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Democracy or Bust 

Just a few years ago, it would have been impossible to imagine the shenanigans that are being pulled in this presidential election cycle—a Billion dollars (with a capital B) spent on advertising in a handful of locales while massive protests against the extreme disparity in wealth continue more than a year after they began. All the while, Republicans are making it harder to vote in a country that already shows less than 50 percent voter turnout annually, claiming it's necessary to fight the nonexistent scourge of voter fraud.

Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan of nationally syndicated radio program Democracy Now! are on a national tour to discuss these crazy but true aspects of the current election, as well as their new book, The Silenced Majority. They appear in a fundraiser for KRCB on Sunday, Oct. 21, at the Sebastopol Community Center, 390 Morris St., Sebastopol. 2pm. $10–$15. 707.584.2000.

Brave Souls

Since the 2011 Fukushima nuclear breakdown, several hundred retired engineers and technicians in Japan, all over the age of 60, have worked to decommission the broken reactor. The group, whose members vary on opinions of nuclear power, is specifically composed of older individuals in order to save younger men and women from exposure to radiation due to cleanup work inside the plant. Oh, yeah, and they're all volunteers.

Yastel Yamada, co-founder of Skilled Veterans Corps for Fukushima, speaks Friday, Oct. 19, at Santa Rosa Junior College's Newman Auditorium. 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 7pm. Free; $4 on-campus parking fee. 707.527.4266.

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