Randy Shaw

Randy Shaw is the Editor of Beyond Chron and the Director of San Francisco’s Tenderloin Housing Clinic, which publishes Beyond Chron. Shaw is the author of four books on activism, including The Activist's Handbook: Winning Social Change in the 21st Century, and Beyond the Fields: Cesar Chavez, the UFW and the Struggle for Justice in the 21st Century. His new book is The Tenderloin: Sex, Crime and Resistance in the Heart of San Francisco

Articles by Randy Shaw


Will New Hampshire Matter?

Posted February 9, 2016 by

New Hampshire votes today, ending the excessive media coverage of the first two election contests. The expected victories of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump leaves the race largely unchanged since last fall, as they join Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz
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Do Mass Protests Bring Progressive Change?

Posted February 9, 2016 by

While young people are supporting Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, many do not see electoral politics as the surest route to progressive change. This is understandable. Popular movements around African-American and women’s’ civil rights, the Vietnam War, and the negative impacts
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Free Friday Night Concert at Super Bowl City

Critics Wrong on Super Bowl City

Posted February 8, 2016 by

San Francisco has a serious gentrification problem. But not everything that happens within the city’s 49 square miles is part of a narrative of gentrification and displacement. Critics of Super Bowl City, however, felt otherwise. And that led them to
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1481 Post could leverage major affordable housing benefits

SF Housing Politics Exposed

Posted February 4, 2016 by

San Francisco has a housing crisis. And while some see new market rate housing as worsening it, the November defeat of the Mission Moratorium (Prop L) and passage of the $310 Affordable Housing Bond (Prop A) shows most San Francisco
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Why Sanders, Clinton and Cruz Won Iowa

Posted February 2, 2016 by

The big news in Iowa was the strong showing of Bernie Sanders and the defeat of Donald Trump. Now the question is how much the results matter. For Republicans, Mike Huckabee’s Iowa victory in 2008 and Rick Santorum’s in 2012
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Spike Lee Shoots Airball in Chi-Raq

Posted February 2, 2016 by Randy Shaw

Spike Lee’s recent film Chi-Raq is now out on video. It will likely disappoint those who hoped that Lee would provide critical insights into the ongoing black on black shootings in Chicago. After starting the film with a brilliant depiction
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Supervisor Aaron Peskin Seeks to Expand Rent Control

Peskin’s Rent Control Expansion: Will it Work?

Posted February 1, 2016 by

After winning election pledging to address San Francisco’s affordable housing crisis, Supervisor Aaron Peskin is now promoting a novel strategy: expanding rent control to newly constructed buildings. While state law bars rent control on post-1979 buildings, Peskin correctly believes that
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Protesting gentrification in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles

Why the Presidential Race Ignores Urban America

Posted January 28, 2016 by

Despite massive media coverage, the 2016 presidential race has ignored the housing and economic crises impacting urban America. Neither Bernie Sanders nor Hillary Clinton has uttered the phrase “housing crisis” during their debates, as no question has addressed it. Republicans
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