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  • Glide Memorial HIV/Hep-C Service Manager Paul Harkin.
  • Guardian in Exile commemorative edition cover.
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MMR-vaccine

Measles – the Outbreak and the Outrage

February 21, 2015 | 10 Comments

It’s curious why Americans feel so threatened when the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System reveals no deaths from measles in more than ten years; however, there were at least 108 deaths linked to the measles vaccine.

Posted in Healthcare, Opinion

Twenty-four states have enacted right-to-work laws.

Right–To-Work Laws Contributing to Vanishing Middle Class, Wealth Inequality

February 15, 2015 | 15 Comments

Much has been made about the shrinking middle class in the United States where the wealthiest 160,000 families own as much as the poorest 145 million families.

Glide Memorial HIV/Hep-C Service Manager Paul Harkin.

Tenderloin Police Recognize Glide Memorial’s Hep-C, HIV Program Manager Paul Harkin

February 10, 2015 | 1 Comment

Each month Tenderloin Police Station features a citizen who represents the unique flavor of the Tenderloin. This month we interviewed Paul Harkin. Paul has been working at Glide Memorial Church for the last five years.

Guardian in Exile commemorative edition cover.

Guardian-in-Exile Commemorative Edition Hits Streets Thursday

January 20, 2015 | 1 Comment

The San Francisco Bay Guardian will come back to life this Thursday, January 22, with the release of the Guardian-in-Exile Project’s commemorative final print edition, celebrating the defunct newspaper’s 48-year history of “printing the news and raising hell” and discussing what happened and what’s next.

Posted in Media, News

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Thoughts on Freedom of Expression in the Aftermath of Charlie Hebdo Massacre

January 19, 2015 | No Comments

Freedom of expression is a right but it comes with a responsibility.

Posted in Media, Opinion, Religion

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Normalization of US-Cuba Relations Begins

December 26, 2014 | No Comments

President Obama’s move to normalize relations with Cuba deserves applause. Normalization, however, will not be complete until the U.S. ends its economic embargo and returns Guantánamo Bay to Cuba.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi joined hundreds of public defenders across the Bay Area today in a coordinated protest against racial injustice and to stand in solidarity with protesters in New York, Ferguson and across the nation over a recent spate of controversial police killings of unarmed black men.  Photo by Richard Bui.

Public Defenders Hold ‘Hands Up’ Protest, Vigil

December 18, 2014 | 1 Comment

San Francisco, CA—More than 200 public defenders and allies held a “hands up, don’t shoot” protest today on the steps of San Francisco’s criminal courthouse to show support for racial justice and stand in solidarity with protesters in New York, Ferguson and around the country.

Posted in Crime, Law

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Senate Torture Report Released But Does the American Public Really Care?

December 18, 2014 | No Comments

The Senate Torture Report found, among other things, that the CIA misled Congress, the Justice Department and President George W. Bush about the “effectiveness” of torture methods used, including waterboarding, rectal feeding, shackling detainees in painful positions, prolonged sleep deprivation and slamming detainees against walls.

Posted in Opinion, Politics, War

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Thoughts on the Ferguson Matter

November 28, 2014 | 6 Comments

There is a saying that if a prosecutor wants it, the grand jury would indict a ham sandwich. However, in cases involving police shootings, grand juries tend not to indict.

Posted in Crime, Law, Opinion

Proposition E, San Francisco's effort to curb obesity, failed to pass due to a failure of imagination.

San Francisco’s Missed Opportunity to Pass Anti-Obesity Soda Tax

November 19, 2014 | 13 Comments

What is puzzling is why the authors of Proposition E chose to have the tax proceeds go to a special fund rather than to the general fund, thus requiring a two-thirds majority to pass.

Via ACLU.org.

Release the Senate Torture Report

November 13, 2014 | 1 Comment

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D. CA) should expedite the release of the Senate Torture Report before she loses her position as Chairman of the Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI).

Posted in Opinion, Politics, War

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Democrats – Losers in More Ways than One

November 12, 2014 | 10 Comments

That big “L” affixed to the foreheads of most Democrats across the country doesn’t stand for their party losing big in the midterm elections. It stands for their gutless loser mentality by not challenging Republicans’ derisive talking points about their party’s significant accomplishments.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

Sen. James Inhofe, who is expected to the chair Environmental and Public Works Committee, denies man-made climate change.

Global Warming Deniers In Congressional Driver’s Seat

November 07, 2014 | 1 Comment

Following the midterm elections, Republicans remain firmly in control of the U.S. House of Representatives and now enjoy a majority in the U.S. Senate. Senator James Inhofe (R-Ok) is expected to become Chairman of the Environmental and Public Works Committee (EPW).

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You’ve Been Had

October 23, 2014 | 6 Comments

The L.A. Times recently reported that Latino voters may opt to sit out the upcoming mid-term elections. Why? Because as one man lamented, it is President Obama’s failure to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

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Spread of Ebola, Like AIDS, Can Be Brought Under Control

October 21, 2014 | No Comments

My 19-year old son died of AIDS back in the early days of the AIDS pandemic. The hysteria surrounding the Ebola crisis reminds me somewhat of the hysteria in the early days of the AIDS crisis. There was a plethora of misinformation, risky rumors, blaming of the victim, and lots of finger pointing.