50 YEARS OF THE WARFARE STATE Join nationally syndicated columnist and author Norman Solomon for a talk on war policy over the last half-century, with comments from Austin Chronicle News Editor Michael King. 7pm. UT campus, Thompson Conference Center, 1.110. www.thirdcoastactivist.org.
CHARTER REVISION COMMITTEE MEETING explores the feasibility of two different districting options for Austin: single-member districts or a combination of single-member and at-large council seats. 5-7:30pm. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 974-7593. Free. email@example.com, www.ci.austin.tx.us/charter.
PEACEMAKER AWARDS Join the Dispute Resolution Center in rewarding those who have worked hardest to promote nonviolent resolutions to conflict in Austin. 6:30pm. UT Club, Darrell Royal Memorial Stadium, sixth floor, 371-0033. www.austindrc.org.
PUBLIC FORUM: ACHIEVEMENT GAPS IN EDUCATION The E3 Alliance is hosting a series of moderated discussions on improving education in the Austin area. Through Nov. 1. Thursdays, 6-8:30pm. Reagan High School, 7104 Berkman. www.e3alliance.org/events.html.
HISPANIC HERITAGE LUNCHEON New Mexico governor and presidential candidate Bill Richardson speaks today at this annual fundraising luncheon hosted by the Hispanic Bar Association. 11:30am. Hilton Hotel Downtown, 500 E. Fourth. $40. firstname.lastname@example.org.
INDIGENT DEFENSE PERTAINING TO THE TEXAS FAIR DEFENSE ACT Texas Fair Defense Project Director Andrea Marsh heads up this ACLU Continuing Legal Education workshop. Noon-1:30pm. Carmelo's, 504 E. Fifth, 478-7300 x104. $30 (includes lunch). email@example.com, www.carmelosrestaurant.com.
AIDS WALK AUSTIN Join today's 5K walk (8:30am registration) and celebration featuring an interactive AIDS memorial wall and portions of the world-traveling 54-ton AIDS Memorial Quilt. 9am-1pm. Waterloo Park, 403 E. 15th. www.aidswalkaustin.org, www.aidsquilt.org.
COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS KAZI FM launches a series of public forums with tonight's get-together. 4:30-7:30pm. Boyd Vance Theatre at Carver, 1165 Angelina, 836-9544. Free. www.kazifm.org.
LAST SUNDAY focuses on domestic violence this month. Guest speakers include Tara Buentuello and Hannah Jones of Voices Against Violence Peer Theater Troupe and Siham Naseef of Central Texas Muslimaat, with music from the Rust Tones. 6:30pm. Ruta Maya, 3601 S. Congress, 471-1990. $8 suggested donation. www.thirdcoastactivist.org.
RAMON MONCIVAIS discusses and signs copies of his book Beneath the Shadow of the Capitol, about discrimination against Hispanics in the Thirties, Forties, and Fifties. 11am-4pm. Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River, 478-6222.
SCHOOL OF THE ASSASSINS SOA Watch's Ken Hayes discusses the long history of Latin American human rights abuses that can be traced back to the U.S. Army School of the Americas in Fort Benning, Ga. 1pm. University Catholic Center, 2010 University Ave. Free. www.thirdcoastactivist.org, www.soaw.org.
TRAVIS COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT: PAST, PRESENT, & FUTURE A talk from Travis Co. Sheriff Greg Hamilton. 11:30am-12:30pm. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover, 452-6168. Free. www.austinuu.org.
AUSTIN CARSHARE FIRST BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION An evening of awards and music. If you haven't joined yet, find out tonight from current members if this service is for you. 5:30-7:30pm. Jo's Coffee, 1300 S. Congress, 444-3800. Free. www.austincarshare.org.
RESCUE A CEMETERY! The Williamson Co. Historical Commission hosts a cemetery recording event today and launches its new publication, Rescuing a Neglected Cemetery, as part of its effort to protect historic burial sites like Round Rock's Union Hill from deterioration. 11am. Union Hill Cemetery, FM 1460 & CR-186, Round Rock. www.thc.state.tx.us.
WAL-MART & RG4N Learn more about Responsible Growth for Northcross' fight against Wal-Mart at this screening of the documentary Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Prices (see Special Screenings). 6pm. Russell's Bakery & Coffee Bar, 3339 Hancock, 419-7877. Free. www.rg4n.org.
TEXAS LABOR AGAINST THE WAR presents a screening and discussion of the short documentary "Meeting Face to Face: The Iraq-U.S. Labor Solidarity Tour." (See Special Screenings) 7pm. Resistencia Bookstore, 1801-A S. First, 416-8885. Free.
METROPOLITAN BREAKFAST CLUB Texas Monthly Senior Editor Paul Burka discusses Choosing the 10 Best and 10 Worst Legislators. 7-8:30am. UT Club, Darrell Royal Memorial Stadium, sixth floor. $15 (members/first-time guests). www.mbcaustin.org.
CAN A JEWISH STATE BE A DEMOCRACY? International Women's Peace Service volunteer Anna Baltzer will speak and sign copies of her new book, Witness in Palestine: A Jewish American Woman in the Occupied Territories. 7pm. UT campus, Geology Building #2.216. www.annainthemiddleeast.com.
BY-MAIL & EARLY VOTING for the Nov. 6 constitutional amendment and joint special elections continues through Fri., Nov. 2. (See 'Austin Chronicle' Endorsements for details and locations.) Vote by mail through Tue., Oct. 30. Ballots available at www.traviscountyelections.org. 854-4996.
EDWARDS AQUIFER & HAZARDOUS MATERIALS Time is running out to provide feedback on the proposed hazardous materials rules for the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone. Written comments must be filed by Mon., Oct. 29, 5pm. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.edwardsaquifer.org/pages/rulesprop.htm.
LWV VOTERS GUIDE Austin's League of Women Voters has prepared a nonpartisan guide to the Nov. 6 election. Pick up a copy at area public and university libraries or at the LWV office, 1011 W. 31st. 451-6710. Free. www.lwvaustin.org.