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


2015: A Summer of Discontent

Posted August 27, 2015 by

The summer of 2015 has seen the American people expressing sharp discontent with the status quo. On the right, we have Donald Trump. On the left, we have Bernie Sanders, ongoing protests by Black Lives Matter, and the continued push
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SF Magazine had less positive profile of Pak in Dec. 2012

Rose Pak’s New Popularity

Posted August 24, 2015 by

Despite battling kidney problems, Rose Pak has achieved a career first: she has won popularity among segments of the white left and media that have long criticized her.  How did Pak do this? She told SF Magazine’s Joe Eskenazi that
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Shastri owns the Page Hotel, 161 Leavenworth (at Turk)

The Tenderloin’s Worst Landlord  

Posted August 24, 2015 by

San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood is coming back.  No, its gambling and bordellos are not reopening. But the bars and restaurants that drove its legal economy for decades are on the upswing, and along with new evening entertainment venues the Tenderloin
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THC's Galvin Apts, low-income housing in SOMA amidst sea of condos

Neighborhoods Need Economic Diversity

Posted August 20, 2015 by

As I detailed in “NY Times Gets Tenderloin Wrong,” the paper’s claim that “nowhere is the inequality gap as concentrated — and as evident — as in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood” is completely false. Not only did its supporting evidence 
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Calcanis and other tech entrepeneurs rent at WeWork at 25 Taylor St.

NY Times Gets Tenderloin Wrong

Posted August 18, 2015 by

It is clear from the August 17 story’s headline, “When Tech Came To the Tenderloin,” that NY Times deputy tech editor Quentin Hardy needs a geography lesson. After all, none of the prominent tech companies mentioned in the article operate
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A teacher shortage means empty classrooms

3 Ways to Help SF Teachers

Posted August 17, 2015 by

School starts for many this week, and in the San Francisco Bay Area the big story is the teacher shortage. This news should not be surprising. As state education funding over the past decade fell far short of meeting needs,
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Overflow crowd of bike activists address police, Aug. 11

San Francisco’s Rising Activism

Posted August 13, 2015 by

It will come as a surprise to those who believe San Francisco has lost its soul and is at the mercy of big money, but the past year has seen a sharp rise in effective grassroots activism. From battling Ellis
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Sister Souljah

Did Democrats Ignore Racism?

Posted August 11, 2015 by

Reading the news these days is like Marty McFly going from 1985 to 1955 in the film Back to the Future.  It’s 2015 and African-American Section 8 holders are still denied housing in majority white neighborhoods. Black kids still attend
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