Jelani Memory and Khalia Davis

Kids’ Play Calls Out Racism

When actor and director Khalia Davis was growing up in the 1990s, children’s entertainment rarely addressed racism. When it did — in books about Ruby Bridges or special episodes of television shows like “Family Matters” and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” — it was never explicit.

Now in 2020, after the killing of George Floyd at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis and the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement across the country, Davis is producing and directing “A Kids Play About Racism,” which will be streaming, free of charge, on Broadway on Demand this weekend.


Two Squatters Occupy Vacant S.F. Home to Protest Housing Policies for Homeless

Two homeless women staged an occupation of  a vacant single-family home Friday in the Castro in a move aimed at drawing more attention to their demand that the city move more quickly to shelter homeless people during the COVID-19 pandemic. They hung banners outside with messages such as “End homelessness, reclaim San Francisco” and “Housing is a human right” and attracted protesters and neighbors supporting the action before leaving several hours later after negotiations with police.

In Stock: A Thanks to Our Retailers

With your support for our Pedal-Powered News Kickstarter campaign, we plan to double our San Francisco distribution network within six months, sending our newsies-on-wheels far and wide with local, in-depth journalism. In the meantime, we wanted to thank the retailers who are already making a place for our paper on their shelves. These wonderful Bay Area retailers include: 

Aardvark Books  |  227 Church St., San Francisco
Alexander Book Company  |  50 Second St., San Francisco
Alley Cat Books  |  3036 24th St., San Francisco
Andronico’s Community Markets  |  1200 Irving St., San Francisco
Badger Books  |  401 Cortland Ave., San Francisco 
Bibliohead Bookstore  |  334 Gough St., San Francisco 
Bird & Beckett Books and Records  |  653 Chenery St., San Francisco
Book Passage —San Francisco  |  1 Ferry Building, #42, San Francisco
Books Inc. —Opera Plaza  |  601 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco
Books Inc. —Castro  |  2275 Market St., San Francisco
Books Inc. —Marina  |  2251 Chestnut St., San Francisco
TheBooksmith  |  1644 Haight St., San Francisco
Borderlands Cafe  |  870 Valencia St., San Francisco
Browser Books  |  2195 Fillmore St., San Francisco
Christopher’s Books  |  1400 18th St., San Francisco
Church Street Groceteria  |  300 Church St., San Francisco
City Lights Books  |  261 Columbus Ave., San Francisco
Compass Books —Terminal 2  |  San Francisco International Airport — Terminal 2
Compass Books —Terminal 3  |  San Francisco International Airport — Terminal 3
De Lauer’s Super Newsstand  |  1310 Broadway, Oakland
De Lauer’s Super Newsstand  |  1412 Park St., Alameda
Diesel, A Book Store  |  5433 College Ave., Oakland
Dog Eared Books  |  900 Valencia St., San Francisco
Farley’s —San Francisco | 1315 18th St., San Francisco
Farley’s —Oakland  | 33 Grand Ave., Oakland
Fog City News  | 455 Market St., Suite 125, San Francisco
Good News  | 3920 24th St., San Francisco
Green Apple Books  |  506 Clemente St., San Francisco
The Green Arcade  |  1680 Market St., San Francisco
Issues  |  20 Glen Ave., Oakland
Juicy News SF  |  2453 Fillmore St., San Francisco
Jump Start Coffee & Whole Foods  |  1192 Guerrero St., San Francisco
Kepler’s Books  |  1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
Lucky 7 Shop  |  1525 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley
Mac’s Smoke Shop  |  534 Emerson St., Palo Alto
Modern Times Bookstore  |  2919 24th St., San Francisco
Mollie Stone’s — Pacific Heights  |  2435 California St., San Francisco
Mo’z Cafe  |  36 Fifth St., San Francisco
Nick’s Super Market  |  144 Page St., San Francisco
Nick’s Newsstand  |  1A Sansome St., San Francisco
Parkside Market  |  1600 Hayes St., San Francisco 
Pegasus Books —Rockridge  |  5560 College Ave., Oakland
Pegasus Books —Solano  |  1855 Solano Ave., Berkeley
Pirate Store at 826 Valencia  |  826 Valencia St., San Francisco
San Francisco Public Press  |  44 Page St., Suite 504, San Francisco
Smoke Signals  |  2223 Polk St., San Francisco
West Portal Daily  |  36 West Portal Ave., San Francisco

Thank you again to our retailers! Look for our Summer 2014 print edition in stores soon, and if you haven’t already, please support our Pedal-Powered News campaign! 

