‘State of Black San Francisco’ conference raises questions
Findings of the 2008 State of Black San Francisco public conference predicted our present: "a combination of violence, economics and lack of Black leadership has contributed to a situation that could soon turn SF into a city with only a handful of very rich and very poor African Americans."
500 very low income tenants face eviction from Oakland’s California Hotel
The Oakland Housing Authority is planning to sell off or demolish most of its public housing in the near future, and nonprofits have been involved in mixed income housing developments at public housing sites that have displaced poor public housing tenants in Oakland.
Proposition F: A fight for the heart and soul of San Francisco
Lennar has used its multi-million dollar profits to buy off community groups, pay community residents as “consultants” and sell a set of wolf tickets that would have shamed even the wolf himself.
Lennar asks feds for help
With San Francisco having climbed deeper into bed with Lennar thanks to Prop. G's passage, the bad news coming from Wall Street and beyond can't exactly be music to Mayor Gavin Newsom's ears.
‘If we can imagine the injustice, then we can have justice’
I was sitting in San Francisco, something like halfway between England and its former convict colony, Australia, when I stumbled on news that the Queen of England had placed former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, one of President George Bush's closest allies, very near the top of her list of 458 Australian birthday honors on June 9, just eight days after Australia's new Prime Minister Kevin Rudd finally pulled the last of the Australian troops that John Howard had, in 2003, committed to our Iraq War.
No blood for oil! No blood for natural gas!
The current plan to launch yet another environmental assault on Bayview Hunters Point, with three natural gas turbine combustion power plants, and yet another at the San Francisco International Airport, was tabled for two weeks by the Board of Supervisors.
Prop G’s false promises
Newsom and his political allies are backing the Proposition G transfer of City property to a private developer in what is likely the worst public-private partnership the Newsom administration has dreamed up.
Police make life hell for youth of color
Statistics cannot convey the intimidation, anxiety and anger that Black and Latin@ youth must live with on a daily basis, nor the effect this can have on them and their families.
Sean Bell’s second slaying
That they were Black men – even unarmed Black men – was deemed sufficient to unload on them, because in America their color was crime enough.
The 94124 zipcode ranks in the 80th percentile for particulates, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds. It ranks in the 90th percentile for sulfur dioxide.
Everyone talks about affordable housing; Prop F makes it the law
With passage of Prop F, 50 PERCENT OF NEW HOUSING BUILT AT CANDLESTICK POINT MUST BE AFFORDABLE – BY LAW.
Viequenses support Barack Obama
Vieques is an exquisite white-sand-trimmed island, a jewel in the blue Caribbean, where the 10,000 Viequenses fight valiantly for cleanup of massive contamination left by the U.S. Navy.
Children’s Defense Fund calls Schwarzenegger’s revised budget shameful
In a state with the eighth largest economy in the world, it is a moral outrage that cuts to foster care, health coverage, cash assistance for children and food programs are even being considered.
‘Smart Cities’ reject redevelopment agencies
There are only three medium-sized cities in Northern California that have withstood pressure from a powerful Sacramento lobby, an army of lawyers, consultants, bond brokers and land developers.
Outstanding California childcare providers recognized at State Capitol ceremony
The ceremony was held to recognize the important role that informal childcare providers play in raising preschool age children and preparing them for Kindergarten.
Former Black Press executive named NAACP president
“He represents taking the NAACP to the next level ... And he represents great promise and potential, not just for the organization, but for young people.”
The legal lynching of Black youth
I was devastated at how cold and heartless the judicial system can be when it comes to our Black babies.
Sean Bell’s killers acquitted
“There was a such thing as society prior to this parasitical system of imperialism. People dealt with their contradictions, and people need to be clear on that. We can deal with our own contradictions.”
Revolutionary Black psychologist honored for changing education and society
“Joseph White has made a fundamental shift in how ethnic minorities are viewed, understood and treated in American psychology.”
Tortured Sudanese journalist Sami Al-Hajj released after 7 years in Guantanamo
Sami Al-Hajj was released after spending more than seven years in U.S. custody. He was released without ever being prosecuted.