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Midtown Residents Confront Mercy Housing 2015-12-14

During the "redevelopment" (gentrification) of the Fillmore/Western Addition district in San Francisco, residents were moved into the Midtown Apartments with...
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End Killer Cop Culture! 

VIDEO December 6, 2014


Think of the level of arrogance, hubris, and lack of self-awareness involved in actually training to kill another person. One self-righteous individual gets to be judge, juror, and executioner, all with a single (or 49) shot(s). These individuals are usually profoundly lacking in mediation skills; they are right and you are wrong. Many of the people who go into law enforcement do so for reasons having nothing at all to do with a desire to “protect and serve.” Most police and sheriffs departments in the United States are composed of maladjusted individuals with a score to settle, specifically with black and brown people. 


 If the people who go into law enforcement were interested in the good of the community, the first thing they would do would be to move into their precinct, and get to know their neighbors. The people who are truly a threat to the community are easy to identify, and therefore to keep an eye on. If police officers lived where they worked, they would be aware of who was part of their neighborhood, who was moving in or out, who has mental health issues, who is homeless, and who is selling street drugs. This model of policing should replace the current practice of strangers confronting strangers, often with language or cultural barriers complicating the issue. This model also assumes the municipality will properly fund and manage it’s mental health resources, which would include a crisis response team, treatment facilities, and permanent housing. It is not fair for the police to have to assume the responsibilities of the public health and public works departments. 


 Among the questions that should be on the application for any occupation that allows the use of lethal force (including the military) should be: Why do you want to enter a profession where you might have to kill or maim another person, and/or be killed or maimed yourself? Have you ever thought what it would be like to kill someone? How did it make you feel? Were you bullied in school? Was it by a member of an ethnicity different than your own? Do you presently have any friends from a different ethnic group than yourself? Would you describe yourself as an “angry” person? Do you use alcohol on a regular basis? I believe the answers to these questions would help show if a person is capable of assuming the awesome responsibility involved in judging when to use lethal force. 


 The current technique of “rolling up” on a “suspect,” assuming guilt, and using force if there is any resistance is neither civil nor effective. This is the “Hollywood” model of policing; intimidate the “perp,” perhaps frighten them enough to make a move that can be interpreted as “threatening” or “trying to hide something.” This is not hypothetical; I am routinely given the “reckless eyeball” simply for being an Americanized African, and have been rolled up on just for sitting in a public space. Bunch’a plainclothes yokels who live in Livermore or somewhere playing cops and robbers. Meanwhile, somewhere close by, a real crime is being committed. This scenario is repeated thousands of times daily across this country, often with deadly and tragic consequences. 


 If a person does not have a firearm, use of deadly force is never justified. The cops could begin by learning how to use their nightsticks. One officer should be able to disarm any non-expert. Eight officers, as in the recent Mario Woods and Luis Gongora murders, certainly should be trained well enough to take into custody one single person who is obviously under the influence of substances, or of his own personal demons. Time and distance, shields and helmets, Kevlar gloves and blankets, nets; there are many ways to restrain a person without killing them. Mandatory drug testing should also be required for anyone who carries a gun, and anytime deadly force is used.


 Like many our anachronistic institutions, the idea of policing is due for a complete makeover. Armed men roaming the streets with the authority to kill whomever they decide to is not a sign of a civilized society, but of a lawless one. The fact that the people being “policed” are without exception poor, minorities, and the “untouchables” shows that “law enforcement” is more about controlling the underclass than it is about any notion of “justice,” or “protect and serve.” This lawlessness extends into the criminal justice system, where businessmen literally get away with murder, while teenagers are locked up forever for selling recreational drugs to the businessman’s kids; which money is laundered by those very same businessmen. And why stop there? If it’s all about ignoring human rights and brute force; why not just “roll up” on sovereign nations? 


Oh that’s right, we do…..


- Joseph Thomas

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March Against Monsanto, San Francisco, May 24, 2014 (WHAT HAPPENED THIS YEAR?)

