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    Honoring Those Lost, Protecting Artistic Communities and Our Renters

    Honoring Those Lost, Protecting Artistic Communities and Our Renters

    By Rebecca Kaplan, Oakland City Councilmember At-Large On December 2, a large fire took the lives of 36 people attending a concert in a warehouse known as “Ghost Ship” in…

    Deck the Halls of Schools, Workplaces and Courts with LGBT Equality

    Deck the Halls of Schools, Workplaces and Courts with LGBT Equality

    By John Lewis and Stuart Gaffney Whenever we hear the ubiquitous holiday music that pervades the airwaves this time of year, we can’t help but want to sing along—not with…

    California LGBT Senior Services on the Front Lines

    California LGBT Senior Services on the Front Lines

    By Marcy Adelman After the President-elect takes office, we will need to be prepared for an assault on federal programs that benefit elders and people living with disabilities. We can…

    SF Library News, Wiener to the Senate, D8 Supervisor Speculation, and Presidential Election Challenges

    SF Library News, Wiener to the Senate, D8 Supervisor Speculation, and Presidential Election Challenges

    By Zoe Dunning New Amnesty Program for SF Library Users If you are one of 155,000 library patrons with overdue items from the San Francisco Library, I have good news…

    The Very Worst Election

    The Very Worst Election

    By Rafael Mandelman Seeing as this is my first column since the election—certainly the very worst election of my lifetime—I feel compelled to acknowledge what we must all be feeling: this…

    Inconvenient Truth

    Inconvenient Truth

    By John Lewis and Stuart Gaffney No aspect of the 2016 election was more unsettling for us than being forced to confront one of life’s most discomforting but universal truths:…

    World AIDS Day: Books, Health and History

    World AIDS Day: Books, Health and History

    By Michele Karlsberg In the insightful and inspirational memoir, The Sea Is Quiet Tonight, Michael Ward returns to the early years of the AIDS epidemic, when so little was known and…

    We’ll Never Give Up

    We’ll Never Give Up

    Just five months ago we joined thousands of other people at the corner of Castro and Market to come together in the face of the massacre of 49 members of…

    Lessons from Angel Island

    Lessons from Angel Island

    When we hear about Ellis Island, we immediately think about an island by New York City that was the stop-gap for immigrants coming from Europe. Yet many in California aren’t…

    Kaplan Spearheads Public Banking

    Kaplan Spearheads Public Banking

    Imagine a bank that invests in the local economy and is mandated to serve the public interest. In Oakland, we have begun the process to establish a public bank that…