Pedal-Powered News Campaign Kicks into High Gear

Our Pedal-Powered News campaign is kicking into high gear! While we’ve reached our $10,000 goal, we still need 1,000 backers to receive a $10,000 matching grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. With your support, we’ll have a team of newsies on bikes ready to deliver our summer print edition to destinations throughout San Francisco. Help us get them on the road — every dollar counts!

A Former San Francisco Newsie Remembers Life at the Corner of Van Ness and Vallejo

At the beginning of the week, we promised you an interview with a former newsie who worked right here in San Francisco. Today, we’re happy to introduce Santo Alioto, who sold papers on the corner of Van Ness Avenue and Vallejo Street in the 1950s. Below you’ll find our interview with him, as well as a video of Alioto talking to us at his old stomping grounds. You can help us hire our own newsies — who will take to the streets on energy efficient, environmentally friendly bicycles — by supporting our Pedal-Powered News Kickstarter campaign. A born-and-bred San Franciscan, Santo Alioto was just 10 years old when he started selling newspapers on the corner of Hyde and Union streets in the early 1950s.

Meet the Team: Noah Arroyo and Tearsa Hammock

If you’ve been reading the San Francisco Public Press for a while, you may be familiar with the work of Noah Arroyo and Tearsa Hammock – two members of our all-star team.  Today, we’ve asked them to introduce themselves and talk a bit about their work. Here’s what they had to say:

To get Noah and Tearsa’s work out to an even bigger audience, please donate to our Pedal-Powered News Kickstarter campaign! While we’ve reached our $10,000 goal, we still need 1,000 backers to receive a $10,000 matching grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. One dollar is all it takes to be a backer and support investigative journalism in the Bay Area!

Famous Newsies of Yore

Legend has it that the first newspaper boy was 10-year-old Barney Flaherty, hired in 1833 by the New York Sun in response to an advertisement that read: “To the Unemployed a number of steady men can find employment by vending this paper.” A boy on his bicycle delivering the Toronto Star in 1940. Photo by Marjorie Georgina Ruddy via Wikimedia Commons
Ambitious, enterprising youngsters were soon selling and delivering newspapers throughout the country. The first job for many a successful person, the list of famous folks who got their start as newspaper delivery boys includes:

Walt Disney
H. Ross Perot
Bob Hope
Ed Sullivan
Danny Thomas
John Wayne
Bing Crosby
Jimmy Durante
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Herbert Hoover
Martin Luther King Jr.
Harry S. Truman
Ed Sullivan
Isaac Asimov
Carl Sandburg
Tom Brokaw
Wayne Gretzky
Jackie Robinson
Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

Source: Newspaper Association of America via Library Spot
Want to know more about what it was like to be a newspaper delivery boy? Coming up later this week, we’ve got an interview with a former newsie who worked right here in San Francisco.

Roundup: The Best of the San Francisco Public Press

In the mood for a good Friday afternoon read? Since it launched in March 2009, the San Francisco Public Press has published in-depth investigative stories on public-interest topics ranging from human trafficking to smart growth. With our Pedal-Powered News Kickstarter campaign, we’re hoping to double our San Francisco distribution, giving more readers access to these important, under-reported stories. Here’s a roundup of some of our best articles and special reports:

Cost overruns on the Bay Bridge (with McSweeney’s Panorama) (Winter 2009)

Treasure Island: redevelopment on shaky ground (Summer 2010)

Efforts to improve Muni’s on-time record through technology (Winter 2010)

The Bay Area media meltdown (Spring 2011)

The struggle to balance San Francisco’s budget (Fall 2011)

The battle against human trafficking (Spring 2012)

Regional approach to climate change by promoting smart growth (Summer 2012)

San Francisco law enforcement’s uneven efforts on domestic violence (Fall 2012)

Delays in earthquake retrofitting leave thousands vulnerable (Winter 2012-2013)