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Students protesting the election of Donald Trump. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros

Students Protest Trump Presidency Again in SF Mission

For the third time in three days, San Francisco protesters took to the streets and rallied against the president-elect, Donald Trump, this time in a student-led march that went from the Mission District to City Hall. It was the second student protest this week, following a city-wide walk-out on Thursday that saw thousands flock to the streets. Teens and twenty-somethings from San Francisco high...
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Mission High Football Players Kneel With Kaepernick

Mission High School football head coach Greg Hill was looking toward the American flag when, out of the corner of his eye, he caught a glimpse of his varsity football team. The players had dropped to one knee as the announcer at Redwood High School’s stadium directed the crowd to stand and face the flag as the national anthem sounded....
Protesters taped posters with real estate agent Shelley Trew's image on buildings along Mission Street. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Protesters March to Doorsteps of Real Estate Firm to Save ‘Thug Mansion’

Protesters blocked off the entrance to Vanguard Properties at 21st and Mission streets this afternoon during a rally against the sale of a Bernal Heights home, facilitated by one of the real estate firm’s agents, that would displace its tenants — a group of longtime Mission residents, teachers, artists, children and a senior citizen. The protesters accused real estate agent Shelley...
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Recovering Hunger Strikers Plan Next Steps

Five days following the end of a hunger strike calling for reform of the San Francisco Police Department and the firing of its chief, four of five strikers who went 17 days without food said at a press conference Thursday morning they are still determined to see their demands met and criticized city leaders for showing a lack of concern...
Members of a prayer circle in front of City Hall hold hands on Wednesday evening. Photo by Laura Wenus

Religious Groups Continue Push for Police Reform

Religious organizations in San Francisco and Oakland continue to organize small but persistent actions to express their support for police reform and dismay at police shootings. Two consecutive vigils were held Wednesday evening to commemorate police shooting victims and call for action from city officials. Father Richard Smith of St. John the Evangelist church on 15th Street, along with some...
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Supporters of Hunger Strike Picket City Hall, Call for Firing of Police Chief

A protest outside of San Francisco City Hall kicked off early Monday morning with more than 100 picketers marching around the building while dozens of others congregated near the main entrance, which was barricaded and guarded by a dozen sheriff’s deputies. The action — called in support of the so-called Frisco Five hunger strikers, who camped in front of the Mission District police...
Maria Cristina Gutierrez, on of the "Frisco Five" hunger strikers. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

“Frisco Five” End Hunger Strike Protesting Police Shootings, Call for a General Strike on Monday

After 17 days without solid food, the five hunger strikers who had been camped out in front of Mission Police Station to demand the resignation of SFPD Chief Greg Suhr have ended their fast, a spokesperson for the strikers said. On Friday afternoon, the entire group had been taken to the hospital. In a continuation of their movement, however, the group...
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33 Arrests, Chaos as Supporters of Hunger Strikers and Sheriff’s Deputies Clash at City Hall

A protest at City Hall on Friday night saw dozens of protesters and several journalists shoved and manhandled by sheriff’s deputies who arrested 33 people, including one juvenile. Swarms of deputies wearing riot helmets and armed with batons pushed back protesters who had squared off against them inside city hall. Several scuffles broke out between protesters and deputies, who used their batons to corral...
Supporters of the hunger strikers clean up some of their belongings after taking down their tents. Photo by Laura Waxmann

On 16th Day of Hunger Strike, “Frisco 5” Taken to Hospital

On day 16 of their hunger strike, the group of activists refusing to eat in an effort to unseat San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr are growing increasingly weak and, by 1 p.m. on Friday, were driven to the hospital by doctors who have been monitoring them. The so-called ‘Frisco Five’ were picked up by a group of medical professionals that include...
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Striker Sent to Hospital on Day 14 of Hunger Strike (UPDATED)

Following a morning health scare that sent hunger striker Sellassie Blackwell to the hospital, the 39-year-old rapper and activist is back at the campsite in front of Mission Police Station where a group of five activists have been camping and fasting for 14 days. “We are getting weak, it’s the fourteenth day, we are not superman,” said Blackwell, leaning against...
On their 10th day without food, the group of hunger strikers said that they plan to meet with Mayor Ed Lee on Tuesday. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Refusing Food and Compromise, ‘Frisco Five’ to Meet With Mayor

Ten days into a hunger strike led by local musicians, teachers and a politician, the group of starving activists told their supporters at a rally on Saturday that they will meet with the mayor in person on Tuesday. “We told Ed Lee that we are meeting with him,” said Edwin Lindo, a Mission supervisorial candidate who has been camping in...
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Who Are the Hunger Strikers at SF’s Mission Police Station?

At the center of the hunger strike now entering its eighth day are five individuals now known as the “Frisco Five” (#frisco5). Others come and go, either fasting or staying at the station in a show of support, but the core five are the stalwarts determined to unseat Police Chief Greg Suhr. Who are they? Maria Cristina Gutierrez, 66  ...
Protesters demanding fair wages gather at San Francisco City College's Mission Campus in strike on April 27. Photo by Laura Waxmann

City College Students, Faculty Demand Fair Wages in Day-Long Strike

Some 25 teachers and students gathered on Wednesday morning at the Mission District Campus of City College to denounce unfair labor practices at the community college stemming from low wages paid to teachers. The chants of students and faculty members could be heard down the block from the Valencia Street campus, as protesters attempted to enter the campus but found...
Ike Pinkston rests inside of Mission Station on day four of a hunger strike. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Fourth Day of SF Mission Hunger Strike Adds One More

Despite a few setbacks, a group of protesters occupying the sidewalk in front of the Mission police station at 17th and Valencia streets say that the support they are receiving from the community is keeping them determined to continue fasting on day four of a hunger strike. That support includes the addition of one more hunger striker, Raeleen Valle-Brenes, a...
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SF Mission Hunger Strike Temporarily Fells One

When Edwin Lindo, candidate for District 9 Supervisor, got up to speak at a rally against police shootings on Friday night, he felt woozy and collapsed. An ambulance was called, Lindo went in, and EMTs told him he had low blood sugar and was cold. He told them he couldn’t go to the hospital. Along with four others, he was on hunger...