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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. …

Our Pride: None of your Business

Why do we celebrate LGBTQ+ pride? Pride is a celebration of LGBTQ visibility, community, and resilience. The exploitation and persecution of LGBTQ+ people by bigots and the American state has been persistent, strategic, and often violent. Not long ago, police raids on LGBTQ gathering spots were common; raids in the 1960s at places like Gene …

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 …

Building an Ecosocialist Housing Policy: Lessons from SB 827

SB 827 is done and dusted, at least for now. Throughout the debate on the controversial bill, one critical factor remained mostly unexamined: what effect would this proposed housing and transportation legislation have had on the environment? Now, though the specter of SB 827 is in California’s collective rear-view, it is important to discuss the …

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 …

Rent Control Works: A Response to Business School Professors’ Misguided Attacks

Editors’ note: This piece was originally published by Dean and Shanti here and is cross-posted on The Phoenix with their permission. The housing world is abuzz about a new study: a former Goldman Sachs asset manager and a former UBS investment banker, both Assistant Professors at Stanford’s School of Business, have concluded that rent control — not …

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 …

Red and Ted Talk Housing in SF

Editors’ Note: Introducing our latest series: Red and Ted! These are conversations between two longtime San Francisco residents, both of whom want to see a better city, but who have slightly different perspectives on how to get there. Ted listens to KQED and true crime podcasts, donates monthly to Planned Parenthood, and appreciates Nancy Pelosi …