“San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr resigns after killing of woman” by Emily Green (sfgate.com)

SuhrSan Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr resigned Thursday. He is seen at a press conference earlier Thursday about an officer involved shooting that ended in the death of a 27-year-old woman.

May 19, 2016

San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr resigned Thursday, hours after a city officer killed a woman at the edge of the Bayview neighborhood and after he was asked to step down by Mayor Ed Lee.

At a City Hall news conference, Lee said he hoped to “heal the city” amid outrage over recent police killings of people of color and revelations that a number of officers had exchanged racist and homophobic text messages.

“The progress we have made has been meaningful but it hasn’t been fast enough, not for me and not for Greg, and that’s why I have asked Chief Suhr for his resignation,” Lee said in remarks that lasted five minutes.

Lee named as acting police chief Toney Chaplin, 47, who was a deputy chief. The announcement came after Lee and Suhr met for hours in Lee’s office, with the departing chief exiting a side door without speaking to reporters. Chaplin stood at Lee’s side during the news conference.

Lee appointed Suhr, 57, in April 2011 when George Gascón became district attorney. A 30-year veteran of the force at the time, he had the backing of the police union, Chinatown political powerhouse Rose Pak and state Attorney General Kamala Harris, Gascón’s predecessor as district attorney.

But Suhr presided over a series of controversies, including the arrests of officers, allegations of racism and racial profiling in the force, and disputed officer-involved shootings. The U.S. Department of Justice division in charge of police-community relations has launched a top-to-bottom review of San Francisco police.

“I have previously expressed confidence in Chief Suhr because I know he agrees with and understands the need for reform,” Lee said. “He has demonstrated his commitment to instilling these reforms into the whole department, from the command staff to the cadets.

“But following this morning’s officer-involved shooting and my meeting with Chief Suhr this afternoon,” Lee said, “I have arrived at a different conclusion to the question of how best to move forward.”

Lee said, “In this solemn moment we must put aside politics and begin to heal the city.”

Suhr and Lee had until Thursday been fending off calls from critics, including four members of the Board of Supervisors, that the chief be replaced.

City Supervisor Norman Yee, who had supported keeping the chief on, said Thursday he had been “willing to give [Suhr] this last chance to implement his changes. But with this recent incident today, which is tragic, I think the mayor is doing the right thing asking for his resignation. I am happy that Chief Suhr was wiling to give his resignation. We really need to start healing our communities.

“The chief is a good guy,” Yee said. “He does care about people in San Francisco. And I’m sure that weighed into this decision. … I think [Suhr] took the high road and really believes this is better for San Francisco.”

Board of Supervisors President London Breed, who had refused to comment before Thursday on whether the chief should be replaced, offered unusually personal remarks in a statement.

“Greg Suhr has served San Francisco valiantly for over three decades,” Breed said. “I knew him when I was a child in the Western Addition, and he was a young narcotics officer working the beat. Greg was always respectful, always a servant of the community. I only hope his resignation today can help heal the wounds our community has suffered, and that all of us can dedicate ourselves to the police reforms Chief Suhr helped begin.”

“It was an untenable situation and what needed to happen has happened,” said Supervisor Aaron Peskin, who had also refused to comment before Thursday on whether the chief should be replaced. “The events of this morning were above and beyond the pale.”

On Thursday morning, a San Francisco police sergeant shot and killed a woman who was driving a suspected stolen car near the Bayview neighborhood, officials said. There was no immediate indication that the 27-year-old woman had a weapon or was trying to run down the sergeant before the shooting, police said.

It was the third fatal shooting of a suspect by San Francisco police within the past six months. Previous shootings, particularly the Dec. 2 killing of 26-year-old stabbing suspect Mario Woods in the Bayview, have prompted critics to accuse police of being too quick to use their guns, especially against suspects who are minorities.

Woods was African American, and Suhr said the woman who was killed Thursday was black. Her name and the names of the officers involved have not been released.

Lee said police shootings had “shaken and divided our City, and tensions between law enforcement and communities of color that have simmered for too many years have come into full view. … The community is grieving, and I join them in that grief.”

