Oakland: School district apologizes for racist word in survey sent to families

OAKLAND, Calif. — Officials with the Oakland Unified School District apologized Oct. 22 for a racist term that was included in a survey sent out to families about returning to in-person learning. The word was derogatory toward people of Asian descent. District officials said they replaced it with appropriate language once they discovered it. How […]

S.F. Board unanimously approves CAREN Act outlawing racist emergency calls

San Francisco supervisors unanimously approved an ordinance Oct. 20 outlawing racially motivated 911 calls. The Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies Act, also known as the CAREN Act, was authored by Supervisor Shamann Walton in July and aims to prevent false emergency calls made with the intent to discriminate against a person’s race, sexual orientation, nationality, […]

Hate is here to stay

President Donald Trump and his xenophobic agenda may be voted out of office Nov. 3, but a panel of civil rights advocates predicts that bias-related crimes and incidents will continue to be on the rise. Asian Americans have experienced the biggest increase in bias-related incidents, but the President’s implicit “permission to hate” has impacted all […]

San Leandro: Council condemns white supremacy in resolution

A resolution condemning white nationalist and white supremacist hate groups and declaring support for classifying the Ku Klux Klan as a domestic terrorist organization under federal law was unanimously approved last week by the San Leandro City Council. The council action followed community requests for formal action to condemn white supremacy in the wake of […]

S.F. supervisor introduces ‘CAREN’ Act to outlaw racially motivated 911 calls

San Francisco Supervisor Shamann Walton on July 7 introduced an ordinance to outlaw racially motivated 911 calls. The Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies, or CAREN, Act could possibly result in people who call law enforcement based on racial bias facing criminal charges. The ordinance is similar to state Assemblymember Rob Banta’s (D-Oakland) Assembly Bill 1550, […]

Website to document anti-Asian hate crimes in wake of Covid-19

On a busy San Francisco street in the broad light of day, Yuanyuan Zhu was harassed and spit on by a stranger simply for being Asian in the midst of a global pandemic caused by what the president of the United States calls the “Chinese virus.” Zhu had just been dropped off near the corner […]

Controversial show title prompts reflection and change

BERKELEY, Calif. — Japanese American Bay Area magician David Hirata sought to tell a story about magic, racism and Japanese in America. He instead, however, attracting ire over the use of a slur in the title of his show, decided to change the title. The Marsh Berkeley announced the name change Nov. 14. In the […]

S.F. Rec and Park Commission approves renaming Julius Kahn Playground

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission on Sept. 19 voted unanimously to rename a park whose previous namesake was a local congressman who was instrumental in extending a racist law more than a century ago. Julius Kahn Playground, located at West Pacific Avenue and Spruce Street in the Presidio Heights neighborhood, will now be […]

OPINION: Donald Trump: a disruptive president

Traditionally, American presidents have governed with dignity and a strong sense of national purpose and international responsibility. Since his election in 2016, however, Donald Trump has debased the dignity and decorum of the presidency. Every day, over the past three years, he has trampled on the principles and practices of democratic governance. He caters to […]

S.F. Park Commission committee recommends new name for Julius Kahn Playground

A San Francisco parks commission committee recommended Sept. 5 a new name for Julius Kahn Playground, park department officials said. The operations committee for the San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission recommended Presidio Wall Playground as the new name. Last year, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to change the name of the playground. […]

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