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


Is Obama’s Confidence in America Misplaced?

Posted January 12, 2017 by

Was Obama Soothing His Base Rather Than Firing it Up? Listening to President Obama’s Farewell Address, I wished I could forget that his long list of accomplishments had been routinely denounced by his  successor, Donald Trump. America had a chance
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Tenant rights bootcamps, not a special election, should be the model for progressive activism in 2017

Say No to 2017 SF Special Election

Posted January 10, 2017 by

If media reports and City Hall scuttlebutt are true, some San Francisco progressives are considering collecting signatures for a November 2017 special election. As stated in the SF Examiner, the election would force newly appointed D8 Supervisor Jeff Sheehy to
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SF's Four New Supervisors

Will SF’s New Supes Bring Change?

Posted January 9, 2017 by

Today launches the supervisor careers of Sandy Fewer, Hillary Ronen, and Ahsha Safai and District 8 appointee Jeff Sheehy. Due to the difficulty of defeating elected incumbents, the three supervisors will likely have eight years to make a difference for
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The Tenderloin's Onsen Spa and Tea Room opened in late 2016

Tenderloin Turnaround Continues in 2017

Posted January 5, 2017 by

100 years ago, San Francisco’s elite tried to close down the Tenderloin neighborhood “once and for all.” They failed. Now in 2017 the Tenderloin will again defy its critics by taking major steps toward its revitalization. 100 Years of Struggle
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Mayor  Lee, Aaron Peskin, and Jane Kim will resume housing debate in 2017

SF’s 2017 Political Outlook

Posted January 3, 2017 by

A new year has just begun and many cannot wait for it—and the next three years—to end.  San Franciscans are ready to protect the city against Trump policies and we’ll soon know what that entails. Meanwhile, cities can still act
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Tenants have the right to heat and should not live in the cold

Attention Tenants: You Have a Right to Heat

Posted January 3, 2017 by

In an unfortunate by-product of our housing crisis, many tenants are shivering in their apartments this season due to their landlord’s failure to provide heat. Some tenants are not even reporting the heat violation to their landlord, fearing eviction if
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SF Politics 2016: The Year in Review

Posted December 15, 2016 by

For many San Francisco Bay Area residents, 2016 was the worst of political years. As promising as 2016 began, Donald Trump’s election turned the past year into a train wreck. The 36 deaths in the Oakland warehouse known as the
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SF Politics 2016: Fall Elections

Posted December 15, 2016 by

We ended Part One of our 2016 San Francisco politics review with the city’s supervisors qualifying ballot measures for November that they thought would help their campaigns and candidates they backed. This strategy backfired big time for progressives, and did
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