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'West of Memphis' asks some long-overdue questions of a notorious case


January 29, 2013
THURSDAY 31 Saluting Bradley Manning: Book event with Daniel Ellsberg First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing, Berk. (510) 967-4495, tinyurl.com/salute-BM. 7:30-9:30pm, $12 advance,...

Life after the death penalty

January 29, 2013
Tell me: Does any sane person really believe that the world would be a better and safer place if Rick Stevens had been executed...

Gascon, Adachi and conviction rates

January 8, 2013
Public Defender Jeff Adachi just released his annual report, and it's impressive: According to the statistic his office complied, of the 60 felony trials...

Wiener charges blogger with taking potty photo

November 30, 2012
I don’t even know what to do with this except report it and tell you some background. Because it’s just strange, all around.Short story:...

Gascon skips valuable reform panel

November 14, 2012
District Attorney George Gascon didn't show up for the town hall meeting that Sen. Mark Leno held on criminal justice reform last night. Gascon...

Paul Addis, playwright and Burning Man arsonist, dies

October 29, 2012
UPDATED Paul Addis – the San Francisco playwright and performer best known for igniting Burning Man's eponymous central symbol early in the 2007 event,...

Feminist vigilante gangs to march on Oakland Friday

October 3, 2012
Oakland’s last feminist vigilante gangs march was a demonstration promoting offensive feminism in response to rape, assault, and murder of “women, queers, gender rebels...

Locking down reforms

San Francisco is a model for counties wrestling with Realignment -- but more challenges and opportunities remain

Guardian Voices: A place for rage

July 4, 2012
Just a few weeks ago, my partner came home from work in South San Francisco to tell me some horrifying news. A cop had...

Under oath

steve@sfbg.comMayor Ed Lee and suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi each took some lumps on June 29 as they were cross-examined by opposing attorneys in front...


June 21, 2012
Wednesday 20Pack the court for Kali, Hayward Hall of Justice, 24405 Amador #108, Hayward; www.occupyoakland.org. 8-11am, free. Of all the outrageous and unjust arrests...

Ethics Commission undercuts the main witness against Mirkarimi

The testimony of the star witness in Mayor Ed Lee's official misconduct case against suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi came in for harsh criticism by...


June 12, 2012
yael@sfbg.comTHURSDAY 14Solitary confinement at Pelican Bay, Audre Lourde Room, Women's Building, 3548 18th St., SF; www.womensbuilding.org. 6:30pm, free. This panel discussion on the use...

GUEST OPINION: The politics of retribution

May 7, 2012
By Debra Walker and Krissy KeeferWe have been shocked and saddened by the perpetual attack on Ross Mikarimi and his family.To Ross’s credit, he...

Guardian endorsements for June 5 election

Sure, the primaries are a joke -- but your vote still matters. Our take on the trash wars, the DCCC race, and more local elections

GUEST OPINION: The Mirkarimi case — is this justice?

I appreciate that everyone is doing his or her best to dialogue on the very complicated, nuanced and difficult issue of domestic violence in...

The problem with Laura’s Law

When it comes to embracing laws such as AB 1421, California voters know better

Mirkarimi case: Eliana Lopez friend and defender Myrna Melgar responds to critics

April 2, 2012
My opinion piece regarding the plight of my friend Eliana Lopez and San Francisco’s approach to handling domestic violence in her case has generated...

Guardian Op-Ed: Domestic violence, a Latina feminist perspective

March 27, 2012
By Myrna MelgarMyrna Melgar is a Latina survivor of childhood domestic violence, a feminist, and the mother of three girls. She is a former...

Gascon and the Mirkarimi plea deal

March 15, 2012
The Mirkarimi case has taken another strange turn: The district attorney, George Gascon, just told the Chronicle that he doesn't think the sheriff really...

Domestic violence is not a private matter

It's a serious crime -- but calls to remove the sheriff smack of political opportunism

Death penalty could go before California voters in November

It appears that California voters will get a chance to abolish the death penalty this November, and that supporters of the proposed ballot measure...


February 28, 2012
yael@sfbg.comWEDNESDAY 29Funeral for capitalism Occupy Oakland declares capitalism dead with a funeral procession with New Orleans style brass band, eulogy, and "dancing on the...