Category Archives: Activism

Supreme Court Decision Amps Up Protestors at Valencia Planned Parenthood Clinic

Recently, a unanimous US Supreme Court decision invalidated a Massachusetts law that created protest-free “buffer zones” around clinics that provide abortion services, on the grounds that the law violates the First Amendment right to free speech. San Francisco has a similar buffer-zone law, which has been much … Continue reading

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Occupy Bernal Disavows Rogue Graffiti on Peralta Home

Over the weekend a home on the 600 block of Peralta Avenue in Bernal Heights was tagged with Occupy Bernal Heights graffiti, prompting several neighbors to share photos of the damage with Bernalwood. Graffiti seems incongruent with the above-board (and generally impressive) tactics of … Continue reading

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Supervisor Campos Annexes Precita Park, Cedes It to Mission District Merchants and Power-Brokers

Bernalwood has been monitoring developments in the Mission District, where our D9 Supervisor David Campos has spearheaded an effort to formally recognize the Latino character of the Mission’s lower 24th Street corridor. Last week, this effort culminated in the unanimous passage by the San Francisco … Continue reading

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Alex Nieto Protest March Climbs Folsom to Bernal Hill

Last Saturday afternoon, just as the rain began to fall, I heard the roar of a crowd approaching North Bernal from the Mission. A few minutes later, I ran up Precita to Folom Street, just in time to see a … Continue reading

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Yarn-Bombers Stage Daring Infiltration at Precita Playground

Happy New Year! We begin 2014 with news of a surprise direct-action by members of the knitting underground on two trees located at the eastern end of Precita Park, inside the beloved children’s playground. Analysts from the FBI and Knitting … Continue reading

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Thursday: Celebrate the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center’s 35th Birthday

Here’s something worth celebrating: The invaluable Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center is having a 35th birthday party on Thursday night, October 3, from 6-8 pm: Since 1978, BHNC has worked to preserve and enhance ethnic, cultural, and economic diversity. And with … Continue reading

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Thursday: Vigil for Christy Svanemyr, Victim in Holly Park Death

A group of Bernal neighbors have organized to hold a vigil for Christy Svanemyr, the wife, mother, and Zen monk who died on on Sept. 5 after she was was run over by a Recreation and Park vehicle in Holly Park. The … Continue reading

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Saturday: 2013 Community Congress at the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center

Ailed Paningbatan from the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center extends this invitation to all ye Citizens of Bernalwood: Hello Community, Im sure you all have been seeing flyers around, have heard the buzz around the neighborhood and have seen it on … Continue reading

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Bernal Neighbors Donate Crime-Fighting iPads to SFPD

You may recall that the perps who are allegedly responsible for the recent armed-robbery unpleasantness in Bernal Heights were captured because a quick-thinking cop used his personal iPad to track a stolen iPhone… and the baddies who took it. You … Continue reading

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UPDATED: Bernal Residents Underwhelmed by Last Night’s Community Safety Meeting

All the celebrities showed up at last night’s much-anticipated Community Safety Meeting: an SFPD captain, three Supervisors, and an angry, overflow crowd of Bernal Heights residents who want to know what the City will do to help make our streets … Continue reading

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Today: Honor MLK by Making Bernal Hill More Beautiful

Neighbor Brian invites all Citizens of Bernalwood to honor Martin Luther King Day by helping to clean up Bernal Hill today at 1 pm: MLK Day of Service: Trash Pick-up on Bernal Hill, 1pm 4 years ago, at President Obama’s … Continue reading

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Occupy Bernal vs. Wells Fargo in Bayview

Occupy Bernal staged an anti-foreclosure protest at a Wells Fargo branch in Bayshore yesterday, and KGO-TV carries the story: A group of protesters who said they are fighting to protect homeowners shut down a bank in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood … Continue reading

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The Secret Sauce That Makes “Occupy Bernal” Effective

There’s an interesting new article on the KALW website that seeks to explain why, unlike so much of the Occupy movement, “Occupy  Bernal Heights” has actually been rather effective. The secret, it turns out, is a door-to-door, block-by-block focus on local communities: … Continue reading

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