Chaplin, the acting chief, is a 26-year department veteran who has worked out of the Mission and Taraval stations and in the gang task force and recently helped launch a unit aimed at bringing transparency and accountability to the department.

“He’s established a record of commitment to the city’s diverse communities,” Lee said. “I will hold the acting chief and the department to a high standard of urgency to implement the reforms we’ve already announced in the past several months.”

Emily Green is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: egreen@sfchronicle.com Twitter:emilytgreen

Action Council — 2 Demos TODAY — after another SFPD Involved shooting (from Adrienne Fong)

Thursday, May 19th 

M 19, Thursday, 5:00pm and  8:30pm,  2 Actions regarding today’s SFPD killing of a 27 year old Black woman

  – 5:00pm, Mama Christina from the Black and Brown Coalition has asked people to join her on the steps of City Hall.

  – 8:30pm, VIGIL for the 22nd Community Member Killed Under Suhr’s Watch

8:30pm Vigil:

Shafter Avenue & Elmira St.
SF

Women Dies After SF Involved Officer Shooting (news video)

http://www.ktvu.com/news/142971185-story

Today, an SFPD sergeant shot and killed a 27 year-old Black woman and her unborn child who were in a car in the Bayview neighborhood of San Francisco. These are all the details we have right now.

This is the same neighborhood where a sergeant recently expressed a desire to kill Black people.

The #Frisco500 with the full support of the Anti Police-Terror Project, Last 3% of SF, #DoNoHarm Coalition and Black Lives Matter Bay Area – call for the whole community to come out to a candlelight vigil at the site of the murder.

We’ll see you at the corner of Shafter Avenue and Elmira Street at 8:30pm tonight.

ALL are welcome and encouraged to join. Bring signs, candles and flowers if you can.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1750684198483328/

Paris: Nuit Debout Global Day of Action (via Occupy London)

A major new movement is growing in France. Thousands occupied Paris’s Place de la Republique for Nuit Debout’s global day of action, as they have done every day for the last six weeks. Similar occupations are happening daily in town squares across France as people from all cultures and classes meet, debate, discuss and practise real democracy. They are now calling on people all over the world to do the same.

“White Coats” (UCSF) came out to tell Mayor Ed Lee he needs to be held accountable for sponsoring a chief that is murdering their patients


Photo by Ilyich Sato  City Hall earlier today.. Doctors & Med students and nurses came out to tell Mayor Ed Lee he needs to be held accountable for sponsoring a chief that is murdering their patients. “SanFrancisco, do no harm…”  Later on they were instrumental in shutting down the SF Police Commission Meeting!!

May 18, 2016

To all concerned, The police commission has come to expect the occasional disruption of their proceedings by the Great Unwashed, you and I and the people who walk in there in their jeans, Chinese bamboo hats, baseball caps, bicycle riding jerseys and shorts, and backpacks.
Tonight was different. President Suzy “Control Freak” Loftus until she loses it when she loses control of her stepping stone to higher office tried to have the public comment at the end rather than the beginning because, god forbid, the elementary school kids present might have their conditioning challenged about the SFPD.
So a short time into presentations of awards and cute speeches by precocious fifth graders, a group of “White Coats” (UCSF) stood up and demanded to be heard. They made it clear that they wanted this body to respond to their many attempts to get the issues of police murder and excessive violence in the black and brown communities on the police commission agenda. But Suzy the Controller of the Agenda has deftly ignored their call for discussion as well as various other groups’ demands.
Think about it. These are the doctors and interns who heal the people that come into their hospital who are beaten up and/or killed by racists, homophobic, porcine text messengers.
It’s a beautiful thing to see members of our conditioned to be civil and compromising society step forward, stand up, and refuse to leave the room until the commission enter into dialogue with the People of SF who are not in denial about the Crisis that exists within our city’s law enforcement agency and demand that this Crisis be on the Suzy Loftus Exclusive Agenda Domain.
When the White Coats refused to budge, she took a recess. Half an hour later, they returned. But in the meantime much discussion among the people there ensued, much mutual information was exchanged. And I guess Suzy thought the second time around with the more gentrified appearing of our SF residents would accede to here control.
They didn’t, She lost it, really lost it, and closed the meeting.
They’ll be regrouping. But as far as I am concerned, this needs to be followed up upon with more disruption until her accountability is challenged effectively. She must confront the Will of the People.
It’s clear to me anyway that she refuses to do so, so as not to piss off the City Hall cabal that she has hitched her political wagon to.
Does anybody know the last time this police commission has ever done an investigation of a police killing? What’s the history of this, John? We need to hit them with this. As an oversight committee they are putrefying with police complicity and not doing their jobs.
Luis Gongora’s murder: 8 witnesses completely contradict the testimony of two  twenty-two second cops. Where’s the investigation?
Let’s do something about this.
Latest information on Suhr’s forced retirement: He’s had a girlfriend of 10 years which will be in August of this year, thus qualifying her for half his pension should he die. He wants to stick around till August to cover his honey crunch. 
 
