The Occupy encampments may have disappeared from the North Bay as quickly as they appeared, but movement organizers are continuing to find other ways to engage the public in the debate about the haves and have-nots. Occupy Marin hosts Marxist economist and activist Richard Woolf at a rally called "Occupying Our Future: Cooperative Solutions to Tough Times." In the film Capitalism Hits the Fan, Woolf describes 30 years of rising labor productivity and the resulting boon for CEOs. "Each year, the worker produces more. And what do you pay the worker each year? The same," explains the Harvard- and Stanford-educated author. "That is called profit. The last 30 years of flat wages and rising productivity are the greatest profit boom in the history of American capitalism." Woolf speaks on Saturday, Jan. 7, at Fourth Street Plaza, San Rafael. Rally, noon; talk, 2pm. Free. www.occupymarin.org.
Norman Solomon once again harnesses star power in his run for the second-district congressional seat by hosting daytime Emmy award–winner Phil Donahue on Jan. 8–11. The two bonded over a shared opposition of the Iraq War—a position that got Donahue's nightly program on MSNBC canceled in 2003. Body of War, a documentary co-directed and executive-produced by Donahue, will screen at the Lark Theater on Sunday, Jan. 8, followed by conversation and public dialogue. The rest of the week brings a flurry of screenings, open-house meet-and-greets and receptions in Petaluma, Sebastopol, Ukiah, Redway and Ukiah. For more information about specific appearances and dates, see www.solomonforcongress.com.—Leilani Clark