Tuesday - Sep 18, 2018

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  • Community development pushes back against  profiteers in the Mission

    Community development pushes back against profiteers in the Mission

    by Josh Wolf After catching fire three times and being razed to the ground, the lot at 22nd and Mission Street holds two possible futures that evoke the two competing trajectories for the future of the Mission. MEDA, a non-profit community developer, has made multiple offers to buy the property to build affordable housing, but

  • Teaching violence – how US police went from Mayberry to madness

    Teaching violence – how US police went from Mayberry to madness

    The question is: How to stop it by Claire Bernish Policing in the United States metamorphosed drastically over the last few decades after the NDAA in 1990 allowed departments to obtain surplus military equipment free of charge. With the weapons and gear of war likewise came the warrior ethos. Though unprepared to handle accouterments of the

  • The Revolt of the Chapulines

    The Revolt of the Chapulines

    by David Bacon Chapulines are small insects, like grasshoppers.  When they’re toasted with lime and garlic, they’re a delicacy that’s as much a part of Oaxacan indigenous culture as mezcal or big tlayuda tortillas.   One worker standing in line in the edge of a San Joaquin Valley blueberry field laughed at the name.  “We’re

  • Civil rights and anti-war movements

    Civil rights and anti-war movements

    How activism developed in Santa Clara Valley by David Bacon In the 1960s the upsurge of the civil rights and anti-war movements transformed the politics and social movements of the Santa Clara Valley. In part, this reflected growing population and changing demographics. In 1950 Santa Clara County’s population was 290,000, and 12 percent were people

  • Roots of social justice  organizing in Silicon Valley

    Roots of social justice organizing in Silicon Valley

    by David Bacon The South Bay has its history of violence, structural racism and worker exploitation. But it also has a long history of resistance-of courageous organizers who built movements that have had an impact far beyond the Santa Clara Valley. The Santa Clara Valley’s social movement history began with the indigenous resistance to colonization,

  • Voices from Juárez worker’s movement

    Voices from Juárez worker’s movement

    by David Bacon Ciudad Juárez, just across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas, is the center of a growing rebellion of laborers in the border factories. Since September, workers have set up encampments, or plantones, in front of factories, they’ve marched through the streets, they’ve demanded recognition of independent unions. In response, the companies

  • New transit lanes have Mission residents seeing red

    New transit lanes have Mission residents seeing red

    by Josh Wolf A red strip of paint running down one of San Francisco’s most well-known streets has ignited a controversy that has divided the city over transit, parking, bicyclists, and local businesses. In February, initial changes to Mission Street that involved removing some bus stops began to draw some ire within the community. People

  • Why freelancers need to get together

    Why freelancers need to get together

    by David Bacon In first person As freelancers, we know we do the work. Ad while the way we work is what defines us, it’s also the root of many of our problems. We provide the content, but because we don’t have a traditional employer-employee relationship with the publications that run our articles or photos,

  • Farmworker groups march on Driscoll’s corporate headquaters, call for boycott

    Farmworker groups march on Driscoll’s corporate headquaters, call for boycott

    by ZH WATSONVILLE, CA – A loose circle of people, many dressed in green t-shirts bearing the message “Boycott Driscolls!”, stood around in an empty space in the parking lot shared by an Applebee’s, a AAA, and Watsonville’s Green Valley Cinema. “Does anyone want to make a sign?” asked Michael of the Watsonville Brown Berets,