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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

May 17, 2013 | 1 Comment

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.

Posted in Crime, News, Politics

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Marketing 101 for Activists

May 16, 2013 | 3 Comments

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?

Posted in Education

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Climate Change Ushers In Early California Fire Season

May 13, 2013 | 8 Comments

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.

Posted in Environment, Land Use

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Groups Allege California Prison Policies Amount to State-Sanctioned Torture

May 02, 2013 | 1 Comment

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.

Aerial view of al-Safira chemical weapons facility.

Syria and Chemical Weapons of Mass Destruction

May 01, 2013 | 1 Comment

Evidence of alleged sarin gas use has supposedly come from human tissue samples. A few dozen Syrians are said to have been killed. If true, did Assad forces or the opposition forces use these chemical weapons and why was only a small amount of sarin used?

Posted in Crime, War

Sister Helen Prejean.

‘Dead Man Walking’ Author to Speak in SF

April 29, 2013 | No Comments

Author and anti-death penalty activist Sister Helen Prejean, whose bond with a condemned man inspired the Oscar winning film Dead Man Walking, will speak in San Francisco May 9 in a free, community event presented by the San Francisco Public Defender’s office.

The residents of Whitehorn in Northern California are battling climate change to save the Matthole River watershed and its delicate habitat.

California Community Battles Climate Change to Save Water-Starved Habitat

April 27, 2013 | 1 Comment

For the residents of Whitethorn, a California community nestled among the coastal redwoods 200 miles north of San Francisco, the impacts of climate change have been a reality for over a decade.

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Rethinking Law Enforcement Priorities on 4/20

April 20, 2013 | 8 Comments

I was attending a protest against the nudity ban recently. One of many since San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener introduced and passed legislation banning nudity across the city. What was striking about this protest was that there were about 20 protesters and 20 police.

Cartoon by David Horsey

Tyranny of the Minority Sinks Meaningful Gun Control Legislation

April 20, 2013 | 4 Comments

Failed gun control legislation has again fallen victim to the tyranny of the minority. Legislation strengthening background checks – supported by 90 percent of Americans – has been defeated in the U.S. Senate 54 to 46.

Posted in Crime, Culture, Law, Opinion, Politics

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Social Engineering’s Solution to Gridlock a la Santa Monica

April 13, 2013 | 6 Comments

For those of you suffering severe traffic problems where you live, you might want to know what is evolving in the southern reaches of our state, specifically, in what is sometimes referred to as the Socialist Republic of Santa Monica.

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Making Laura’s Law More User Friendly

April 09, 2013 | 3 Comments

State Senator Leland Yee has introduced Senate Bill 664 which, if passed, would remove a number of burdensome requirements in Laura’s Law, an assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) program passed by the California Legislature in 1999 and recently extended to December 31, 2017.

Posted in Healthcare, Politics

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I want Just F***ing Food

April 06, 2013 | 101 Comments

I was at a moderately priced Sushi restaurant a few weeks ago. While I was going through the menu, I saw that they had crab. When the waitress came by, I asked her if it was real crab. She smiled coyly, and informed me, “It is imitation crab.”

Posted in Business, Healthcare

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Roe v. Wade: Still Controversial After 40 Years

March 27, 2013 | No Comments

On January 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade legalized abortion. In the case, Jane Roe, a pseudonym for Norma Leah McCorvey brought a class action suit challenging the constitutionality of a Texas criminal abortion law…

Rachel Aliene Corrie, April 10, 1979 – March 16, 2003.

The Tenth Anniversary of Rachel Corrie’s Death

March 17, 2013 | 2 Comments

Rachel Corrie, a 22-year old peace activist from Washington State, was killed on March 16, 2003 by a Caterpillar bulldozer operated by the Israeli military while trying to stop a Palestinian family’s home from being destroyed. Israel has destroyed more than 24,000 Palestinian homes since 1967 and more than 1,500 orders exist for future demolitions in East Jerusalem alone.

Posted in Land Use, Opinion, Politics

Cardinal Angelo Scola.

Time for a Reform-Minded Pope to Reform a Church in Tatters

March 12, 2013 | 4 Comments

With the surprise announcement of Pope Benedict’s resignation and the present selection of a new pope, it is equally surprising that the mainstream media has not included a discussion of the widespread allegations of sexual child abuse by Catholic clergy or the coverup by church officials.

Posted in Opinion, Religion