Friday, December 26, 2014

Briefly: Torres discusses Honduran coup

April 14, 2011 |

Gerardo Torres, a Honduran resistance leader, will speak at 7 p.m. Friday at the International House, 10 College Park in Davis.

Torres, a member of the FNRP, or Frente Nacional de Resistencia Popular (National Popular Resistance Front), comes to Davis following his appearance at the Latin American Solidarity Coalition national conference in Washington, D.C. The objective of the conference was to build a movement to oppose militarization in Latin America. Two years ago, a military coup in Honduras overthrew the democratically elected government of Manuel Zelaya.

According to a news release, Torres will present an eyewitness account of the ongoing repression that is taking place in Honduras, bearing witness to the large number of people who have been jailed, beaten, disappeared or killed in the two years since the coup.

He will discuss how the coup has been a catalyst for bringing together groups of people from various segments of society — such as students and youths, landless peasants, union workers, teachers, artists, gays and lesbians — into a massive popular resistance movement that is working toward “refounding the state” based on justice and equality.

Admission is free, but donations will be gladly accepted to help offset the expenses of Torres’ tour. For more information, email

Group hears about bullying law

The April meeting of the Davis Woodland PFLAG — Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays — is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the sanctuary at Davis United Methodist Church, 1620 Anderson Road.

Wendy Hill, a member of state Assemblyman Tom Ammiano’s staff, will speak about his recently introduced AB 9 about bullying prevention and response.

This bill promotes a civil and safe educational environment for all students in California, regardless of race, gender, religion or sexual orientation. Specifically, the bill requires every California school district to create policy and procedures prohibiting discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying, and for reporting and addressing complaints.

This bill also provides professional development for school personnel on how to identify and intervene in these events.

UC Davis holds bike auction

The public is invited to attend the biannual UC Davis bicycle auction on Saturday, April 30.

More than 400 bicycles will be available for sale to the highest bidder. The bicycles may be viewed from 8 to 9 a.m., with bidding getting under way at 9 a.m. and lasting until all items are sold. Bicycles of many sizes, types and conditions are available for sale. Most are “fixer-uppers.” Purchases may be made with cash, check or major credit card.

The auction takes place inside the West Entry Parking Structure at the intersection of Hutchison Drive and Dairy Road. Follow “bike auction” signs from Hutchison Drive to the parking structure. Parking is free for the auction.

For further information, call the UC Davis Transportation & Parking Services Bicycle Program coordinator at (530) 752-BIKE (752-2453) or visit

Breakfast benefits military families

The community is invited to attend the Yolo County Cabrillo Civic Club No. 26’s regular linguica breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Sunday, May 1, at Tumulty Hall, Walnut and Court streets, Woodland.

The menu will consist of linguica sausage, special scrambled eggs, hash browns and Portuguese sweet bread with juice, fruit and coffee. Individuals who wish to order sweet bread should call call Arlene Amaral at (530) 908-8901.

Breakfast costs $7 for adults, $4 for children under 12 and $20 for a family of four. All proceeds will help the Yolo Military Families group send packages from home to local soldiers deployed overseas. Cash donations or items that could be included in military packages also will be accepted at the breakfast.

Folk musicians jam at Arboretum

Folk musicians are invited to play together informally during an acoustic jam session from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, April 29, on the Wyatt Deck in the UC Davis Arboretum.

Pull out your fiddles, guitars, mandolins, penny whistles, pipes, flutes, squeezeboxes (you name it) and join your fellow musicians for a little bluegrass, old-time, blues, Celtic, klezmer and world music over the lunch hour. Musicians of all skill levels are welcome, as are listeners.

Parking is available for $6 in Visitor Lot 5, at Old Davis Road and A Street. For more information, call (530) 752-4880 or visit



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