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Government & Non Profits

Violet Overn Fraternity House.  Photo Courtesy of Northern California Women's Caucus for the Arts

Feminist Art Gives Middle Finger to Misogyny, Opens Tonight

A golden Buddha sits cross-legged in front of a mold of the vagina of Japanese artist Rokudenashiko. In Japan, her genitalia themed works are considered obscene and in 2014 they landed her in jail for a week.    But feminist, artist and San Francisco State University associate professor Tanya Augsburg said the vagina mold captures the essence of a dialogue...
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San Francisco Supervisors Approve Memorial for Alex Nieto, Shot by SFPD

Traduccion en español aquí. The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved 9-1 an ordinance directing the Recreation and Parks department to install a memorial to police shooting victim Alex Nieto at Bernal Heights Park. Supporters of the memorial, friends of Nieto’s parents and advocates who have mobilized around his and other police shootings, burst into cheers at the vote, with...
Woman stands at lectern on the steps of city hall. She is flanked by other immigrants' rights activists.

Campos Wants $5 Million More for Immigrants, Mayor Says No

Instead of writing wishlists for Santa Claus, immigrant activists gathered on the steps of City Hall Monday to write letters to Mayor Ed Lee urging him to provide more funding to the public defender’s office in the anticipation of a Donald Trump presidency that promises to deport thousands of undocumented people. So far, Lee has resisted such pleas to increase funding...
Michelle Thompson, pictured with her dog, has been homeless since displaced by the Mission and 29th Street fire in June. Photo by Laura Waxmann

City’s Housing Offers Not Cutting It for Homeless Fire Victim

A former go-go dancer and taxicab robber who had hoped to start life afresh at the Graywood Hotel is the last tenant displaced by the June fire who remains on the streets. Michelle Thompson’s story demonstrates how difficult it is to place some clients who resist housing because of what they have to leave behind: their personal belongings, friends and...
Air Force veteran Alton Predew organizing his belongings. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

How to Help the Homeless: A Bay Area Guide

This week, Mission Local is participating in a Bay-Area-wide push to cover homelessness. You may remember this project from a similar effort in June, in which we produced stories about where homeless people’s property goes, a couple displaced by a fire who lived in their car for months, and a homeless family. This week we have brought you responses to Proposition Q from those living on...
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Campos Presses Mayor For Immigrant Legal Defense Fund

At a rally held Tuesday at noon on City Hall steps, Supervisor David Campos joined non-profit organizations and the Public Defender’s Office for the second time in a week to push the mayor to find $5 million for immigrant legal defense within next year’s budget. The money would be divided almost equally among community non-profits and the Public Defender’s Office...
Sisters Marie Benedicte (left) and Marie Valerie make a case for their soup kitchen, proposed to move in to 1930 Mission st., at a neighborhood meeting called to address homelessness. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Neighbors and Nuns Face Off Over Soup Kitchen

Residents in the northeastern Mission District are forming a community group to push local government toward ending homeless encampments in the area, while a pair of nuns displaced from the Tenderloin tries to gather support for a soup kitchen in the neighborhood that neighbors fear will only attract more homeless. The nuns are Marie Benedicte and Marie Valerie of the...
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SF Mission Responds to Oakland’s Ghost Ship Fire

The arts community was hit hard by a fire in a converted Oakland artist live-work space known as the Ghost Ship that killed 24 on Friday, and some in the Mission have mobilized to give money, a couch to sleep on and other support to those affected. Gray Area, a theater and arts and education space, wrote online that some...
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SF Officials Seek Deportation Defense Funding

To defend undocumented immigrants from incarceration and deportation under a Donald Trump administration, Supervisor David Campos and other city officials are pushing for $5 million in funding to hire attorneys to the Public Defender’s office and community nonprofits. Campos’s joint proposal with Public Defender Jeff Adachi hinges on the idea that those facing immigration proceedings should have legal counsel, like...
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San Francisco Lawyers Strategize for Trump Era Legal Battles

Traduccion en español aquí.  San Francisco progressives and free speech advocates have begun bracing for the worst from the incoming Trump administration by developing legal strategies and plans for political mobilization. Members of the National Lawyers’ Guild’s San Francisco chapter set the tone for a Mission District panel discussion at 518 Valencia, the Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics,...
A homeless encampment on Folsom Street between 18th and 19th streets. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

One Camp Cleared, But Bed Shortage Looms in SF Mission

Traduccion en español aquí. A homeless encampment around 15th and Treat streets in the Mission District has been partially cleared despite the fact that the city is short on beds in which to place them. The area, which was scheduled to be cleared by today, has been split into two smaller areas to work on piece by piece, said a...
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San Francisco’s Homeless Czar Talks Encampment Strategy

Still in its infancy, San Francisco’s five-month-old Department of Homelessness is developing new methods for moving an estimated 800 individuals living in 78 encampments around the city off the streets, according to Jeff Kositsky, who directs the new department that will eventually have some 110 people under his direction.  The department started with Islais Creek south of the Dogpatch in late August,...
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...
Protesters hold a mock trial of the "officers" involved in Alex Nieto's shooting. Photo by Dan Hirsch

More Complaints Arise About SF Cop Involved in Two Fatal Shootings

A police officer involved in the fatal shooting of a mentally ill man at Stern Grove in October was also one of the officers who pulled the trigger on Alex Nieto in 2014, according to police. After police released this information last week, organizers who work with at-risk youth came forward and told Mission Local that they had raised concerns of...
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Big Soda, Tech, and Developers Spending Millions This Election

While most ballot guides give you the details on each proposition – and we recommend the Public Press voter guide for those details – we instead give you a look at the money, examining who is spending big to get an initiative passed or defeated. This year, Airbnb, realty firms, and local tech moguls are the  big spenders. The list is not comprehensive, and only includes campaigns...