Saturday, Jan. 30
Internet-based outreach and fundraising
Estelle Carol, senior designer at progressive communications firm WebTrax Studio (www.webtraxstudio.com), will offer a workshop on the use of Internet tools for education, organizing and fundraising. the Oak Park Main Library, 834 Lake St., Oak Park. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP. Sponsored by the Oak Park Coalition for Truth and Justice.
North Park U.'s Holy Land Student Scholarship benefit
Fundraising event for a North Park University program that awards a full four-year scholarship to a student from Palestine every year. Featuring the Middle Eastern classical music Ensemble Duzan, plus cultural folklore presentations, Middle Eastern food, music, a raffle and more. Tickets $40, of which $25 are tax-deductible. 6:30 p.m. at St George Church Hall, 1220 S. 60th Ct. , Cicero .
Abortion rights and the struggle for women's liberation
Presentation by Sharon Smith, author of "Women & Socialism: Essays on Women's Liberation". 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Acme Art Works at Old St. Paul's, 2215 W. North Ave.
Sunday, Jan. 31
Obama and school testing
Jackson Potter, organizer and co-chair for The Caucus of Rank and File Educators, will speak on U.S. Secretary of Education and former Chicago Public Schools CEO Arne Duncan's plan to use standardized tests nationwide for both teacher and school evaluations. 10 a.m. at Third Unitarian Church, 301 N. Mayfield Ave.
Film: "Taxi to The Dark Side"
Free screening of the Academy Award-winning documentary on the Bush administration's extraordinary rendition policy.
2 p.m. at the Oak Park Main Library, 834 Lake St., Oak Park. Sponsored by the Oak Park Coalition for Truth and Justice.
Wrongful convictions forum
Jan Sussler of the People’s Law Office, reporter Kari Lydersen, Humboldt Park activist Ruth Peña and actor Cliff Keith Ingraham will participate in a panel on wrongful convictions after a performance of "The Exonerated." The play dramatizes the stories of six people who were wrongfully convicted of murder and sent to Death Row, including Delbert Tibbs (portrayed by Ingraham). Play starts 4 p.m. at La Costa Theatre, 3931 N. Elston Ave.
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