• Blue Cross/Blue Shield in Michigan provide $400 to doctors who fully immunize children before age 2.
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  • Presumed Democratic Party nominee for president, Hillary Clinton.  File photo by Luke Thomas.
  • "Snowden", a movie by Oliver Stone, opens on September 16.
  • Alton Sterling and Philando Castile are the latest to die at the hands of police.
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Judge Refuses Change to Mirkarimi Stay Away Order, Prosecutor Reveals Lopez Messages

Judge Refuses Change to Mirkarimi Stay Away Order, Prosecutor Reveals Lopez Messages

January 27, 2012 | 2 Comments

Judge Breall refused to modify the order, stating that she found no change in circumstances in the week since the order was first imposed; that she saw no reason to depart from the usual domestic violence court procedures of separating alleged abusers from their alleged victims.

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Sheriff Mirkarimi’s Trial Date Set, Attorney Says Case “Overblown”, Second Woman Files Complaint

Sheriff Mirkarimi’s Trial Date Set,
Attorney Says Case “Overblown”,
Second Woman Files Complaint

January 23, 2012 | 5 Comments

When asked how Mirkarimi’s family is doing, McElroy said, “Every night his son, Theo, asks for ‘Daddy.’ This is tearing the family apart, doing more damage than good. Isn’t it supposed to be the exact opposite of what family court is about?”

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Hundreds Celebrate Life of Labor Leader Walter Johnson

Hundreds Celebrate Life of Labor Leader Walter Johnson

January 23, 2012 | 2 Comments

The ceremony was simple, but the celebrants were remarkable. No less than the Episcopal Bishop of California, Marc Andrus, and the Dean of Grace Cathedral, Jane Shaw, presided over the service. In attendance included Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Attorney General Kamala Harris, State Senator Mark Leno, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, Supervisor Eric Mar, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu and former Mayor Art Agnos.

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Occupy West Protesters Decry Bank Foreclosures, Corporate Personhood

January 22, 2012 | 3 Comments

The day was organized by Occupy SF and numerous other groups. It started before sunrise, with sometimes overlapping demonstrations focusing on corporate greed, foreclosures, war and immigration crackdowns. Demonstrators noted their connections, such as profits from building incarceration facilities. There were a few breaks, but for the most part the rain was constant.

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Occupy Wall Street West Ends Hibernation in Quest to Right America

Occupy Wall Street West Ends Hibernation
in Quest to Right America

January 21, 2012 | 2 Comments

Protesters also decried the role that the Supreme Court case Citizens United, now two years old, has played in pulling representative democracy out of the grasp of ordinary citizens. As many as 2,000 protesters took part in all of the activities. Thirteen people were arrested in actions at Wells Fargo and Bank of America.

Threaded throughout the Financial District, Occupy affinity groups engaged in various forms of non-violent activity such as chaining themselves with lock boxes to all the entrances to Wells Fargo’s headquarters on California Street, staging a rally at the “bankers heart” sculpture at the foot of the Bank of America building, performing guerrilla theater as military personnel arresting “terrorists” (American citizens), and marching from Justin Herman Plaza throughout the financial district.

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Mirkarimi Pleads Not Guilty, Court Extends Protective Order

Mirkarimi Pleads Not Guilty,
Court Extends Protective Order

January 20, 2012 | 7 Comments

Prosecutors allege Mirkarimi hurt his wife during an argument in the presence of their two-year old son and told her not to discuss it with anybody.

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Campos Draws Broad-Based Support for Re-Election Bid

Campos Draws Broad-Based Support for Re-Election Bid

January 17, 2012 | No Comments

A Guatemala-born immigrant first elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2008, Campos was joined on the steps of City Hall by as many as 100 supporters including several colleagues on the Board as well as several labor leaders.

