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When treatment means punishment

Amidst an overdose crisis of historic proportions, proponents of coercion are deftly adopting criminal justice reform rhetoric to market “alternatives” that simply cloak the mechanics of the criminal justice system in public health interventions. Register for a free conference, “Coercive Treatment – Moving Beyond ‘For Your Own Good,’” to be held May 16-17 at UC Hastings College of the Law, 198 McAllister St., San Francisco.

To the very last breath: Marie Harrison’s epic stand to save Bayview Hunters Point

Marie Harrison was a fighter to the end. The final year of her life was spent in protests at San Francisco City Hall and atop the Hunters Point Shipyard at the Lennar development on Parcel A. The Bayview Hunters Point Community Air Monitoring Project will vote at its May 2019 meeting on a proposal to name itself the Marie Harrison Community Air Monitoring Network.

In ‘Town Hall Conversation on Race,’ Reps. Barbara Lee and Mark DeSaulnier trace racism...

“When we say we want to talk about race,” said panelist Chinyere Oparah, a professor of ethnic studies at Mills College, “the assumption is that the conversation will be divisive. That assumption is a divisive tactic.” Discussions about race, she said, should be intergenerational and include people from different walks of life – a testament true to the audience that packed the theater.

No-cost solar system for Bayview family

GRID Alternatives’ team installs solar panels on another home in Bayview Hunters Point, the sunniest neighborhood in San Francisco. To commemorate Earth Day, volunteers from a local...

CavityFreeSF aims to eliminate disparities in oral health care

Neighborhoods like Bayview Hunters Point and Visitacion Valley have some of the highest rates of dental caries among children aged 0-5 in San Francisco. In San Francisco, there remains a significant disparity in the populations of children currently experiencing this cavity epidemic.

Challenging Oakland’s encampment evictions

The city seems to be able to find shelter when it wants to – in this case, it wants to keep people from camping at public places like the highly visible Lake Merritt. So, by camping at the lake, people might quickly motivate the city to find shelter.

Toxic land! Walk carefully! Notes on the UC-led independent review of the Hunters Point...

My senior colleagues have stepped into a toxic land! It is a land contaminated by chemicals and radioactive materials but, more importantly, a land full of distrust, ignorance and injustice. I respect their courage to step in, and I hope they manage to persuade the community that their work is inclusive, reliable and helpful for making them feel safe. At the end, I join Mayor Breed and repeat her words: “This community deserves transparency and accountability.”

Poor folks’ victory: Port Commission unanimously approves Embarcadero navigation center after ‘painful conversation’

The Port Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday, April 23, to allow San Francisco to build a temporary 200-bed SAFE Navigation Center on the Embarcadero, following weeks of heated debate.

In appointing 32 new City commissioners, Mayor Breed strives for representation of San Francisco’s...

To date, Mayor Breed has appointed or re-appointed 75 commissioners to help address the issues facing San Francisco. Over 60 percent of her appointees are women, and a majority are people of color. Four of the commissioners sworn in April 19 are from the LGBT community.

Senior Add-Ons can help stop the outmigration of African Americans from San Francisco

Supervisor Shamann Walton, African American Chamber Chairman Fred Jordan and homeowner Albert Johnson Jr. met at the Roadhouse Café Feb. 21 on Third Street to discuss ways to help stop or reverse the out-migration of African Americans from San Francisco. We are constantly losing so many Black families that San Francisco’s Black community will be extinct if we don’t do something about it now.

San Francisco, first in the nation, clears all 88,000 driver’s license holds, a poverty...

San Francisco is the first locality in the nation to lift all outstanding driver’s license holds for individuals who miss traffic court dates. A report found that residents from Bayview Hunters Point had their licenses suspended at a rate of more than three times the state average.

Pushing back against San Francisco’s racialized criminalization of drug use

The Board of Supervisor’s Public Safety Committee held a hearing on Thursday, April 11, in support of ​California State Assembly Bill 362​, which would authorize a three-year pilot program allowing San Francisco to open overdose prevention sites where injection drug users could safely use pre-obtained drugs and access recovery services.