–Bob of Occupy

Action Council Events — May 18 to May 24

Send announcements for posting to Pat:  pat1936@gmail.com  

OccupySF

~ Action Council ~

Occupy San Francisco Bulletin Board:

 http://www.occupysf.net

 ANNOUNCEMENTS

Wednesday May 18___________________________________

4:00 pm         Justin Herman Plaza   Market St. and Embarcadero, SF

A MARCH AND RALLY FOR THE RIGHT TO ORGANIZE UNIONS

Unions help raise families out of poverty, strengthen
communities and expand democracy.  Join hotel
workers and janitors who are fighting multi billion
dollar corporations.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/243771749317040/

6:00 pm          Gordon J. Lau School, 940 Clay St. in Chinatown, SF

SF POLICE COMMISSION MEETING

Public invited to make comments to police commissioners about SFPD

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1086160794788944/

6:00 pm         Mission Police Station,  17th and Valencia, S.F.

VIGIL FOR AMILCAR and PRESS CONFERENCE

Silent vigil to wait for the DA to file charges against
the officers who killed Amilcar.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/538746962996942/

Thursday, May 19 ____________________________________

12 noon – 7:00 pm  AND ALL WEEK!

S.F. City hall steps on Polk St.

DAILY PRESENCE FOR JUSTICE!

Please wear black to honor our dead brothers and
sisters.  We will be there until Suhr is GONE!
Rain or shine. We will not stop until Justice is served.
Info: sjjacobson@fastmail.fm
Noon, Inside SF City Hall, 1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Place, SF

DEMAND IMMEDIATE ACTION ON S.F. STATE OF EMERGENCY

We have a budget of $9 million and it needs to be
used for our hospitals, human services, libraries and
emergency communication department.
sponsored by SEIU 1021
3:00 pm,  S. F.City Hall    rm. 400  Planning Commission

Public hearing

STOP THE BEAST ON BRYANT!

A 6 story Condo Tower is planned on a site now
has three residential units, and auto repair shop and a
warehouse.  Come and stop the 196 luxury units, stop
the demolition of CELL space, displacement of blue
collar jobs, eviction of community serving businesses
and the loss of industry and art space

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1541086989532639/

6:00 PM     St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church 2097 Turk St.
(near Lyon) S.F.

TOWN HALL MEETING  – Justice 4 Mario Woods Coalition

We will focus on activities that have transpired and
explore additional ways to unify people from the
community and organize to FIRE CHIEF SUHR.
sponsored by Justice4MarioWoods

Info: ‘ https://www.facebook.com/events/560922164088777/

Friday May 20 ______________________________________

1:00 pm    Meet at corner of Trestle Glen and Lakeshore Ave   Oakland

STOLEN LAND / HOARDED RESOURCES REDISTRIBUTION, DECOLONIZATION & COMMUNITY REPARITATIONS

Redistribution tour.

Working people are under attack by gentrification,
police terror, extreme displacement and anti immigration
policies. This tour will be led by people from Poor Magazine
and First Nation people and from Hip Hop Nation.

