Articles Posted in the News Category

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    A (not so) Dream Vacation in La Belle

    America has become La Belle in many aspects. Take the food system, for example. Rather than fresh food being delivered from farms to consumers, we have created this complex web of middlemen and industry practices that insist upon genetically modifying the food, spraying billions of pounds of dangerous pesticides, herbicides and fungicides, radiating our food, adding preservatives, flavors, dyes, fake fat, fake salt, fake sugar, and any of the other tens of thousands of unregulated chemicals that can be used freely.

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    ‘Eviction-Free Summer’ Campaign Protests Landlord Over Mission District Evictions

    Packing the upscale South Park neighborhood with protest signs, loud chants of “No more evictions!” and flyers calling for landlord Rick Holman to “stop evicting San Francisco tenants,” more than 50 tenants and supporters launched their “Eviction-Free Summer” campaign Tuesday to put landlords, developers and speculators on notice that they will defend tenants who are being pushed out.

  • As many as 1100 marched in support of whistleblower Bradley Manning during Sunday's SF Pride Parade.  Photos by Ida Mojadad.

    Over 1000 March for Manning at SF Pride

    An estimated 1,100 supporters marched at SF Pride Parade Sunday honoring gay WikiLeaks whistleblower Pfc. Bradley Manning, despite the Pride board of directors’ refusal to name him 2013 Grand Marshal.

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    Angelina’s Mastectomy & Media’s Lobotomy

    Angelina Jolie’s decision to get a preventative double mastectomy was covered by the media in a very unusual way – a lot of the coverage was very emotional, and some of it misleading. Because of this high-profile event, it is reasonable to predict that many more women will now sign up for genetic testing, and some of them are going to end up having preventative mastectomies

  • Derek Cressman, former Common Cause VP, announced his candidacy, 6/18/13, for California Secretary of State.  Photo by Luke Thomas.

    Cressman Announces Candidacy for Secretary of State

    Derek Cressman was joined by his family and 20 community supporters in Sacramento, Tuesday, to officially announced his candidacy for Secretary of State in 2014

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    The Bradley Manning Matter

    Bradley Manning, a U.S. Army soldier, admitted sending 700,000 government documents to Wikileaks in 2010. It was the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history.

  • San Francisco Bay Guardian Editor Tim Redmond was fired today by San Francisco Newspaper Company publisher Todd  Vogt.  Photo by Luke Thomas.

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    Vogt Fires Bay Guardian Editor for Refusing to Cut Half of News Staff

    Todd Vogt, co-owner of the San Francisco Newspaper Company, which owns a growing portfolio of San Francisco print publications, today fired longstanding San Francisco Bay Guardian editor Tim Redmond.

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    Whistleblower Explains Motives Behind Exposing NSA Surveillance Program

    The individual responsible for one of the most significant leaks in US political history is Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA and current employee of the defence contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. Snowden has been working at the National Security Agency for the last four years as an employee of various outside contractors, including Booz Allen and Dell.

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    GOP Senators Kill Paycheck Fairness Act

    The entire cast of Republican Senators voted June 4 to kill the Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA), equal pay legislation intended to close loopholes in the Equal Pay Act (EPA), first signed into law by President Kennedy over 50 years ago.

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    Can the U.S. Claim Victory in Iraq?

    Following the withdrawal of combat forces from Iraq in December 2011, can the U.S. claim victory or did the Obama administration adopt the face-saving solution of “Just declare victory and get out,” a position proposed by the late Senator George Akin of Vermont at the end of the Vietnam war?

  • San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee.  Photo by Luke Thomas.

    Lee Presents $7.9 Billion Budget

    Mayor Edwin M. Lee today presented his proposed two-year balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2013-14 and 2014-15. The Mayor’s proposal balances a two year budget that closes budget deficits of $124 million for FY 2013-14 and $256 million for FY 2014-15.

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    Senate Shoots Down GMO Labeling Bill on Eve of March Against Monsanto

    As 200,000 people prepare to march against Monsanto today (Saturday), the Senate has overwhelmingly rejected a bill that would allow states to decide if genetically modified food products should be labeled.

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    Time for Israel to Accept Arab Peace Initiative as Basis for Peace Negotiations

    What happened to the recent Arab Peace Initiative (API) unanimously endorsed by the 22-member Arab League in 2002 at the Beirut Summit of the Arab League? It is time for Israel to accept the API as a basis for peace negotiations.

  • San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi announced on Mother's Day at the women's county jail the sheriff department's doula program for pregnant inmates and efforts to improve family-based services for inmates, formerly incarcerated men and women, and their families.  Photos by Luke Thomas.

    Tears and Smiles – Mothers Day at the SF County Jail

    At the women’s county jail on Mother’s Day, San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi announced the department’s doula program for pregnant inmates, a humanitarian program which aims to improve family-based services for inmates, formerly incarcerated men and women, and their families.

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    Marketing 101 for Activists

    If you have ever been to Bourbon Street in New Orleans, there is one thing that you would have noticed for sure. No, I am not talking about the babes and the beads. I am referring to a bunch of guys holding signs like “Repent” and “Trust Jesus, He Hates Sin.” Millions of drunk guys and gals have walked by these sincere advocates, but how many people do you think instantly dropped their shots and accepted Jesus into their hearts?

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    Climate Change Ushers In Early California Fire Season

    California’s wildfire season began early this year as nearly a dozen fires fueled by record high temperatures and extremely low water levels broke out across the state during the first week of May.

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    Groups Allege California Prison Policies Amount to State-Sanctioned Torture

    Earlier this month during Oakland’s monthly First Fridays/Art Murmur event, a candlelit vigil was held by a couple dozen protesters – many wearing T-shirts with the message “Stop Torture CA” – to bring attention to California state prison solitary confinement policies which they say amounts to state-sanctioned torture.