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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
“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.”
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 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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.