Miscellaneous

Times Square Red, Times Square Blue

Delany’s essay/memoir of the intentional sanitization of city life, especially queer city life, in 1990s Times Square is surprisingly relevant to our current understanding of urbanism.

The Board of Supervisors Did the Right Thing on Tasers

Yesterday, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors did the right thing. During a meeting of the Board’s Budget and Finance Committee, which has oversight on the city’s disbursements, Supervisors voted 3–2 to deny the funding that would have equipped the San Francisco Police Department with Tasers. This vote effectively and indefinitely denies SFPD access to Tasers. …

London Breed Hates Your City

Are you voting in the mayoral election? Do you live in San Francisco? Do you love San Francisco? Would you prefer a beautiful, multicultural city to a grim Ayn Rand dystopia? If so, then London Breed is going to disagree with you. Unless you are super-rich, London Breed is not on your side — and here is …

Red and Ted Talk Private Transit in San Francisco

TED: Hey Red, sorry I’m late. Traffic was bad and Muni was lagging, as usual. While I was waiting I saw like three Chariots go by. I think I might sign up, at least they seem like they have their act together. RED: Chariot? As in… horses and Romans and giant wheels? TED: Hah! No, …

No Good Breed Goes Unpunished

I. What the hell is/are Identity Politics? “Identity politics” is a term that gets thrown around a lot in political or social contexts. And like similar phrases that float through the zeitgeist (think: cultural appropriation, neoliberalism, etc.), it can be tough to grasp the effects without a firm handle on the meaning. So before we …

Red & Ted Talk Tasers

TED: Red! What the hell is going on with Tasers in San Francisco? I saw on the news back in November that something called the “Police Commission” voted to approve the use of Tasers by SFPD cops. But THEN this past week I read something that says the SF Police Officers Association is putting an …

Shining a Brake Light on Basebuilding

A diversity of tactics is most effective (and perhaps only effective) when each tactic/front has the capacity to aid the efforts and organizers of other tactics/fronts. It is good to march in the streets when fascists come to your city; it is better when the people who live on those streets come out of their …

Kevin Cooper Fights for Justice from Death Row

On February 10, 2004, Kevin Cooper sat with his spiritual advisor, waiting for death. He had received his execution date only seven weeks prior. Over the course of those seven weeks, Kevin was “psychologically, mentally, and physically tortured.(1)” Less than four hours before employees of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) were scheduled …

We Will Rally for Reproductive Justice

The Rally for Reproductive Justice will take place tomorrow, January 27th. We begin at the Federal Building (90 7th St.) at 11:30 a.m to voice strong opposition to the Walk for Life, a hypocritically named movement backed by individuals who stand against reproductive justice for women. We ask you to come out on the streets …

San Francisco Deserves Better than Champions of the Status Quo

San Francisco changed dramatically during Ed Lee’s time as Mayor. While his death last month was an unexpected end to a lifetime of devoted public service, many had been looking forward to the elections of 2019 as a way to wipe the political slate clean. Frustration with Lee’s actions as Mayor was not isolated to …

Police Commission Approves Tasers, Ignoring Community

It was telling that after voting to arm the SFPD with Tasers, most of the San Francisco Police Commission decided to sneak out of City Hall through a rear exit. Friday, November 3 marked the fifth vote on “conducted energy devices” in the last decade and a half, and perhaps the most contentious — met with large-scale …

Leadership Without Solidarity Fails Women

Mentorship should focus on developing compassion and acknowledgement of all labor There are women in the workplace, they tell me. And apparently that’s been causing issues since Rosie first picked up that rivet gun. Truth be told, I never gave the topic much thought growing up. Most of the women I knew had successful careers and …