Rebecca Bowe

Anger erupts over police shootings

Two recent officer-involved shootings spark protests throughout San Francisco

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As the murky details of two recent police shootings emerge, a palpable anger surging through targeted communities points to a deeper issue than the particular circumstances surrounding each of these deaths. Simply put, many Bay Area communities are fed up with police violence.Read more »

Week of action for detained hikers

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Family, friends, and supporters of Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, the Berkeley graduates who have been detained in an Iranian prison for nearly two years, are organizing a week of action leading up to the men's July 31 trial date. Read more »

Harding's family speaks out

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On July 25, the family of Kenneth Wade Harding, Jr. -- the 19-year-old who was killed in the Bayview by a gunshot wound after he ran from being detained for MUNI fare evasion by San Francisco police -- attended a press conference in Oakland at the law offices of John Burris. Read more »

More questions in Bayview shooting

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After receiving a San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) press release issued July 21 stating that the man who died July 16 following an officer-involved shooting in the Bayview had been killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound, I phoned the city's Chief Medical Examiner, Dr. Amy Hart.
 
I asked Hart to walk me through how the conclusion that the gunshot wound was self-inflicted had been reached. But Hart responded that the Medical Examiner has not reached any conclusion so far about the cause of Harding's death. Read more »

Outrage at the Bayview Opera House (VIDEO)

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A community meeting July 20 at the Bayview Opera House dissolved into chaotic shouting when Police Chief Greg Suhr attempted to present the San Francisco Police Department's version of what transpired July 16 when a 19-year-old African American man was shot nine times by police and killed just blocks from where the meeting was held. Read more »

Wage theft prevention ordinance moves forward

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Supervisors expressed strong support July 20 for an ordinance that a San Francisco coalition of labor advocates is pushing for to prevent wage theft and shore up protections for low-income workers. Spearheaded by Sups. Eric Mar and David Campos with Sups. Ross Mirkarimi, Jane Kim, John Avalos, and David Chiu as co-sponsors, the legislation would enhance the power of the city's Office of Labor Standards and Enforcement (OLSE) and double fines for employers who retaliate against workers. Read more »

Mayor Lee meets with Bayview community leaders about officer-involved shooting

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Mayor Ed Lee and officials from the San Francisco Police Department met with Bayview community leaders in City Hall July 19 to discuss the police investigation surrounding a July 16 officer-involved shooting that has prompted intense community anger and protests. While city officials indicated that the meeting was called to provide information and updates for the community, frustrated community members emerging from the City Hall conference room dismissed it as “more of a lecture,” saying city officials weren’t open to hearing broader community concerns that have intensified in the wake of this tragic event.

Reporters were not allowed in the room while the meeting was held because “it’s more of a community meeting,” according to mayoral communications staff member Francis Tsang. Attendees included Bayview community leaders Chris Jackson, Geoffrea Morris, Mike Brown, Charlie Walker, Ed Donaldson, and the Rev. Amos Brown. District 10 Sup. Malia Cohen also issued invitations to the meeting, which was scheduled at the same time as the full Board of Supervisors meeting, and sent a representative.

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The long wait for sleep

The Fair Shelter Initiative could reduce endless waiting times at homeless shelters

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Rodney Palmer is 52, and he uses a cane because he has a bad hip. Walking is painful for the homeless native San Franciscan, but to reserve a bed at a shelter, he's got to get up early and cover a lot of ground. "I get up at 4 a.m. and go to Glide" in hopes of getting a long-term shelter bed, he told the Guardian. "By the time I get there, there's people sleeping on the ground."Read more »

Benefit tomorrow (Wed./13) for hikers imprisoned in Iran

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Shane Bauer, a Bay Area photojournalist, will spend his 29th birthday in Iran's Evin Prison on July 13. Read more »

Big solar, little solar

Which renewable technology holds the key for a sunnier (and more democratic) energy future?

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At a business conference this past May hosted by Wired Magazine, Bill Gates, the billionaire chair of Microsoft and an influential philanthropist, offered his two cents on solar energy. "If you're going for cuteness," he told Wired, "the stuff in the home is the place to go. It's really kind of cool to have solar panels on your roof. But if you're really interested in the energy problem, it's those big things in the desert."Read more »