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What You Need to Know About This Weekend’s Far-Right Rallies

By Ryan Levi, KQED News Fix

Two far-right rallies are planned in San Francisco and Berkeley this weekend. They come just two weeks after a violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., that left one anti-racism protester and two police officers dead.

On Wednesday, the National Park Service approved a permit for a rally led by the far-right group Patriot Prayer at Crissy Field in San Francisco on Saturday, Aug. 26.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix.


Is Hate Speech Protected by the Constitution?

By Hana Baba, KALW/Crosscurrents

The National Park Service  has decided to issue a permit to right-wing group Patriot Prayer for a rally on Saturday in San Francisco’s Crissy Field.

Organizers call the S.F. event a "Free Speech Rally," touting their right to peacefully rally for free speech. On their Facebook page,  Patriot Prayer says "extremists are not welcome." There is a similar rally planned for Berkeley the following day. But these rallies come in the aftermath of the deadly Charlottesville, Va., protests just 10 days earlier. San Francisco supervisors, the mayor and other officials have either expressed outrage or have called for the rally permit to be revoked, and Bay Area activists have organized counterprotests. But what can happen legally? Where’s the line when it comes to rallies that have the potential to turn violent? What does the First Amendment protect and what does it not? Julie Nice, a lawyer and constitutional law professor at University of San Francisco, discussed the limitations of free speech.

Listen to the complete interview at KALW/Crosscurrents.

Spanish-Speaking Teachers Getting Special Training to Meet California's Demand for More Bilingual Teachers

By Theresa Harrington, EdSource

Native Spanish speakers who have been teaching in English-only classrooms are the focus of specialized training in many districts across California to meet the increased demand for bilingual teachers.

“We have a lot of teachers who at one point were bilingual who are now teachers of English-only classes,” said Maria Maldonado, Fresno Unified’s assistant superintendent for English learner services. “Our bilingual teachers need a lot of support. Many are native speakers of Spanish, so their Spanish is quite causal. We want high-level academic language.”

Read the complete story at EdSource. 

For more information on bilingual education in California, read the San Francisco Public Press Special Report "Bilingual Schools."

Californians: Here’s Why Your Housing Costs Are So High

By Ben Christopher and Matt Levin, CALmatters

Half the state’s households struggle to afford the roof over their heads. Homeownership — once a staple of the California dream — is at its lowest rate since World War II. Nearly 70 percent of poor Californians see the majority of their paychecks go immediately to escalating rents.

This month, state lawmakers are debating a long-delayed housing package.

Here’s what you need to know about one of California’s most vexing issues.

Read the complete story at CALmatters. 

S.F. Navigation Center’s Neighbors Find Impact Better Than Expected

By Julian Mark, Mission Local

Nearly two months after a new Navigation Center opened on 26th Street and South Van Ness Avenue, residents who were worried about a growing tent encampment nearby are reassured by the currently tentless streets.

The Navigation Center at 26th  and South Van Ness is one of four centers aimed at long-term help for homeless individuals. This one has 120 beds and allows people to stay for 30 to 60 days. The 26th Street center is temporary; a new 157-unit housing project will begin construction on the site early next year. Once completed, 25 percent of its units will be affordable.

Read the complete story at Mission Local. 

For more information on homelessness, read the Public Press Special Report Navigating Homelessness.

California Climate Deal Could Net Big Bucks for Polluters

By Julie Cart and Laurel Rosenhall, CALmatters

Against the sparkling backdrop of sailboats bobbing on San Francisco Bay, Gov. Jerry Brown last month signed a bill extending California’s cap-and-trade program, assuring that the most high-profile piece of the state’s fight against climate change persists for another decade.

In a Sacramento hearing room two days later, the California Air Resources Board approved a paragraph, tucked within a 17-page resolution, that will likely result in benefits worth hundreds of millions of dollars for the oil and agriculture industries. It was the first domino to visibly fall as a consequence of behind-the-scenes dealmaking that produced a cap-and-trade program acceptable to both key environmental groups and major polluters.

Read the complete story at CALmatters. 

For more information about California’s cap-and-trade program, read the San Francisco Public Press (in collaboration with Earth Island Journal and Bay Nature magazine) special report on climate change.

Whitewashed Mural Reveals the Role Street Art Plays in the Survival of the Mission's Culture

By Gabriel Greschler and Laura Waxmann, KALW/Crosscurrents

In the world of street art, painting over somebody else’s work — especially one connected to the local community — is sacrilegious.

This past June, Precita Eyes, a veteran muralist group in the Mission district, stumbled upon one of its murals being whitewashed.

That day, Laura Waxmann, a reporter for Mission Local, says she received a text from one of her friends at Precita Eyes.

Read the complete story at KALW/Crosscurrents.

Californian Who Helped Lead Charlottesville Protests Used Berkeley as a Test Run

By John Sepulvado and Bert Johnson, KQED News Fix/The California Report

Before white nationalists protested in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend, before a man allegedly plowed a car into a group of people killing one and injuring at least 19, violent clashes in Berkeley offered a window into the motives and tactics of Identity Evropa, one of the white supremacist groups intimately involved in both protests.

For leaders of this white nationalist movement, the April 15 “Battle of Berkeley” was a self-described test run to see just how far they could push the bounds of protesting, according to numerous public statements from members of the white supremacist movement.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix/The California Report.


California Funds Nonprofits to Serve Food as Medicine

By Kellen Browning, KQED News Fix/California Healthline

Federico Guzmán moved from Mexico to San Francisco in 1992, fleeing anti-gay sentiment and searching for AIDS treatment.

He couldn’t find a job and sometimes went hungry until friends introduced him to Project Open Hand, a nonprofit organization that began serving free, nutritious meals to HIV patients in 1985.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix/California Healthline.

As California Bilingual Education Grows, Teacher Training Is Key

By Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, KQED News Fix

Zyanya Cazares, a sixth-grade teacher who is starting a new assignment this fall teaching in a bilingual education program in Los Angeles, grew up speaking Spanish. But she was recently reminded that the casual, conversational Spanish she spoke at home is not the same as the formal form of the language she’s now being asked to teach.

“As a Chicana, it’s very easy to say, ‘oh I know how to say that word in Spanish, you just add an “o” at the end,’” Cazares said. “But that’s not academic Spanish, and we’re in an academic setting — so I definitely have to prepare to learn the real word of how to say it academically.”

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix.

For more information on bilingual education in California, read the San Francisco Public Press Special Report "Bilingual Schools."