Archive | February, 2011

Police Shooting of Disabled Man Triggers Outrage

Rallying on the steps of San Francisco City Hall, protesters demand an end to the shootings of unarmed people and mental health consumers by the SFPD. Carol Harvey photo

  by Carol Harvey fter an iPhone video shot by a passerby appeared on You Tube, San Francisco Police Department officers retracted a report that they fired on a standing man armed with a buck knife. The six-minute-plus video taken on Jan. 4, 2011, revealed four San Francisco plainclothes officers and one uniformed officer surrounding […]

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HUD’s New Privatization Scheme Is a Trojan Horse

HUD has created a Trojan Horse to conceal its discredited scheme known as PETRA, in order to sneak it by the public in an effort to privatize the nation’s public housing. (caption of horse pic)

by Lynda Carson fforts to privatize public housing in Berkeley and across the nation may have gotten a little easier with the introduction of H.R. 6468, the Rental Housing Revitalization Act, introduced to the House of Representatives on Dec. 1, 2010. While tenant activists across the country were focused on fighting against the proposal to […]

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In His Steps

Story by Joan Clair “The single criterion for judgment offered by Jesus in his account of the world’s final judgment is our behavior towards the poor, the hungry, the imprisoned, the sick.”         — John Garvey he book club meeting took place in the library of a senior center in a small, American city. […]

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U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals brings back the First Amendment to Santa Cruz

Mayor Coonerty denounces those feeding the poor downtown as “bad for business.” And former Mayor Mathews presses church authorities to end their free dinners.

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Oakland Menlo Hotel Owner Charged with Arson Plot

The wealthy Tiburon owner of Oakland’s low-income Menlo Hotel has been arrested, and is facing 10 years in prison, on suspicion of hiring someone to burn down the residential hotel, according to officials with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

In addition to being charged with a federal felony and facing 10 years in prison, Menlo Hotel owner Richard Earl Singer also faces a $125,000 fine, after being charged with one count of solicitation of arson.

———“I feel the charges are very damning. Its unbelievable what is going on there, and I am very concerned for the safety of the residents of the Menlo Hotel.” — Andrew Wolff

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Perilous Choices in an Era of Economic Decline

A homeless woman asks for help to have a meal that night. Robert L. Terrell photo

by Robert L. Terrell he United States’ current economic doldrums threaten the nation’s long-term viability. And it is obvious to me that we need to implement major economic and social reforms if disaster is to be averted. The signs of stagnation and decline stemming from the nation’s economic weakness are both numerous, and deeply troubling. […]

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It’s Crazy to Jail Those Who Need Mental Health Care

Caption Jails have become the dumping ground for countless people with mental health problems. www.twincitiesdailyphoto.com/

by Paul Boden, organizing director, Western Regional Advocacy Project he Western Regional Advocacy Project (WRAP) has been documenting the increases of mentally ill people in local jails as a result of diminished funding for mental health treatment and housing, escalation of “nuisance crime” enforcement by police and private security forces, and expansion of mental health […]

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Reflections by Judy Andreas and Buford Buntin

A homeless woman endures a rainstorm on a wet, cold sidewalk in San Francisco. Robert L. Terrell photo

Universal Health Care Life is simple — everybody needs food, shelter and, at some point, medicine. by Buford Buntin f Trent Lott wants to pay all that money for his health care, let him, though health care for members of Congress is paid for already by our tax dollars. The millions of Americans who don’t […]

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A Life Consecrated to Compassion and Justice

On the bleak streets of the Tenderloin, a sister took a stand against inhumanity. Her solidarity was inspired by the beatitudes and consecrated to the poor.

The Invisible Natural Cathedral of People’s Park

Builders, please go away. Allow the beauty of an Invisible Natural Cathedral to remain, a living shrine of open space that gives refuge to all people.

Street Spirit Interview with Sister Bernie Galvin

This atrocity was happening in a very wealthy city. It was happening right under our noses. It was very visible. And there was not the united voice of the faith community speaking out. That was the spark of Religious Witness. From that moment, I knew what I had to do.

Interview with Sister Bernie Galvin, Part Two

“What’s forming in my mind is Jesus in the temple when he became angry at the unjust and very exclusive systems of society. That is the very reason that there are the poor and the marginalized. It is not enough just to provide food, clothing and housing.”

‘Such Is the Magic and Spirit of People’s Park’

The mayor has no understanding of the awful defeat the loss of People’s Park would be. No comprehension of the cost in lives and the sacrifices people have made for the Park’s ideals. So many still find it a refuge in a country needing a political and spiritual overhaul.

I Remember Who I Am

“And Now Where?” Lithograph by Rockwell Kent

By and by, I calm down. I meditate. I pray. It is a beautiful day. The sun is setting. I weave my way toward the spot where I sleep, where nobody knows where to find me. I look to the stars, and say my prayers to the God who believes in Me.