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How Gentrification Is Destroying America’s Cities (Audio and Transcript)

In a new episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” host and Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and author Peter Moskowitz discuss gentrification, poverty and the concept of housing as a human right. Transcript added.

Posted on Jun 16, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


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Why ‘When We Rise’ Is Historic

The ABC miniseries, which aired earlier this year, tells the story of the “gay revolution” with an accuracy and complexity that has rarely been attempted—or achieved.

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A New, Progressive Form of Federalism Is Spreading With the GOP in Control

To derail Donald Trump’s domestic agenda, the left is bolstering the autonomy of states and cities to protect minorities, the poor, the undocumented and our ecosystems.

Posted on Apr 11, 2017 READ MORE



The United States of Immigrants

The resistance of sanctuary cities, counties and states reminds us that the Constitution protects all people in our country.

Posted on Apr 4, 2017 READ MORE



A Gradient of Perspective: Exploring Injustice Through Art

Artists explore unconscious bias and its consequences in a group exhibit in Cupertino, Calif.

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Women’s Marches Show That People Will Stand Up to an Intolerant ‘America First’ Vision

The demonstrations around the world are a first step toward resisting Donald Trump. But there is much more to do.

Posted on Jan 23, 2017 READ MORE


Poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti Tells Robert Scheer: I Am Not a Beat!

Truthdig’s editor in chief asks the co-founder of San Francisco’s famed City Lights Bookstore to discuss his life and his work with writers of the Beat Generation.

Posted on Jan 6, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Truthdigger of the Week: Colin Kaepernick, for Refusing to Stand During the National Anthem

In his act of protest against racial injustice in the U.S., the San Francisco 49ers quarterback has taken a lot of hits. But he’s not backing down and has succeeded in igniting an important debate.

Posted on Sep 3, 2016 READ MORE



Warren Hinckle: Remembering the Godfather of Gonzo

The legendary Ramparts editor who later ingeniously paired writer Hunter Thompson and artist Ralph Steadman died this week, leaving a slew of colorful memories behind him.

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An American Formerly Imprisoned in Iran Finds a Way to Break Out of ‘The Box’

After experiencing the horror of solitary confinement for over a year, Sarah Shourd now is using storytelling and the theater to heal herself and others.

Posted on Jul 15, 2016 READ MORE


Nina Turner: ‘We’re Going All the Way to the Convention’ (Video)

The former state senator from Ohio spoke at a Bernie Sanders rally in San Francisco and urged his supporters to “fight on” after Tuesday’s California primary.

Posted on Jun 7, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Bernie Sanders Stays Motivated After Oregon Win, Appeals to California Voters

Although Hillary Clinton leads in delegates, Sanders says his latest primary victory “is the beginning of the final push to win California” on June 7.

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Sanders Campaign Blasts $350K Clinton Fundraiser With the Clooneys as ‘Obscene’

“Most of us can agree that is an obscene amount of money,” Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver said Friday.

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VIDEO: Tim Wise Explains How Racism Has Been Used to Divide and Conquer Working People in America

The anti-racism activist and writer breaks down the history of the United States and white racism in under five minutes at a teachers conference in San Francisco.

Posted on Mar 15, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The Might of the American Empire Was on Full Display at Super Bowl 50

From the fighter jets soaring overhead to the armed troops patrolling Levi Stadium, Super Bowl 50 was a highly militarized event, its 70,000 spectators and millions of television viewers subject to a showcase of war propaganda and a heavy security crackdown.

Posted on Feb 8, 2016 READ MORE



San Francisco Residents Can Pay $600 a Month to Live in a FedEx Truck

But don’t look for running water or a toilet. And—as one embarrassed renter found out—unexpected issues can crop up when you live in a delivery truck.

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Helping the Homeless in the Face of GOP’s Brutal Funding Cuts

The task is labor-intensive, beginning with interviewing one person at a time, and it requires perseverance, patience and a willingness to work against all odds. It is made no easier by a callous, Republican-controlled Congress.

