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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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#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

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Islamophobia in the Workplace

April 26, 2012 | 3 Comments

I was surprised then to learn that although Muslims make up only two percent of the U.S. workforce, they filed nearly 25 percent of religious-discrimination claims in 2009. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), during the past fiscal year, it received a record high of 100,000 charges of discrimination, a slight increase over fiscal year 2010.

Posted in Human Interest, Opinion

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Doonesbury Takes a Whack at Huffington Post. No Hard Feelings, Says HuffPo Bureau Chief

April 25, 2012 | 5 Comments

Trudeau is in good company: The Huffington Post has been dissed by the best, from Chris Hedges to Stephen Colbert. The first editorial cartoonist to win a Pulitzer Prize, the Doonesbury creator was just named one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” by Time magazine.

Posted in Media, News

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Foreclosure Fighters Occupy Wells Fargo Shareholders Meeting

April 25, 2012 | 5 Comments

As many as 500 demonstrators took aim at Wells Fargo over its corporate policies Tuesday, blocking entrances to the Merchants Exchange building in the heart of San Francisco’s Financial District in an attempt to disrupt the bank’s annual meeting of shareholders.

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Gender Equality: Is There a War on Women?

April 23, 2012 | 6 Comments

Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal sums it best as she writes, “The war is against women in American public life, in politics and media most obviously, but in other spheres as well. Leaders who are women are publicly demeaned and diminished because they are women. Women are the object of sexual slurs and vulgar sexual terms, meant to tear down and embarrass.”

Posted in Culture, Opinion, Politics

An anti-domestic violence billboard campaign was financed in part by donations from supporters of a rival candidate for sheriff.

Mirkarimi Political Rivals Helped to Fund Anti-Domestic Violence Billboard Campaign

April 19, 2012 | 55 Comments

The contributions to the billboard campaign launched by La Casa De Las Madres – a city-funded non-profit organization committed to preventing domestic violence and providing support services to victims of domestic violence – may suggest the contributions were, in part, politically motivated.

Posted in News, Politics

Cartoon by Mike Licht (NotionsCapital.com).

Stopping Those Irritating Robocalls

April 19, 2012 | 1 Comment

Many of these worthless or dubious deals are offered by companies operating “autodialing” businesses, which deliver prerecorded messages that allow clients to deliver large numbers of prerecorded phone calls, or “robocalls.” The prerecorded messages would last just a few seconds. If a call recipient who received a prerecorded message pressed “1” during the message, the recipient would be transferred to a live operator who would attempt to sell the product or service.

Posted in Opinion

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Judge Denies Motion to Disqualify City Attorney in Mirkarimi Suspension Case

April 19, 2012 | 3 Comments

Mirkarimi’s defense counsel, Shepard Kopp and David Waggoner, argued in a brief filed April 11 that the City charter requires the City Attorney to defend the City and County of San Francisco; that no Charter provision exists for the City Attorney to defend a specific office within the city. If that were the case, then the City Attorney would also be obligated to defend the Office of Sheriff as well.

Posted in News, Politics

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Workers to Protest Pacifica Radio Over Union Busting

April 16, 2012 | 26 Comments

Pacifica Foundation hired Jackson Lewis in 2010, but that is the only point of agreement between the five-station, listener-supported broadcasting network and its KPFA workers group.

Posted in Labor, News