Info / RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/594571980706780/

7:00 – 9:00  First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th St. Oakland

BREAKING DOWN THE BOX

A film about solitary confinement followed by a
discussion of confinement and isolation of youth.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/768717253265356/

7:00 pm    2969 Mission St (between 25th and 26th St) S.F.

Report back of he second International forum on
Justice in Palestine held in Tunisia last month.

100 YEARS OF WESTERN COLONIALISM IN THE MIDDLE EAST

speaker:  Richard Becker of the Answer coalition

$3.00 – $10.00 donation requested.  No one turned away.
refreshments served
sponsor – Party for Socialism and Liberation

Saturday May 21 ___________________________________

11.46 am    The Embarcadero @ North Point (at a wooden platform
by the water.)

MARCH AGAINST MONSANTO

March for food freedom!

Join the 5th annual day of action across the earth and
help create a better world for us and the generations
to come. Come dressed like your favorite creature in
need of representation against the big Agro Chemical
Industry.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/395847877245485/

12:00 – 6:00 pm  The New Parish, 1743 San Pablo Ave in Oakland

AN ENVIRONMENTAL EQUITY SUMMIT
discuss the needs of people of color and grassroots
people of color environmental groups.  There will
be a diverse group of exhibitors including the
Uhuru movement, venders and DJs artists and
speakers.  This is an event for all ages.

Host  Hip Hop Community For Change

Info: Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/814519132013386/

4 pm          NIAD Art gallery  551 23rd St   Richmond

Plenty of street parking, 9 min walk from Richmond Bart
A solo show.

SOLITARY MAN: MY VISIT TO PELICAN BAY PRISON

Sunday  May 22  _____________________________________

9:00 am    Bernal, Folsom, Shotwell, Mission Dolores

RIVER OF SORROWS: INVITATION TO WALK WITH FAMILIES HURT BY POLICE

A walk with the families whose sons have been harmed
or killed by the SFPD.  The walk will begin at Bernal
Heights where Alex Nieto was killed, and go to 29th and
Shotwell with the family of Amilcar and to where Gongora
Pat was killed and then to Mission Dolores Church for
a mass.  Those not wanting to go to church can go to
Dolores Park to prepare for a pot luck picnic.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/965308476922231/

9 to 11 am   UU Center at 1187 Franklin at  Geary

Sunday Forum

UPLIFTING PRISONER’S RIGHTS TO PRESERVE HUMAN RIGHTS

speakers   Walani Stiner and Naomi Berlyne of California Prison Focus.    Questions, comments and discussion after the speakers.

1:00 pm     Kenny’s Plaza on 3rd St between Palou and Oakdale

MALCOLM X DAY CELEBRATION

Free outdoor music, Guest speakers and Kenneth
Harding will serve free food.  The event is dedicated to
seeking solutions for current challenges faced by San
Francisco residents —  gentrification, unemployment,
poverty, racist discrimination and police brutality in the
context and ideology and principle’s of Malcolm X.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/746967118774316/

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm   Oakland Peace Center at 111 Fairmont Avenue in Oakland.  This is a part of a week of international solidarity.

TEACH IN; WHAT IS HAPPENING IN HAITI?

This teach in will give us the latest news on the
struggle and how the United States is subverting
democracy and how we can show our solidarity.
Sponsors–The Black Alliance for Just immigration,
Haiti Action committee, Black Lives Matter, All
African People’s revolutionary party, Priority Africa
Network, East Side Arts alliance, Malcolm X grass-
roots Movement.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/856250281147973/

Monday May 23  ______________________________________

4:00pm-6:00pm  Hayward City Hall, 777 B Street, #4. Hayward (nr. Hayward BART)

RALLY & VIGIL: JUSTICE 4 JAMES “NATE” GREER!

2 year anniversary of James “Nate” Greer death at the hands of Hayward rogue police.

His grieving Family will be holding a rally with their attorneys, and have a candle light vigil immediately following.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1536730769964367/

                      

5:00 – 7:00      UCSF  Cole Hall, 513 Parnassus Ave. S.F.