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‘Diary of a Teenage Girl’ Gets Adolescent Sexuality Right

Few movies view sex from the perspective of a female teen; even fewer resist imposing the man-made double binds of silly virgin/stupid skank or hottie and nottie.

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House Keys, Not Handcuffs

A new book asks its readers to understand that the homeless in America need homes and serious social and public health services, not arrests, prosecution, police harassment and the continuing criminalization of the poor.

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Los Angeles to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour

A historic victory has been won for the city’s low-wage workers.

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Brooklyn Is America’s Least Affordable Housing Market

Move over Manhattan and San Francisco. The buy-up of real estate by investors and wealthy foreigners has made the New York City borough the most expensive place to rent or buy in America.

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Alcatraz: A Prison as Disneyland

The Alcatraz tourism site is the equivalent of using one of Stalin’s gulags as a prison-themed amusement park. It is a vehicle for peddling delusional myths about mass incarceration and the criminal justice system.

Posted on Nov 30, 2014 READ MORE


Tech Workers Try to Take a Playground From Community Kids and Lose

When a group of tech workers from Dropbox tried to evict a group of youngsters from a community soccer field in San Francisco’s Mission district, they probably weren’t expecting to trigger a mini Occupy movement.

Posted on Oct 16, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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Glassholes and Glasswipes

The nerds have come full circle, shedding their recently acquired soft fuzzy status as lovable underdogs to once again be reviled.

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Levi’s Labor’s Loss

The assimilation of workers into the mindset of corporate financiers through service sector work constitutes a kind of anti-education for young university students.

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By the Way, Your Home Is On Fire

People in power and bureaucrats seem exceptionally obtuse when it comes to recognizing that the world has changed and the old rules no longer apply.

Posted on Mar 13, 2014 READ MORE


Medea Benjamin on Her Egyptian Detention

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The CodePink co-founder tells us why Egypt thinks she’s a threat to national security. Also: Making sense of Ukraine, Uganda bans homosexuality, and the Advocate’s Matthew Breen on AIDS breakthroughs.

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


Medea Benjamin on Her Egyptian Detention

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Code Pink co-founder tells us why Egypt thinks she’s a threat to national security. Also: Making sense of Ukraine, Uganda bans homosexuality, and the Advocate’s Matthew Breen on AIDS breakthroughs.

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 READ MORE



Who Is the Average Bitcoin User?

Bitcoin users are overwhelmingly white, male and distrustful of the very idea of government.

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John Oliver Rips In to Tech Industry for ‘Pissing Off’ San Francisco

The comedian opened the 7th annual Crunchies Awards on Monday night with several eloquent jabs at the “nerds” who he claims have been changed by success and money.

Posted on Feb 12, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



The Right Gloats About Fall of Polygamy Laws

Conservatives believe the recent ruling on Utah’s anti-polygamy statute is the inevitable consequence of the marriage equality movement; Coca Cola is trying to stop people from drinking tap water; meanwhile, Silicon Valley techies are arrogantly promoting class war in San Francisco. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Holy Cooperation, Batman! Look What Happens When People Work Together!

Two heartwarming stories about positive gain: An ailing 5-year-old gets the city of San Francisco to play along with his Batman fantasy Friday, and people in Olympia, Wash., come together to create real shelter for the chronically homeless.

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 READ MORE



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(The Difficulty of) Looking at Climate Change

Though websites and print media may give us the news, they seldom give us the scale of the news or a real sense of the proportional importance of one thing compared to another. And proportion, scale, is the main news we need right now—maybe always.

Posted on Oct 10, 2013 READ MORE



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Yosemite Blaze Moves Toward San Francisco Utilities

A wildfire burning out of control at the edge of Yosemite National Park is threatening power and water service to the city, prompting California Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency.

