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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 …

Violence and Silence

This is a picture of Heather Heyer. She was a paralegal from Charlottesville with a strong sense of justice. Friends say they’d often find her crying in front of her computer after reading news of some new terrible thing happening in the world. But she didn’t just settle for being upset online — she did what she …

Beyond Reproductive Rights

Ben Ray Luján, U.S. Representative from New Mexico, has his work cut out for him. As chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), Luján is responsible for coming up with a strategy that will enable the Democratic Party to take back control of the House of Representatives from the Republicans in 2018. On Monday, …

Municipalism: A Reading List

Introduction Since publishing Becoming a Fearless City, the Phoenix has heard from many people who would like to learn more about Barcelona en ComĂş and the municipalist movement, including whether such movements are practical in their own cities. To answer these inquiries, we are proud to share a version of the reading list developed by …

Becoming a Fearless City

Cities today have a choice between becoming active forces for social change or quietly acquiescing to the whims of global capital. Our own city, San Francisco, stands at a particular crossroads, torn between the progressive ideals of its people and the power of its wealthy, entrenched, corporate elite. But how do we as individuals help …