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Labor Council Honors Martin Luther King, Celebrates Poor People’s Campaign

Labor Council Honors Martin Luther King,
Celebrates Poor People’s Campaign

January 17, 2012 | 1 Comment

A place was symbolically set for beloved labor leader, Walter Johnson, who passed away on January 12 following a heart attack. An enlarged photo of Johnson (taken by Linda Post) “sat” at the head table along with Mayor Ed Lee, newly-appointed D5 Supervisor Christina Olague, Assemblymember Fiona Ma, and SFLC Executive Director Tim Paulson. Various speakers recalled the Poor People’s Campaign, Dr. King’s last project, that highlighted our nation’s economic disparities while continuing to confront racism, militarism, and a self-centered society.

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Mayor Preparing to Pull Trigger on Sheriff?

Mayor Preparing to Pull Trigger on Sheriff?

January 13, 2012 | 8 Comments

Mirkarimi was formally charged with alleged domestic violence, child endangerment, and dissuading a witness, stemming from an incident on New Year’s Eve involving Mirkarimi and his wife, Eliana Lopez.

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Mirkarimi Faces Three Charges Over New Year’s Eve Incident

Mirkarimi Faces Three Charges
Over New Year’s Eve Incident

January 13, 2012 | No Comments

It is unknown what exactly transpired at the couple’s residence on December 31st. The incident was first reported to police by the couple’s neighbor, Ivory Madison, on January 4th. According to evidence documented by Madison, and later seized by police, Lopez received a bruise on her right arm during the alleged incident.

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Walter Johnson, Friend of all Workers, is Dead

Walter Johnson, Friend of all Workers, is Dead

January 13, 2012 | 1 Comment

Mr. Johnson, a lifetime member of the UFCW, was a ferocious defender of worker rights and civil rights whose dignified bearing and droll humor never wavered. He liked to refer to members of the Media Workers Guild as “intellectuals,” but during the 1994 San Francisco newspaper strike, he was the smartest, toughest one on the picket line.

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Run on the Banks: No More Foreclosures,
Evictions for Profit

January 13, 2012 | 1 Comment

This Saturday the 14th, evicted tenants and foreclosed homeowners will tell their stories of the impact that bank’s greedy actions have had on them. Banks will be put on notice: You Will Be Held Accountable! Actions will culminate in a January 20th shutdown of San Francisco’s Financial District.

Posted in Human Interest, News

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Everyone is Expendable

January 13, 2012 | 1 Comment

The world community is forming, the borders that stand between nations are dissolving as the evolutionary forces of human consciousness awaken to the possibility of sustainable communities. Corporations are the usurpers who cross borders to exploit labor and the environment, buying off corrupt politicians to reap their profits, while families are being ripped apart by deportations that stop people from exercising their rights to a decent living.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

Domestic Violence Consortium Calls for Mirkarimi to Resign, Wife Makes Cameo

Domestic Violence Consortium Calls for Mirkarimi to Resign, Wife Makes Cameo

January 12, 2012 | 8 Comments

Lopez, who denies domestic violence occurred, was spotted in attendance at the press conference wearing dark sunglasses. It is unclear why she was in attendance, but her attorney, Robert Waggener, told the SFApeal that Lopez “was on her way to see her husband and saw the press conference, protest, whatever you want to call it, and stopped to sit and watch it for a minute or two. That’s what happened.”

Posted in News, Politics

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Occupy Groups Move to End Corporate Personhood, Restore US Democracy

January 12, 2012 | 2 Comments

What underlies the Citizens United decision is the assumption that corporations are natural persons within the meaning of Section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution and therefore, have First Amendment rights. Corporate personhood dates back to the controversial 1886 Supreme Court decision in Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad. Although the Supreme Court supposedly did not make a direct ruling on the question of “corporate personhood,” the misleading notes of a clerk finding corporate personhood were incorporated in the Court’s decision. Whether this is myth or reality doesn’t matter at this point. This result was a Supreme Court precedent finding that a corporation is a “natural person.”

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