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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 …

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 …

Midtown: Broken Promises and The Ghosts of Redevelopment

On the evening of October 18th, citizens and activists packed the cafeteria of Gateway High School, intent on speaking out against certain injustices that have been visited upon the residents of the Midtown Park Apartments. Addressing the crowd were a somber set of officials. Some spoke for the Mayor’s Office of Housing, while others were …

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 …

Tasers Lead to Tragedy, and the SFPD Shouldn’t Have Them

Last Tuesday, I filed into the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium with around a hundred other concerned citizens to make public comments on the proposed adoption of Taser weapons by the San Francisco Police Department. It was rather unlikely, and only through word of mouth, that I found myself there at all — the announcement of the meeting …

San Francisco’s Pepsi Liberalism

Editor’s Note: The author(s) of this article have requested that the Phoenix publish this article under a pseudonym. As with all articles published by the Phoenix, the opinions expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of either The Phoenix or SF DSA. On Monday, as the Bay Area …

Getting in the Street

Editor’s Note: The author(s) of this article have requested that the Phoenix publish this article under a pseudonym. As with all articles published by the Phoenix, the opinions expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of either The Phoenix or SF DSA. White nationalism, the driver of the …

Cops and Workers

Editor’s Note: The author(s) of this article have requested that the Phoenix publish this article under a pseudonym. As with all articles published by the Phoenix, the opinions expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of either The Phoenix or DSA SF. With the continued deindustrialization of advanced …