Randy Shaw

Randy Shaw is the Editor of Beyond Chron and the Director of San Francisco’s Tenderloin Housing Clinic, which publishes Beyond Chron. Shaw is the author of four books on activism, including The Activist's Handbook: Winning Social Change in the 21st Century, and Beyond the Fields: Cesar Chavez, the UFW and the Struggle for Justice in the 21st Century.

Articles by Randy Shaw


Mayors Unite Behind Fred Ross Sr.

Posted August 21, 2014 by

The Giants and Dodgers are bitter rivals, but that did not stop San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti from organizing a Big City Mayors campaign in support of legendary organizer Fred Ross Sr. The campaign
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The Roots of #Ferguson

Posted August 21, 2014 by

As media flock to Ferguson, the roots of the current crisis are often overlooked. Laura Barrett, who began organizing tenants in St. Louis in the 1990’s and is now the National Campaign Director for Gamaliel, provides this critical back story
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Leading Oakland candidates from top left: Jean Quan, Libby Schaaf, Rebecca Kaplan, Dan Siegel

Oakland’s Quiet Mayor’s Race

Posted August 19, 2014 by

Oakland’s  competitive mayor’s race has strong candidates  and comes at a pivotal time for the city’s  future. So why aren’t Oakland voters more excited?
I’ve talked to many Oakland residents and found that I’m more interested in the mayoral election
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Auto Return's Lot of Seized Cars

San Francisco’s Car Towing Racket

Posted August 18, 2014 by

As San Franciscans left town for a summer vacation, many returned home to a surprise: their car had been towed for violating a little-known local law prohibiting parking on the same block for more than 72 hours. And they have
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2014 Tenants Convention Backed Anti-Speculation Tax

How SF Tenants Swayed Democrats on Prop G

Posted August 15, 2014 by

On the night of August 13, San Francisco’s tenant advocates turned impending defeat into a critical SF Democratic Party endorsement for Prop G, the speculation tax initiative. Although it looked like a “No Endorsement” would prevail only hours before the
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Memorable Candlestick moments: The Catch, the Beatles, Willie Mays, and Richard Nixon throws out first ball for Giants with Mayor Christopher

Good Riddance to Candlestick

Posted August 14, 2014 by

Nearly 50 years after Candlestick Park hosted the Beatles last live performance, Sir Paul McCartney returns on August 14 for the venue’s last public event. The last concert is among Candlestick’s top three memorable moments. It ranks above Stu Miller
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Protesting NYPD killing of Eric Garner

The “Broken Windows” Fraud

Posted August 13, 2014 by

When a government policy victimizes low-income African Americans or Latinos, it continues despite a lack of success. We see this in the ongoing drug war and in the media’s renewed efforts to legitimize the statistically discredited “broken windows” anti-crime strategy.
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