REFRAMING THE DIALOGUE: RACE, POLICE VIOLENCE AND PUBLIC HEALTH

LECTURE BY RPA Margo MD, followed by a panel
discussion featuring the Frisco Five Hunger Strikers,
UCSF Medical students, and SFPD Sargent Yolanda
Williams.  Open to public
Co sponsored by UCSF PRIME, UCSF Global Health
group, and the Heal Initiative.

Info / RSVP : https://www.facebook.com/events/949803821803516/

5:30 to 8:30  224 Winton Ave, Hayward.

PROTECT ALAMEDA COUNTY WATER

Alameda County officials have the power to ban fracking.
Big oil has put up roadblock after roadblock.  On
Monday we must turn out in force to demand a
fracking ban.

Organized by Food and Water Watch

6:30 pm        Eric  Quejada Center for LGBT Community

518 Valencia St.  S.F.

RACISM AND WHITE PRIVILEGE IN THE LGBT COMMUNITY

Please join the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic club
for a discussion and testimonies of racism the white
privilege in the LBGT community.

Tuesday May 24 ________________________________________

12:00 to 6:00     on the steps to S.F. City Hall if Suhr has not resigned or
been fired.  Wear black and let our officials see the
determination of the people of San Francisco for
a police dept. to protect the serve the people of
our city.

2 REMINDERS

May 25, Wednesday 9:00am-2:30pm, SF Public Defender’s 2016 Justice Summit USE OF FORCE

SF Main Library –
Koret Auditorium
100 Larkin St. – Enter at 30 Grove St.
SF

Free Event – Must Register! (lunch provided to RSVPed attendees)

Speakers:

Melissa Harris-Perry, author, professor, political commentator

Jeff Adachi, SF Public Defender

Ken Williams, former veteran homicide detective, and use of force/police reform expert

Steve Tuttle, Taser International

Info / Register: http://sfjusticesummit.com/

May, 31, Tuesday, 6:30pm  –  KILLING THEM SAFELY (Film regarding TASERS)

Roxie Theater
3117 – 16th St.
SF

Hundreds of deaths. Zero oversight. Tasers were supposed to curb the use of deadly force – so why have over 500 people died from Taser-related injuries since?  At a time when questions about police methods are at the forefront of the national dialogue, Killing Them Safely brings together archival footage and eye-opening interviews with experts on both sides of the debate.

Following the screening, a discussion featuring filmmaker, Nick Berardini, and San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi about the film and its implications for the upcoming decision of the San Francisco Police Commission to possibly start outfitting SFPD officers with Tasers.

Co-Sponsors: ACLU Northern California, Public Defenders Racial Justice Committee, Coalition on Homelessness, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus, National Lawyers Guild –SF, 48 Hills

OccupySF Action Council is also sponsoring.

Info & Tickets:

http://www.roxie.com/ai1ec_event/killing-them-safely/?instance_id

FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/1616445155343535/

Have you called Bernie’s lawyer and the NY Attorney General to redo New York Democratic primary? If you don’t have the contact #s I can send them… (from Stephen Fox)

May 16, 2016

This flow chart explains it all, precisely how and why the 126,000
Brooklyn voters were purged! Please take ten minutes really soon to talk
to editors in the press and media in general, because most of them have
little knowledge of the fatally flawed NY primary, the petition to New
York’s Attorney General to do it all over, and the probable cause evidence
that the purges were orchestrated by Bernie’s opponent.

This flow chart by Netra Halperin was presented today to the New York
Attorney General in Albany and to the Bernie Sanders Campaign lawyer, Brad
Deutsch, in Washington DC, with more meticulously compiled evidence and a
timeline, we hope published soon at OpEdNews.

This Probable Cause could become the next scandal in a very long series of
scandals for Bernie’s opponent as well as the first salvo in a Federal
Court hearing to grant a new New York Primary. Please discuss this in
brief phone calls asking for further coverage with some of your press
friends and other media editors, plus the Bureau Chief of your nearest
Associated Press office, even if your primary has already been held. A few
of these calls means you have become one of our press liaisons for an
honest and clean repeat NY Primary. Thank you!

