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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Resurrection of the Poor People’s Campaign

Rev. Barber told the activists gathered in the nation’s capital that by demonstrating in solidarity with poor people, they had become a link in the long history of people who fought for justice.

Hate Crime Laws Needed to Protect the Homeless

As homelessness becomes more visible, people living on the streets are targeted for bullying, assaults, harassment and even murders.

Life Is A Precious Gift: Mother Teresa’s House in Washington

We will never know how many huge pots of soup Jacob lifted with the sisters into trucks, to take to the homeless in the park. We will never know how many diseased bodies he fed, held and bathed, and the number of tears he dried in the early morning hours.

Mother Teresa’s Gift of Love in San Francisco

She took home with her the men who had only a few days left to live and were suffering the most, and tenderly cared for them around the clock. I am certain some of the people I was meeting were angels, whose job was to make certain no soul died alone and unloved.

My Back Pages: A Song for Miss Kay

She softly sings the soul anthem “Stand By Me.” It is a song for Miss Kay, a song for all of us. Her life, with its music and joy, followed by a downward slide into homelessness and death, tells us something deeper than words about the human condition.

My Back Pages: Kerry’s Kids, An Undying Dream

Oakland pediatrician Dr. Karen Kruger said, “Kerry’s death was so sudden and seemingly purposeless and shocking that I think there was a need for people that loved her to carry on her memory in a way that she would look down on from her cloud and be happy about.”