Tag Archives: Elections

Wining, Dining and Opining: The New Political Discourse?

We started with a toast to a good neighbor, six of us strangers seated around pushed-together café tables inside Robin’s Cafe at the ODC Theater. At the corner farthest from me, Anita Won, an architect and student at California College of the Arts, told us about a woman who lived in her Chinatown apartment building in Manhattan with whom she...

Neighbors Design Signs for a Weekend of Protests

At the StoreFrontLab on Shotwell Street Friday, the floor was strewn with protest posters and banners, and neighbors sat together at long tables creating still more of them. The community space has a history of planning events centered on social justice and activism. Jacob Palmer, a curator there, said the space had hosted several sign-making events in preparation for protests...

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...

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,...

Artists to Close Empathy Wall Tonight with Community Gathering

The array of sticky notes full of positive, inclusive, hopeful messages written by passerby at 16th and Mission streets will be taken down and preserved on Friday evening, artists who organized the public participatory art installation say. Though they originally planned to remove the notes the same day, the “Dumbledore’s Army Guerillas” have kept the wall open to messages all week. To protect...

Schools Respond to Post-Election Fears With March in SF Mission

Students, parents and teachers walked out of Buena Vista Horace Mann school Wednesday morning to publicly declare their support for undocumented immigrants, women, and other targets of disparaging remarks made by president-elect Donald Trump. Some 200 people of all ages streamed onto the sidewalk of Valencia Street, carrying signs made by the children with messages of solidarity, chanting “build kindness,...

Notes of Post-Election Empathy Adorn BART Station Walls

Amidst the morning rush, commuters are stopping at the 16th and Mission BART plaza to leave messages of empathy and mutual support for each other in the wake of a turbulent election season that saw Donald Trump clinch the presidency. Muriel MacDonald is one of the organizers of the “Wall of Empathy,” a participatory art project at 16th Street, 24th...

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...

Mission High Students Join Hundreds in Anti-Trump Protest

Dozens of students from Mission High School marched to City Hall and joined hundreds of other San Francisco high schoolers in a city-wide walk-out on Thursday morning to protest the election of Donald Trump. Students left school at 9 a.m. with the full support of many teachers and their principal, according to Eva Grace, a junior. Grace said that while students had been mournful...

Anti-Trump Protesters March on Market, Through Mission

Thousands of protesters marched from downtown San Francisco to the Castro and Mission districts Wednesday evening protesting the election of Donald Trump to the presidency in a symbolic act of solidary with the neighborhoods that represent those most maligned by Trump’s rhetoric. Many of the at least 2,000 protesters decried Trump’s multiple campaign promises, like his proposal for a border wall and his call...

SF Mission Latinos Face Trump Presidency With Resolve, Fear

In San Francisco’s Mission District, the city’s Latino neighborhood, the ascendancy of Donald Trump to the White House was met with a mixture of fear, resolve, and a come-what-may attitude. “What happens will happen,” said Miguel Gustan, a worker who immigrated from Mexico. If immigrants are allowed to stay in the country, fine, he said, he and others will be...

Ronen Wins Supervisor Seat, Mission in Shock over “President Trump”

In the third preliminary results, with more than 99 percent of precincts reported, Hillary Ronen captured 57 percent of the vote, with 12,190 ballots cast for her and 6,539, or 30.7 percent, going to her main opponent Joshua Arce. The other two candidates overall captured a much smaller portion of the votes — Melissa San Miguel received 2,256 votes while Iswari España won just 350. As early tallies came...

District 9 Voter Registration Jumps by 15 Percent

Voter registration in San Francisco’s Mission District has climbed by almost 6,000 people in two years, a change of more than 15 percent. In general, the larger increases in registration are concentrated in the Mission District and the Portola, with another high-increase area along the Mission Street corridor of Bernal Heights. Interactive map by Adam Long   Citywide, registration went...

It’s Party Time! Where To Watch Election Returns

Some of us will be hiding under our beds until the nightmare is over. But for those of you who want to experience the final moments of this preposterous election cycle in the company of others (or at least an obliging bartender), here’s where you can watch the results. A map is below. Roxie Theater, 3117 16th Street: A big screen for big suspense....

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...