Posted on Aug 24, 2013 READ MORE



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A Cry for Gold in San Francisco

High rents, human displacement and the disappearance of do-it-yourself culture—author and activist Rebecca Solnit artfully describes the social costs of the last decade of San Francisco’s tech boom.

Posted on Aug 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Hyperloop Revealed: A Billionaire’s Plan to Travel at 800 MPH

Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, was disappointed with California’s high-speed rail project, so he has proposed an alternative that, if it’s not just smoke and mirrors, could get you from L.A. to San Francisco in 30 minutes.

Posted on Aug 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Green Light for City-Owned San Francisco Bank

Moving San Francisco’s money into a municipal bank would protect the city’s deposits and reduce its debt burden. A chief roadblock to forming such a bank was recently overcome by a legal opinion issued by one of the city’s deputy attorneys.

Posted on Aug 2, 2013 READ MORE



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A ‘Calm Reflection’ on Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant and Too Many Others

Read along as I list the abundance of “little things” that made the killing of Trayvon Martin, and that of innumerable young men like him, both possible and defensible in a court of law. They are the daily corrosions through which the micro-degradations of racism and white supremacy eat away at our lives.

Posted on Jul 20, 2013 READ MORE


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How Bradley Manning Disappeared From the SF Pride Parade

The stern rejection of the Army whistle-blower as a grand marshal of the San Francisco Pride Parade combined with the event’s uncritical embrace of sponsorship by law-breaking corporations reveals how liberal causes can be corrupted by business-backed authoritarianism, writes Glenn Greenwald.

Posted on Apr 27, 2013 READ MORE


49ers Players Deny Being in Anti-Bullying LGBT Video They’re In

As if the anti-gay remarks by San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver weren’t enough to send the team’s management into a tizzy, two of its other players are adding to the controversy by denying that they were in a video produced to combat bullying experienced by LGBT teens.

Posted on Jan 31, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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How Sea Levels Will Rise

The New York Times on Sunday published a series of maps showing coastal and low-lying areas in the United States that could be permanently flooded as sea levels rise in the coming decades and centuries.

Posted on Nov 27, 2012 READ MORE



Oops, Time to Adjust the Christian Calendar

Pope Benedict XVI claims that, thanks to a sixth-century monk’s mistake, the most commonly used calendar is off by several years; topless feminists disguised as nuns protest anti-gay marriage in Paris;  meanwhile, mainstream media pile on the same cliches about Israel and Palestine we’ve been hearing for 40 years. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 23, 2012 READ MORE



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San Francisco Bans Public Nudity

The city’s public officials have a simple message to residents and visitors: “Keep your clothes on!”

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Progress Report: PayPal Founder’s College Dropouts

Facebook investor and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel gave 24 young would-be entrepreneurs a two-year $100,000 grant each to drop out of college and pursue the business plans of their dreams. One year on, financial returns are in short supply.

Posted on Aug 10, 2012 READ MORE



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Truthdiggers of the Week: The May Day Occupiers

There were doubts about whether Occupy Wall Street could pull off the massive day of protest its organizers spent many months planning. But demonstrators in New York City and elsewhere joined forces with labor unions and immigrant-rights activists to remind the public that there is a working class and May 1 is its holiday.

Posted on May 4, 2012 READ MORE



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America’s Gayest Cities, c. 2012

Just how g-a-y is SLC? Well, it’s actually The Advocate’s surprise winner atop this year’s “Gayest Cities in America” list. Clearly, the GLBTQ-targeted mag’s editors were looking to depart a bit from usual suspects such as San Francisco and New York and declared that Utah’s capital “has earned its queer cred.”

Posted on Jan 9, 2012 READ MORE



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FBI Engaged in Large-Scale Group Profiling

Researchers at the ACLU recently uncovered an FBI program that uses census data to draw maps that link racial and ethnic communities to certain types of crimes. The investigations, known under the names of “assessments” and “domain management,” appear to have been going on for several years. (more)

Posted on Oct 26, 2011 READ MORE


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