It was rather quiet. It didn’t have a parade permit. It wasn’t really huge. But the congregation that happened at Sheep Meadow in Central Park afterwards attracted a large crowd. I was 19 years old, and it was all kind of new to me, because I had only recently come out. I didn’t realize the full impact of what had happened at Stonewall. I grew up in Philadelphia, I had moved to New York City to go to school (Parsons School of Design) two months after the riots. … [Read more...] about They Marched in America’s First Prides in 1970. They’re Still Out, Loud, and Proud.
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• Employee safeguards: Employees are provided with gloves and masks. Temporary Plexiglas barriers have been installed at all checkstands. Stores ensure that employees at registers regularly wash their hands. Employees are offered additional sick leave and have been asked to stay home if they’re sick. … [Read more...] about Shopping policies in effect at the Bay Area’s biggest grocery stores
“But really, I’m just here because this is a beautiful place to sit, and the people are so nice,” he said. “And here’s my take on life: My mama said, ‘Boy, I got one thing to say, if I ever catch you downbeat, I’m coming out of the grave to knock you upside the head.’ So I take that to heart. You have to be upbeat to help people up out of what’s bothering them. And it helps me too.” … [Read more...] about Bookworm, 82, has marked his place outside Opera Plaza shop for 30 years
Veronica Salazar of El Huarache Loco applied for every grant and loan that she qualified for — which isn’t many, due to her immigration status — but has been rejected by every one. A La Cocina graduate, Salazar has kept in touch with the organization, which has continued to check in with its vendors and connect them with grant and loan opportunities. So she keeps applying, but doesn’t have much faith in any of her applications panning out. Instead, she and her family have kept working, selling enchiladas and huaraches for takeout out of their restaurant in Larkspur and at the Alemany Farmers’ Market in San Francisco. … [Read more...] about Bay Area’s undocumented restaurant workers may need most help, get the least
In its earlier iteration, Silicon Valley was a uniquely egalitarian place where outsiders made success and working people had decent incomes. Today, Wired magazine's Antonio Garcia Martinez has labeled Silicon Valley as ‘feudalism with better marketing.” Despite enormous wealth, tech-driven cities like San Francisco and increasingly Seattle have become dysfunctional places, with massive homeless populations and a shrinking middle class. The urban website CityLab has described the Bay Area as “a region of segregated innovation,” where the rich wax, the middle class wanes, and the poor live in increasingly unshakeable poverty. In the last decade, according to the Brookings Institution, among the nation’s large cities, inequality grew most rapidly in San Francisco, a finding shared by the California Budget Center, which named the city first in California for economic inequality. … [Read more...] about The Tech Oligarchs Are Going to Destroy Democracy — Unless We Stop Them