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Young workers embrace unions in fight against workplace racism

John Hopkins, a warehouse worker by trade and a coder by passion, went to work one day in January 2020, hoping to pitch coworkers about joining a union. He had … Continue reading

September 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

Oakland family plagued by high levels of lead in their home. They’re not alone.

OAKLAND – Laura Smith took her infant daughter to the doctor for a routine wellness check. But when the results came back, Smith was shocked. One-year-old Lucy had been diagnosed … Continue reading

September 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

“Essential” workers face heightened risks but reap limited rewards during COVID-19 pandemic

For more than 10 years, Benito Huerta, a farmworker in Southern California, woke at dawn to perform hard labor in the fields of Ventura County, harvesting blackberries and strawberries. He … Continue reading

August 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

Small business survival tactic: Own your own building

Borderlands Books served as a literary hub at the heart of the Mission District for 20 years, offering one of the Bay Area’s finest collections of fantasy, science fiction, mystery … Continue reading

August 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

New training teaches Napa cops to work with the mentally ill.

It was a Sunday afternoon when Richard Poccia, a registered nurse out on leave, was planning to go the store to pick up some alcohol. It was Thanksgiving weekend, the … Continue reading

August 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Mental health stigmas disproportionally impact African Americans

At the age of 15, Gemikia Henderson didn’t know what a father’s love felt like. “I remember thinking, ‘This can’t be the life that God gave me. There’s no way … Continue reading

September 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

African-American community hopes Mayor Breed will step up

Bayview, Fillmore districts look to City Hall for much-needed support for housing, small business  It was a warm, breezy Saturday in Bayview — ideal shopping weather in most commercial corridors … Continue reading

September 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

Thousands Face U.S. Immigration Court Alone

Defendants in immigration court without an attorney are five times more likely to be deported. But legal representation is often not available. In the ‘zero tolerance’ era a good lawyer … Continue reading

August 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

BART police still under fire

The killing of Oscar Grant forced changes on BART’s police force, but many in the community say the killings of other men of color show the agency is still flawed … Continue reading

August 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Mental health services out of reach for many

First, the voices would come at night. Then he sometimes would hear them during the daytime as well, but at some point, the hour — morning, evening, afternoon — ceased … Continue reading

August 1, 2017 · Leave a comment