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10208875786353820&set=gm.622578524560092&type=3&theater

See also my latest article:
“Those Pledged Super Delegates would run like rats from a sinking ship”
—NY Primary Redo Could Win it for Bernie

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Those-Pledged-Super-Deleg-by-Stephen-Fox-21st-Century-Tammany-Hall-New-York_Brooklyn-And-Bronx-Disenfranchisement_Facebook-Group-Bernie-Sanders-Advice-And-Strategie_George-Soros-160516-445.html

Please click on this flow chart to enlarge in perfect clear detail.

–from Stephen Fox at stephen@santafefineart.com

Attempt to turn France’s ‘Nuit Debout’ protest movement global falls flat (France24.com)


© Geoffroy Van der Hasselt / AFP | ‘Nuit Debout’ activists at the Place de la République in Paris on Sunday May 15, 2016.

A call for demonstrators to turn out in cities across Europe under the banner of France’s “Nuit Debout” protest movement failed to attract much support Sunday, with only a handful of people taking to the streets.

Organisers of “Nuit Debout” – which loosely translates as “Up All Night” in English – had called for autonomous demonstrations to be held in cities across the world and especially in Europe along shared themes such as migrants, austerity and free trade.

The movement, which has been holding a nightly sit-in at Place de la République in central Paris for more than six weeks, chose May 15 for the protests as a tribute to Spain’s anti-austerity “Indignados” movement, which was marking its fifth anniversary in Madrid on the same day.

But although around 1,500 turned out in Paris on Sunday for what organisers’ dubbed “Global Debout”, few rallies took place elsewhere, and turnout was low in places where they did go ahead.

In the Belgian capital of Brussels around 150 demonstrators took part in a demonstration, while in Berlin “around 100 people” turned out for a protest in the German capital’s Kreuzberg area, according to an estimate by one of the participants.

Even in other cities in France, there was not much sign that those outside of Paris had heard the “Nuit Debout” organisers’ rallying call. Around 200 people gathered outside City Hall in Toulouse, while in Marseille a “Nuit Debout” picnic attracted just 20 people, according to an AFP journalist.

Thousands march on ‘Indignados’ anniversary

It was a sharp contrast to scenes in Madrid, where thousands of people took to the streets to mark the fifth anniversary of the birth of the “Indignados” movement.

Crowds marched through the Spanish capital to the beat of drums, holding banners that read: “Indignados, united or defeated!”, “Unemployed on the march!” and “European Union of people, not nations!”.

Thousands also gathered in the city’s central Puerta del Sol square throughout the day and into the evening, commemorating the weeks that protesters spent occupying the square in the spring of 2011.

“We are here to mark 15-M (May 15). I really lived it, I practically lived in Sol,” 55-year-old Asun Lasaosa told AFP. “But this time, it’s more of a party.”

That year, 21,000 protests took place throughout Spain as people expressed their anger at the economic crisis, government austerity and corruption.

The movement quickly spread beyond Spain, inspiring Occupy Wall Street protests in New York as well as gatherings in other European cities.

It also gave birth in January 2014 to Podemos, a far-left, anti-austerity party that reshaped Spain’s traditional political system by sweeping to third place in last year’s polls.

Brands targeted

But while the youth-led “Nuit Debout” shares much in common with the “Indignados” movement, it has failed to inspire the same level of international reach as its Spanish forebear.

The “Nuit Debout” movement began on March 31 to protest the French government’s proposed labour reforms and has since grown to encompass a range of grievances, from the plight of migrants to tax evasion.

But there are signs the momentum behind the movement is slowing.

The labour reforms which first sparked the protests are being forced through by the Socialist government nonetheless, and recent polls show a fall in public support for “Nuit debout”, after weeks of demonstrations marred by vandalism and violence.

Nevertheless, “Nuit Debout” activists announced the launch Sunday of a new initiative dubbed “NOlist” – a global campaign to denounce the most socially irresponsible brands.

