Democracy in the Workplace” on May 3, “Fair Trade and Grassroots Globalization” on May 10, “Building Resilient Local Economies” on May 17, “Good Jobs and Living Wages for All” on May 24 and “Solidarity: What Does Movement-Building Mean for the 99%?” on May 31. For more, see www.occupysantarosa.org.—Leilani Clark