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Calendar, Night&Day One Love, Two Lawyers

One Love, Two Lawyers

A year after the U.S. Supreme Court made LGBT history by overturning Proposition 8, California's same-sex marriage ban, Books Inc. and the San Francisco LGBT Community Center host the lawyers who argued the case in a celebration of their…
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Film, Anita: Speaking Truth to Power film review

Anita: Speaking Truth to Power film review

If not every reader of this space will remember Anita Hill, the law professor who briefly detoured Clarence Thomas' Supreme Court nomination by telling the nation he'd sexually harassed her, that seems like reason enough for UC Berkeley alumna and…
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News, Chem Tales No Day in Court: Drug Reform Victory Won't Come from the Courts

No Day in Court: Drug Reform Victory Won't Come from the Courts

Rare is the court hearing that generates a media hoopla, but an argument scheduled for earlier this week at the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals — that pack of activist judges widely derided as liberal agitators by the American…
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Calendar, Night&Day Right to Choose

Right to Choose

Although feminism has evolved beyond being simply about choice, reproductive decisions are just as topical as they were 40 years ago, when the Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade that the right to privacy was broad enough to…
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News, Speak Now: Two Extremes on the Gay Marriage Spectrum

Speak Now: Two Extremes on the Gay Marriage Spectrum

Last week's U.S. Supreme Court decisions on Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) were hailed as landmark moments for LGBT Americans. For many, these decisions are a cathartic conclusion to a decades-long struggle for equality. For others,…
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News, The Snitch Prop. 8: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Whether to Hear Gay Marriage Case (Update)

Prop. 8: U.S. Supreme Court Considers Whether to Hear Gay Marriage Case (Update)

(Update 12:40 p.m.): No action on gay marriage from the court today. The justices did not pick up any of those cases at their meeting this morning, SCOTUSblog reported. So, for all those who are hosting a Supreme Court Gay…
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News, Sucka Free City The Big Veto: Our Governors Hate Inmate Media-Access Bills

The Big Veto: Our Governors Hate Inmate Media-Access Bills

For a branch of government famous for its ability to find novel ways not to get things done, it's impressive that California's state Legislature has overwhelmingly supported policy to grant journalists easier access to interview prison inmates. Nine times over…
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News, Feature

Freedom Under Fire: America's War on Mexicans Has Gone Too Far.

Your New Nigga, New Jew, New Faggot, by Martin Moreno . The U.S. Supreme Court will rule this month on legislation that forces police to scrutinize Latinos, both immigrants and citizens. President Barack Obama has deported 1.5 million people.…
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News, Feature Days of Rage: Immigrants and Allies Must Fight Back

Days of Rage: Immigrants and Allies Must Fight Back

Today in America, one in four Latino voters knows someone in deportation proceedings. The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court don't care. What else can be concluded from their questions and comments during oral arguments over Senate Bill 1070, Arizona's…
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News, The Snitch Prop. 8 Might Not Go Before the Supreme Court

Prop. 8 Might Not Go Before the Supreme Court

Earlier this month, the debate over same-sex marriage in California continued what some have speculated is an inexorable march to the U.S. Supreme Court, when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a decision striking down Proposition…
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Dining, SFoodie U.S. Supreme Court Hearing Challenge to California's Pig Protection Law

U.S. Supreme Court Hearing Challenge to California's Pig Protection Law

​Two years ago, President Obama signed a federal law that that would keep "downed" cows -- animals brought to the slaughterhouse too sick or weak to stand -- out of the human food chain. Other animals -- well, the…
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News, The Snitch Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on Overcrowded California Prisons Today

Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on Overcrowded California Prisons Today

The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments today in Schwarzenegger v. Plata, the landmark prison-overcrowding lawsuit that could eventually result in tens of thousands of state inmates being released.California has faced a lot of problems over the…
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News, Feature Perverting Justice

Perverting Justice

If you were to track the location of the GPS unit cinched to Mr. C's ankle on a recent Thursday at dusk, the red dot would veer northeast on Market and then head north on Grant. At Broadway, the dot…
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News, Bay View A Black and White Issue

A Black and White Issue

When Amtrak hired Abner Morgan to do electrical work in its East Bay rail yard in 1990 for $9.69 an hour, the Oakland native figured he'd landed a dream job. "It was a secure, nice job where I could make…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): I predict that some night this week you'll dream of appearing naked in front of a large crowd. What's worse is that you're also likely to forget the speech you were going to give to the…
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News, Feature

The Illusion of Roe V. Wade

As he strides down the sidewalk, Dr. Forrest Smith flits his eyes to the other side of the street, around an approaching corner, back to the previous block. Occasionally, they light on a nearby pedestrian, focusing serially on the hands,…
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News, Letters

Letters

Press Pariahs I am writing in response to George Cothran's Dec. 3 article "Poisoned Probe." Having just finished Isabel Fonseca's brilliant, excellently researched book Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and Their Journey, I wanted to share a quote from Gypsy…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aires (March 21-April 19) A thorny astrological aspect began pricking our collective conscience around the time the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Paula Jones' sexual harassment case against Bill Clinton: Mars in opposition to Saturn. This configuration epitomizes the…
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