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Microfinance for radicals

The Agape Foundation has proven that a little money can help grassroots organizations go a long way
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In 1969, 11 antiwar protesters loced up at the Santa Rita County Jail began questioning each other about the future of the movement. By the time they were released, they'd decided that the creative nonviolent projects that were emerging would all need funding — and the Agape Foundation was born.

Agape, which celebrates its 40th anniversary Sept. 24, is not the only progressive foundation in San Francisco, and not the only source of money for small progressive groups. Read more »

Word on the street

Street Sheet celebrates its 20th anniversary of helping the homeless and raising their issues
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You see them everywhere. When you're getting off Muni, when you're crossing the street, in the corner of your eye: Street Sheets for sale. Behind every Street Sheet is a homeless person trying to legitimately make a buck and provide a voice for these frequently-ignored people and issues.

This month Street Sheet celebrates its 20th anniversary as the nation's oldest, continuously operating street newspaper. Read more »

Protecting babies from fire and chemicals

"This nonprofit front is just one of the extraordinary efforts of the chemical companies to stop bills of this nature"
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GREEN CITY Profit-driven companies are fighting an expensive and underhanded battle to keep their toxic fire retardants in California's furniture.

Senate Bill 772, authored by Sen. Read more »

How healthy is Healthy SF?

The program is a pioneering effort — but will budget cuts damage it?
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San Francisco is getting national attention for its attempt at universal health care. Read more »

Busting bars

State agency imposes its strange morality and bewildering bureaucracy on SF clubs
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San Francisco's legendary nightlife venues are being threatened by a state agency that over the last two years has adopted a more aggressive policy of enforcing its arcane rules, in the process jeopardizing both needed tax revenue and a vibrant, tolerant culture that these bureaucrats don't seem to understand.

At issue is an arbitrary policy of the California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control. Read more »