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This week in civics: Honor lost loved ones, hear from revolutionaries, take care of yourself

Second Annual: Remembrance of Lights 

535 Minna St.
Monday, May 23, 5:30 p.m. | Free

In April alone, 49 San Franciscans died from overdoses. Today, the second annual Remembrance of Lights is holding space to honor members of our community who were lost to overdose and addiction. Many of the city’s service and law enforcement agencies will gather to raise awareness. (RT)

Decolonizing Self-Care

Monday, May 23, 4:30 – 6 p.m. | Free

The SF LGBT Center hosts monthly mental health workshops, and today they have put together a workshop to relearn your idea of self-care. This virtual workshop is tailor-made for LGBTQ+ youth to give them the space to unbox the intersectional challenges queer people face and the tools to cope with them. Keep in mind that this workshop is limited to 15 participants, so be sure you reserve your spot! (RT) 

Angela Davis at City Arts and Lectures 

Sydney Goldstein Theater, 275 Hayes St.
Tuesday, May 24, 7:30 p.m. |  $36

The Library of Congress

Witness a passionate, powerful and informative conversation about politics and race between two prominent Black scholars. Angela Davis, a renowned author, scholar and political activist, will join Jelani Cobb in conversation. In the 1960s, Davis became the leader of the Communist Party of the United States and had close ties to the Black Panther Party. Jelani Cobb, a regular contributor to The New Yorker, writes about politics, history, race and culture. He’s also published books like The Matter of Black Lives: Writing From The New Yorker. (MM)

Ending Gun Violence Now with Gabby Giffords

Thursday, May 26, 10 – 11 a.m. | Free

Tragic mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, New York within the last week-and-a-half have once again put a horrendous spotlight on gun violence in America. Few American leaders have experienced this scourge as directly as former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who was shot in a 2011 mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona and recently unveiled a gun violence victims memorial in San Francisco. Gifford’s near-death experience and 2013’s Sandy Hook shooting put her on a mission to make gun safety “a kitchen table issue for voters” and found her eponymous advocacy organization, Giffords, to fight gun violence in America. Civics-focused cafe Manny’s hosts an online call with the former Congresswoman and her organization’s executive director, Peter Ambler, to discuss recent mass shooting events, anti-gun violence advocacy and how San Franciscans can help end gun violence. (CJC)

Fireside Chat with Planned Parenthood NorCal CEO Gilda Gonzales

Virtual or Manny’s, 3092 16th St.
Thursday, May 26, 6 – 7 p.m. | $5-$12

If Roe v. Wade is overturned it will fundamentally reshape abortion access across the country. So what can you do? Gilda Gonzalez, the first Latina to serve as CEO of a California Planned Parenthood affiliate, discusses the future of abortion rights in California and Planned Parenthood NorCal’s plans of action.  (CJC)

United Dems Social Mixer With Matt Dorsey

Jax Tasting Room, 326 Brannan St.
Thursday, May 26, 5 – 7:30 p.m. | Free 

Meet Matt Dorsey, San Francisco’s newly appointed District 6 Supervisor. Dorsey—who was sworn in by Mayor Breed on May 9—previously worked as the San Francisco Police Department’s director of strategic communications and as the press secretary for then-City Attorney Dennis Herrera. This week, he’ll join members and friends of San Francisco’s United Democratic Club ifor an informal social mixer where he’ll talk with constituents about his passion and vision for his work in District 6. (MM) 

(Trans)formation at Milk SF

Milk SF, 302 Valencia St.
Friday, May 27, 4 – 6 p.m. | Free

A group of friends of varying genders taking group selfie.
Photo by Zackary Drucker | Gender Spectrum Collection.

It’s easy to feel alone when you’re young, but trans, gender-nonconforming, and questioning youth, especially face that experience. If you are between the ages of 16 and 24, find yourself a community amongst other LGBTQ+ youth with the SF LGBT Center. There will be free snacks and beverages at Milk SF so all you need to bring is your unapologetic, authentic self. (RT)

Ferry Fridays

San Francisco Ferry Building
May 27, 3 – 6 p.m. | Free

The Bay Area is warming up, the sun is staying out longer and so should you! Snag a bottle of wine from Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant or make a picnic of delicious hand-made empanadas from El Porteño Empanadas and then dance your way outside the building for Ferry Fridays. All summer long, every third Friday, the San Francisco Ferry Building will have live music by Bay Area artists, delectable food from various vendors and a live interactive mural painting. You can do all of this with spectacular views of the Bay. (RT)

Mount Sutro Woodland Canyon Creek Walk

Woodland Canyon, 300 Edgewood Ave.
Saturday, May 28, 10 – 11:30 a.m. | $20 Suggested Donation

Liz Hafalia |The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

Go on a hike through Mount Sutro’s Woodland Canyon with Sutro Stewards executive director Ildiko Polony. Mount Sutro has a seasonal creek that’s hard to see due to invasive plant growth. Keep an ear out for this rushing stream during the walkabout. Polony will show you where water (sometimes) flows and teach hikers how concerted habitat restoration could mitigate climate change. Polony will also point out native plants of the area and show you their ethnobotanical uses. The suggested donation is $20 and the hike is limited to 15 people, so RSVP on Eventbrite soon. (CJC) 

Rosalie Tapavalu, Christina Campodonico and Meaghan Mitchell contributed additional reporting for this story.

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