• The ancient city of Bam, Iran, captured and published in a new book by Judy Iranyi.  Photo by Judy Iranyi.
  • Ed Lee schwag handed out at the Democratic Party Convention in Anaheim. Photo by Adriel Hampton.
  • Women gathered for a photo to express their support for Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi.
  • Former Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin announced Monday his second candidacy for District 3 Supervisor.  Photos by Luke Thomas.
  • Merriment and celebration on St. Patrick's Day.  Photo by Luke Thomas.
  • MMR-vaccine

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Greece Battles for Democracy and Survival

May 17, 2012 | 23 Comments

Greece’s unemployment rate is 25 percent – and for people under the age of 25, it’s 50 percent. In the last three years, the stock market is down 90 percent, average wages are down 40 percent, and GDP is down 20 percent. It’s no wonder suicide, homelessness and crime rates are going through the roof.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

CWA workers threaten to go on strike

AT&T Strike Threat Looms

May 16, 2012 | 4 Comments

A 17,000-worker walkout in California and Nevada looms as contract negotiations between AT&T West and Communications Workers of America stretch into a stagnant second month.

Posted in Labor, News, Technology

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Food Authors, Writers and Academics Urge UC Berkeley to “Embrace the Gill Tract Farm, Not Police it”

May 15, 2012 | 36 Comments

We urge the administration and campus police to drop all charges against the farmers and protesters, and to engage in good-faith negotiations to ensure that the Gill Tract is reserved for community-based agricultural use to be governed as a form of commons in conjunction with the farmers and local community.

Posted in Environment, Land Use

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Presidential Debate: San Francisco Greens Love Jill Stein and Roseanne Barr

May 14, 2012 | 15 Comments

The world described by Stein and Barr bears little resemblance to that described by incumbent President Barack Obama and Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney.

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Do Youthful Indiscretions Matter?

May 12, 2012 | 3 Comments

Mitt Romney’s past came out of the proverbial closet involving a fellow student who may have been in one. He couldn’t recall but didn’t deny the mean-spirited description of how he attacked and humiliated a student simply for looking different by pinning him down and cutting what Mitt deemed offensive long hair.

Posted in Opinion, Politics, Religion

Occupy The Farm, the Gill Tract, City of Albany.

Gill Tract Farm Essential for Post-Peak Oil Food Security

May 11, 2012 | 3 Comments

Without food, we cannot survive and without local farms to grow and supply food in a post-peak oil world, the costs associated with traditional long-distance, oil-reliant food production will continue to soar and become unsustainable.

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Europeans Reject Austerity-Centric Fiscal Policies, Favor Growth; Social Capitalism

May 10, 2012 | 2 Comments

This new consensus seeks to elevate growth and job creation to equal status with fiscal consolidation/austerity, and so in that sense truly represents a new wind of change blowing across Europe.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

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CSU Faculty Union Votes to Strike

May 08, 2012 | No Comments

“While the university’s top brass get pay hike after pay hike and the Trustees find new and creative ways to give excessive raises to campus presidents, the students and workers suffer,” Senator Leland Yee said.

Posted in Education, Labor, News

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Consumer Chronicles: Maternity Coverage in Health Insurance Plans

May 07, 2012 | 4 Comments

Under Obamacare, starting in 2014, all new health plans sold to individuals and small businesses will be required to cover maternity and newborn care, services explicitly listed in the law as “essential health benefits” that health plans must provide.

Posted in Healthcare, Politics

Supervisor Christina Olague

Milk Club Pens Letter Calling on Olague to Reject Attack on Historical Preservation

May 04, 2012 | 1 Comment

We are extremely troubled that you appear to be buying into the flawed, bogus and self-serving arguments by SPUR and other supporters of this legislation that historic preservation is classist and leads to gentrification, interferes with the production of affordable housing and is a tool of San Francisco’s elite.

Posted in Land Use, Politics

May Day protest, International Workers Day, San Francisco

Bay Area May Day Protest Action Marred by Pockets of Non-Occupy Violence

May 03, 2012 | 7 Comments

But May Day was also one in which thousands attended mostly peaceful, non-violent protests in support of immigrants, workers and others who comprise the 99 percent of Americans who feel they are at the mercy of an unregulated capitalist system run amok by unfettered greed and political corruption, a system that benefits the few over the expense of the many.

Occupy the Golden Gate Bridge on May Day

Golden Gate Bridge Workers Call Off May Day Bridge Occupation

April 28, 2012 | 10 Comments

Coalition Organizer Alix Tonnison said there will be a strike on May Day because management has left them with no other choice. He thanked all the groups who have offered to stand with the bridge workers and asked them to attend their May Day picket lines instead of attempting to shutdown the bridge.

Posted in Labor, News, Politics

CWA local 9415 held a picket and protest April 18 over Pacifica Foundation's hiring of law farm Jackson Lewis which the union believes has been hired to bust their union.  Photo by Luke Thomas.

Why did KPFA CWA Local 9415 Members Picket the Pacifica Foundation?

April 28, 2012 | 17 Comments

Management says that the insurance company that covers Pacifica offered the firm on a list, and that Pacifica contracted with it only to handle non-labor legal work, not with the bargaining units. CWA agrees that Jackson Lewis has not been used in any union arbitrations at KPFA.

Posted in Labor, Media, Opinion

Protesters rally outside St. Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco against the Catholic Church's crackdown on nuns and women's reproduction rights.

Women’s Rights Activists, Atheists, Protest Pope Crackdown on Nuns

April 28, 2012 | 2 Comments

The LCWR is under investigation by the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, the Vatican agency charged with overseeing orthodoxy, which Benedict – then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger – led for more than 20 years, for its endorsement support of President Obama’s health care reforms including a mandate that provides insurance coverage for birth control.

occupy the farm: gill tract, uc berkeley, albany

#OccupyTheFarm: Disobey with Great Love

April 28, 2012 | No Comments

With horns playing, banners flying, and traffic briefly stopping, the Earth Day march from Ohlone Park in Berkeley started off with the hallmark signs of a bay area occupy protest, but something was different. There was a bold, if cautious optimism amongst this crowd.

Posted in Land Use