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San Francisco is still trying to take the city’s power grid from PG&E

By JohnTaylor Wildfeuer :: The way California-based community organizer Pete Woiwode sees it, there was recently “a rare opportunity to really change the game and actually put the values of … Continue reading

September 20, 2022 · Leave a comment

A trafficking victim speaks out

By Cassandra Shoneru :: Davina Kerrelola was 19 years old when her boyfriend pushed her into sex work in the Bay Area, a nightmare that lasted seven years. She was … Continue reading

September 17, 2022 · Leave a comment

“Not a learning time:” For families of special-needs kids, pandemic-era remote schooling was a challenge

By Chaya Tong :: Robyn Dobruck trailed her 10-year-old son, Sam, with an iPad as he walked from the computer screen and virtual school, his teacher’s voice playing through the … Continue reading

September 16, 2022 · Leave a comment

How the story of this Northern California community is intertwined with the story of a church

By Janna Velazquez :: The Baptist Church has been a staple in African-American and Black churches since the times of slavery and was the first to allow African-Americans any semblance … Continue reading

September 16, 2022 · Leave a comment

The Invisible Economy

By Semantha Raquel Norris :: *Some last names in this story are omitted or altered due to concerns about immigration status. My mother emigrated from El Salvador to the United … Continue reading

September 16, 2022 · Leave a comment

Summer 2022 Applications

Apply for a chance to earn up to $1,000 for your freelance reporting or photography projects this summer. How to applySend us an email outlining your project idea (300 words … Continue reading

April 4, 2022

“It’s not a driver shortage, it’s a driver strike:” How gig workers organized against Prop. 22 before the California Supreme Court called it ‘unconstitutional’

By Luke Wrin Piper :: July 21 saw gig workers across the country strike, demanding what they see as the bare essentials of working life that gig giants Uber, Lyft, … Continue reading

September 21, 2021 · Leave a comment

For U.S. immigrants, pandemic widens the chasm between two homes

By Menal Raach :: Maggie Escobar poses for a photo in Grizzly Peak, Berkeley, CA, on August 3, 2021 Photo by Menel Raach As a young Colombian immigrant, Maggie Escobar … Continue reading

September 21, 2021 · Leave a comment

How three cities are struggling to provide restrooms for the unhoused

Marquetta remembers the exact date she moved into a private room at a Market Street hotel in San Francisco. It was April 7, 2020. The formerly homeless woman was moved … Continue reading

September 21, 2021 · Leave a comment

Americans with disabilities are at an especially high risk of negative police encounters. Advocates want new solutions.

As studies find a disproportionate number of people with cognitive disabilities or those experiencing mental health crises have negative interactions with police, some are trying to change that Kim Randall … Continue reading

September 20, 2021 · Leave a comment