The campaign will seek to identify a new brand to target every 15 days to three weeks, with internet users able to vote on which companies should be added to the list, explained one activist.

“We won’t just use online actions [to target brands], but concrete actions too,” another activist told AFP.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

“A Plan to Flood San Francisco With News on Homelessness” by Thomas Fuller (nytimes.com)

HomelessSFA homeless man’s tent on Florida Street last week in San Francisco. Journalists are banding together in an attempt to spur the city to take action on the homeless crisis. CreditJim Wilson/The New York Times

May 15, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO — As the editor in chief of The San Francisco Chronicle, Audrey Cooper has overseen countless stories on homelessness. But the issue became personal three years ago when she was pushing her 6-month-old child in a stroller through the city’s business district. A homeless couple in a tent on the sidewalk were having sex, tent flaps open, as their pit bull stood guard.

Ms. Cooper expressed her outrage loudly and in colorful language.

“I probably shouldn’t have started yelling at them,” she said in an interview in her fishbowl office in the heart of the Chronicle’s newsroom. “They let their dog loose.”

San Francisco residents have over decades become inured to encounters with the city’s homeless population, the clumps of humanity sleeping on sidewalks under coats and makeshift blankets, or drug addicts shooting up in full view of pedestrians. There are also the tension-filled but common scenes of mentally ill men and women stumbling down streets, arguing with imaginary enemies or harassing passers-by.

One particularly vocal group of residents, San Francisco’s journalists, say they feel a sense of urgency in addressing the problem. They are banding together in an exasperated, but as yet vaguely defined, attempt to spur the city into action.

Next month, media organizations in the Bay Area are planning to put aside their rivalries and competitive instincts for a day of coordinated coverage on the homeless crisis in the city. The Chronicle, which is leading the effort, is dispensing with traditional news article formats and will put forward possible solutions to the seemingly intractable plight of around 6,000 people without shelter.

Representatives from Bay Area television and radio stations, The Chronicle, The San Francisco Examiner, Mother Jones and online publications, among others, met last month to figure out a plan to share resources and content. They agreed to publish their reports on homelessness on June 29.

“We are all frustrated,” said Jon Steinberg, the editor in chief of San Francisco magazine, which is also taking part. “We are all fed up. We feel there is not enough movement and accountability on the issue.”

“We want the full force of the Fourth Estate to bear down on this problem,” he added.

Thirty news organizations have confirmed their participation. KQED, a public television and radio station, is also taking a lead role in the campaign.

The premise of the effort is to create a “wave” of coverage that will force politicians to come up with solutions, Ms. Cooper said.

“You will not be able to log onto Facebook, turn on the radio, watch TV, read a newspaper, log onto Twitter without seeing a story about the causes and solutions to homelessness,” she said.

At a time of tight budgets, collaboration has become increasingly common in the news business. This year’s Pulitzer Prize forinvestigative journalism was won by a combined team from The Tampa Bay Times and The Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida. Still, the San Francisco collaboration stands out for the number of organizations involved and, in the case of The Chronicle, the emphasis on proposing solutions.

Ms. Cooper said The Chronicle will run a week of coverage, including four articles that she described as something akin to a science project: putting forth a hypothesized solution and investigating it. The first proposal is that the city build a mental health center large enough to treat the mentally ill on the streets. The article will explore the cost and the feasibility of institutionalizing people.

“We need to be a hell of a lot more creative about how we solve this problem,” Ms. Cooper said. “And we are probably going to have to break some dishes to do it.” The paper’s articles and photographs will be offered free to all participants. The paper will also run a front-page editorial with its conclusions on what solutions should be pursued.

Advocacy is a longstanding taboo in American journalism, making reporters and editors wary of discussing solutions to the problems they highlight in their coverage. One rationale for this is that journalists who advocate causes might be selective in their reporting or biased in their coverage.

In a city known for its liberal traditions, the question of whether San Francisco’s journalists are crossing into activism has not come up, at least not in the initial meeting of news organizations last month.

