Parkmerced Tenants Hope to Keep Units Amid Demolition

Construction in Parkmerced, the sprawling apartment complex located next to Lake Merced in southwest San Francisco, will begin in the spring of 2018, kicking off a 20 to 30 year redevelopment process.  

Maximus Real Estate Partners, the company that owns Parkmerced, will construct several new high rises, adding 5,679 new apartments for a total of 8,900, almost triple the current 3,221 units. Other planned amenities include community gardens, open spaces such as playing fields and bicycle paths,

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Will Daley, Defender of the People (June 27, 1952 — November 3, 2017)

When I first heard of Will, he was a case manager at Hamilton. There are many good case managers in San Francisco, but I think it’s fairly rare, across the board, to find social workers who are really fully in league with the people they work for. Will was fully, unapologetically, and—given the nature of social services—often contentiously on the side of the homeless families at Hamilton. As a case manager, he began volunteering at the Coalition on Homelessness,

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Global Problems, Local Solutions (Part 2: Israel)

After deciding to write my second article about homelessness around the world and the ways to approach it, I realized how really different homelessness is in various countries and cultures.

Israel didn’t know homeless until late ‘80s and early ‘90s — a time marked by a wave of immigration from the former Soviet Union. From the first days of its existence, Israel was one supportive community that took good care of its members.

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How to support incarcerated folks

Volunteer & Donate to the Orgs Doin’ the Work!

California Coalition for Women Prisoners is a grassroots social justice organization, with members inside and outside prison, that challenges the institutional violence imposed on women, transgender people, and communities of color by the prison industrial complex (PIC). We see the struggle for racial and gender justice as central to dismantling the PIC and we prioritize the leadership of the people, families, and communities most impacted in building this movement.

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New group to sell incarcerated artists’ work online

Formed in October of 2017, the No Walls Collective aims to uplift the artwork and stories of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people. We run an online Etsy shop to connect buyers with pieces donated by incarcerated artists to support the livelihood and self-determination of people directly impacted by prisons and jails. All the proceeds directly benefit the contributing artists and ongoing efforts to abolition prisons. Each collective member is connected with loved ones who are currently in prison,

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I see my life passing, and I’ve learned

I grew up in the rough part of San Jose; the east side. I ran with the local crew and began to participate in gang activity. My first encounter with the law was at the age of 13. I was arrested for burglarizing my middle school. Because of my age and the degree of the crime, I was released to my mother.

Four months later, I was rearrested; but this time it was for a strong-arm robbery.

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My Personal Experience of Hell: Juvenile Hall

Dear Readers,

Hey there. I want you to know this experience I am having while I am in here. This place is like hell with ice water. You can learn many new things from being where you are now.

The whole life thing changes from the second you get arrested and are in handcuffs to the point when you’re in your room thinking about everything you’ve done.

You go through the whole getting checked-in process (fingerprints to intake).

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[Poetry] Do You Remember?

Do You Remember?

Do you remember when I first held you?

Do you remember me crying too?

Do you remember you taking your first step?

Do you remember the scrapbook I kept?

Do you remember your first blankie?

Do you remember your first birthday party?

Do you remember me taking you to Disneyland?

Do you remember the beach and the sand?

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[Comic] Shades of Grey

Gabriel Wyatt is a gay cartoonist who is incredibly passionate about his craft and is an advocate for queer awareness and prison abolition. He is incredibly creative and has many stories to tell, and we’re looking forward to reading all that he has. 

ABO Comix is an anthology of stories amplifying the voices of queer and trans prisoners. Their team consists of three angry queers who have been involved in prison abolition and other advocacy work for years.

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[Comic] Diatribes of a Morning Starr

KrystaMarie Morningstarr is an incarcerated trans woman in Texas and has written  several letters to ABO Comix over the course of the last few months. She’s been studying manga art for four years, has diplomas in creative writing and paralegal, and is a strong advocate for the trans community. She aspires to be a published comic book artist.

ABO Comix is an anthology of stories amplifying the voices of queer and trans prisoners.

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