As part of a WORLDWIDE demonstration against corporate giant Monsanto, activists in San Francisco marched and rallied for solidarity with indigenous people
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There were less people at this march than there were at some of my parties, Way Back In The Day.....
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There were fewer people at this years march than at one of the party's we used to have Way Back In The day.....
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SEIU 1021, Local Unions, & Community Petition City Hall For Full Staffing At San Francisco General Hospital

(SAN FRANCISCO) - Doctors, nurses, healthcare workers, and members of the community rally in front of City Hall to demand Mayor Ed Lee end the psychiatri
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Urban Idea Forum 2016 05 18

(SAN FRANCISCO) - Chris Herring, Phelicia Jones, Adrianna Camerena, Jennifer Friedenbach, and Joe Wilson have a panel discussion about the current state o
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Community Says "No Business As Usual Until Suhr Fired!" 2015-05-09

(SAN FRANCISCO) - Supporters of the "Frisco Five" hunger strikers, and community members opposed to police violence called for a general strile an
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"Frisco Five," S.F. Community Organize To Recall Mayor Ed Lee 2016-05-11

(SAN FRANCISCO) - Members of the "Frisco Five" and their supporters rally in front of the Mission Police station to announce the next step in the effort t

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"Frisco Five" Supporters Shut Down City Hall 2016-05-06

(SAN FRANCISCO) - Community members supporting the "Frisco Five" hunger strikers attempt to visit Mayor Ed Lee to demand he fire polce chief Greg Suhr. Th
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May Day Rally & March 2016-05-01

(SAN FRANCISCO) - Members of ILWU Local 10 and other unions, family members, and supporters listened to speeches from luminaries before marching to Harr
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City College of San Francisco Teachers Strike For Free Classes, Better Wages, & R E S P E C T! 2016

(SAN FRANCISCO) - Teachers and students from City College of San Francisco went on a one-day strike to protest the general deterioration of the publi
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Goon Squad Attempts To Intimidate Community At Police Commission Presentation 2016-01-20

Members of the San Francisco Police Department attempt to intimidate the community by a "show of force" at the 2016 Police Commission Presentation
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Day Of Action Against Police Violence 2015-04-21

(SAN FRANCISCO) - Students at San Francisco State University were walked by middle-school students in a national day of action against police violence
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Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, April 25, 8:53 PM

Choices have great voices! ;even the young voices are important to be heard some can be heard by not even saying a word whjle others scream and are ignored by some but its somebody that really cares and will listen and encourage them to know there is hope.

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Fight For $15 National Day of Action 2016-04-14

(OAKLAND) - Community members, representatives of unions, fast food workers, and passers-by march through downtown Oakland to demand a $15 an hour minimu
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2nd Annual Barrio Fiesta 2016-05-21

(SAN FRANCISCO) - The Second Annual Barrio Fiesta was held today at Gene Friend Park. The smell of "lechon" brought out a big crowd to hear music an
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March Against Monsanto, San Francisco, May 24, 2014 (WHAT HAPPENED THIS YEAR?)

As part of a WORLDWIDE demonstration against corporate giant Monsanto, activists in San Francisco marched and rallied for solidarity with indigenous people
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There were fewer people at this years march than at one of the party's we used to have Way Back In The day.....
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Bernie Sanders Supports Hotel Workers Right To Unionize at Le Meridian 2016-05-18

(SAN FRANCISCO) - Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders made a surprise visit to San Francisco today to support workers right to unionize. Unite Now! Loca
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San Francisco Unified School District Teachers Rally 2016-05-10

(SAN FRANCISCO) - Public school teachers and supporters from the community rally for wages that will allow them to live in San Francisco. Hmmmm, maybe pubi
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Rally For Proposition "C" 2016-05-07

(SAN FRANCISCO) - Supervisors Jane Kim and Aaron Peskin rally the community at the Women's Building in the Mission District to canvass the neighborhood fo
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Triptych (Clarion Alley) 2016-05-12

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San Francisco Feels The Bern! 2016-04-10

(SAN FRANCISCO) - Supporters of Bernie Sanders were out in force Sunday to register voters and spread the word.
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Frisco Five Visit City Hall 2016-05-03

(SAN FRANCISCO) - Maria Christina Gutierrez, Illicyh "Equipto" Sato, Selassie Blackwell, Ike Pinkston, and Edwin Lindo led a procession from the Missio
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Public Health Services In San Francisco

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In the richest City in the history of the world.....
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Mental Health Services In The Richest City In The History Of The World 2016-04-25

The $5 or $10 million we gifted the National Football League (a non-profit corporation!) for the Super Bowl (which was held 50 miles away) could have bee
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Queremos Paz!: Niños Exigen Paz en la Misión 2016-04-21

(SAN FRANCISCO) - Neighborhood children visit the Mission Police Station to deliver drawings featuring the phrase "Queremos Paz!"
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San Francisco Main Library 20th Anniversary 2016-04-18

(SAN FRANCISCO) - The San Francisco Public Library celebrated it's move to it's new home at 100 Larkin Street on April 18th, 20 years ago. City Libraria
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Community Protests Lennar's Plans For The "Mess On South Van Ness" 2016 04 14

(SAN FRANCISCO) - Community members and local residents gather at the site of a planned luxury development planned by the Lennar Corporation. Lennar is wel
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