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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Hour of the Wolf: Creative Action Network and Earthjustice Want You to #JoinThePack

Posted By on Tue, Sep 1, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Hipster Wolf - DAISY PATTON
  • Daisy Patton
  • Hipster Wolf

Surrounded by prints of artwork depicting wolves, with a soundtrack including TV on the Radio’s “Wolf like Me,” the Talking Heads’ “Wild Wild Life,” and Steppenwolf’s “Born to be Wild,” Drew Caputo, Earthjustice’s Vice President of Litigation, explained why his organization is taking on a campaign, #JointhePack to protect wolves.

“Wolves excite really strong passions on both sides of the coin,” he said. “People who are pro-wolf feel they’re an important part of the ecosystem and the embodiment of real wildness. The opposition hates them for those same reasons.”

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Hey Artists, BAVC Wants to Preserve Your Archives

Posted By on Tue, Aug 25, 2015 at 2:00 PM

  • Viktorus/

The Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) is a multifaceted organization dedicated to opening career doors for disadvantaged young people, keeping media professionals up-to-speed on evolving technology, and offering various forms of support to arts organizations around the world. With the help of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), BAVC is putting out the call for applications for its Preservation Access Program, and helping us all avoid the "Digital Dark Age." (Applications are due Saturday, Sept. 26).

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

The GLBT National Help Center Has No Tolerance for Hateful Pizza

Posted By on Thu, Apr 16, 2015 at 8:01 AM

  • Alena Kazlouskaya

After Indiana passed a so-called “religious freedom bill” (read: state-sponsored discrimination against LGBT Hoosiers) in March, there was a bit of shock and awe among progressive Americans that a state legislature could be so retrograde in 2015. As the controversy played out, the owners of Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Ind., told an ABC affiliate that no, they would not cater a same-sex wedding if asked.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Local Crowdfunded Campaign of the Week: Food for Thought

Posted By on Thu, Feb 14, 2013 at 9:30 AM

  • Live Oak School Potrero Hill Learning Garden/100 Gardens Initiative

Last week, we broke down the crowdfunding process for you and pitched an awesome organization working to promote sexual health awareness. This week's local crowdfunded campaign is also about public health -- this time cultivating green thumbs and educating the community about healthy food choices.

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Local Crowdfunded Campaign of the Week: Sexual Health Innovations

Posted By on Thu, Feb 7, 2013 at 9:30 AM


At any given point, there are hundreds of San Francisco-based campaigns on funding platforms Kickstarter and Indiegogo. For those of you who have missed the crowdfunding revolution, here's the lowdown: An individual or organization posts a fundraising campaign to one of these websites. This includes a quantified goal, a description of what they want to do with the money (produce a play, build a community garden, create a start-up), a tiered system of rewards for donors who choose to participate (tickets to an event, the end product, your name on a plaque), and a deadline to come up with the money. Then, hopefully, the pledges start pouring in. Anyone can pledge a certain amount toward their end goal. If they've reached their goal by the end of the allotted time period, they get the money and go make their thing. If they don't meet the goal, no one's credit cards get charged -- it's an all-or-nothing approach.

Tragically, this means that some of these don't meet their fundraising goals, whether they are good ideas or not. This is why we've decided to give a boost to some local campaigns that we've deemed worthy of your hard-earned cash.

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Cute Dogs in Costume: The Whole Enchihuahua

Posted By on Fri, Jun 1, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Last Year's Winner: Chiquita the Chihuahua - SF SPCA
  • Last Year's Winner: Chiquita the Chihuahua

The mighty Chihuahua once served as the companion to the Mayan civilization. Evidence points to the dogs participating in religious ceremonies. The Chihuahua is considered one of the oldest dog breeds within the American Kennel Club, and it deserves respect for having such a noble heritage.

Today, however, the Chihuahua has fallen from its once grand pedestal to become one of the most popular breeds in need of rescue. A Chihuahua overpopulation has struck the city, with a lot of the pups landing in shelters. The San Francisco SPCA and other organizations this weekend ask pet lovers to come celebrate this breed -- and learn more about the overpopulation issue -- while getting some laughs at an event called The While Enchihuahua. It happens tomorrow (Saturday, June 2) in Dolores Park.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Quiet Lightning Turns in Strong Performance as Series Aims to Become Nonprofit Group

Posted By on Tue, Mar 8, 2011 at 8:55 AM

Evan Karp, president
The North Beach bar 15 Romolo was packed. At the end of intermission, Quiet Lightning, series co-founder Evan Karp stood before the microphone to make an unusual announcement.

"Today," he said, "we filed our articles for incorporation as a nonprofit." The crowd went wild. To be fair, it had been pretty generous to people in front of that microphone all night. Karp raised his arms to explain what this meant: "Soon, the money you give us will be tax deductible. But, um, you can still give us money tonight."

It was a short announcement, but it was a big one - with potential to change the SF literary landscape.

The new nonprofit Quiet Lightning will have Karp as its president and his longtime collaborator Charles Kruger as its chairman. Their exact duties ares still unknown, but Karp seems poised to continue heading Quiet Lightning's artistic efforts. He has shown a willingness to alter the event's streamlined form and get experimental. "I like what we do," he says. "But it's been a year, and I don't want us to seem stale."

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