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Chinese youth rally for a brighter future

High school students with Youth Movement of Justice Organizing (Youth MOJO) rally for a higher minimum wage and a tenant protection measure for the November ballot.

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High school students with Youth Movement of Justice Organizing (Youth MOJO), a teen leadership program affiliated with the Chinese Progressive Association, rallied at San Francisco City Hall Aug. 7 in a show of support for two citywide measures slated to appear on the November ballot.Read more »

Gaza protests continue

Activists with personal ties to region speak out at Bay Area demonstrations

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Bay Area demonstrations held in response to the Israeli-Gaza conflict continued last week, and planning is underway for more.

Activists with Arab Youth Organization joined other coalition members at an Aug. 6 rally outside the San Francisco Federal Building, where Rep. Nancy Pelosi's office is located, to call upon the U.S. government to end aid to Israel.Read more »

Trans former prisoner honored as civil rights hero

CeCe McDonald honored by the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club

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For 38 years, the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club has celebrated queer progressive politics in San Francisco with its annual Dinner and Gayla, held this year at the Mission campus of the endangered City College of San Francisco.Read more »

Time for change

Retail Workers Bill of Rights calls for labor improvements beyond a higher minimum wage

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Christy Price doesn't want to work forever. At 60, the security guard has worked in formula retail stores for 25 years. She says she has trouble making a living due to cuts in her work schedule, a setback that could prevent her from retiring for the foreseeable future.Read more »

The last Republican

BART Director James Fang faces a well-funded challenge for reelection

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BART Director James Fang is San Francisco's only elected official who is a registered Republican, yet over the last 24 years, he has somehow managed to easily win election after election in a city dominated by the Democratic Party, often with the endorsements of top Democrats.Read more »

Mayoral meltdown

Mayor Ed Lee pushes back against ballot measures for affordable housing, transportation funding

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When he launched an unexpected mayoral bid in 2011, Mayor Ed Lee campaigned on a platform of changing the tone of San Francisco politics. The appointed mustachioed mayor claimed he put the civility back in City Hall, marking a sharp departure from the divisive tone of city politics as progressives battled former Mayor Willie Brown, followed by Mayor Gavin Newsom.Read more »

Everyone's hospital

SF General — a top trauma center, important safety net, and major city commitment to public health — moves into an uncertain transition period

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"I am a survivor of the AIDS epidemic," Daniel volunteered, beginning to tell us his very San Francisco story.

He was diagnosed with HIV in the 1980s. Working in fine dining rooms of San Francisco hotels at the time, he had health insurance, and had gone to Kaiser for an unrelated procedure. That led to a blood test — and then wham.

"They just bluntly, without any compassion, just told me: You have it," Daniel said. "Like telling you that you have a pimple on your nose or something."Read more »

Homeless in transit

A night at Powell Station shows how BART rousts the homeless in enforcing its new ban on sitting and lying

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For most people, the Bay Area Rapid Transit system's stations are just that: transitory. Walk into Powell Station, zip down the escalator and glide out on a train, destination somewhere. But for homeless people drawn to BART stations, the agency is a place to be stationary, a home and safe haven from the elements, muggings, and other hazards of sleeping on streets.

But now, BART intends to reclaim the T in its name. It wants the homeless to be transitory and get out of the stations.Read more »

Big Soda's big money

Pepsi and Coke may spend millions to defeat SF's sugary beverage tax

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Big soda industry players including Pepsico and Coca Cola spent at least $2.5 million two years ago to defeat Richmond's sugary beverage tax initiative, which lost in a landslide. Richmond's ballot measure to tax sodas and curb obesity drowned in a sweet, carbonated tide of money.Read more »

Photo Gallery: Skaters love new SoMa West park

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Chances are, you'll find Jonathan Dean at the SoMa West skatepark. Dean, 23, is a San Francisco native who spends the majority of his free time at the newly opened skatepark located on Duboce Avenue between Valencia and Otis.

"I've been here every single day, except the first day the park opened," Dean told the Guardian. "Everybody here loves this park. It feels like you're skating on a street."Read more »