Upcoming political events in the Bay Area:
Lawrence Lessig: Harvard legal scholar gives a TED+Salon talk on the future of democracy. Comedian Will Durst opens. $24.50 and up. 7:30 p.m., Angelico Hall, Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. More information is here.
Immigration issues: A discussion of immigration issues threatening vulnerable communities. Panelists include Catherine Tactaquin, executive director of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights; Martha Ockenfels-Martinez of Human Impact Partners; and Lara Kiswani, executive director of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center. Free. 6:30 p.m., Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 Ninth St., Suite 290. More information is here.
Restorative justice: KALW-FM’s “Your Call” hosts a live show on redress, reparations and restorative justice, looking at reparations for interned Japanese Americans in the context of calls for restorative justice for African Americans and Native Americans. Free. Participants include redress activist Susan Hayase, restorative justice leader Fania Davis and change-maker Patricia St. Onge. Free. 6-9 p.m., Lisser Hall, Mills College, Kapiolani Road, Oakland. More information is here.
Earth Day events: The annual environmental celebration and cleanup day is marked by several events around the Bay Area. A list is here.
Impeachment petition: A protest at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco office to petition for President Trump’s impeachment. 5 p.m., 90 Seventh St., No. 2800, San Francisco. More information is here.
S.F. environment: Debbie Raphael, director of the San Francisco Department of the Environment, holds a Q&A. Free. 6:30 p.m., Manny’s, 3092 16th St., San Francisco. More information is here.
Conversation about race: Reps. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, and Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles, appear at a town hall meeting about racial issues. 6:30 p.m., Diablo Valley College cafeteria, 321 Golf Club Road, Pleasant Hill. More information is here.
Legal marijuana: Is legalization of recreational use of marijuana a good idea? Panelists talk about the controversies, risks, and challenges surrounding legalization. Free. Noon, online and at Golden Gate University, 536 Mission St., Room 2201, San Francisco. More information is here.
Housing crisis: A discussion about the struggle to build enough affordable housing in California. Panelists include state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco; Kate Hartley of the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development; Matt Schwarz of the California Housing Partnership; Ramon Kochavi of Marcus and Millichap Commercial Real Estate Investment; Chris Martin of Housing California; and Zack Olmstead of the California Department of Housing and Community Development. Free. 4 p.m., online and at Golden Gate University, 536 Mission St., Room 2201, San Francisco. More information is here.
Animal issues: State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, speaks about humane issues to the East Bay Animal PAC. 5:30 p.m., Temescal Works, 490 43rd St., Oakland. RSVP and more information here.
Josh Harder/TJ Cox: Newly elected Central Valley Democratic House members hold a thank-you event with Bay Area campaign volunteers. Free, RSVP required. 6 p.m., Covo, 981 Mission St., San Francisco. More information and registration here.
Gun violence prevention: A community forum with Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, and members of Congregation Shomrei Torah’s Social Action Committee. Free, RSVP encouraged. 7 p.m., 2600 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. More information is here.
Documentary shorts: A screening of five documentary shorts as part of the Appreciating Diversity film series. Screenings include two by Elizabeth Lo, “Mothers Day” and “Hotel 22,” and the Oscar-nominated “4.1 Miles.” Free. 7 p.m., 325 Highland Ave, Piedmont. More information is here.