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


Saving Obamacare, Pelosi Earns Support in 2018

Posted March 28, 2017 by

Pelosi’s Leadership Kept Democrats in Line You know the whispering about someone like Jane Kim challenging Nancy Pelosi from the left in a 2018 Democratic primary? That challenge wasn’t happening before last week; after she saved Obamacare, anybody deeming Pelosi
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SFMTA Puts Tenderloin Kids at Risk

SFMTA Delays Tenderloin Safety

Posted March 28, 2017 by

Tenderloin’s 10 Year Wait for Two-Way Streets Continues In 2007, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted the Tenderloin-Little Saigon Neighborhood Transportation Plan. Yet today, 10 years later, the Plan’s key pedestrian safety feature—the shift of Eddy and Ellis
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Speakers at Mar 17 Assembly hearing

Will Democrats Deliver for Tenants?

Posted March 21, 2017 by

State Must Address Housing Crisis As California activists mobilize against Trump’s planned elimination of Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) and Veteran’s Homeless programs (the USICH), these efforts must not obscure a critical question: when will California’s Democratic-controlled legislature start helping
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SF’s Housing Program Fails Teachers and Students

Posted March 21, 2017 by

New Proposal Expands Benefits The United Educators of San Francisco (UESF) opposes changes proposed by Supervisors Safai, Breed and Tang to the city’s inclusionary housing law. According to its op-ed in the SF Chronicle, UESF believes the proposal “pits low-income
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Protest against Laquan McDonald killing

A Spotlight on Police Killings

Posted March 16, 2017 by

Since Michael Brown’s killing in Ferguson in 2014, police killings in the United States have been recognized as a national crisis. But as Franklin Zimring shows in his new book, When Police Kill, the steps necessary to reduce the number
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Carmen Chu

Carmen Chu Joining SF Mayor’s Race?

Posted March 14, 2017 by

Chu Would Join Leno, Chiu, Farrell and Possibly Breed In the nearly two months since I offered early thoughts on San Francisco’s 2019 mayor’s race, at least one major new candidate seems likely to run: Carmen Chu. Chu is a
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A SF Bay Resistance training on schools

The Surprising Power of Grassroots Activism

Posted March 9, 2017 by

Strong Progressive Mix of Local, National Activism The big March 7 election wins in Los Angeles for homeless services (Yes on H) and affordable housing (No on S) further confirms: since Donald Trump’s election both local and national progressive activism
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