Cannabis capitalism: who is making money in the marijuana industry?

Marginalized groups that championed legalization struggle to compete with corporate refugees jumping on the bandwagon Two hours north of San Francisco, in Mendocino county, orderly roadside vineyards give way to the rugged forests and misty coast of the Emerald Triangle, America’s most celebrated marijuana growing region. In June, more than 300 cannabis industry insiders assembled […]

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Oakland’s Hollywood moment: movies shine light on city’s ‘grit and beauty’

Movies like Sorry to Bother You and Blindspotting, set in the city and made by local directors, have brought global attention to a hub of art and activism The film-maker Nijla Mu’min’s debut movie was based on her upbringing as a black Muslim girl in Oakland, California. Although Jinn was inspired by her life, she […]

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San Francisco police targeted only black residents in drug apprehends, suit asserts

ACLU says the arrests of 37 people for selling small amounts of drugs are part of a pattern of racial profiling in the department San Francisco police exclusively targeted black residents during undercover medication arrests as part of a pattern of racial profiling, according to a new lawsuit. Police in the California city, where only […]

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Why are so many of San Francisco’s black mothers and babies dying?

In one of the wealthiest US cities, the racial disparity in birth outcomes is stark: Why isnt this sounding a bigger alarm? Jasmine Ball was barely five months pregnant with twins when the labor pains jolted through her lower body. Rushed to the hospital, the doctors told her that her cervix had dilated entirely. There […]

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Oakland’s Hollywood moment: movies shine light on city’s ‘grit and beauty’

Movies like Sorry to Bother You and Blindspotting, set in the city and made by local directors, have brought global attention to a hub of art and activism The film-maker Nijla Mu’min’s debut movie was based on her upbringing as a black Muslim girl in Oakland, California. Although Jinn was inspired by her life, she […]

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San Francisco police targeted only black residents in drug arrests, lawsuit asserts

ACLU says the arrests of 37 people for selling small amounts of drugs are part of a pattern of racial profiling in the department San Francisco police exclusively targeted black residents during undercover narcotic arrests as part of a pattern of racial profiling, according to a new lawsuit. Police in the California city, where only […]

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Why are so many of San Francisco’s black mothers and newborns succumbing?

In one of the wealthiest US cities, the racial disparity in birth outcomes is stark: Why isnt this sounding a bigger alarm? Jasmine Ball was scarcely five months pregnant with twins when the labor aches jolted through her lower body. Rushed to the hospital, the doctors told her that her cervix had dilated totally. There […]

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San Francisco police targeted only black residents in drug arrests, lawsuit asserts

ACLU says the arrests of 37 people for selling small amounts of drugs are part of a pattern of racial profiling in the department San Francisco police exclusively targeted black residents during undercover drug arrests as part of a pattern of racial profiling, according to a new lawsuit. Police in the California city, where merely […]

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‘ Justice is never served ‘: Nia Wilson and the fear of racial violence

A teenage girl was stabbed in an unprovoked assault by a white man. Her death has become a powerful symbol of American racism Nia Wilson wondered what would happen if she ever became a hashtag. The 18 -year-old Oakland female loved rapping and makeup and wanted to join the army or become a paramedic. She […]

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Evictions and ‘criminalized spaces’: the legacy of Oakland’s Ghost Ship fire

As sentencing approaches following a warehouse fire that killed 36, artists on the fringes struggle to find spaces to live and work Artists and musicians in Oakland faced a horrific undertaking when they awoke on 3 December 2016: figuring out if their friends were dead or alive. The fire at the Ghost Ship warehouse party […]

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