“It was sort of shocking that there was no dissension,” said Holly Kernan, the executive editor for news at KQED, the public broadcaster that hosted the meeting. “On the contrary, the conversation was, ‘Let’s do way more.’”

Ms. Kernan said her station plans “blanket” coverage on June 29, but will not propose solutions. “I see what we are doing as pure journalism,” Ms. Kernan said.

Aaron Pero, news director of KRON-TV, a Bay Area television news station, said he planned to have a report on homelessness each day for a week, possibly profiles of homeless people.

“I wasn’t going to try to figure out how to solve the homeless problem,” Mr. Pero said. “My vision was to send a number of reporters out and to find a profile that we could do every single day.”

Mr. Pero said it was “really awesome that all these media outlets are coming together.”

“I don’t think it’s been done anywhere else,” he added.

Only one local outlet, KCBS, a news radio station, declined to participate.

“It’s not because of any lack of interest in the homeless or any perception that the story is unimportant to our listeners,” Jack Swanson, the director of news and programming at KCBS, said in an email. “Like many media outlets in the Bay Area we cover the homeless situation in our communities and will continue to cover it, on a regular basis.”

(A New York Times reporter also attended the meeting. While The Times is not participating in the coordinated coverage, it has and will continue to cover homelessness as a major issue in the city.)

Proponents of solutions-oriented journalism are applauding the initiative.

Andrew Donohue, a senior editor at the Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit organization that partners with other media on reporting projects, said the single-minded, muckraking focus of some journalism has made the public more cynical. “There’s outrage fatigue,” Mr. Donohue said. “You can very easily leave people feeling helpless, which can then lead to being disengaged.”

Courtney Martin, a founder of the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit organization that advocates journalism that covers solutions to social problems, said she was thrilled to hear of the San Francisco project.

“This is the kind of thing that is music to our ears,” Ms. Martin said. “We have this bias in the media to think that our only job is the watchdog role.”

A journalist’s job, she said, “is not to pick a winner.”

“Your job is to investigate solutions,” she said. “People want to read about how to fix broken systems.”

 

OccupyForum off for two weeks (from Ruthie)

OccupyForum will be closed for two Mondays, re-opening June 6th with Victor Menotti and a Koch Brothers Update; money out of politics.

I will be in Frankfurt as the daughter of Holocaust Survivors for a conference.

I will let students know what we are doing in the U.S. in regards to interfering with the formation of a police state of the kind leading up to the Holocaust.

I hope you use the Monday nights to go do amazing activism. One thing I know about is holding a presence at SF City Hall…

Calling On All Activists

to Sustain a Presence at SF City Hall

Until Justice is Served in the Police Murders of Mario Woods

and Our Black and Brown Brothers and Sisters

The Justice for Mario Woods Coalition is calling on all Activists and their Groups, from the Bayview SF to Oakland, from Richmond to Emeryville, from Hayward to Berkeley…  to come out and sustain a presence at SF City Hall to demonstrate our absolute outrage at the SF Police Murder/Execution of our brother Mario Woods in the Bayview on December 2nd, 2015, and all our Black and Brown Brothers and Sisters murdered by SFPD.

We are determined to:

  • Fire Police Chief Greg Suhr;
  • Expedite an Independent Investigation of the Case;
  • Charge, find guilty, and jail the Killer Cops who murdered Mario Woods, Luis Gongora, (caught on videos); Amilcar, Kenneth, Idriss, Alex Nieto…
  • Charge the Whole Damned System as “Guilty as Hell” and overturn the policies allowing Killer Cops to Kill and Go Free.

We will gather in groups on the steps of City Hall with signs and pictures of Mario Woods and the other Black Men and Women (and Children) the SF police have murdered. Let the Media see that the People have had enough and are so Sickened and Enraged

by this Murder in our Streets by Police that we will not leave till our Demands (see above) are met.

Meet at SF City Hall, Polk Street steps, with signs and photo banners.

Wear black: Dress to Honor our Dead Sisters and Brothers. We will sustain a presence daily from 12 noon – 7 pm come rain or shine. We will not stop until Justice is Served.