2834425379_5d684b9783October’s looking to be a good month for civil dissent. Must be that autumn-y angst in the air, ’cause if you don’t quite get your fix on Thursday, there’s always the entirety of next week to stick it to the man.

Not the budget-cut-man, though. Oct. 10 – 16 instead marks “Berkeley Says No to Torture,” replete with film screenings, organized protests, and even “The Giant John Yoo Debate.” Its sponsors range from our local chapter of the ACLU to Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Social Justice Committee to Revolution Books — the latter of which we find totally unsurprising.

The bookstore will actually be hosting the first event of the week — Monday’s reading and discussion of books by Andy Worthington and Justine Sharrock. A lot of stuff is going down on the UC campus as well. Oh, and weird fact: if you’re a student, you get in free; if not, you may be asked for a $10 donation. There’s also something about a guest pass on the site, but the explanation is confusing.

Either way, sounds like a good time, right?

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