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Mourners gathered at a memorial service for those slain at Emanuel AME church, June 18.(ABCnews.go.com)

Comment on the Charleston Massacre

June 21, 2015 | No Comments

When African-Americans demonstrated against police brutality and racism in Ferguson, Missouri, Baltimore, Maryland, and Oakland, California, they were called “thugs,” “rioters,” and “hoodlums.” But 21-year old Dylann Roof, a white supremacist, is being referred to as a “lone wolf” and of course, he must be mentally ill.

Posted in News


Eliana Lopez’s Voice No Longer Silent in ‘What is the Scandal?’

May 30, 2015 | 3 Comments

Eliana Lopez, the wife of San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, presented her new play ‘What Is the Scandal? / ¿Cuál es el Escándalo?’ to an ovation-standing audience of media professionals Thursday.

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Body Politic: Amy Farah Weiss’ ‘What If …’ Campaign for SF Mayor

May 29, 2015 | 12 Comments

The San Francisco mayor’s race is turning out to be something of a cake walk for Mayor Ed Lee, with folks like former Assemblymember Tom Ammiano and Senator Mark Leno deferring from the race.

Posted in News, Politics

The ancient city of Bam, Iran, captured and published in a new book by Judy Iranyi.  Photo by Judy Iranyi.

Iranyi Publishes Book of Pre-Earthquake Arg-E-Bam Photos

May 22, 2015 | 1 Comment

The ruined, historic city of Bam is located in southeastern Iran. It is made entirely of mud bricks, clay, straw, and the trunks of palm trees. The city was originally founded during the Sassanian period (224-637) and while some of the surviving structures date from before the 12th century, most of what remains today dates to the Safavid period (1502-1722).

Ed Lee schwag handed out at the Democratic Party Convention in Anaheim. Photo by Adriel Hampton.

The Body Politic is Back!

May 21, 2015 | 1 Comment

Kamala Harris operatives at the Anaheim Convention Center were practically giddy on Saturday as video clips of U.S. Senate campaign rival Loretta Sanchez’s “war cry” gaffe began to flit from phone to phone.

Posted in Politics

Women gathered for a photo to express their support for Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi.

Mirkarimi Kicks Off Re-Election Campaign for Sheriff

May 17, 2015 | 23 Comments

San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi officially kicked off his campaign for re-election Wednesday, vowing to build upon the progressive reforms of his predecessor while continuing to advance a progressive criminal justice vision of his own.

Posted in News, Politics

Former Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin announced Monday his second candidacy for District 3 Supervisor.  Photos by Luke Thomas.

Political Shock Wave: Peskin Announces D3 Candidacy

March 31, 2015 | 8 Comments

Former Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin sent a shock wave through the San Francisco political establishment when he announced yesterday his candidacy to retake the District 3 supervisorial seat he previously held for two terms beginning in 2000.

Posted in News, Politics

Merriment and celebration on St. Patrick's Day.  Photo by Luke Thomas.

A Toast to Saint Patrick

March 17, 2015 | No Comments

Today, the Irish, the more than 70 million world-wide who claim Irish heritage, and the Irish-for-a-day, will be lifting a pint of Guinness, or something stronger, to toast Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.


Measles – the Outbreak and the Outrage

February 21, 2015 | 11 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 | 16 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


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

January 19, 2015 | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Media, Opinion, Religion


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