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textA Plea for Help from the County's Benchland Containment Camp by Greg Bengston (posted by Norse)
I received the following letter earlier this week immediately before our Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom (Greg's a member). I'm forwarding it for community info and in response to his wishes....
Posted: Fri Oct 2, 2020 11:11AM
textMore Punches at the Poor on Today's Council Agenda by Robert Norse
A recent letter I sent to Mayor Justin Cummings remains largely unanswered. I include some selections as well as a few additional comments bearing on today's agenda at the "public" meeting--largely a rubberstamp of the City Manager's latest decrees and the unelected city staff's priorities....
Posted: Tue Sep 22, 2020 8:42AM
textWhy Did Death Rates Go Down When Doctors Struck by SNS
In examination of doctors' strikes in several areas, it was found that the death rate went down. Why has the death rate gone down in at least 5 sites in which physician strikes took place?...
Posted: Sat Sep 19, 2020 5:09AM
textLearn the Keys to Transformative Eating at the Free Vallejo Healthy Food Fest by Food Empowerment Project
Food Empowerment Project takes the Vallejo event virtual in its 5th year!...
Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 12:46PM
textAgainst the neoliberal denunciation of the welfare state by Rudolf Walther
No economist is so misunderstood and misinterpreted as Adam Smith. Many consider him to be an advocate of the "free market" and narrow-minded egoism. What a mistake! Smith saw an important and strong role for the state. Cooperation and mutual help are inscribed in the division of labor. Others irrationally denounce the welfare state as "comfortable stable feeding."...
Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 3:14AM
textFinance Ministers and United Nations Discuss COVID Crisis Solutions by Zachary Conti
IMF Announces Access to Global "SDRs" Reserve...
Posted: Tue Sep 8, 2020 5:07PM
textMother Jones Epidemic by Michael Steinberg
As a Labor Day weekend begins with many millions out of work, while we're supposed to stay home (if we have one) and not have any fun,I thought I'd share from Mother Jones' autobiography how she lived though the epidemic of her day....
Posted: Fri Sep 4, 2020 11:04PM
textAmerica's Dual Recession by Laura Tyson and Lenny Mendoncaa
There is every reason to expect that many of the lost jobs – perhaps as many as 40% – will never come back. In the short to medium term, the tragic paradox is that employment opportunities are both too few and pay too little....
Posted: Tue Sep 1, 2020 3:36AM
textSF DMV Homeless Encampment Disappeared by Michael Steinberg
A homeless encampment adjacent to the SF Department of Motor Vehicles that had been going on for 6 months vanished at the end of August....
Posted: Fri Aug 28, 2020 11:10PM
textAbbi Samuels Letter to City Attorney Condotti Re: Police Harassment of Cooper D'Angelo by Abbi Samuels (posted by Norse)
Activist and ACLU Board member Abbi Samuels posted the following letter asking telling questions about the harassment of Cooper D'Angelo and her partner Russell on the sidewalk outside the Main Post Office last week....
Posted: Wed Aug 26, 2020 4:48AM
textRepublican Party O.K. with COVID19 Deaths & Economy by By the Company They Keep
Some 57% of Republicans believe 180,000 American deaths from COVID19 is acceptable and 75% of Republicans believe the USA is better than 4 years ago. This a death cult. See
Posted: Mon Aug 24, 2020 1:44PM
textYet Another Tightening of the Noose: City Council "Meets" Again Tuesday by Robert Norse
City Council is slated to rubberstamp more power in City Mangler Martin Bernal's hands, a slamdown of Beach St vendors, a rise in fines for "being in a park after dark", the ability to hire more enforcement personnel, no discussion of the police (or any other part of the) budget, gentrification of Front St., and authorization of the Mayor to "respond to" the Grand Jury's critical report on homelessness....
Posted: Sun Aug 23, 2020 9:10AM
textPass AB 1436 to stop evictions and foreclosures by zrants
This is the short version of a request sent via email from Tenants Together, a statewide renters support group to pass legislation to protect tenants and homeowners survive this crisis without losing their homes....
Posted: Fri Aug 21, 2020 1:22PM
textGLIDE Expands Access to its Free, Low-barrier Tenderloin Neighborhood COVID Testing Site by GLIDE
GLIDE expands access to its free, low-barrier Tenderloin neighborhood COVID testing site and continues to provide essential services to meet the growing needs of vulnerable residents....
Posted: Thu Aug 20, 2020 2:46PM
textMisguided Housing Bill Bans Single-Family Zoning Forever by Sharon Rushton
A fundamentally flawed housing bill, Senate Bill 1120, is quietly fast-tracking through the State legislature. The bill is an unprecedented taking of local planning powers that hands county, city and community decision-making directly to market-rate and luxury housing developers. Worse still, the bill could ruin treasured single-family neighborhoods....
Posted: Wed Aug 19, 2020 1:52AM
text65% of California homes are single family homes by zrants
Fighting single family homes is like fighting the Post Office. Political Suicide. Let the Governor know how you feel about protecting your home regardless of who owns it....
Posted: Tue Aug 18, 2020 2:16PM
textEmbodied Inequality: The Intersections Between COVID, Racial Justice, and the Environment by Brianna Cunliffe
The consequences of our fossil fuel economy and a global pandemic fall heaviest on America's most vulnerable communities. Elected Officials are saying enough....
Posted: Mon Aug 17, 2020 10:08AM
textAnother Toxic S.C. City Council Meeting Today by Robert Norse
I wrote a letter to Justin Cummings last week about the upcoming "public" City Council meeting. On the agenda are the usual rubberstamping of City Manager Bernal's diktats, new police funding, denying claims against the police, the zombie resurrection of an anti-Vending law, inadequate "controls" on facial technology use, and a sell-out CACH homeless report....
Posted: Tue Aug 11, 2020 12:09PM
textSan Francisco Empty and Abandoned Buildings (2nd Quarter, 2020) by San Francisco Food Not Bombs
SF Food Not Bombs has updated the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection’s list of empty and abandoned buildings through June, 2020 on this webpage:
Posted: Wed Aug 5, 2020 4:10PM
textHousing Emergency Prevails Over Contracts by Legal Beagle
Home Building and Loan Association vs. Blaisdell, 290 U.S. 398 (1934) stated in an appeal of the Minnesota Mortgage Moratorium Law of 1933, during the emergency declared to exist, relief may be had through authorized judicial proceedings with respect to foreclosures of mortgages, and execution sales, of real estate; that sales may be postponed and periods of redemption may be extended. In other words, the emergency took precedence over the contracts clause of the Constitution....
Posted: Sun Aug 2, 2020 9:59AM