Supervisors approve Mayor Breed’s bill for funding Prop C to house the unhoused now

“While we expected that this funding would likely be tied up in litigation due to the legal uncertainty, this is one way to make some of the funding available sooner rather than later,” said Mayor Breed. “In the meantime, we are moving forward with my shelter crisis legislation and my plan to open 1,000 new shelter beds by the end of next year.”

Youth and SF Board majority back Shamann Walton’s proposal to close Juvenile Hall because...

Hundreds of young San Franciscans and their supporters rallied on the steps of City Hall Tuesday as a majority of the Board of Supervisors prepared to introduce legislation at the board meeting to require the closure of San Francisco’s Juvenile Hall by December 2021.

Advancing environmental public health through implementation of a Biomonitoring Program at the Hunters Point...

The medical necessity for the Hunters Point Community Biomonitoring Program for residents living within a one mile radius of the federal Superfund site at the Hunters Point Shipyard is met by understanding the scope of contamination of this property placed on the National Priorities List in 1989 and assigned Hazard Ranking Scores of 80-100 percent based on risk of exposure, number of toxins and proximity to sensitive receptors, including over 20 schools and daycare centers, vulnerable neighborhoods and San Francisco Bay.

Mayor London Breed appoints Dr. Anton Nigusse Bland San Francisco’s first director of mental...

Mayor London N. Breed has appointed Dr. Anton Nigusse Bland to serve as director of mental health reform. In this new role created by Mayor Breed, Dr. Nigusse Bland will be responsible for reviewing how San Francisco provides mental health and substance use services to homeless individuals and making recommendations on how to reform the system.

Mayor London Breed orders T-Trains to run their entire route, no more switchbacks!

Today, Mayor London Breed, Supervisor Shamann Walton and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) announced an end to “switchbacks” on the T Third Line that cause the train not to finish the route and leave entire communities of color stuck without a way home, a way to work, a way to pick up their children from daycare.

At his first District 6 townhall meeting, constituents of newly elected Supervisor Matt Haney...

Treasure Island residents’ subsidized and market rate rents have been used by the Treasure Island Development Authority (TIDA) and developers Lennar and Wilson-Meany to maintain and ultimately convert the toxic former Navy base into an exclusive community of wealthy condo owners. In a recent townhall meeting, middle and low-income residents expressed their suspicion that they are being “encouraged” by various means – the most recent of which is a toll tax – to depart from the island to make way for the rich.

Case involving unreasonable force upon a disabled man by police won by defense

“It cannot be that an elderly, disabled man attempting to take Paratransit to a doctor’s appointment can end up being thrown to the ground by police and arrested for resisting,” said public defender Semuteh Freeman.

Video confirms Vallejo police shot and killed rapper Willie McCoy while asleep in his...

Police in Vallejo, California, have released body cam footage of the fatal February shooting of African-American rapper Willie McCoy while he was sleeping in his car outside a Taco Bell. Police said at the time McCoy made a sudden move, but the footage shows he simply moved his hand to scratch his shoulder and clearly posed no threat, yet all six officers present opened fire on him.

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Rwanda’s Victoire Ingabire: I will not live in fear of prison...

I want the government to show us who killed all these members of the opposition in Rwanda and what happened to those who have disappeared.

Independent review of Public Defender Jeff Adachi’s autopsy shows death was...

“(N)othing in Jeff’s autopsy revealed any indication of chronic drug use or overdose. (The reports) provide peace of mind that we did know Jeff better than the circumstances of his death have suggested.” – Robert Chan, Adachi family attorney

Judge releases Kevin Epps on bail

“Why are we here?” the judge asked the DA, who still did not produce the “strong evidence” that he claimed when Kevin Epps was unexpectedly jailed on May 7. The judge released Epps to his jubilant family and supporters on bail to prepare for his preliminary hearing.