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Eliana Lopez

Sheriff Mirkarimi, Lopez Shine During One Billion Rising Campaign Event

February 16, 2013 | 12 Comments

San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, his wife, Eliana Lopez, and their four-year-old son, Theo, shone Thursday during a Valentine’s Day celebration of “One Billion Rising,” a global awareness campaign demanding an end to violence against women and girls.

No movie violence

It’s Show Time! And Violence is Golden

February 13, 2013 | No Comments

It’s doubtful anyone can prove a direct link between “movie violence” and the abhorrent level of murder by guns in the US. But it is certainly part of the reinvigorated and broader debate on gun control following the horrifying mass murders at the Newtown Elementary School – an issue caught in the “cultural violence” element of the debate that also includes video games, television and the like.

Use of unmanned drone vehicles has increased eight-fold under the Obama administration drawing worldwide condemnation.

Obama: End CIA-Directed Drone Strikes Now

February 12, 2013 | 5 Comments

Drone strikes have dramatically increased under the Obama administration. As of September 2012, Obama has authorized 238 drone strikes in Pakistan, six times more than during President George W. Bush’s eight years in office, resulting in between 1,494 and 2,618 estimated deaths with only about 13 percent of them of a militant leader.

Justin Giarla.

Diamond in the Rough: Justin Giarla Brightens Up the Tenderloin

February 04, 2013 | 7 Comments

Artist Justin Giarla made a bold choice to open a gallery in the Tenderloin district back in 2002 when he opened The Shooting Gallery. Other than the occasional drunks that may stumble in, Justin has had a great response from the neighborhood.

Osama bin Laden

Osama, Where Art Thou?

February 04, 2013 | 5 Comments

Osama bin Laden was assassinated by US military forces in May 2011, but the Obama administration’s refusal to release photographic evidence of the deceased bin Laden is fueling conspiracy theories that espouse the notion bin Laden may still be alive.

Posted in Opinion, Politics, Religion, War

You Are Not a Loan

Event: You Are Not A Loan, a Benefit for Strike Debt Bay Area

January 26, 2013 | 2 Comments

Occupy Wall Street has moved out of the streets and into the spreadsheets by launching a “Bailout of the People by the People” campaign, a campaign aimed at buying and forgiving consumer debt.

SF Weekly

Axe Falls on SF Weekly Editor

January 19, 2013 | 3 Comments

SF Weekly editor Tom Walsh was terminated with immediate effect Thursday, confirmed Todd Vogt, co-owner of the San Francisco Newspaper Company, the parent company that previously added the SF Examiner daily in 2011 and the SF Bay Guardian weekly in 2012 to its ever-expanding acquisitions portfolio.

Posted in Business, Media, News


Academy Members Shouldn’t Shun Zero Dark Thirty

January 15, 2013 | 2 Comments

Actor David Clennon, a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, claims the movie Zero Dark Thirty “promotes the acceptance of the crime of torture, as a legitimate weapon in America’s so-called War on Terror.”

Artiste Silvia Poloto's latest work is on display at The McLoughlin Gallery, 49 Geary.

Joan McLoughlin’s “Eterno” Exhibit, Truly Endless

January 15, 2013 | 9 Comments

Joan McLoughlin, owner of The McLoughlin Gallery at 49 Geary, is making her mark in the San Francisco Art community. In just a couple of years Joan has managed to become one of the top gallery owners in San Francisco, in one of the most prominent gallery districts


Zero Dark Thirty: Turning the Spotlight on US Use of Torture

January 07, 2013 | No Comments

Zero Dark Thirty tells the story of the hunt for Osama bin Laden. The film shows graphic scenes of US torture including waterboarding, beating, sleep deprivation, humiliation, and psychological torture.

School Shooting

Is the U.S. Finally Serious About Gun Control?

December 23, 2012 | 6 Comments

Today in America, a gun is status among too many. That’s why they call it an equalizer. And unfortunately what’s happening today is that everybody is getting more and more equal because everybody has one.

Following the one of the worst tragedies in US history, America faces an opportunity to address gun ownership laws.  Photo courtesy Wikipedia.

America Faces Gun Culture Crossroads

December 19, 2012 | 2 Comments

Our nation stands challenged by yet one more horrific, violent act at the hands of another deranged, damaged soul who had access to weapons of mass destruction that should not have been available to him under any circumstances. When, at long last, is enough enough?

Posted in Crime, Culture, Law, Opinion, Politics

Evelyn Luluquisen, executive director of Manilatown Heritage Foundation.

Senior and Disability Groups Protest Wells Fargo Evictions, Shutter Accounts

December 18, 2012 | 1 Comment

A fiery crowd of as many as 50 seniors and their supporters including green-clad, Doctor Seuss-styled grinches, rallied this afternoon in front of Wells Fargo Bank at the intersection of Market and Grant streets, calling on the national bank to halt its evictions of struggling homeowners and to change its foreclosure practices.

Artist Gregorio De Masi.

Fog City Artist Brings Fog to Canvas

December 15, 2012 | 8 Comments

Bay Area artist Gregorio De Masi blows away the San Francisco art scene with a unique punk style and bringing true craftsmanship to each of his pieces.

Women in Combat

A Women’s Place is in Combat Too

December 13, 2012 | 7 Comments

The ban on women in combat in ground combat units is one of the last vestiges of sexism. Under the guise of protecting the “weaker” or “fairer” sex, the armed forces discriminate against women by denying them the perks of serving in combat positions.

Posted in Opinion, Politics, War