SF Pride Chief Operating Officer Resorts to Lies as Scandal Around Honoring Bradley Manning Continues

By: Thursday May 16, 2013 7:12 pm

A member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Supervisor David Campos, has spoken out on the ongoing scandal involving San Francisco Pride’s decision to not honor Pfc. Bradley Manning as a Grand Marshal of the Pride parade. He has urged Pride to hold a public meeting before this year’s parade and celebration on June 30 instead of after. Pride Chief Operating Officer Earl Plante is also outright lying or, at best, deliberately misrepresenting Pride’s actions in interviews with media.


Former San Francisco Pride Grand Marshal Who Nominated Bradley Manning Details Board’s Capitulation

By: Monday April 29, 2013 6:30 pm

At the end of last week, San Francisco Pride’s President Lisa Williams and its Board of Directors went against the vote of the “electoral college” that had decided to honor Pfc. Bradley Manning, the gay soldier who the military is prosecuting for disclosing information to WikiLeaks.

Williams announced late Friday that a “mistake” had been made and his nomination “should never have been allowed to happen.”

Late Night: San Francisco Bans Public Nudity

By: Thursday November 22, 2012 8:00 pm

When I first spied the news at the Guardian while watching the live-blogging of the events in Gaza, I was mainly just tickled by it all. But this morning I read a piece at Counterpunch that indicates that it’s a real issue for some folks, so I reckoned it might be a nice topic to explore little bit. For the legal beagles here, there are apparently various legal and Constitutional rights to consider as well as cultural/societal ones.

New SF Archbishop Cordileone Gets Off to a Stunningly Brazen Start

By: Saturday October 6, 2012 8:58 am

When Pope Benedict announced he was appointing Oakland Bishop Salvatore Cordileone to be the new archbishop of San Francisco, it generated a lot of reaction in both the religious and secular media. RC churchwatcher Rocco Palma said the appointment was “either the most the most courageously bold — or stunningly brazen — American appointment in the seven-year reign of Pope Benedict XVI.”

After what happened Thursday at Cordileone’s installation, put me down for “stunningly brazen.”

Marc Andrus, the Episcopal bishop whose territory covers the Bay Area, was left standing in the basement instead of being escorted with other ecumenical guests into Cordileone’s installation service. Why? Maybe because Andrus had the temerity to publicly repeat his objections to Cordileone’s efforts to pass Proposition 8 three days before the installation.

It was a stunningly brazen, juvenile snub, from one of the most prominent political actors in the religious sphere that is pushing against LGBT equality, both inside and outside the Catholic church.

Meet Nancy Pelosi’s New Archbishop

By: Saturday July 28, 2012 9:00 am

On the Feast day of St. Francis, the Archdiocese of San Francisco will officially receive its new archbishop: Salvatore Cordileone. Between now and then, things will be very interesting for Catholics on both sides of the San Francisco Bay. Cordileone headed the Catholic church’s efforts to oppose marriage equality and pass Prop 8, for which he was elevated to become Bishop of Oakland and head of the USCCB’s anti-marriage equality programs nationally.

And now he’s going to be Nancy Pelosi’s new bishop.

Nancy may want to take communion often before October 4th. Something tells me she may have difficulty with that once Cordileone arrives on her side of the Bay.

Marijuana and the Most Creative Cities

By: Friday July 13, 2012 10:00 am

While correlation is not causation, I think it is interesting that the top ranked cities for creativity all have extremely tolerant attitudes toward marijuana use.

Workplace Toxics Reveal the Beauty Industry’s Ugly Side

By: Sunday June 17, 2012 6:00 pm

While environmental justice campaigns have historically focused on localized pollution issues, the National Healthy Nail & Beauty Salon Alliance organizes around the intersection of workplace environmental health and racial and economic justice. According to the Alliance’s analysis, the hazards endemic to the nail salon industry are stratified by ethnicity and gender: roughly four in ten workers are Asian immigrants, many of them of childbearing age, poor, uninsured and with limited English-speaking ability. And they are assaulted daily by invisible threats.

Pelosi Expresses “Strong Concerns” About Federal Medical Marijuana Crackdown

By: Thursday May 3, 2012 2:15 pm

Following the recent petition delivery by medical marijuana activists to her San Fransisco office, Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) put out a statement expressing strong concerns about the federal government’s increasingly aggressive efforts against medical marijuana.

State-Level Efforts Seek Accountability for Foreclosure Fraud, Justice for Homeowners

By: Thursday April 12, 2012 7:13 pm

RealtyTrac data shows that judicial foreclosure states, where the integrity of the documents is most acute, experienced a spike in foreclosure filings over these three months. The non-judicial foreclosure states have seen falling filings, perhaps correlated to the falling unemployment rate, perhaps correlated to not much. The full effect of the settlement has yet to be seen.

San Francisco FBI Violated Muslims’ First Amendment Rights with “Mosque Outreach” Program

By: Tuesday March 27, 2012 1:45 pm

According to documents obtained by ACLU via FOIA, under the guise of “mosque outreach,” the FBI division based in San Francisco collected intelligence on mosques and Muslim religious organizations, including information on First Amendment-protected activities, such as details on religious beliefs and practices. The information then marked as “positive intelligence” and shared with outside agencies.

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