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


Sherrod Brown or Julian Castro for VP?

Posted May 3, 2016 by

With Hillary Clinton all but officially clinching the presidential nomination, the question turns to who should be her Vice-Presidential nominee. The list of potential choices is unusually short, and includes Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, HUD Secretary Julian Castro and Virginia
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Harvey Milk

SF’s 5 Most Influential People

Posted May 2, 2016 by

Last week I had the honor of introducing Reverend Cecil Williams and former Mayor Willie Brown before a showing at Glide Church of a memorable 1974 film about Williams. As I was preparing my comments it struck me that Williams
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Avalos seeks to legalize and spread camping citywide

Support for Camping Will Doom SF Progressives

Posted April 26, 2016 by

In my political forecast for 2016, I saw San Francisco progressives having a big edge in the November elections. The housing crisis, inequality, and perceptions that the system is “rigged” benefited progressive supervisor candidates as well as Jane Kim in
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Aaron Peskin Talks Tenderloin

Posted April 26, 2016 by

Aaron Peskin, whose return to the Board of Supervisors has rejuvenated San Francisco politics, speaks at noon at the Tenderloin Museum on Monday May 2nd as part of the museum’s Lunch Time Speaker Series. The Series was inaugurated by an
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Peskin Moves to Save SRO Hotels

Posted April 25, 2016 by

Last week, Supervisor Aaron Peskin announced plans to strengthen San Francisco’s landmark SRO hotel conversion and demolition ordinance (Chapter 41 of the SF Administrative Code, hereafter “the HCO”). This law, which originally passed in 1981 and was then significantly strengthened
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New Study: Resisting Bay Area Gentrification Works

Posted April 6, 2016 by

Study Shows That Laws, Policies Can Preserve Diverse Neighborhoods The community group Causa Justa-Just Cause has just released a report, “Development Without Displacement: Resisting Gentrification in the Bay Area.” Its main thesis is that, as Richard Walker puts it, “there
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Richmond activists pushing for rent control and just cause eviction law

Extending Rent Control in 2016

Posted April 4, 2016 by

California’s enactment of a $15 minimum wage benefits millions of working people.  But many continue to suffer from high housing costs and threats of eviction without cause. That’s why activists in Richmond, Alameda and Oakland are gathering signatures for initiatives
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