Notable Links: 9-26/13

Elderly Chinese Couple Takes On San Francisco’s Tech-Driven Gentrifiers

The Lees worked in the city for decades, raised their family in their apartment and still care for a disabled daughter in their home. When developer Matthew Miller offered buyouts to the other tenants, the Lees tried to move as well. But as seniors on fixed incomes whose daughter is dependent on care she receives in San Francisco, Calimbas said, they didn’t have the kind of leverage they needed. So they decided to stay and fight.

In a daylong protest outside their 1840-A Jackson Street apartment building the Lees, accompanied by politicians like San Francisco Supervisors David Campos and Jane Kim and community advocates including the Chinese Progressive Association and the San Francisco Tenants Union, protested their eviction.

George Zimmerman’s Wife Admits To Having Doubts

“I’m conflicted on that,” Shellie told Lauer on TODAY Thursday. “I believe the evidence, but this revelation in my life has really helped me take the blinders off and start to see things differently.” Lauer pressed further, asking, “So you now doubt his innocence, at least the fact that he was acting in self-defense on the night that Trayvon Martin was killed?”

“I think anyone would doubt that innocence because I don’t know the person that I’ve been married to,” Shellie responded. “I have doubts, but I also believe the evidence.” Despite these doubts, Shellie vehemently denies that George profiled the teen. “He did not profile Trayvon Martin,” she said.

Woman in “stand your ground” case will get new trial

(Marissa) Alexander, who had given birth the week before, testified that after an altercation regarding texts from her ex-husband, she locked herself in the bathroom. Her husband, Rico Gray, broke through the door, grabbed her by the neck, and shoved her into the door. She ran to the garage, found she couldn’t get the door open, and returned with a gun. When Gray saw the gun, he said, “Bitch, I’ll kill you.” Alexander testified that firing the gun into the air as a warning shot was “the lesser of two evils.”

The jury rejected her self-defense argument, and instead Alexander was sentenced under the “10-20-Life” law, which carries a series of mandatory minimum sentences related to gun crimes. The prosecutor in her case was Angela Corey, who also prosecuted George Zimmerman, who was acquitted in the death of Trayvon Martin. After an outcry at the apparent racial double standard in the application of “stand your ground,” Corey told the Washington Post, “I think social media is going to be the destruction of this country.”

Middle Schooler to Obama Cabinet Member: ‘White People are Taking Over’ My Neighborhood

When Shaun Donovan, Barack Obama’s secretary of Housing and Urban Development, went to go visit Everett Middle School in San Francisco’s historically Latino Mission District, he probably expected to hear glowing things from students at a school that had drastically improved their academic performance in recent years.

Donovan sat with the school’s principal Lina Van Haren and several students about what they like and dislike about their neighborhood. One 12-year-old student’s gave a brutally honest answer.



8 thoughts on “Notable Links: 9-26/13

  1. Another day in racist White dominated White AmeriKKKlan,…..I must say nothing in the post surprises me. I am not shocked because that is how AmeriKKKlan works and operates

  2. That is good marissa alexander will get a new trial, at newsone they said it was because they gave the jury the wrong instructions they told them marissa had to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that she acted in self defense, when what they were supposed to tell the jury was that the prosecution had to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that she didn’t act in self defense.
    George’s wife is still trying to stand by him but knows some things about him are not right.
    That 12 yr old is very observant, they will take over and who knows it may become a white area and only whites be able to afford it.
    Good luck to the Lees I hope they can stay at the apartment they’ve lived in that long. THey don’t care if someone has lived there that long all they see is dollars to be made and new white faces moving in and the minorities who can’t afford to stay, moving out.

  3. I hope and pray Marissa Alexander gets a new trial. Her being in prison is such a horrible miscarriage of justice. She doesn’t deserve to be in prison. How is it George Zimmerman’s scumbag ass gets to go free? And everyone knows he is guilty. But this poor young woman is in prison. I am praying for her freedom.

  4. ..Florida has long been on my most despised state since an unfortunate brief (29 days to be exact) stay there in the early 90’s, as is their other cousin I can’t stand aka Arizona, aka “West Florida”! lol As far as the honest student at Everett, I am not in the least bit surprised by his honesty, although I am a little shocked that they let have the floor. I have friends who attended The E (Everett) back in the day, and many of their kids now attend as well, and anyone who knows the Mission District can attest to the fact that they have (and still are) raising the rent and moving POC out there like kray-kray, which is primarily why I moved from there myself a few years back-I got tired of paying for landlord’s mortgage, if you will..

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