Articles Posted in the Politics Category

  • Green Party candidate for California Secretary of State, David Curtis.

    Curtis Kicks Off Campaign for Secretary of State, Vows to Revoke Monsanto Business License

    David Curtis kicked off his campaign for California Secretary of State at a July 11 event in North Hollywood. Curtis is “in it to win it,” and to secure the California Green Party’s ballot access, despite the top two primary created by California’s Proposition 14.

  • Rep. Nancy Pelosi is a target of protest over her defense of NSA surveillance.  File photo by Luke Thomas.

    Broad Coalition Targets Pelosi Over NSA Surveillance, Protests Set for Sunday

    Widely cited as the member of Congress most responsible for beating back a legislative challenge to NSA surveillance programs a week ago, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is now facing a backlash in her tech-savvy San Francisco district.

  • As many as 100 people attended a community forum Wednesday sponsored by the San Francisco Bay Guardian.  Photos by Luke Thomas.

    Fighting for the Soul of San Francisco

    The editorial leadership of the San Francisco Bay Guardian sat down with their readers Wednesday at a community forum to discuss how they should move forward following the departure of longtime editor Tim Redmond.

  • WikiLeaks co-founder, Julain Assange. Photo courtesy

    Statement by Julian Assange on Verdict in Bradley Manning Court-Martial

    Today Bradley Manning, a whistleblower, was convicted by a military court at Fort Meade of 19 offenses for supplying the press with information, including five counts of ’espionage’. He now faces a maximum sentence of 136 years

  • Helen Thomas, RIP. Photo by Luke Thomas.

    Helen Thomas: Dead at 92

    On July 20, headlines reported the news. The doyen of the White House House press corps was gone. After a long illness, the Gridiron Club and Foundation announced her passing. She ended decades covering presidential press conferences saying, “Thank you, Mr. President.”

  • San Francisco Botanical Garden: What was once a publicly-owned jewel in Golden Gate Park, has been privatized.  Photo: Harry S. Pariser.

    How the Wealthy Stole 55 Acres of Golden Gate Park

    Visiting the San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum is not what it used to be. Locals used to enter as late as seven in the evening or later behind the Hall of Flowers. While never well-maintained or administered, it afforded a rustic charm, a lovely wabi and sabi respite from the commercialism of the Avenues.

  • Lt, Dan Choi will make the keynote address at the 37th annual Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club dinner on Wednesday, July 24. Photo courtsey SeanMD80 at en.wikipedia

    Lt. Dan Choi to Deliver Keynote Address at Annual Milk Club Soirée

    U.S. Army Lieutenant Dan Choi, staunch advocate for the successful repeal of the U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy affecting LGBT service members, will be the keynote speaker at the Harvey Milk Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Democratic Club’s thirty-seventh Annual Dinner and Gayla at Roccapulco Supper Club on Wednesday, July 24th from 7-10 pm.

  • Though George Zimmerman was acquitted of 2nd degree murder and manslaughter in a criminal trial, the neighborhood watch coordinator's legal troubles are not over. Photo via WikiPedia.

    Will Zimmerman Face a Second or Third Round of Litigation?

    The world now knows that George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch coordinator, was acquitted of shooting and killing Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012. The teen was walking inside a gated community in Sanford, Florida, where he and his father were visiting his father’s fiancée.

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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.

  • 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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    Politicians and Pundits Want to Know: Where’s the Outrage?

    Having been bombarded lately with one scandal after another, it’s understandable that they may have canceled each other out, numbing our reaction to otherwise serious issues. But there may be more to the public’s lack of fury besides information overload. Americans simply don’t trust their government…

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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.